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  1. denverappraiser

    Good Purchase?

    Metal weight. Grade and count on the diamonds. Manufacturer. Picture(s). You bought it from a jeweler, didn't they tell you more than that?
  2. denverappraiser

    Oval 1.50 carat, I have no idea what i'm doing

    This is that. The questions remain. What's your budget? Have you seen the stone? Has the jeweler? Does this budget include the mounting? What's that going to look like? FWIW, the 'impress' feature has more to do with the mounting than the center stone. A 1.4x/I/SI1 would be over $1000 cheaper with roughly identical bling. This business is all about tiny details. If this is truly a budget issue, I think you have the wrong stone. Throw that $1000 at the mounting and you will almost certainly get more flash out of the whole package.
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    Oval 1.50 carat, I have no idea what i'm doing

    It's competitively priced and it comes down to what 'around' $3k means. Without trying very hard I find several comps under $3200, for example, but none under $3000. That's not even a 10% difference and it takes us into issues of the grading accuracy, something we know nothing about and can't evaluate from pictures. Drop that color to I and it becomes easy to beat. Raise it to G and it becomes impossible. Is that one a 'lucky cert'? Who knows? IGI is a reputable company but it might be. It happens all the time. Have you seen the stone in person? Has your jeweler? No, there are no red flags but I do recommend doing your due diligence (as I would with any stone). As mentioned above, if the 'around 3k', includes the mounting and the labor, the math is a little different and it depends a lot on the details of that mounting. SOME mountings can get pretty pricey.
  4. denverappraiser

    Jewelry set

    Bear in mind that jewelry is, at it’s heart, a fashion product. 35,000 Euros is, for most people, quite a lot of money. They have to really like the piece(s) before they’ll do that. That’s why the resale advice to private sellers is so often to take it apart. They have to want exactly that set, in exactly that configuration, before they’ll buy. Loose gem buyers are much more flexible, although they’re not easy either. They are imagining making something that is THEIR design and that’s special just for them. That’s a lot easier to find. They have options. I second Davide's advice of seeking out the advice of a pro before you take it apart but it's not a crazy suggestion. You dropped several important data points in your description. Metal type, stone identification, origin, and, of course, price. Where did you get those and what are they based on? If you're worried about the dealer damaging the parts, find a better dealer goldsmith. It depends on how it's assembled but usually, it's not that difficult to disassemble things safely. At least around here (the US), 20% is on the cheap side for consignment resale, not even including the labor to take it apart. I dare say most dealers would be in for closer to half.
  5. denverappraiser

    Feedback on AGI Ring Please

    As a general rule, if you have a seller that supplies you with an 'appraisal' that you find to be lacking or otherwise inaccurate, don't just hold it against the appraiser, hold it against the seller.
  6. denverappraiser

    Feedback on AGI Ring Please

    You should be able to return the ring within a reasonable amount of time for ANY reason. I agree with Davide that this story is full of red flags but among them is that the seller should get NO vote in the appraisal process. Not who the appraiser is. Not their qualifications. Not what they say. Nothing. They're not even entitled to a copy of the report and there's very little reason to volunteer it. The only exception here is the schedule. If you're going to keep it, or not, based on consultation with a 3rd party, get on with it. Read and understand the terms and conditions page on the seller's website before you click that 'buy it now' button. Often they don't say what you think they say.
  7. denverappraiser

    8,000 carat natural black diamond from africa

    It's perhaps worthy of note that the density of diamond is 3.51g/cm3, not 3.2.
  8. denverappraiser

    Knot in Diamond

    It sort of depends on what you mean by a very old stone. Diamonds, by their nature, are upwards of 200 million years, give or take a few. We don't know the history of this particular stone, and the jeweler probably doesn't either, but there are a few things we DO know. 1) On March 10, 2021 it was at GIA. It was undamaged at that time. 2) Faceted girdles are a relatively recent innovation in cutting. Recent stones are mostly all faceted girdles, and before 2000 or so, almost none were. 3) GIA-X doesn't usually just happen. The cutter deliberately cuts to those proportions because they want that grade. GIA didn't even define what those proportions WERE until 2006. All in, I think we can safely say that it's post-2006 cutting and that passed a GIA inspection in 2021. Depending on what you mean, that may still fall into 'old', but it makes me hate to admit how old I am.
  9. denverappraiser

    are these good prices

    Here's 250 comps, for example.
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    are these good prices

