First off I would like to say that I did a lot of research before I bought a diamond, from knowing nothing at all I have come a long way. This site and Good Old Gold were particularly useful and I would like to thank the knowledgeable regular posters here for giving their time, expertise and - most importantly - honest opinions freely. I am sure there are thousands like me who use this resource for free, you should know we are grateful.
I prefer to use bricks and mortar stores. You (usually) get professional advice, a chance to see, test and handle the goods, it supports employment and the local economy. I don't mind paying a reasonable premium for this. However, I will not pay an excessive premium and this is a problem if you live in the UK. Here is a ring from a nationwide jewelers with a presence in most towns.
http://www.hsamuel.c...t diamond ring/
It costs £2,800 ($4,400) for Diamond: 1/2 carat, Diamond clarity: P1, Diamond colour: I, cut: 73 Facet Cut (IGI Cert)
That is - in my own opinion - outrageous, and sadly typical of the UK high street jewelers. I paid a not dissimilar amount (including a VAT bill) for a
0.52 D FL Pol Ex Sym Ex Table 66.7% Depth 67% Radiant
from B2C Jewels in NYC, ordered online. But I knew there where some pitfalls. That I would not see the diamond before buying it being the main one. I now think the diamond I bought might have a pronounced bowtie, when I look at it the darker areas stay constant in certain light conditions. I would like any opinions please from these photos if possible. Also B2C advertised it as an Excellent cut. The same diamond was featured (I found it using the diamond finder above) on sale at Abazias as Very Good cut. Why the discrepancy and which is likely to be correct? I should add that I do not consider a bowtie to be a fault with a diamond, and that my experience of B2C is that they are professional, polite and efficient. I also realise that B2C may not have seen the diamond before I ordered it. Thanks in advance for any replies, Best Regards, Al
Edited by Always learning, 19 February 2012 - 11:13 AM.