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  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. denverappraiser

    are these good prices

    Here's 250 comps, for example.
  4. denverappraiser

    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.
  5. 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.
  7. 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.
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    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.
  9. 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?
  10. denverappraiser

    Buying an engagement ring noob

    1.00ct generally sells for a significant premium over an otherwise similar 0.99ct. Why? It's exactly as you describe... some people want AT LEAST 1.00. It's a rock and the supply is whatever the miners can find so the prices go up as they get bigger. Whether this applies to your partner or you is an entirely different question. I'd be with Davide on the 0.90ct. but that's fashion and there is no 'right' answer. I'm told that only about 5% of customers actually take advantage of the various trade-up programs. Are you one of them? Maybe. What's better about it? People selling diamonds are almost always annoyed by it so if your plan involves the upgrade options, it's a valid consideration. For most people, it's not.
  11. Consider getting an appraisal by a qualified Independent Appraiser, meaning someone who doesn't work for the seller or someone who is competing against them. There are likely quite a few questions to answer. If that picture is all you have, you are missing quite a bit.
  12. denverappraiser

    Buying an engagement ring noob

    I rather like AGSL, for the reasons outlined by Davide. YMMV. GIA is more popular, by a wide margin, but MY wife's stone, as well as my own, are AGSL graded.
  13. denverappraiser

    Buying an engagement ring noob

    You should be able to figure out the taxes from the customs office. Davide, who posted above, is pretty good at this sort of thing. I'd be willing to bet he's right. Your freight company may be able to help you too if there's someone there to talk to. Lastly, most diamond people I know ship by FedEx. Call the local FedEx office and see if they can tell you.
  14. denverappraiser

    Buying an engagement ring noob

    Proportions are terribly important. Those two don't mean much on their own, and the GIA 'excellent' grade already includes them. The advice you're getting is trying to get the 'most' excellent because GIA-x is a big target. That's true, and it's a good goal, but you can't do it with just two parameters. You can't even do it based only on the lab report. There's quite a bit of information on the GIA site directly about this if you care to dig deeper. I'll warn you, it's a rabbit hole where the deeper you dig, the more you're inclined to dig further.
  15. denverappraiser

    Buying an engagement ring noob

    On your budget.... Don't forget that the diamond is just a component. Rings can add anywhere from a few hundred to a few thousand to the deal. Labor, meaning setting the stone and sizing it, can be a hundred or two. You know your taxes better than me but, around here, sales taxes add about 10%. Shipping, even from overseas, is usually less than a couple of hundred.