by Zedeff » Jul 31, 2009 I have a very trusted jeweler who I like to shop with who has been selling to my family for 4 generations. I am looking for an engagement ring and I initially approached the purchase with the following criteria in mind: $10k budget Likely a solitaire in white gold or platinum I PREFER to do something unique and "off the beaten path" because I''m a rather eclectic person by nature; that is, if I could avoid a Round Brilliant or Princess cut and find something equally nice or nicer, I would (I am particularly fond of Asscher and Emerald cuts) So my jeweler pulled out some loose stones and I happened to see one that, of course, was a touch outside my price range. 2.56 ct very good Emerald cut VS1 clarity L colour around $11k (converted to US funds from Canadian dollars) My questions with this stone basically surround the colour. At an L, the stone certainly doesn''t pass as white, but it also isn''t blatantly yellow. Would it be fair to suggest that these stones have a very limited market because from both perspectives (white or coloured) the stone is "flawed"? Is the price range reasonable for a stone of those stats? I see VERY few emerald cut diamonds - never seen one in person as an engagement ring, only seen them online. Am I completely out of my mind to want an Emerald stone for an engagement ring? Am I better off just going with whatever is common and popular?