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About denverappraiser

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  1. NYC is full of competent appraisers. As Davide mentioned, this is not the same skill set as a jeweler and there's an inherent conflict of interest in your situation. It's hard to tell from photos but I would be surprised if a deal with GIA would benefit your sales on any of the items there and the fees would be considerable. I definitely wouldn't start there. The NAJA link above is a good place to start. If you don't find someone you like, and are also membership organizations for appraisers that require a certain level of competence. I've never heard of Fishmans either, which means exactly nothing. I"m 2000 miles away and there are a LOT of jewelers between here and there.
  2. denverappraiser

    Broken engagement ring

    ^^^^ What he said. If the original seller isn't available for whatever reason, pick almost any jeweler. If the metal is gold or platinum, this is a common and generally simple repair.
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    Is "XXX" GIA Overrated?

    Most of my new purchase clients are trying to maximize bling per dollar. That, of course, is not a synonym for 'better', but it's the way things get discussed online and in most jewelry stores. The result is that I find xxx to be overrated because it's not narrow enough, not that it's too narrow.
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    Opinion on True hearts diamond

    AGS, which is the lab that graded this stone, uses a 3d modeling system for cut grading and it doesn't exactly map to GIA's "excellent" grade. Actually, it's quite a bit narrower. It's a complicated connection. If you're interested in how an AGS stone would be expected to grade on the GIA system, you can calculate it yourself with the parameters on the report and the tool here:
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    GIA Consistency?

    GIA has expanded drastically in the last few years. They've gone from 2 labs, both in the US, to 11 distributed about the world. They've gone from a specialty college catering jewelers with a sideline business grading diamonds to a billion-dollar behemoth that is one of the most recognized brand names in diamonds. The school isn't even 5% of their revenue these days. That brings with it some big-time logistical challenges and consistency has suffered. They're working on it. You're right that there is no way to tell which lab was used on a particular stone and although people tend to blame outliers on India, I don't think there's all that much evidence to support that. I see it as grasping at straws because the industry is VERY frustrated over this and they want to blame it on someone. India (and Botswana) are easy targets.
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    I want to decide on the choice of a ring, help me

    Nearly everyone has this trouble. Jewelers are everywhere. Most people don't do a lot of this and therefore don't have a lot of experience at it. Not everyone has the same priorities but there are definitely some things to look for. 1) A past. You don't want to be anyone's first customer. That means look for stores that have been there for a while or websites that have a history. Google the store, the names of the owners and, if you turn up something like other stores that they've owned, Google those too. 2) Someone you 'click' with. Nearly every jeweler can get whatever stone/ring you want. Most won't have it in stock. The jeweler is more like an ally in your search than a traditional seller. It's not rocket science but there's a process. 3) Buy from someone who takes returns. No refunds = No sale. Period. Full stop. Limits are reasonable, like 30 days or 10 days, and even restocking fees are ok (sort of), but you should have the right to think about it, to show it to your appraiser, your mother, and even a competitive jeweler if you want. While you're at it, read ALL the signs in the store, especially the ones that look like 'fine print', and the terms and conditions page on the website. 4) Use a credit card. A real credit card, not Paypal, and not their in-house financing. If they won't agree, walk away. If there's a problem, the bank is your friend. 5) Use appraisers to your advantage. It's a way to decide what's made properly, if what the jeweler told you is the truth or baloney, and quite a few other things beyond the bottom line price. An 'appraisal' supplied by the seller is NOT the same thing. Be careful about appraisers who are trying to sell you competitive things. That's not an appraisal, it's an advertisement. 6) Get a 'feel' for the place. Do they take their work seriously? Is it clean and well organized? Do they spell things properly on their website? Do their terms and conditions make sense? Do all of this before you even seriously consider the price. Price matters, of course, but you'll have plenty of opportunities to dig into that later. The first issue is whether you want to be doing business with these people at all. If you get that part right you will have solved about 80% of your issues.
  7. denverappraiser

    I want to decide on the choice of a ring, help me

    It's a mistake to assume pawnshops are a cheap place to shop. There are sometimes deals in there, but it's not fundamental. Like jewelers and pretty much any other merchant, they can and charge whatever they want. If you aren't doing a loan, the difference is mostly one of decor.
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    I don't comment on stones without looking at them but others aren't so picky. Give it a day and see who chimes in.
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    November 2019 is not particularly old. That's right before the lockdown. Even under 'normal' times, 10 months isn't old.
  10. denverappraiser

    Can someone review my Diamond?

