denverappraiser

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  1. denverappraiser

    Identify HW ring

    I wouldn't count on the box being genuine HW either.
  2. denverappraiser

    Identify HW ring

    Nice box. FWIW, phone calls generally work better for this sort of thing. Random people who found pictures on the Internet and who have never even seen the item but want a free opinion requiring research may not be high on their email response list. The phone is harder to ignore.
  3. denverappraiser

    Identify HW ring

    Try Cindy Konney. http://negemlab.com/cynthia-l-kooney/
  4. denverappraiser

    Identify HW ring

    Find a local appraiser. Where are you and I’ll try and get you a referral.
  5. denverappraiser

    Some diamonds expert please help me, thank you!

    Nope. I don't give valuations without inspecting the piece and without discussing the context (like the definition of value mentioned by Davide above).
  6. denverappraiser

    Some diamonds expert please help me, thank you!

    I'm with Davide. $1100 is a reasonable enough price but selling jewelry is a LOT harder than buying it. Buy it because you love it, not as a business venture. How much is the penalty?
  7. denverappraiser

    Some diamonds expert please help me, thank you!

    Not every artist charges the same for their time and talents. As components go, brown diamonds are not terribly expensive and 3 grams of14k gold is not terribly expensive either. The money is in making it into a ring. If you're really looking for an explanation of that 3,000 Euro estimate, ask the person who wrote it. Usually, their contact information is on the document itself. Bear in mind that appraising is a completely unregulated business. They are under no obligation to talk to you and they are not required to be reasonable even if they do. The key is that you don't have to care what they think. The FIRST step in evaluating an appraisal is to evaluate the appraiser. The obligation is on them to convince you that they have something useful to say. Without that, ignore them. The default answer is to ignore them. It's packing materials. Milan is a bit far from my neighborhood and I don't know any appraisers to refer you to. In Europe, they usually call them valuers, which may be a useful google search. You mentioned that 3k was some sort of MSRP. The transaction price may be a more useful number to go by. Presumably it was a fair and public auction but, in practice, we don't even know that.
  8. denverappraiser

    Please Help Me Decide

    Cut: There are no cut grading standards for oval. Do you mean Polish? This is tricky because the classic Internet advice is that cut is king. I agree, but again, there is no cut standard and it is not a synonym for polish. I disagree that compromising to VG on this is trouble but it doesn't save much money either so unless you find the selections tight, there's not really a problem. You'll throw out some good stones, but if you've got 2800 to work from, you are going to have to get arbitrary anyway. L/W. I agree. It's purely a matter of taste. I would add that there is a shape element. Almost a rectangle, an egg, and almost a marquise are all ovals, but they have very different characters. This is an area where the photos can be very helpful. Ideal: See above. There is not an agreed-upon standard for ideal ovals. It's not even especially close. GIA doesn't use the term at all. There's nothing wrong with either of those ranges, but it's not a valid standard and I wouldn't summarily use them as exclusion criteria. Girdle: You didn't mention it but this is usually on the list. Very thick girdles make stones face-up small for their weight, other things being equal. Very thin girdles can be fragile. Fluorescence. As with the above, this isn't on your list, but it has a big effect on price in the high color ranges. The easiest is to just go with 'none', which is fine, but if you're searching through hundreds of choices based on price, you'll find the cheapest will all be fluorescent. Size: There's a big price bump at 1.50. Assuming that you don't have an emotional reason for it, there's very little reason for 1.5x sizes. On the other hand, your budget could push you to 1.70 or 1.80 fairly well if you want. I agree with Davide that the right dealer makes this whole process a LOT easier. The GIA report does not contain enough information to reasonably shop based on that alone. A photo helps but not enough. You want a dealer who has the stone in-hand and is prepared to talk to you about it.
  9. denverappraiser

    Please Help Me Decide

    You mentioned that you are using filters for Cut, Symmetry, L/W, Depth% and Table%. What parameters are you using and how did you decide on them?
  10. denverappraiser

    Please Help Me Decide

    Good morning. I think you won't find that to be a difficult set of specs and price point but I'm curious how you came about them. If 'eye clean' is your clarity spec, why are you looking at VVS? That's adding a good 50% to your budget for an attribute that you apparently don't value. To a lesser degree, the same applies to color. The difference between D and F is more than a thousand dollars in this size and clarity range. All 3 you chose are D. May I ask why?
  11. denverappraiser

    1.36ct intense blue

    Here's a link. 1.36 Fancy Intense Blue/ IF https://www.gia.edu/UK-EN/report-check?reportno=1172199870&s=1580170332113
  12. denverappraiser

    1.36ct intense blue

    Zounds. I'm not going to venture into pricing without a whole lot more information but I will say that, realistically, there is no difference between trade and retail on this sort of thing. They change hands at auctions and private deals where collectors buy them from other collectors and EVERYONE thinks of themselves as a dealer. Even in Hollywood, there are no 'consumers'.
  13. denverappraiser

    IGL certificate

    If they’ve provided you with a report full of unreliable information while asking you to rely on it, that itself would be an important piece of information.
  14. denverappraiser

    IGL certificate

    The burden of proof is on them to convince you that their opinion has merits. The default is no. Any legitimate lab will have a footprint. Read their website carefully. I've never heard of them, which means nothing, but I must say, there are several red flags here. It's unsigned. They don't provide any sort of definition of "insurance replacement value". They're using non-standard grading scales that are not described in the report or even on their website. There are more. Any chance you can post the fine print on the back of the report, assuming there's something there)? Do you even have the original report? If you decide they aren't reliable, don't just ignore them. Hold it against the seller who is asking you to rely on them. They know.
  15. denverappraiser

    Diamond Appreciation

    Excellent summary by Davide. I’d you want to dig into it, I would start with the annual reports on the diamond industry by Bain & co. as he linked. They’re all free and available. They aren’t exactly beach reads but they’re content rich. My only caution as you read those is that they’re talking about rough stones only. They report on the mining business from the perspective of where’re or not you should be investing in the mining companies. Jewelry is related but bit different. It’s a complicated soup.