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    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.
  2. 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.
  3. denverappraiser

    I need

    Why did you edit it to delete the picture? Although it's true that it's impossible to do a stone ID from a photograph, it's not possible to even discuss it without the pictures.
  4. denverappraiser

    Bought from oldtreasures333

    Not all sapphires are transparent. I'm with Davide, if you're unhappy, send it back forthwith. If you're concerned that the description may be incorrect and your decision will depend on that, get it appraised by an independent appraiser (in this sense meaning someone who isn't buying or selling or otherwise involved in the transaction). Do be quick about it. Often sellers have a time limit on your ability to return things and it isn't all that long.
  5. denverappraiser

    I need

    I see what looks like scratches on the front. Did you do that? You mentioned it has all the characteristics of diamond. What, other than hardness, have you tested?
  6. denverappraiser

    Need a help on ASET image of diamond.

    There are issues with that ASET, and I suspect it’s in the computer, not the diamond. AGS has been tweaking the angles on ASET images and there are some test algorithms out there but this one just looks like an error to me. Ask the seller to ask whoever it is that supplied that image.
  7. denverappraiser

    GIA Ex vs HCA - Help Ease My Mind!! (or not)

    Yes, you are weighing too much on the HCA. The purpose of the HCA is many sites, like this one, offer a large number of what seem like very similar stones based on the lab documents. People come here to shop and pick just one. That can be tricky when there are 100 that seem identical. There’s an interesting question of whether they are a reasonable way to even accomplish that, but you have a completely different question. You’ve GOT a diamond in hand and the question is if you love it. HCA has nothing whatever to do with that. FWIW, it also has very little to do with pricing and value.
  8. denverappraiser

    Diamond Clouds.

    The 1.51 costs more because of the weight. Diamonds are priced by weight, as in $8,000/carat, but the price per carat goes up as the weight goes up. A 2 carat stone is more than twice as expensive as an otherwise identical 1 carat stone. Quite a lot more in fact. Everybody knows this but less known is that it isn't a straight line. There are definite points where it goes up. There are steps. A 1.40 and a 1.44 won't be all that different but a 1.97 vs a 2.01 is a BIG deal. I mention this because 1.50 is one of those steps. 1.4x brings a fair amount less than an otherwise identical 1.5x. In this case they aren't even identical. It's a VS2 vs an SI1. Yes, size matters.
  9. denverappraiser

    Help/Advice on my Ideal Scope

    If it makes you less nervous about the color, I personally wear a K in my wedding ring and no one has ever noticed, even after I point it out unless there's a nearby stone for comparison.
  10. denverappraiser

    Help/Advice on my Ideal Scope

    BN also has overt experience with shipping and the UK. Some of the other players struggle with the VAT, customs, and the like, especially if it involves a return. I would call it a good thing that they're the seller. Don't hold your breath over the IS image. The vendor obviously don't know how to take them and it's more difficult than it looks. They would be wise to learn, but it's their problem, not yours.
  11. denverappraiser

    Help/Advice on my Ideal Scope

    I would be surprised if that's a purple background. It looks like an artifact of photoshop to me (in addition to being a bad photo). There's nothing useful in this image.
  12. denverappraiser

    Advice before buying an diamond

    If what you/she want is a 0.75/E/VS2/Pear/GIA, don’t buy a 1.05/D/IF. Here’s 37 offers that actually meets your specs better and the most expensive is half of that price. The cheapest is half of THAT. As mentioned in the posts above, selling diamonds no simple task, and this one will be harder than most. It’s a fashion thing. That’s reasonable enough, given that it’s a fashion product, but don’t go into a diamond deal with the expectation that you’ll ever see your money again. Buy it because you love it. Buy it because she’ll love it. The right price on the wrong thing is no bargain.
  13. denverappraiser

    Darker center stone

    Separating natural from man-made diamonds is not so easy. Most jewelers aren't prepared to do it.
  14. 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.
  15. denverappraiser

    Is this the perfect one?

    I was something of an insider in the path of The Esperanza Diamond. It was a 2015 find from Arkansas’s Crater Of Diamonds State Park and is the biggest Flawless diamond ever found at the park. 'Flawless' is why I bring this up. It’s currently graded D/IF. We had them mark it and had the cutter polish out the blemish. Still IF. Back to the polisher. This happened FOUR times before we finally gave up. Was it worth it? Well, for the group that owned it, yes it was. It was a matter of pride. In some strange universe, that’s a defect. Understanding that we’re talking about a blemish that required a microscope and a trained eye to see. We were bouncing lasers off of the facets to make sure that each one was perfect. I point this out because the differences you’re looking at are super tiny. Does it matter? It does if it matters to you. There are more than 50 GIA/D/FL/xxx/0.55-0.59 stones in the database here and all but one of them are cheaper than that, a few by quite a bit. Minutia in the hearts like Davide points out are where it happens. I rather suspect that what you’re seeing has as much to do with the photography as it does the stone but there’s no real way to tell without inspecting the actual stone. At some point it’s necessary to just call it done. The H&A look fine.