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  4. davidelevi

    IF rating with visible inclusions

    The short answer is no, an IF should have absolutely no naked-eye visible inclusions, and no 10x visible inclusions observed through the table either. I suppose it's academically possible that an inclusion deep in the diamond is not visible through the table, but the region around the culet is very easily visible through the table with a wide angle of observation, and you say that what you observe is in the lower part of the pavilion so I don't think that could be the case here. Four things that could cause the phenomenon are, in decreasing order of likelihood: 1. You are seeing other facets being reflected in the pavilion and are mistaking them for inclusions; the girdle is the typical culprit especially if it's frosted or bruted rather than faceted, though I think a frosted or bruted girdle would not qualify for IF. Here is an image to illustrate what I mean: the diamond is clean, but it gives the impression that there is something "in there" at the bottom of the pavilion - what you are seeing is reflection of other facets, including the table reflecting light back (the "black thing" near the culet). 2. There is some muck (technical term) attached to the pavilion; diamonds are grease magnets, and just handling (especially an otherwise very clean stone) can lead to visible deposits building up very quickly. 3. The diamond has been damaged while setting. 4. The diamond is not the diamond that the report refers to. Clearly points 3 and 4 are significantly more serious, and would require an independent expert with some simple tools to see the item rather than "self diagnosing" on an internet forum.
  5. Hello, I bought an engagement ring set with a round diamond with a GIA clarity rating of IF. If I look at the diamond sideways (even without magnification) - the top part is very nice and clean. But the lower half (near the culet) is rather opaque. Can a diamond be rated IF and still have such noticeable inclusions ??
  6. davidelevi

    Looking for ruby engraved diamond ring

    Since it's an Indian company, I assume it's Rupees - just less than $150.
  7. denverappraiser

    Looking for ruby engraved diamond ring

    When I click on the spam link, I get an ad that's nearly complete gibberish and that costs 10,000 somethings. I presume not dollars. Good luck with that.
  8. davidelevi

    Darker center stone

    I can get you a better one at $3000. I probably can't, but knowing the price without knowing what you are buying is only half the answer.
  9. davidelevi

    Looking for ruby engraved diamond ring

    Amazon is a marketplace, just like eBay or the Grand Bazaar in Istanbul; in all of these places, your experience (good bargain or total ripoff) depends more on the individual sellers than the marketplace itself - what is clear is that Amazon understands very little about jewellery (as does eBay), so you are largely on your own with the sellers. The real issue is I'm not sure what you are looking for. Initially I thought you wanted an engraved ruby, Mughal style (though they mostly did it on emeralds), set in a ring. That would be a relatively hard thing to source, but it would restrict the search so much that you would be down to a handful of sellers. What you have posted as an image is a ruby ring with diamond accents; not sure what the "engraving" refers to, since it seems to have faceted stones and plain metalwork. The link - if it's not spam - has such a very vague description that could refer to a ruby or it could be something else altogether ("pink coloured gemstone") - then again, for less than $150 it definitely isn't a fine quality natural ruby. In terms of websites to look at, any recommendation really depends on what it is you want: not everybody has a 3 carat fine untreated Burma ruby, and those that do can supply any engraving on the metalwork and create whatever design you like.
  10. HappyWife

    Darker center stone

    I believe it’s priced at $3100, 1 ct center stone.
  11. Hello, I'm looking to buy a ruby engraved diamond ring. Could you suggest some websites to look at? I've looked at Amazon but not sure of the experience of buying from there. https://www.geetjewellery.com/geet-packages/ring-package/ Any suggestions will be very helpful.
  12. davidelevi

    Darker center stone

    I'm not sure what your question for this board is, to be honest. The poster of the video on instagram is clearly a jewellery dealer, and their instagram home page has their contact details - they are the ones to ask about what (the stone in) that ring is, we can only guess. The design is a very traditional one, it seems to be made to a reasonable standard (in as far as it can be seen from a 30 seconds video), and the diamonds are sparkly. As usual, one key factor in all of this is going to be price (and price vs. what one is "technically" purchasing: colour, clarity, weight and so on), and again we have no information on that. Visually, I quite like the contrast, but that is purely personal opinion. Still on the theme of personal opinion, I would not want that as my (fiancée's) engagement ring, though I'd happily buy it as a.n. other ring - then again I'm an old stick-in-the-mud.
  13. HappyWife

    Darker center stone

    Could someone tell me more about this ring? I’m considering different styles, but love the 3 stone. This one has a darker center stone, and I can’t decide whether I prefer that or not. Appreciate any info or opinions! Here’s the link to the ring: https://www.instagram.com/p/BODlnUah7NJ/?utm_source=ig_web_button_share_sheet
  14. davidelevi

    Solitaire earrings and pendant- J color too yellow?