    GIA doesn’t have a cut grade for pears and they don’t use the word ‘ideal’ at all, even for rounds. The problem with cut grading pears is that it’s too complicated. Even with rounds, which only have a dozen or so variables, it’s hotly argued what is the ‘best’ set of parameters. Pears have far more, and the set of stones is far smaller. AGS has tried. That’s a pretty good lab and they put some real effort into cut grading fancies. They’ve been at it for decades and they STILL haven’t tackled pears. To call it harder than it looks is an understatement. The approach you’re showing above does raise an interesting question. If they’re not using GIA grading standards, what are they using (and why?)
  11. denverappraiser

    Can someone review my Diamond?

    I suspect the VG symmetry grade is because the shoulders next to the point don't look like they perfectly match. These two things are not related.
  12. denverappraiser

    Can someone review my Diamond?

    The 'bowtie'' is the dark-colored stripe across the center of the stone.
  13. denverappraiser

    The beginnings of a hustle

    I'll add to the above that the fact that you quickly sold multiple items for a profit in multiple different transactions is a really good sign. The inability to do that is exactly the problem for 90% of the people who get into the picking business. Buying is easy. Selling is hard. Selling quickly is doubly so.
  14. denverappraiser

    The beginnings of a hustle

    Great answers from Davide above. Not much to add but a little bit, mostly on things you didn't ask. Believe it or not, there’s a whole industry in this. They’re called Pickers. They go from pawn shop to pawn shop, garage sale to garage sale, and look at the things that are freshly out of hold (around here a pawnshop needs to hold everything for 30 days for the benefit of the police) and buy the ones that are mispriced. Pawnbrokers are supposed to be experts in everything and, of course, they aren’t. They make mistakes, just like everyone else. There are pickers waiting looking for tools, guns, electronics, and just about everything else where they know a little bit more than the next guy. I know people who have been doing this full time for years. It’s not as easy as it sounds and it involves something of a magic power. You need to be able to spot the ‘good stuff’ in 5 seconds or less, looking through two layers of dirty glass, all while not letting on which item(s) you are REALLY interested in. Poker skills can be very helpful here. I mention this just to point out that you have competition and some of them are really quite skilled. Good things go quickly so you have to show up often and be prepared to pay cash in the thousands. Physical auctions can be the same gig. The stores learn to recognize you and they start using YOU as a test. If you’re willing to buy it, that means it’s underpriced. If you look at it more than twice or for more than a few seconds, it’s underpriced. It's a dance. #2 is the sales, which you curiously didn’t really discuss all that much. What you’re describing is a professional jeweler or what's known in the trade as a 'vest pocket' jeweler. There’s certainly nothing wrong with that, but the hard part is in the selling, not the buying. Your premise seems to be the opposite. The real skill is in the care and feeding of your buyers, not so much your sellers. Relying on them for pricing data like they do in those stupid TV shows is problematic, to say the least. As mentioned above, you are in a fiercely competitive field here and everyone in it has a vested interest in cutting you out.
  15. denverappraiser

    Help An Amateur :-)

    The biggest difference here, by far, is one of shape. Emerald cuts are neither better nor worse than rounds, that's a matter of taste, but they're most definitely different. I largely agree with Davide above (I usually do) but before you get into the cut evaluation questions on an EC, it's important to decide if that's even what you want. The right price on the wrong thing is no bargain.