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About denverappraiser

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  1. denverappraiser

    Help me on the Certificate

    The report describes one diamond. I"ve not seen the piece so I can't get into whether it's correct or not but I would point out that that's describing a rather small piece of your purchase. Fundamentally, it's up to the appraiser to convince you that they have credibility. You get that from their credentials, their website, reviews, and the way your meeting goes. None of that is present but maybe there's more than what you're showing. The default answer is no.
  2. The point of branding is to establish credibility. Cartier does indeed make good stuff, but they make no claim that they are the ONLY people who make good stuff. They don’t even claim to be the best. What you get by shopping from them is a level of confidence that they’re selling you quality merchandise, that they’ll stand behind if there’s a problem, and that it won’t be necessary to go through gyrations like asking advice from strangers on the Internet. Fundamentally, if you’re interested in what Cartier has to offer in competition, ask Cartier.
  3. denverappraiser

    Need help with this diamond please!

    There's nothing on the report that will answer about the hazy effect of certain strong blues. That comes from looking at it in direct sunlight and I would ask the seller exactly that question. SOMEONE should be able to walk it out into the sunlight and take a look. That, of course, means you have to believe what they tell you, which is something of a risk, but bear in mind that what you're risking is usually no more than the return shipping and some wasted time. When it arrives, take it outside yourself, no matter what you've done beforehand and no matter who you buy it from. If it's a problem, back it goes. I would stick to GIA. At this price point, there's no value in playing games with the lab. You're too far downstream. Think of it this way. GIA is worth more and sells faster than the same grade from EGL-USA. Every dealer and even most consumers know this. The GIA lab fee on a 2.88 is $169. That makes for some easy math. A 'correct' EGL with no other problems will quickly become a GIA and that EGL document will be lost to the shredder forthwith.
  4. Nothing to add to Davide's comments above other than that I'm actually quite impressed with the ASET pics. These were taken with a handheld ASET and a phone? Sweeet.
  5. denverappraiser

    Help With Quality

    You want to know what looks best to the human eye but there are no human eyes involved. Have you seen them? Could you tell the difference? Claims of clarity on filled stones are, at best, unsupported and at worst complete baloney. There is no scale. GIA grades (like VS2) don’t apply to these stones. Color is a matter of skills and methodology of the grader. It’s not that they are wrong, it’s just that we don’t know anything at all. “Some guy said it was a F”. Great. Who? The untreated I-1 has the same problem. I-1 according to whom? There are a few things you included that are completely out in space like “Theme: beauty or Style: Tasha”. I have no idea what those mean or if you would like them. There’s simply no way to say if Tasha style is better than something else without knowing what they’re even talking about. You didn’t give prices and you only gave weight as around 0.50 each or maybe 0.50 total weight. I"m not sure because of the translation. We know nothing at all about the mountings other than that they’re earrings. This all leaves an enormous range and anything like a straight answer would be doing you a disservice.
  6. denverappraiser

    Help With Quality

    I"m afraid we may be either losing a great deal in translation or you simply don't have enough information to make even a random guess (or both) Do you know what clarity enhanced means? You should look this up. It's important. Also important is who supplied all of this data and what criteria were they using.
  7. The reason that's a comparative bargain to other similar stones is the fluorescence and possibly the market where you're shopping. The diameter has nothing to do with it. You'll take a hit for the fluoro, but you're getting a discount too. If you're decently skilled at selling you probably could get half of it back on resale but that has as much to do with you as it does the stone. No, it's not a commodity investment. It's a consumer purchase. That's true of 'better' stones as well. Buying diamonds is easy. Selling diamonds is hard.
  8. denverappraiser

    Diamond Suppliers JamesAllen, Blue Nile, Ritani

    It depends on what you sell, how you sell, that sort of thing. I rather like JCK Las Vegas. JA New York is popular among the east coast crowd. Hong Kong is popular and starts tomorrow. Centurion South Beach is next month and has a following but I've never been. AGTA Tucson is a great show, it's huge, and it has a great tech pavilion, but it's not really focused on diamonds. You can buy the setup yourself, but then you have to take the pictures yourself. It's harder than it looks, even with the right tools. The secret to a site like JA or BN that has tens of thousands of stones is that they don't own those stones (most of them anyway). That would run up hundreds of millions of dollars in inventory costs and the margins don't even come close to justifying that. That means that the secret is having a good, long-term partnership with your vendors is more important than having good equipment yourself. It's not a game for amateurs. It's not a coincidence that you're only seeing this with the BIG players. Do you have a store somewhere? Where?
  9. denverappraiser

    Diamond Suppliers JamesAllen, Blue Nile, Ritani

    Some of the labs, like GCAL and AGS, offer imaging services to their clients.
  10. denverappraiser

    Diamond Suppliers JamesAllen, Blue Nile, Ritani

    Hi James. You’ll notice that they aren’t all the same in terms of imagery, and the images aren’t available on every stone offered by each dealer. It’s a complicated soup involving thousands of suppliers. JA, for example, has their own proprietary system, and the underlying technology for that was a big piece of the corporate value when the company was sold last year. They have equipment on-site at their suppliers as well as their own photography setup in NY. I’m guessing we’ll soon see this same technology flogging everything from cars to clothing. Increasingly wholesale suppliers are offering professional images as an add-on to their retailers, but it's a matter of choosing the right suppliers and then limiting your offerings to those particular suppliers. There's not one or even 10 answers. It's not that easy, which is why not everyone does it, and even fewer do it well. Good pictures are still a considerable chore. Step 1 is talk to your suppliers. Step 2 is to go to some of the trade shows like Tucson or Vegas and see who is promoting it.
  11. denverappraiser

    Thoughts on this diamond for engagement ring?

    Prices vary quite a bit from one marketplace to the next but here's a list of 84 comps ranging from a bit over $10k to about $14k from a half a dozen vendors. The median price from this group is on the order of $12k. Local stores tend to charge a bit more and offer a bit different sort of services. These are all US Internet vendors and non-US places are generally a little more. Don't forget taxes, especially if you're outside of the US. Sometimes they can be important. Proportions are fine. It's a textbook GIA-xxx.
  12. denverappraiser

    Advice needed on a large table diamond

    GIA doesn't use the term ideal at all, much less ideal range. The reason is that there is a wide range of beautiful stones and beauty really is in the eye of the beholder. Like Davide above, I rather like tall crowns and small tables, but the tradeoff is that they look smaller when you do that. Nearly everyone likes BIG, and they don't mean weight. In any case, AGS-0 (which is what most people mean by ideal) can have as high as a 62% table and still fit their definition of Idealness. HCA goes as high as 62 as well although the window for the other parameters gets pretty narrow.
  13. denverappraiser

    Emerald proportions

    It sounds like an error but dealers are welcome to use additional scales if they want. This is not the only thing on the ad that isn't from GIA. Nearly half of what they show comes from elsewhere. There are also areas where they disagree (look at the girdle for example) If they don't provide a scale and an explanation of their grading terms, what they mean and where the got the data, don't just ignore them, hold it against them.
  14. denverappraiser

    Want to Buy Pink Diamond Engagement Ring

    There’s a lot of complications in what seems like a simple enough question. The first is in your name. Are you a representative of an Australian diamond company?
  15. denverappraiser

    My dog finds diamonds.

    Calling something a diamond does not make it so and finding something with Google does not make it true. Even so, I'd love to see the link you found on how to grade rough diamonds.