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  2. davidelevi

    Opinions on these diamonds pls - which is better cut

    ...not Laurent, but (as often happens) very much in agreement with his assessment. I wouldn't say girdle thickness is an issue, but: 1. You may want to check (and/or post) more information than the proportions diagram, specifically the diameter and weight of the stones (and - why not - even the price: larger facing stones tend to go for a premium...). 2. Seeing the stone(s) in the flesh, or at least in a video, dominates any pseudo-theoretical concerns over an extra 0.5% girdle thickness, 0.1 mm diameter or 0.2° pavilion angle.
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  4. highlander

    Opinions on these diamonds pls - which is better cut

    Thanks Laurent, is the fact 1 and 3 are slightly thick faceted an issue at all?
  5. LaurentGeorge

    Opinions on these diamonds pls - which is better cut

    Looking at cut alone, they are all gorgeous. If I absolutely had to pick, I would put #1 and #3 in front of #2, but I'm splitting hairs. I only do this because of the pav angle and I am not saying #2 is bad, just that the other two might be better. What you really should do is have the vendors show you the stones side by side (video or live is best) so you can decide which look you prefer as that is the ultimate determinant.
  6. I would appreciate opinions on which is the best cut diamond of these please.
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  9. denverappraiser

    Reselling market for high jewelry

    Let’s assume another scenario. You bought it used and cheap from some outlet like a pawn shop or auction and are hoping to make a killing. There's nothing fundamentally wrong with this, but usually, it doesn’t work out for the above reasons and more. Fakes are plentiful in that market but, assuming it’s real, there’s almost certainly issues with the piece. That’s why it’s in a pawn shop in the first place. If they could have sold it at Christie's for the big money, normally that’s what they would have done and even if someone pawned it, that’s what the pawnshop owner would have done. It never would have made it to the case with the $1,000 price tag in the first place. That leaves venues like garage and estate sales where the seller doesn’t know what they have. The owner died and the heirs are dumb. It's in the $1/each bin. It happens, but not nearly as much as people think. As with the above, seek out professional assistance if you think this is the case. Authentication is the first hurdle and it can be a doozy.
  10. denverappraiser

    Reselling market for high jewelry

    I work in this space fairly often so I think it’s fair to say that yes, I have experience in it even though I don’t have the budget. For starters, almost always there’s an issue of who says it’s worth $900k? This gets fuzzed OFTEN. Did it sell at retail new for this? To you? Did some appraiser say it and then sold it on a discount website for ‘pennies on the dollar’? The difference is obviously important and there are others in between. Let's assume, just for discussion's sake, that you bought it new for $900k and now want to resellet. Yes, you will almost certainly lose money on this deal. The normal way such things change hands is either in high-end specialty stores or at auction. Presumably, you are neither of these so you’re going to pay a commission. Expect 15-40% of the sales price after you add up all of the various premiums and fees. Then there’s the problem of new vs. used. Diamonds don’t change so much but the designer premium most definitely does. A used Cartier piece, for example, normally goes for quite a bit less than a similar new one at the store (and that's before we get into the commission question). This is a VERY specialized marketplace. Million-dollar pieces trade a few dozen times per year, worldwide, and the customers, quite reasonably are extremely picky. They have plenty of choices. It can sometimes be very difficult to find a buyer and it can take years, which is why people are willing to pay those commissions. If you’re selling to a dealer where they are now taking the risks, expect your realized price to drop drastically. Not to sound self-serving, but if your $900k number is anything like realistic, I recommend professional assistance. There are decisions here with 6-digit ramifications and anonymous opinions online is not a good way to make them.
  11. davidelevi

