Please keep in mind that a diamond of that quality should invariably
have a GIA or AGS cert. as well as a VG cut or better. EGL is too lax
as far as I am concerned, with regard to color and cut
classifications. If I wanted a GIA “I” color, I wouldn’t even look at
an EGL cert with H color - it would have to be G or better.
Having said my piece, and assuming your go-to diamond dealer doesn’t
have what you’re looking for - you’ll be looking at spending at least
for that kind of stone. There’s bound to be a middle-man in that
transaction, and he (or she) is going to want a piece of the action.
In addition, going for that kind of diamond as a first purchase is
going to look very suspicious to most dealers. Unless you are a
close friend of the dealer’s family, a member of the JBT with a #1
rating, or have been in business for more than 5 years with good
credit, chances are you will have to wire transfer the full amount
before they will even ship it. They’ll likely give you a refund if
you don’t like the stone, but transfer fees and overnight shipping
both ways is going to cost you over $100 to even look at the diamond.