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  1. LaurentGeorge

    Europe Sellers

    Interestingly while I was in Europe this summer, I did a little research on this exact topic. I found a few smaller online sellers but their prices were not overly attractive. BN definitely has the lion's share of that market but I believe European buyers are not as comfortable buying such item on the net as we are in the US and for this reason there is nowhere close to the same number of online outlets or consumers over there. Having said this, DiamondIdeals for one, but I'm sure all the US online vendors, sell and ship to European customers on a regular basis. VAT collection is not all that complicated as FedEx usually acts as the collection agent upon delivery. As Furquan mentioned, even BN withing Europe has the VAT built into the price.
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    Advice needed on a large table diamond

    Beauty is in the eye of the beholder. For me, this does not qualify as an ideal cut and I would expect the stone to be rather dull. The stone faces like a larger stone because it is shallow and has shallow crown angles. In a way, the table size is the least of its issues. Having said that, I will repeat that this is personal. You have seen the stone and if you like it, that is the most important test. I would caution you to see the stone in a variety of light settings as the lighting inside jewelry stores is notoriously flattering to any diamond. just look up at the ceiling and you will probably see dozens or hundreds of spotlights. This will make even the worst cut look great. What is the attraction to this stone? If it's the price, then be aware there is always a reason for a stone to be an outlier. Compare the price to prices on the Diamond Finder on this forum. It will give you a good idea of how this stone stands. If it substantially cheaper than other similar stones, then you have your answer.
  3. LaurentGeorge

    Emerald proportions

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    Emerald proportions

    As you said, this is not mentioned on the GIA report, so the only source would be internal and not necessarily as reliable.
  5. LaurentGeorge

    Emerald proportions

    D is completely colorless. As you start adding incremental color, although still considered colorless, E and F start having hints of color. If they didn't then they would be Ds. The most common shade stones tend to is yellow but sometimes they can be brown. I doubt the information on this link comes entirely from a GIA report. Some of it may be in-house grading and some of it may be leftover fields from a different stone. I noticed the stone has Hearts and Arrows according to this link, which is quite a difficult thing to achieve in an emerald cut.
  6. LaurentGeorge

    Advice needed, 2 diamond on hold for 24HRS

    This is the drawback to virtual inventories when the stones are held in distant parts. It can be much easier to work with a jeweler who has physical access to the diamonds they are selling. They can actually look at the stone themselves and give you a more realistic assessment of what the stone(s) looks like.
  7. LaurentGeorge

    Advice needed, 2 diamond on hold for 24HRS

    Another tool we use with our customers who cannot come into our store is simply to send them a video of the stones they are considering side by side. This would allow you to compare the way both stones appear next to each other. We do this in a live setting; on a hand with real lighting. I don't think the stark white "x-ray" videos offered by some websites are very helpful in that regard. You should ask JA if they can provide such a video. It's a cheaper solution than purchasing both to return one.
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    Advice needed, 2 diamond on hold for 24HRS

    Interestingly my vote goes to the 2.01. I personally prefer the slightly shorter emerald cuts that are below the 1.5:1 ratio. The medium and faint fluo will not hurt either stone here and may slightly improve their appearance in certain lighting conditions. I say this even though we don't all agree on this and I have agreed to disagree with my colleagues in the past. I also refer the table and depth proportions on the 2.01. The 2.05 table is a little too large for my liking, but when it comes to these difference, it all becomes very personal. Both stones are quite nice. To get good price comparisons, check out the the DiamondFinder link above and you can compare similar stones for yourself.
  9. LaurentGeorge

    My dog finds diamonds.

    Some of the crystals you posted look like topaz, btw.
  10. LaurentGeorge

    Emerald proportions

    The numbers are guides to be used to give you a general idea of what the stone is going to look like. As there are no agreed upon set of numbers that qualify as ideal for emerald cuts, the best you can do is use the numbers to rule out known duds. a stone with a 2:1 length to width ratio for example will look like a baguette and is generally considered too long to be a pretty emerald cut. But you may happen to like that shape. The same can be said for table and depth percentages. I will tell you that a wide open table (>65%) and a shallow depth (<59%) is going to give you a glassy looking stone with little to no life. And a super deep stone (>70%) with a tiny table (<55%) is going to look substantially smaller than a stone should because all the weight is in the depth. It's the combination of these that becomes very personal and virtually impossible to quantify consistently. I personally like emeralds in the 1.35 to 1.5:1 ratio with a mid 60s depth and a table in the low 60s to mid 50s. But that's me.
  11. LaurentGeorge

    Emerald proportions

    Visual inspection, as stated above, is key. In the process you should make a not of the proportions that appeal to you the most. You may like fat rectangular stones in the 1.1:1 ration range or longer stones in the 1.5:1 range. There is no right or wrong except that you should choose something you like rather than be convinced by a sales pitch.
  12. LaurentGeorge

    My dog finds diamonds.

    Based on the pictures, I tend to agree with Davide; what you have there looks more like quartz or calcite (more likely quartz). Kimberlite tends to be darker and greener than what you've shown us. Why do you think you have kimberlite there? Look up Google images of "diamond crystal in kimberlite" and you will see some pictures that are very different from what you have found.
  13. LaurentGeorge

    Help getting diamonds graded by GIA

    Have you tried to contact your local Brink's or other armored carrier? They may provide you with some useful information.
  14. LaurentGeorge

    Clean your Diamonds especially in your engagement ring

    I don't work for Phillips, but their ultrasonic toothbrush with dishsoap works miracles. I would not do this every day though. Once a week or once every other week should be amply sufficient. If you already own such a toothbrush, all you need is a separate head for your jewelry.
  15. LaurentGeorge

    Final Opinion Needed

    Nice ring. Very nice picture! SLR or portrait mode?