    I've never personally done business with them, which means nothing, but they're large and seem to be well regarded. They're one of the advertisers on RareCarat (which doesn't really impress me, by the way). Terms and conditions are good. Lots of positive reviews. They've got a physical store in San Fransisco, which is evidence that they're decently well established. They're a virtual seller, which means they don't own or even have most of what they sell. That comes with some troubles but it's fairly typical in this business. Inventory is a problem for jewelers and relying on a supply chain that starts in India causes trouble. Stones are shared with other stores all over the world so there's a very real possibility that something will get sold somewhere else and they won't even know until they try to buy it. Their reviews are lots of 5* and a few 1*'s with very little in between. This is the reason. It's not actually 'bait and switch' but it feels like it because they don't actually have what they're selling and there's a greater than zero chance that they can't get it. Again, this is typical. You'll see a few complaints about this in the reviews of pretty much any Internet diamond dealer using the virtual inventory system. I think every seller advertising here has the exact same issue. The alternative is dealers who carry things in inventory which means less selection and higher prices. That's why they look attractive in the RareCarat lens. All in all, they look pretty good. In terms of prices, it's pretty easy to check yourself. I'd be willing to bet you already have. Do a search in one of the giant virtual databases, like the one behind the 'Diamond Finder' link at the top of the page, and search for similar stones. You'll usually find dozens of choices from nearly as many vendors. It's easy to see who is price aggressive and who isn't. The big differences are normally in the terms and conditions, not so much the prices.
  11. denverappraiser

    The beginnings of a hustle

    Selling as a consumer in the US is tough. Most pickers sell to dealers. It's fast, it’s easy, and it’s easily repeatable. I know some who even sell from one pawnshop to another and then visa-versa. At least around here, there are dealers who will buy from regulars but who don’t want to deal with the public. That leaves a space for the pickers. eBay and virtual consignment shops do OK with designer-type pieces in perfect condition but it's quite a bit of work in the form of answering stupid questions, taking pictures, and such. It’s also quite a bit of risk for fraudulent buyers, by the way. Facebook does low-end things, which is what you’re seeing. Chinese crap. Craigslist is a wasteland. I wouldn’t recommend selling anything there. In the moderately expensive zone, does ok, but there’s quite a bit of time and logistics involved. It's a specialized sort of venue. For what it's worth, this kind of thing is why not everyone is doing this. It's not a hustle. It's not money for nothin'. It's a job.
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    If you don't trust your tests, find someone you do. Diamond testing is usually free at places like pawn shops and the like.
  13. denverappraiser

    Buying an engagement ring noob

    Is the ring coming from BGD? Surely they're prepared to make it any size you like. As mentioned above, sizing pave can be tricky (or not) and by far the easiest way is to just make it the right size in the first place. FWI, it may have an effect on your warranty to have it sized by someone else.
  14. denverappraiser

    Help make sense of these diamond Analysis Reports please

    Honestly, I don't have much of a problem with it. They aren't great photos, but their better than usual. Evaluating a stone from a photo is highly problematic. Not that I find them all that useful, but I don't see the Firetrace or their analysis of the proportions at all. Just some measurements.
  15. denverappraiser

    new to the Dimond industry

    I'm a little surprised you get ANY business in wholesale (meaning selling to dealers) via Craigslist and eBay and damn little from Facebook (some people do ok with facebook groups but I've never heard of FB marketplace being good for anything but discount retailing, and it's not great at that). Do you have a website? Do you advertise? Exhibiting at shows is popular and coming back. A lot of wholesalers drive/fly to visit stores and show their lines. It's a tough way to make a buck, and the strategy will vary quite a bit depending both on your own style and on what you're selling. One of the keys to success in wholesaling is to keep in mind that the retailers are your partners. They are not the end users. What are your goals and what are you selling?