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?
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    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.
  16. denverappraiser

    Are GSI reputable and reliable certifications?

    $10k is on the high end but a far bigger issue is the grading accuracy. The difference between a GIA 1.25/I/SI2 and an otherwise similar 1.25/J/I1 is nearly a factor of 2 no matter where you buy it. It's even more if we include things like cutting and fluorescence. These are not tiny details.
  17. They do have different packaging for different items and some things come with a drawstring bag instead of a box. One thing about Tiffany is that they're supportive of their clients. Even clients who buy what is, for them, inexpensive goods. Call them up and ask. They're sensitive about the boxes because they don't want to fuel the market for knockoffs by supplying genuine boxes but if they owe you a box, they'll produce one.
  18. denverappraiser

    Are GSI reputable and reliable certifications?

    No matter who graded the stone, if you’re worried about the reliability of the grading, have it checked out by your own expert. Where are you and I’ll try and send you a referral? Most are not expensive and there is far more important information than appears on the lab documents. Remember, it's not a second opinion if it comes from the same source as the first. To answer your question. GSI is a large operation that provides sales documents to a wide range of dealers. They’re popular with the chain and department stores. Do with that information as you wish. You’re right to be nervous about claimed discounts as well as the grading details. Those are among the questions to ask in the above appraisal session with YOUR expert.
  19. denverappraiser

    Starting your own inventory

    Get a thermal diamond tester. Ebay has them cheaply. I wouldn’t get the kit from idealscope. The $25 one is just fine for what you’re doing unless it’s intended to be part of the sales presentation. As a warning on sales presentations, it’s unlikely that what you buy will be very impressive under an IS unless you get into the recutting business. That’s an entirely different can of worms. Most of what’s out there is pretty bad in terms of cutting, and most sellers don’t want to highlight that. The only problem with the $25 one is that the lens is made of plastic, so you need to be careful not to damage it as you schlep it around. There are better sources for tweezers and the like. $125 won’t get you a single color master, much less a set. The one you linked to is CZ, which is not the same thing. As mentioned previously, this is the #1 stickler for people getting into this business. CZs are trouble. Theoretically, synthetics would be ok but in practice I've never seen a set. Those are nice enough lamps, but I’ll warn you they’re a little bit fragile if you’re going to be on the road with it. Again, consider your purpose. The sales presentation is different than buying. Ott makes a lot of choices that are popular. By the way, the lamp is for color grading, not brightness/fire/scintillation. If you’re traveling, lack of standardized lighting at client sites is a HUGE problem. Buy a better loupe. 10x Hastings triplet. I use a Nikon but there are others as well. I”ve had the same loupe for decades. Schneider is well regarded. Expect to spend over $100, not $12. Look to Kassoy, not ebay. While we're at it, cheap tweezers suck. If you are doing work at a client site, bringing in a microscope mostly isn’t a choice. They’re too cumbersome to travel with, Certainly not a good one. A decent scope will be expensive. My primary one is made by Wild Heerbrugg but you have to do a retrofit to get a darkfield. GIA Instruments sells them. Meiji Techno is popular. Don’t skimp here. If you really get into the grading business, this will become your #1 go-to tool. $1500 probably isn’t enough. Get a camera with a good lens and practice with it. You'll find it more useful for sales than you ever imagined.
  20. denverappraiser

    Inclusions in bought diamond

    I understand. 'Eye visible' is not the standard for clarity grading because it depends so much on your vision, the lighting, what the viewer knows to look for and similar non-gemological properties. Most 0.31 SI2's for most viewers under most viewing conditions are eye-clean. I realize that that's a lot of weasel words but the answer to your question is to look at the stone, not to rely on the grading report. A photo doesn't help. If you've got a return policy and enough time to deal with it, your risk is low. Get it, look at it, and proceed accordingly. You may consider using the help of an independent appraiser with an experienced eye and a standardized lighting environment if it worries you.
  21. denverappraiser

    Inclusions in bought diamond

    Why are you second-guessing this? What has you worried?
  22. denverappraiser

    How to get traffic and sales?

    For example, here's a thousand competitors, all of which are cheaper than you and most of which are paying for their placement ahead of you. https://www.google.com/search?q=malachite+cabochon+30+x+40&tbm=shop&sxsrf=ACYBGNSDMrSoJzVan8uIEHev_9_-QSc-5A:1576603089461&source=lnms&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwi9heWYmL3mAhUQK80KHZTjDRcQ_AUIDigB&biw=1536&bih=722&dpr=1.25
  23. denverappraiser

    How to get traffic and sales?

    Advertising costs money. Often quite a bit. Big-time online dealers like James Allen and Blue Nile have 6 digit budgets for this. Sometimes you can pay on the back-end, like etsy or ebay, where you're paying a commission on sales, but fundamentally, if you want to be an online store you're going to have to break out the credit card. Even then, it's a bit tricky to decide WHO to pay. Google and facebook good places to start but it's not the end. If it makes you feel any better, 250 hits in a month is pretty good for a brand new site without any marketing effort. Posts like the above will do nothing for you other than, perhaps, result in some good advice (for free!!).
  24. denverappraiser

    Starting your own inventory

    By the way, as much as I'm a fan of GIA education for the right circumstances, I'm not yet convinced your situation applies. It's about like learning to ride a bike by reading a book. Practice and good feedback are keys. You do need to practice the right things but it's on you, not so much the school.
  25. denverappraiser

    Starting your own inventory

    You’ll need a Leveridge gauge or equivalent. Personally I like presidium equipment but there are lots of choices. Get a good scale. Uv light. Thermal tester. The tool that usually chokes beginning buyers is a set of diamond color masters (not cz’s). A good microscope should be high on your list. A good camera (not just a cell phone). Tweezers, trays, and assorted things like that. You'll need good data sources and good contacts for sales. Are you expecting to set up an office where people bring things to you for sale or are going to be a traveling ’picker’ buying from places like pawn shops where you go to them (and take your equipment with you)?