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  1. denverappraiser

    FS: Double Diamond Eternity band

    What's the metal?
  2. denverappraiser

    Which one should I pick?

    Ask Brian or his peeps? They do have a pony in this race so you need to take their advice with a grain of salt, but they're a pretty straightforward company. They might just give you good advice. Be fast, by the way, these things don't tend to stick around long.
  3. denverappraiser

    AIG labs trustworty? anyone has experience?

    There's a large company called "American International Gemologists" that produces sales documents for jewelers, mostly online, with the masthead AIG. They make them by the thousands. Your headline and URL is for "Antwerp International Gemological Laboratories". These are not the same. The heart of your question is simple enough. A seller produces a report from AIG that says something. Should you believe it? Maybe. Maybe not. The merits, or lack thereof, of AIG is on them, not the seller and not us. The fact that the seller chose them tells you that it's their guys, not yours. The fact that it includes at least some information that you know to be false is a bad sign. The fact that you are having a hard time researching them is a bad sign. I took the opportunity to look up a more-or-less random offering on that site. Like the ones you're looking at, it's being sold by an Israeli dealer. Several things came up in a brief look. They supply a clarity grade of 'transparent' on the ruby. That's not even one of their choices on the clarity scale they include right next to it. They missed some critical information, notably treatments or lack thereof on the ruby. That's a huge deal in the ruby business and it's the #1 reason people would want to see a lab inspection report. They don't even say if it's natural or synthetic. They give it a cut grade, which has no scale at all. The jewelry has an 'excellent ideal finish'. I can't even take a guess what that means and, again, no scale or context is given. Does that make them wrong or unreliable? Absolutely not, but I'm not sure what you would rely on them for. Then there are those reviews. 138 of them. I didn't read them all but it seems to be full of comments on how happy people are with the shipping speed. That's a fine thing, but it has nothing to do with the reliability of the paperwork provided. I didn't spot a single one that talks about the subject at hand here. Maybe I just missed it.
  4. denverappraiser

    AIG labs trustworty? anyone has experience?

    double post
  5. 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)
  6. 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.
  7. denverappraiser

    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.
  8. denverappraiser

    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.
  9. 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.
  10. denverappraiser

    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.
  11. denverappraiser

    Diamond choices

    The boundaries of SI2 may be an equally important question.
  12. 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).
  13. 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?
  14. 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.
  15. 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.