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  2. Online Buy Trusted

    Well, they do not stock (or own) the stone, so they can't take a video or a picture without having their supplier send it to them... however with the increasing quality and ease of use of digital cameras the excuses are wearing thin. That is a very good point. Especially when they want to charge you 20% if you return it having found their description not matching or in any case the stone being not what you wanted. Good luck in your search! If we can help, feel free to ask questions!
  3. Online Buy Trusted

    The price did not include VAT. I totally could understand that they cannot ship the stone from Germany to Belgium just so I can see it, without even being sure that I will finally take it. Nevertheless, the reason I doubt so much in their honesty is the fact that they couldn’t menage to send me a video or a picture of a stone, and at the same time calming that it is exactly what I am searching for. The stone was not certified, so I would really have to take a word of an unknown person I found online.
  4. Online Buy Trusted

    Um, in fairness to them, it has to be remembered that €1,000 (incl VAT/TVA, I assume) isn't a large amount of money for a diamond, and at that price many diamonds are retailed without a lab report that could be a significant portion of the cost. If - as it seems - they act as a broker/drop-shipping intermediary, their margin may well disappear if they start asking suppliers to ship things to them so you can see... and possibly not buy. This said, it's a bit ironic that a business that presents itself as "the online diamond company with personal service" is unwilling to provide that "personal service"...
  5. Online Buy Trusted

    I was looking for a certain diamond with specific properties, and I have contacted They clamed that they had a stone which perfectly fits my needs, however, they could not show me any picture of it, nor any certificate. They told me that I would simply have to trust them, and that as soon as I pay, they would send it to me. I offered to come to see it in person, but they did not want to bother to bring it to their office. They said that they do not want to do this for a stone which cost about 1000€. I guess that this is not much money for them. I am not sure if they are honest sellers or not, but there are many more sites out there with higher reputation. Avoid
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  7. Which of these round ~1 carrot stones would you choose?

    great advice, thanks
  8. Which of these round ~1 carrot stones would you choose?

    The first one is under 1.00ct., which is why it's cheaper, and there's no straight answer as to whether that tradeoff is going to be good for you or not. It depends on your requirements. I would also be wary of comparing ASETs from different vendors because they use different photo setups. R103-046Z75609, for example, shows what look like some symmetry issues, but I sort of suspect they're actually just problems with the photography. Taking these pictures well is a lot more difficult than it looks. If you're trying to match two stones I generally recommend choosing your vendor first, then pick two from what they have rather than trying to match across the Internet.
  9. I'm still learning! These are for earring studs. I chose ones that have aset / idealscope images.,VS2&color=H,I&grading_lab=GIA&heirloom=true&shape=Round#diamond=R102-7Z71926Z3,VS2&color=H,I&grading_lab=GIA&heirloom=true&shape=Round#diamond=R103-046Z75609,VS2&color=J,H,I&grading_lab=GIA&heirloom=true&shape=Round
  10. Any Reviews About Trax Nyc?

    Hi Jeremy, welcome to Diamond Review! The flippant answer is "because they think they can". There is some truth in it, though: think of how Zara or H&M sometimes "copy" high-end clothing but sell it for 1/10 of the price. Or closer to home, an original Cartier Trinity ring will set you off 3-4 times as much as an unsigned copy. However, like the analogies, the flippant answer also has limitations. The dress by Valentino uses better materials than the Zara one and is hand-stitched while the other is machine-stitched. The Cartier rings are of gold alloys of matched hardness and roll perfectly; the knock-off copy wears unevenly and the rings stick to each other a little bit and so on. So, what could be different? Without seeing the two items (and I mean the items, not photos), it's impossible to say for sure, but here are a few things that could justify the difference: 1. Materials: is it possible that one chain is rolled gold or plated, and the other one is wholly10k gold? 2. Quantity: one chain may be made with significantly more metal - even if the links are the same external size, they may be hollow or worked in such a way to weigh less. Gold is expensive. 3. Workmanship and finish: how accurately is each link in the chain made? Are gaps and holes all equal? Are the links perfectly polished only on the flat, external surfaces, or throughout? Are clasps/bails of comparable quality and fitted neatly? 4. Selling and marketing: is one seller offering added value services (e.g. guarantees, repairs, cleaning, sizing/customisation, returns, financing, trade-in/exchange) that the other one isn't? Does one seller have a shop where you can see the item, try it on and feel it, while the other seller deals purely online? Are assortment and availability comparable? Having one item in stock and 10 "on order" costs far less than having 100 items in stock. What about reputation/brand and marketing? Some of the Cartier copies are as good as Cartier's, but they don't have the neat Cartier name engraved.
  11. Any Reviews About Trax Nyc?

    I went to the website and looked at a Franco 22 inch 10k gold chain that was somewhere around $300. I also went to another dealers website called The gold God's. I compared prices on the same style and karat chain...the one on the gold God's was $800. My question is...why would a company sell a chain for nearly $300 and the same chain somewhere else is $ the looks of it they are the same thing...why would the prices be different
  12. #2 doesn't have an ASET and I don't think any of them have an idealscope. The 'arrows' side of an H&A scope is not the same thing. The ASET's you have don't look like photographs to me, they look computer generated. That's a mixed bag but the upside is that it makes them consistent. I'm not impressed with any of them. Do they otherwise look good on paper (crown angles, pavilion angles, etc.)
  13. The pictures seem to have been taken by at least 3 different methods or sources. #1 and #3 from source A and the two others from different sources as well. this makes comparisons more difficult. That said, #2 has the best H&A images of any of them and I suspect would be the stone with the most fire, scintillation and contrast. Ideally I would ask the vendor to put all 4 stones side by side and get you a real comparative image or video. #1 and #3 have a dead ring just inside the table which is apparent in all images. #4 has an inconsistent pattern which may be due to poor photography or more likely due to symmetry issues.
  14. Round Diamond Studs Around 1 Carat Each.