    No. If they did, the diamond would be graded I1/I2 pretty much by definition. Same goes for any concern about durability with feathers. If they threatened in any way the integrity of the diamond, they would not be graded SI (and certainly not SI1). I wouldn't worry much about relative size, because people will not really see them together; the earrings will be visible mostly from the side, the pendant from the front. This said, the I/SI1 is just about visibly larger than the H/VS2 and it's $500 cheaper, which doesn't hurt.
  15. @davidelevi Thanks for you opinion. Apart from my above concern, I was also thinking of carat size of earrings and pendant. In store, for 0.7 ct earring stud, 0.7 ct pendant was looking small in comparison on neck. Is 0.84 H VS2 diamond (my current choice) will look quite small/equal when worn with 0.76 ct earring stud? Should I prioritize carat over color and go for this 0.884ct I SI1 diamond, looking at its aset images and Feather near girdle, would you be concerned? https://www.briangavindiamonds.com/diamonds/diamond-details/0.884-i-si1-round-diamond-ags-104071029010#!prettyPhoto[gallery2]/2/
  16. Thanks! I was leaning towards that but looking at the video of diamond, I can see the inclusions clearly. I know it’s magnified video but will these interfere with light return as it’s going to be in 3 prong. Is that ok? https://www.briangavindiamonds.com/diamonds/diamond-details/0.864-h-si1-round-diamond-ags-c-104105166052
  17. davidelevi

    Solitaire earrings and pendant- J color too yellow?

    Cut-wise there is little to choose among the three - typical of high-end H&A "signature" lines. To be honest, anything-wise there is little to choose; I'd go with the H/SI1 since it's marginally (and imperceptibly) larger and a little cheaper than the other two.
  18. I’m not sure if this is a good one - 0.864 H SI-1 $3764 https://agslab.com/ym-vdgr/diamonds/104105166052/grading-report or this - 0.840 H Vs2 $4044 https://agslab.com/ym-vdgr/diamonds/104105166027/grading-report or this - 0.848 G SI-1 $3947 https://agslab.com/ym-vdgr/diamonds/104105166044/grading-report Please help decide from these or better options if you can find any!
  19. Thanks @davidelevi! I went to Tiffany and could only see very little warmth in J or I color under store lighting. Away from spotlighting they looked whiter. So I’ve decided to stick with J color for earrings but for pendant the above J color is sold out and I’d like to upgrade color anyway. This pendant would be worn in 16” white gold chain in 3prong setting. Could you please help me pick the biggest stone under 1 carat with H or higher color from Brian gavin signature diamonds? Thanks!
  20. davidelevi

    Solitaire earrings and pendant- J color too yellow?

    Well... there certainly is a visible difference between a typical GIA Excellent and a Brian Gavin cut; maybe less between an average AGS Ideal and BG, not least because all BG cuts are AGS Ideal, and AGS has a much narrower range of "looks" that they are willing to call "Ideal". This said, you can get some very very nice "unbranded" stones, some that may even be cut with a similar level of attention to detail, but the counterweight to that is the time and effort required in finding them (and you need at least 2 to look fairly similar to each other), plus the better the cut, the higher the price anyway, so you may not end up saving a huge amount. With Brian you know that each stone is going to be consistently cut in the same way - if that is important to you; some of the most gifted jewellery designers of the 20th century didn't care one way or the other 😉
  21. Well I know that cut is the most important C but my question is that is there a huge difference in performance between Signature H&A cut and GIA/AGS Excellent/Ideal Cut diamonds. I definitely agree on increasing budget for pendant color
  22. davidelevi

    Solitaire earrings and pendant- J color too yellow?

    I think from a visual point of view cuts makes significantly more difference than colour, especially on stones that aren't very large, but I'll answer that one when you answer me this one: how long is a piece of string? Flippancy aside, I really cannot tell you. Earrings in particular are fairly invisible to the wearer and depending on your hairstyle may be fairly invisible to someone looking at you too. Maybe save on those and spend some of the savings on upgrading the pendant's colour, if you feel you need?
  23. Thanks Davide. In store lighting, I couldn't pay much attention to color and I was in bit of a hurry too that day. Brian Gavin has only couple of SI clarity signature diamonds in 0.7 carat. And the price is quite high for VS clarity , G or H color matching pairs. That makes me wonder if the premium price for Brian Gavin cut is worth it in <1 carat diamonds? Should I look for Excellent cut diamonds at James Allen in better color and still cheaper? Is the cut going to make that much difference to justify extra couple thousand dollars?
  24. davidelevi

    Solitaire earrings and pendant- J color too yellow?

