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  1. Tess: "Grin and wear it?" ....sorry couldn't resist. -Sparkllvr
  2. For all of you who think the only diamond worth buying is someone's version of an "Ideal" cut, here's a great article on why the concept of an "Ideal" is more hype than hip. GIA has determined that there are MANY ways to cut a round brilliant and have it look fabulous: See the complete article here: http://www.gia.edu/newsroom/608/22467/news...ase_details.cfm Sparkllvr
  3. We could look at these specs and still not "see" the diamond. It takes more than numbers to create the right amount of sparkle, or at the least, the KIND of sparkle YOU like. That may be totally different than the kind I like for instance. Urlik is right, which looks good to you? None of the specs in and of themselves are good or bad. Sparklvr
  4. Is the stone graded by GIA? If not, it may not be a VS1 Sparkllvr
  5. Based on the info you provided which was good but not quite enough to be totally accurate, I'd GUESS between $2200 and $2400. Sparkllvr
  6. Gemscan should be okay, but it doesn't have the reputation of grading accuracy that GIA or AGS have. The problem though isn't so much with the lab itself, it's with any jeweler who tries to tell you that a Gemscan report is the same as GIA. An honest jeweler will tell you the truth, that the labs are not equal, and will make sure that the diamond carries less of a price tag than its GIA equivalent simply because you are taking a chance buying from a more lenient lab. More lenient means that your diamond might be graded and "H" color with Gemscan and an "I" color with GIA. Hope that helps. Sparklllvr
  7. I've seen several links to articles on this forum and they seem to be allowed as long as they aren't self serving. Personally I've posted an article link too and actually prefer to read an article through a link than through someone elses potentially skewed viewpoint. Tess: Hi! Just want to get to you about your fluorescence question. It's possible that the jeweler was using diamonds of different color shades, including variances in whites (i.e. more or less yellow) when they designed the pieces you saw. Could you have mis-understood the fluorescence angle? Just a thought. Sparkllvr
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    Okay for a radiant cut that price is better! Sparkllvr
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    Rose: If you're looking at an emerald cut, the price is a little high, but not much. Depends on how the diamond actually presents. Barry is right, look around some more and YOU'LL start to get a good idea of price/value. ********************** Now: Wow! I take off for a few weeks and what happens to this forum?? It explodes! How totally awesome to see so many great posters, new and, um, long-time. (I wasn't going to say old...!) Sparkllvr
  10. According to their website, "Independent Gemological Laboratories is an organization that authenticates and appraises diamonds and other gemstones." They are supposedly all GIA graduates. However, be sure you understand that many smaller labs have employees trained by GIA. This does NOT mean that you are getting a GIA cert, or even a cert that's comparable to GIA. Smaller labs have their own criteria which their employees must abide by, GIA graduates or not. These criteria are not the same as those of the GIA. -Sparkllvr
  11. Highfly, I beg to differ. I posted a whole minute before you my friend. Sparkllvr
  12. Now there's something I didn't know! Sparkllvr
  13. An inclusion does not a bad diamond make. Most diamonds have inclusions. The fact that it took you so long and just the right light to see it, speaks well for its quality.
  14. And only EGL if it's priced less by a reputable jeweler because they know you're taking a risk on it's grading.
  15. There are great internet jewelers and not great ones. It's like any other jewelery store in that regard. Use the same criteria you use in chosing a local jeweler when you choose an internet jeweler. I believe in jeweler first, ring next and I know I'm not the only one. Never buy from a jeweler that doesn't have a return policy. Internet or not. Be careful and be conscious and you'll most likely find something great. I'd enter the criteria again into the search feature on this site and then contact those jewelers to start the process. It'll be an internet learning experience if nothing else. Sparkllvr
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