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About denverappraiser

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  1. denverappraiser

    Should I be concerned

    I'm much more concerned about the setting. That ring is just asking for trouble as a daily wear piece. Did you include that as an example of what you're making? Heavily included stones are less durable, and points are fragile by their nature. Hanging freely over the edge of the piece like this is a dangerous plan. The bottom point, the one resting on the glass, is at risk just to take that picture. The top point is already broken. (the piece of glass is even more at risk here although people are generally less concerned about that)
  2. denverappraiser

    Narrowed My Search to 4 Diamonds - Thoughts Appreciated

    For a correctly graded and undamaged 3.0+/GIA/VS2/I/VG+/VG+/VG+, the median price is about double your budget at the discounty type dealers. Most B&M stores will be more than that. I, of course, understand the desire to push for a bargain but pushing for half of market value is asking for troubles that don't show up in the advertising.
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    Narrowed My Search to 4 Diamonds - Thoughts Appreciated

    By the way, none of these stones meet your requirements., nor are you likely to find one at that price point without serious compromise.
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    Narrowed My Search to 4 Diamonds - Thoughts Appreciated

    At least around here (Colorado), most local jewelers actually are open although they have weird and changing restrictions on things like plastic shields, gloves and they like. It's inconvenient but not really a deal killer. They ARE prepared to show what they're selling. The rules are different in different states and even different counties but don't just assume that COVID has them closed.
  5. denverappraiser

    Need Advice, please

    I've never heard of them, but a casual look isn't good. Their 'cut quality score' talks about the importance of the 'arrows'. That's a whole different discussion but they're dinging you for lack of them. This information is NOT available from your GIA report, and the GIA is their only input. That and the fact that they're trying to steer you towards 'similar' diamonds tells me it's nonsense at best and a scam at worst.
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    Need Advice, please

    NO properly graded GIA F/VS1/xxx will appear dull and lifeless. It's conceivable that some other stone will suit your taste better but the specs of what you have are extremely good. Quit worrying and wait for it to arrive.
  7. denverappraiser

    Diamond choices

    The boundaries of SI2 may be an equally important question.
  8. denverappraiser

    Diamond choices

    Few people would describe a correctly graded G as yellow, so the real issue is the relative grading between two stones that you haven't seen and that lie on the opposing sides of the F/G boundary. GIA color grading varies too. There are 'high G's and 'low F's'. You aren't going to be able to make this call based on the paper. You either need to see them or you need to have someone's who's grading skills you trust look at them (or both).
  9. denverappraiser

    INTERNAL graining and SURFACE Graining not shown.

    No BGM means no Brown Green or Milky. None of this is very precise and no serious lab uses it. It came into trade lingo a few years ago when the politics of Zimbabwe became an issue. (Most Green stones come from a particular region of Zim). Honestly, I don't think I've ever heard a consumer use it. May I ask where you heard it?
  10. denverappraiser

    Vintage Diamond ring from mother

    Most appraisers I think would call that an Old European cut. I even think GIA would, but they're pretty particular. Your measurements would indicate about a 1.25ct. but using 2 measurements with 1 significant digit each leaves a lot of room for error. Even a 0.1mm difference is important.
  11. denverappraiser

    Advice on choosing the final diamond

    Have you looked at any diamonds 'in person'? Hardly anyone can see the inclusions in a VS2 1-carat or an SI1 for that matter. Most can't even do it with magnification, but it's not part of the definitions of the grades.
  12. denverappraiser

    Fools rush in?!

    I’m not really sure what your question or concern is but I’ll try and give a few generic sorts of answers: ‘Valued at’ is irrelevant. It’s sort of like ‘manufacturers suggested retail price’. Value does not stand on it’s own. There is an element of what it’s worth to whom, when, and under what circumstances. Often these value declarations don’t include ANY of that. Details matter. Start with the signature. Auction catalog. This is an advertisement. Don’t put too much stake in it. They will estimate things low if they want to bring in bidders, they’ll go high if they want to make other things in the catalog look comparatively reasonable. It really have very little to do with anything. Ignore it. Insurance. For insurance purposes, the description and photographs are more important than the value conclusion. In most cases, the insurance company is agreeing to replace with like-kind and quality, or words to that effect, not to pay out a particular amount. I’ve never heard of EDR, which means nothing at all, but you said nothing about the details of their report to go on. Details are EVERYTHING, and I see appraisals every day that are laughable. Start with the signature. Then read the text and look at the pictures. Follow that up with a scrutiny of their website and a Googling of the signer’s name. Are you still inclined to believe them? Nothing in your description or that photo suggests 500GBP is particularly unreasonable but if you're concerned, hire an appraiser who is working for YOU, not them.
  13. denverappraiser

    Help in picking out perfect diamond for ring

    This is what I see as the heart of it. Gemologists are not fungible. Dollars to donuts, the guy who told you this is trying to sell you something and they have never even seen the stone. They're selling you even if what they're selling is advertising to someone else. That doesn't make them wrong, but you are relying on them, not your eyes. Not even the lab. That stone is slightly less expensive because of the details of the SI2 clarity (mostly that knot) and the fluorescence. Whether or not those are acceptable to you in light of the price is NOT a slam dunk answer to the question.
  14. denverappraiser

    Color vs size

    ^^^^What those guys said. I'm not a color snob and I'm distinctly price sensitive. Cheap even. All other things being equal, D->G is about 25% drop in price. You can spend that on a bigger size, better clarity, or just have money in the bank when you're done. I am, however, very much a cut snob. Tiny details make a big difference.
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    Can James Allen Rocks be Super Ideal?

    What ^^^^ he said. 'super ideal' is not a term that AGS uses at all and those who do don't use it in the same ways.