    Reselling market for high jewelry

    Some thoughts here: 1. In the selling price there are elements that are simply "non recoverable": the retailer profit, the retailer overhead charges and any tax element. 2. The work of some designers has appreciated quite consistently over the last 15-20 years, but it is a very restricted number of names. Even the "grand names" like Cartier or Van Cleef have gone so commercial in recent years that you definitely cannot resell things for a profit or even on an even keel in the short term. 3. The piece itself. Is the selling point exceptional design? Or rare stones? Or something else? In general my view would be that in the short term (less than 15-20 years) you would be losing money; in the longer term you may continue to do so, or you may make money depending on what the market does. If you bought gold jewellery 15 years ago, you'd be nicely in the money just reselling it as scrap.
  12. Have my eyes on these expensive fancy color diamond jewelry by a well known designer, it is close to 900k USD, i know, expensive, and it costs like one third of the price or half if i were to buy without designer nameHas anybody bought and sold anything like that in similar price range? i.e. wore it for a few year.... Did you lose money or gain?
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  14. De rien. Nous sommes toujours là pour vous aider. Bonne continuation.
  15. Pas de quoi. Doigts croisés, et bonne chance!
  16. That's why I will buy this one ! "Croisons les doigts" Encore merci 😃
  17. Proportions are very nice - way more than good enough!
  18. Thanks for your advices. I will consider it as it is, an old and simple piece of our Earth. It's definitely not an investment for me, I want something special. Nothing more. I was asking about proportions cause so many diamonds are ruined by ugly cut. Here, I wonder if proportions are "good" but for a small diamond it will be "good enough" I guess. For solitaire, nothing is certain right now Thanks.
  19. Considering the amount of spam in Chinese and other stuff that is barely readable that gets posted (and that I report and Hermann removes), I thought a relevant thread in French would be a nice diversion. 😉 One more vote for the "keep it in the vault as a treasure to give for an important person/occasion". A 0.42 is great as a solitaire or if you feel you need more "oomph" there's plenty of options, starting at a simple halo and going on from there, but a D/FL needs some special care (JMHO). Just don't consider it an investment!
  20. My first intention was to keep it yes. I talked about a solitaire just in case and 0.42c can make a nice clean and standard ring (in my opinion but I can be wrong).
  21. As part of a collection to be held in a vault, I can understand. I think the use as a potential '"discreet" solitaire' led me to believe this was destined for a ring.
  22. You summed it all. I will train my English. I already considered looking for a larger diamond in E/F and VVS/VS/SI range at same price. I was looking for that kind of "perfection" stone I picked by myself in order to keep a little piece of eternity in my vault. If in the future I can set it up on a solitaire ring it will be fine but on the other hand I can keep it and/or gift it to someone I really love (family, friend, part of my heritage ... ). I also think that (at same price) a triple EX + D + FL/IF loose diamond with it's attached certification is a "better" gift than a SI or VS one. So yes, If proportions are quite fine, I prefer a 0.42c EX/EX/EX over a E/F + VS1/VS2 0.5c diamond. And if I want to resell it I guess that can be an asset. No ? It's all about feelings I guess. Thanks for your help !
  23. Considering this forum is entirely English-speaking, I thought having a thread in French would throw people off.
  24. Ou bien en public! Nothing to add technically. Though my French isn't as fluent as Laurent's, do feel free to write in French if it's easier for you!
  25. Blue Nile is not a scam and they have the distinct advantage of being within the EU, so VAT (ou TVA) is included. the stone proportions will give you quite a good looking stone. My question is how important is that ultimate perfection to you? Once the stone is set and worn on a finger, it is extremely difficult to tell the difference between a well cut F or G color and a D. Side by side it is fairly evident, but not taken on its own. In this size stone, most SI2 stones will be clean to the naked eye, but if you want to make that a 100% clean probability, look at SI1 or VS2 (in this size - the smaller the stone, the harder it is to see individual imperfections). So you could get an F-VS2 for a lot less money or get a larger FVS2 for the same money. hence my question: how important is that "D-FL". Keep in mind that you are paying a premium for the FL and once the stone is set and worn, it will most likely loose that Flawless status. Most stones acquire minor chips and bruising over a lifetime and this would thus become Internally Flawless at best. J'espère que vous avez compris mes réservations , si vous voulez continuer en français on peut faire ça en privé.
  26. Hello, I'm new here and quite new in diamond's world but I was looking for a nice little diamond (probably for a "discreet" solitaire) and I found this one: A very small but cute 0.42c triple EX and FL diamond with interesting proportions I guess (see attachments). You can find this one on the Diamond Finder and on several retailers websites. Living in France (ola poor English speaking) I was thinking about order the diamond using BlueNile but I'm afraid about their huge amount of negative reviews but VAT is included so it's way far easy for me ... So, please, tell me ... what do you think ? Is this diamond a fair one for a simple and efficient solitaire (FL and 3EX is probably "overkill" but diamond sounds like perfection isnt it ?) Is Blue Nile a scam or just bombed by bad reviewers ? Thanks a lot, really. EDIT: Oh, I forgot to mention that I have a 20x Eschenbach loupe ... Should I be able to check laser inscription ?
  27. LaurentGeorge

    Can you give me opinions on the following diamonds?

    I concur with Davide. The size jump is not enough to be seriously noticeable and your current stone is nicer than either of the two contenders you have asked about.
  28. Thank you very much for your input. All very valuable to me at the moment!
  29. davidelevi

    Can you give me opinions on the following diamonds?

    Mmm... I don't mean to spoil your party, but I don't think you are going to see a huge improvement in size - and just looking at the reports my bet would be that your current stone looks sparklier and brighter than either of the alternatives. The two circles here are 6.9 mm and 7.3 mm (slightly larger than the 1.40 ct): Before you commit, I would strongly recommend that you: 1. Make sure you can return whatever you buy with no penalty 2. Go out and look at a few 1.30 and 1.40 stones, ideally with your current ring next to them (do tell the jeweller that you are planning to do the comparison beforehand, though!) 3. If possible, arrange some form of "preview" with the vendor of the upgrade
  30. Oh wow, thanks for your input, I’ll ask for the video and post here. I’ve got a 1.22 g vs2 at the moment. I think the 1.4 would be nice jump providing its sparkles. Here is my current stone
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