LaurentGeorge

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  1. LaurentGeorge

    Decide between 2 fancy yellow diamonds

    This is not the answer you are looking for but I don't think it is possible to decide either way based on the report numbers. If you are buying a fancy yellow stone, then it is all about the color and neither report shows the actual color of the stones. Would it be possible for you to ask for pictures of the stones? and if they are from the same vendor, could you get picture of them side by side?
  2. LaurentGeorge

    Diamond under flash…

    Looks to me like the ring needs to be cleaned (especially the underside of the diamond) before it is photographed. Those pinpoints could be internal but look more likely to be external dirt reflecting through the stone. Regardless, this is not what a “milky” stone would look like. I’m sure other experts have access to imagery which I do not right now and could post to show you the difference.
  3. LaurentGeorge

    What discount is acceptable for jewelry?

    Sorry for digging up this slightly older post but in retail there is a ton of psychology. We don't inflate numbers in order to discount, but there are consumers who like to concept of getting a deal even if it isn't. I had a customer a while back who did not purchase the stone from me, but found an equivalent stone (they could have been a matched pair) from a dealer who gave him a 40% discount on their asking price. The discounted price was still 15% over our price but the customer felt the other retailer was more willing to "work with him" than I was. Head scratcher? Yes, but important to understand.
  4. LaurentGeorge

    Need help picking between 3 diamonds!

    I would avoid the 1.40 ending in 657 because of the overall depth and steepness of the crown angles. The two others are both extremely nicely proportioned. Davide and I both like the high top small table look, but if money is not an issue, I would probably go with the 1.51. It is a little deeper in the pavilion angle but the slightly shallower crown will compensate nicely. Without seeing the actual stones we can only judge the maps and it looks like the 1.51 is a cleaner VS2. It does show the inclusions under the table, but if they are white, they will be unobtrusive. If they are black and reflect, that is an entirely different story. The main point being that grading reports only allow you to evaluate up to a point. Seeing the stones or at least good pictures/videos of the stones is critical to the decision.
  5. LaurentGeorge

    Can someone review my Diamond?

    It's extremely difficult to determine based on the the videos you have posted because none of them are done side by side but if you pay attention to the last video, you will notice a couple of things: the table is noticeably smaller creating a smaller window into the bow tie and (and this takes a little squinting) the bow tie area appears to have a larger number of distinguishable facets and less large lifeless areas. You might be better served by asking your jeweler to make a video for you with a couple of the top candidates set side by side in a real life setting, as opposed to this clinical grey scale background.
  6. LaurentGeorge

    Can someone review my Diamond?

    The range of proportions above is complete nonsense. Sorry. Very well cut stones can certainly be found within those ranges but extremely poorly cut stones can as well. A stone with a 56% depth and 64% Table is unlikely to have the sparkle and scintillation of a stone with D64 T57. Yet both are within the so-called ideal range above. And we have not even looked at girdles or any other parameters yet. There are no defined ideal parameters for pear shapes but if you are trying to minimize the bow tie effect then a relatively small table in the 55 to 59 range with a little depth, 63-66 and a thin to medium girdle would be where I would focus my attention.
  7. LaurentGeorge

    Can someone review my Diamond?

    This is an extremely shallow diamond, much more so than I had estimated. It would probably help you to see it on a live video, rather than what has been provided. My experience leads me to believe this stone will have a pronounced bow tie as well as a fairly glassy look, but this is only an educated guess. Sometimes, other factors can play a role in the overall look.
  8. LaurentGeorge

    Can someone review my Diamond?

    As Furqan says, it is difficult to say based on the limited information we have. All oblong shapes will display some degree of bowtie but the intensity can be modulated by the cut (proportions). Can you post the grading report? My guess is that this stone has a depth in the 60 to 62% range, in which case the bowtie may be a little more pronounced, but this is only my opinion based on the 360v imaging.
  9. LaurentGeorge

    Should I be concerned

    I thought they were all the same stone. Adding to Davide’s response, my biggest concern is not the setting but the inadvertent knock you may give your stone in the course of normal life. If that feather gets hit the right way it could cleave the stone in two.
  10. LaurentGeorge

    Color vs size

    It's really more about what you prefer but all else being equal, since a G color stone is going to face up perfectly white in real life, I would opt for the larger GVS2 without hesitation. As much as a D color is the highest color you can get, it is more a mental thing than one you can clearly see. That is not to say a D won't face up whiter than a G, but a G, when not compared closely to a D will look perfectly white. Hope this helps.
  11. LaurentGeorge

    Opinions on bowtie on Oval Diamond

    Keep in mind that all ovals have bow-ties. Some are more pronounced than others. This one is less pronounced but not invisible. As Furqan and Davide have asked: do you like the way it looks?
  12. LaurentGeorge

    Advice on Loose diamond

    It is always best to compare diamonds to other diamonds and see what attracts you to one or the other. Unfortunately, jewelers tend to showcase their stones under multiple spotlights and light sources. The more light sources you have, the more diamonds will sparkle, even the very poorly cut ones.
  13. LaurentGeorge

    Advice on Loose diamond

    Is it a good fit for an engagement ring? Yes. Could you find a better cut diamond? Yes. Your question is a little ambiguous as we really do not know what you are looking for. As for the specifics on this particular stone, I try to keep the overall depths of round stones shallower that 62.6% and my pavilion angles shallower than 41.2°. Because your depth is at 63.1% and PA at 41.6°, I would expect the center of this diamond to be fairly dark. The other downside is that it would look bigger if it were not as deep. I hope this helps. I know that others will answer more in depth (no pun intended).
  14. LaurentGeorge

    Identify HW ring

    Are there any marks or stamps on the ring itself?
  15. LaurentGeorge

    Identify HW ring

    It’s funny. My first question was to know why you think it’s a HW ring. Was it the box or is the ring actually stamped Harry Winston?