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  1. Is my diamond okay?

    My guess is it’s just the way your eyes work. Direct sunlight is a terrible lighting environment for diamonds. Look directly into a bright light. What do you see? Not much, right? If there was scintillation of colors or a pattern on the bulb, you wouldn’t know it. What your eye sees is BRIGHT, and the iris immediately contracts to the point that you don’t see much else. It turns out you don’t even see the brightness.
  2. Should I buy this diamond?? First time engagment ring buyer...

    UGS is a division of EGL-USA. Google both companies and you'll get a screenful of information about them.
  3. Help me identify this radiant! :) good luck! :)

    ‘Brilliant’, in GIA lingo, means the pavilion features long facets that extend from the culet towards the girdle around the entire perimeter of the stone. That’s as opposed to step cuts or other variations that are distinctly different configurations. This is a brilliant cut. 'Square' has to do with the length to width ratio. Yours is 1.05:1, which I think is their limit. More than that and it becomes rectangular. At GIA nearly everything is 'modified' and I'm not sure what pegged you here but, if nothing else, I think the cut-corners will do it. ‘Princess’, by the way, is another branded cut that gets their name abused by the trade. You’ll never catch GIA using that word either. You're welcome to visit but I"ll warn you, New York to Denver is a long drive. 26 hours of highway time.
  4. Help me identify this radiant! :) good luck! :)

    I'm not sure I even understand your question. It's a cut-cornered modified square brilliant. You obviously already know that. It's right there on the GIA. 'Radiant' is a brand name that for obvious reasons gets incorrectly used to describe those, and you clearly know that too. It's the same reason all facial tissues are known as Kleenex even though that's a specific brand. Are you asking if there are other tradenames or euphemisms to consider?
  5. Should I buy this 0.90ct diamond?

    That too is pretty mainstream. There's nothing wrong with that, but it means that pretty much any jeweler can get something about like it, which makes it relatively easy to shop. Pricing on it will have a lot to do with the details like number and grades of diamonds, style of manufacturing, and branding. Blue Nile is generally pretty aggressive in their pricing and they make for a decent benchmark on this kind of decision.
  6. Should I buy this 0.90ct diamond?

    Mostly jewelry stores charge more than $250 for a setting , especially if it includes sizing and setting labor. I"ve never counted it a good idea to beat up the setter over that last $50 on a $5000 purchase. Frankly I would expect a ring like that to add more like $500.
  7. Should I buy this 0.90ct diamond?

    Nothing wrong based on what you've listed. That's a very popular set of specs.... Probably THE most popular. Is it priced right? That depends. There are 99 comparable stones offered in the database here alone, and all but 1 of them are cheaper than that, some by quite a bit. That doesn't mean it's a bad deal, but it deserves a discussion with the jeweler. Jewelers offer things like convenience, safety, setting, warranties and a variety of other benefits that can be valuable, but I would ask and decide for yourself.
  8. Engagement ring at bulgari

    Yes, they can. GIA will issue a new one if you ask (and pay them). You'll need to send the stone unmounted to either their California or New York lab, wait, and then reset it. It seems fair for the jeweler to pay for this but, of course, they need to agree. I can certainly see why they don't WANT to do it, but it's not correct to say they can't.
  9. Need guidance on navigating awful authorized retailer

    I’m no lawyer, and particularly not a Canadian lawyer, but I would expect that what they need to deliver is what it says in the contract they need to deliver. If it says 5.5, then 5.5 is what they’re obligated to. There are some complications, like margins of error and the fact that they are the ones who picked the size, but most jewelers are pretty cooperative about this issue. I’m a little surprised he’s fighting you over it. Danhof is another one that I would expect to be cooperative. They want to be paid for their work, and they don’t want to throw their dealers under the bus, but they like happy consumers. This doesn’t seem insurmountable.
  10. Need guidance on navigating awful authorized retailer

    Is there another Danhof dealer you can visit to answer question #1? Danhof may be able to help you find one. You're right that different designs fit a little differently and it's important to work out the correct size for THAT particular ring. It's also perhaps worth noting that your standard of 'tight 4.75' is a bit unreasonable. 1/4 size is within the fluff of what you had for lunch, the temperature, and the time of the month, and 1/8 size (the boundary between tight 4.75 and loose 4.5) is ridiculous. Many/most stores will only allow specification to 1/2 size. It doesn't sound like the store is eager to pay, and it's going to come down to the contract you have with them. Look over the paperwork carefully and see what the warranty and terms/conditions say. If he's not going to do it because he's nice or just general guilt, that's what you have to hang your hat on.
  11. Need guidance on navigating awful authorized retailer

    Your complaint seems to boil down to two issues. 1) What’s your correct size? 2) Who is responsible for the previously wrong answer(s) to the above? As far as I can tell, neither of these has actually been resolved. It further sounds like Danhov will be happy to take care of you, as long as they’re paid. By someone. That’s the conversation to have with Jay. He may not end up agreeing with you, but wrapping in Danhof, and FedEx, and Canada, and us for that matter, is just distracting from the underlying problem.
  12. Advice needed to purchase a SI2 diamond

    My understanding is that their return policy is pretty agreeable, but I would encourage you to read it carefully, just in case. The issue is the grading. The difference between a F/SI2 and a G/I-1 is more than a third. That’s a fair amount to bet on a lab that you admit you don’t trust, and a gemologist who is both working for the seller and isn’t even looking at the stone.
  13. Advice needed to purchase a SI2 diamond

    Umm, 'extra inclusions' wasn't the question. Overseas is fine, but that means someone overseas needs to look at it. Is their in-house gemologist overseas? Are they actually looking at the diamond?
  14. Advice needed to purchase a SI2 diamond

    Do they claim it to be eye clean? Have you asked?
  15. Zoara Loose Diamond Purchase

    Nothing to add to the above but I do see one more risk here. Jareds. They’re a fine company but it is not 100% that this mounting will be perfect the first go around. Stuff happens in the world of custom manufacturing. They’re making a mounting for a stone that they haven’t seen and complications are common. More importantly, you’re planning on having them set the stone instantly when that center stone shows up. They may not have the same plan. Usually there's at least a couple of days here. Your timeline is tight, and it’s getting tighter as we type. Make sure they’re on board with it.