    If the difference in diameter of two stones is greater than 0.1 mm it becomes noticeable with the unaided eye with the two stones next to each other. At 0.2 - 0.3 mm the difference is "memorable" for the average person, meaning someone would typically be able to tell which stone is larger without having the other stone there for comparison. In the case of ear studs, there is always a head in between and it's pretty difficult to see both studs at the same time, so I wouldn't be terribly concerned up to say 0.3 mm, but YMMV.
  15. Trying to read these idealscope and ASET images correctly, but a bit confused. My local jeweler sent me these pics of ~1 carrot round stones. There is a lot of white in them!! I read this is bad, but somehow I'm wondering if it's just that he took the pictures in a different way? Thoughts?
  16. Round Diamond Studs Around 1 Carat Each.

    I'm confused by this. Can anyone explain a bit further?
  17. How to sell engagement & wedding rings

    It's a slightly complicated question and it varies depending on what you have, how much effort you're willing to put into it, what sorts of skills you have, your risk tolerance, your location and even just plain luck. Here's a start.
  18. Dark Blueish-Gray diamond color?

    I don't believe so, no. It does not get rid of color, it just dims the intensity.
  19. Dark Blueish-Gray diamond color?

    Very interesting, In this case where the diamond is in fact hueless. Is it possible, being a darker shade of colorless, for Gray "coloration" to be seen through its' fire, as in a colorless stone?
  20. Dark Blueish-Gray diamond color?

    I started the reply below a while ago and forgot to post. Davide beat me to the punch, of course.... Interestingly, when dealing with fancy colors, the last thing you want is an ideal cut stone. Ideal proportions maximize the light return, sparkle, scintillation and fire coming from the stone. Basically, the closer to ideal, the more you will see reflected light rather than material color. When shopping for an ideal cut diamond, it is not unusual to opt for a slightly lower color stone as the reflected light actually makes those stones look whiter than they are. In a fancy colored stone, most manufacturers will look to deepen the body color by deepening the pavilion or crown, or both. Ideal cut and natural color are counter productive. The better the cut, the less you see the body color.
  21. Dark Blueish-Gray diamond color?

    thank you for explaining. I understand it more clearly now. cutlet did feel a bit strange to say ha ha.
  22. How to sell engagement & wedding rings

    Hi I'm delighted to have found this site. I'm hoping you'll be able to advis me about selling my rings. They are both certified (however I have no evidence as have misplaced the card during a house move). I'd like to sell them as they're just gathering dust. However I don't want to get ripped off. Thanks in advance Julie
  23. Dark Blueish-Gray diamond color?

    What I was trying to say is that there isn't a generally agreed definition of "ideal cut" that works for coloured rounds in the same way that there is one for (near) colourless. If the diamond were (near) colourless, a 57% table and a 61.6% depth would be considered good proportions and within the range of "ideal", however table and depth are far less important than crown and pavilion angles when assessing cut. The fact that the diamond is coloured - and strongly so - changes the game completely. In (near) colourless diamonds the cut has the purpose of generating "life" (sparkle, fire, brightness) in the diamond while retaining maximum weight and visual size. In coloured diamonds the cutter has to blend in to those objectives the goal of displaying colour in an attractive and (usually) uniform way from a rough where the colour centres aren't always evenly distributed. Therefore: 1. The meaning of "ideal proportions" for coloured diamonds has to incorporate colour display. This means one cannot use rule-of-thumb cut proportions that are valid for colourless and be guaranteed of a good (never mind "ideal") cut result. 2. There are cases where a much deeper (or shallower) stone or a different faceting scheme is required to make proper use of the colour in the rough, and generally that consideration dominates the cutter's goals (together with weight retention). These can legitimately be called "better" cut proportions for that particular stone, so what does "ideal" mean if the diamond looks nicer when cut with a 65% table? 3. In a fancy dark, given limited transparency, the game is even more oriented to the individual characteristics of a piece of rough that could end up looking totally opaque from some angles. The culet (not cutlet - that belongs on a kitchen plate, not on a diamond) is largely irrelevant - more so on a fancy dark
  24. Dark Blueish-Gray diamond color?

    Can a fancy dark gray have ideal proportions to its symmetry ? The fancy dark gray round: Depth 61.6% and the table is 57% no fluorescence polish VG Symmetry VG a small cutlet . i read somewhere that ideal diamonds have no cutlet. Thank you for all of the help
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  26. Dark Blueish-Gray diamond color?

    Ideal proportions - no recipe, except (to some extent) for colourless rounds and just maybe for princesses: there looking at AGS "ideal" proportions gives a pretty good start, but AGS itself no longer has a single set of proportions that it calls "ideal". Coloured diamonds are entirely different beasts as are fancy cuts. Fancy cuts in coloured diamonds are different beasts in a different universe!
  27. Dark Blueish-Gray diamond color?

    Thank you, I will be here :)! I really love the look of yellow gold with the pear but I may consider rose gold with the dark gray if it doesn't sell loose. it could be worse. at least both are natural and even. the pear fell short of 1 ct though which really surprised me. There is a 1.12 ct fancy dark brown princess cut that i had been wanting to have graded as well but people have said that i shouldn't expect a return from it, even certified. I did have another question; how do you calculate if the proportions of a diamond are ideal?
  28. Dark Blueish-Gray diamond color?

    Ouch. Sorry. I really was hoping for pink! Thank you for letting us know, and do stay around, please! Also - consider using rose gold for setting the pear; it does bring out the colour!
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