    Unfortunately, signature cut or not, they don't stay cleaner. I personally find that the better the cut, the more I clean them... because I know how much they can sparkle. I was suggesting Tiffany because they generally have well cut (and above all consistently well cut) stones - unfortunately they go from I to Fancy Yellow... but still, what would one not do in the name of research and the advancement of science? 😉 Colour (or clarity, for that matter - SI1 in 0.75 or so would be plenty eye-clean) would definitely be far less visible in earrings; on a pendant I think it depends a bit on the setting and how you wear it (from very close to your neck to 1920 sautoir style "on your belly button", on top of your skin or on a blouse, what colour is the blouse, ...). Fluorescence will definitely help - in sunlight. Not indoors. And what did you think? Personally, I would be more worried about contrast with your ring than about "absolute" colour, particularly with very well cut stones, but that's precisely one of those things that it's easy to check for.
  25. Thanks David for your reply! I did go into store to checkout J color diamonds but not in Tiffany. I checked out Ben bridge and Kay jewellers. They didn’t have AGS graded ideal stones and I couldn’t see color in diamonds rated as anywhere from G-J in store lighting face up. I guess my only reasoning for going down in color is that I want to buy a signature cut in my budget for light performance as Earrings are not as frequently cleaned as Rings . Also, being smaller in size (0.76ct) I was wondering if color would be visible in ear or around neck. Also would fluorescence help with yellow color in pendant?
  26. davidelevi

    Solitaire earrings and pendant- J color too yellow?

    @ylmhwd Just re-read previous posts by you, and one last point to make is to consider other jewellery. If this set is for you, and you are wearing a large F/G ring all the time, the earrings may be OK, but the pendant may be visibly different and "too near the ring" depending on its setting, chain length, etc. Once again, the extent to which this matters is a personal choice and my advice does not change: go out and see for yourself; use the best cut diamonds you can find as proxies (if you have a Tiffany branch nearby, it's not a bad choice for "testing", though they won't have J colour stones - their "white" range stops at I).
  27. davidelevi

    Solitaire earrings and pendant- J color too yellow?

    Short answer: if you pardon the frankness, you are not necessarily overthinking but underdoing... Go out and look at diamonds; most jewellers don't bite, and have GIA/AGS-graded G, H, I and J stones you can look at. They are much better proxies for what these things look like relative to each other than photos on the internet. Longer answer: Technically speaking, the people at BG are correct that a well cut diamond will appear whiter - and here is a recent thread attesting to that; note that it's not the experts pointing this out beforehand: the OP asking for advice found out by himself. FWIW, BG's "Signature" series are among the best cut round stones available anywhere at any price. Still technically speaking, taking good photos of diamonds is not totally straightforward, and small differences in the lighting, the camera and the setting can make a fair amount of visual difference in the result - which is one reason why grading colour (even approximately) from a photo is a hopeless task. The difficulty of comparing photos across websites is compounded by all those factors changing at the same time, plus others (especially in coloured diamonds, the amount of "post-processing" is - ahem - varied from "it came out of the camera that way, and I publish it that way" to outright faking of colour). Third piece of technically speaking, colour perception is quite varied across people, both in terms of the ability to detect variations and in the aesthetic assessment of the result. What to me is a barely perceptible warmth in the stone, to you is an unpleasant sign of jaundice - or vice-versa. Bear in mind that if you are buying for someone else their perception matters too (and women have a sharper ability at perceiving colour than men, on average). Final technical point - though it's more about psychology than diamonds - it is important that you and the intended recipient are both happy with the purchase. Buying something that niggles at you (or her/him) is likely to result in unhappiness in the longer term - or at least in the items not being worn. Add all of those "technical" observations, and I hope my shorter answer becomes more clearly motivated than flippant. Me? If I had the budget for a top-line cut, I'd go for that and size.
  28. Hello, I need your advice on something - will a J color look yellow when set in 3 prong WG earrings and pendant? Brian gavin customer agent assures me that it'll be fine and that their cut makes the color less visible. See attached photo of the two -.76 ct diamonds. I have no experience of purchase from Brian gavin so don't really know if their signature cut can make that much of a difference in less than 1 carat weight. Earring - https://www.briangavindiamonds.com/diamonds/diamond-details/0.766-j-vs1-round-diamond-ags-104104723119 https://www.briangavindiamonds.com/diamonds/diamond-details/0.764-j-vs1-round-diamond-ags-104104723118 Pendant - https://www.briangavindiamonds.com/diamonds/diamond-details/0.890-j-vs2-round-diamond-ags-bl-104071029005 But when I looked at AGS Ideal J VS diamonds at James allen, they look very yellow in 20X and 1X zoom. https://www.jamesallen.com/loose-diamonds/round-cut/0.72-carat-j-color-vs1-clarity-ideal-cut-sku-6166753 https://www.jamesallen.com/loose-diamonds/round-cut/0.73-carat-j-color-vs1-clarity-ideal-cut-sku-6166744 Should I sacrifice carat and go for higher color or I'm overthinking this? Please let me know your thoughts, I really appreciate it.
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