LaurentGeorge

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  1. LaurentGeorge

    Genuine Antique Diamond Engagement Ring?

    As my colleagues have mentioned, it is hard to determine exactly when the ring was made. One of the telltale signs of a real antique ring is the wear and tear that can be seen on close inspection. Many of these rings have gone through some repairing and you may be able to spot places where there is a little extra solder. There has been a recent resurgence of interest in this type of antique-styled mounting, although I have seen precious few with single cuts. I hope for your sake it is a genuine antique, but the most important piece is that you love what you purchase.
  2. LaurentGeorge

    Diamond engagement advice

    In a medium blue, no. The fluorescence will have no visible effect. If you are ever in a position where you are trying to resell it, the fluorescence will make life more difficult. the F with no fluo is the easier route and once on her hand it will look just as brilliantly white as the D. The transparency is not affected by the color at all.
  3. LaurentGeorge

    Help choosing between round brilliants!

    I've been trolling the lab grown world for a few years now and it is surprising that the vast majority of lab grow cutters do not cut for ideal make. It does not make a lot of sense to me as their raw material is much more affordable and the weight loss should not be as big an issue. I'm impressed you were able to find so many very decently cut stones.
  4. LaurentGeorge

    Diamond engagement advice

    Late to the game but I concur. F without fluo, for less money. Not even a second thought in my mind.
  5. Value can be very subjective. The easiest was to figure out a ball park is to go onto the Diamond Finder (linked above) and do a search for similar stones. This will give you the cost of buying something comparable today. Selling such a stone will be a little trickier. There are immediate questions about the overall make of the stone (very thick, fair polish, good symmetry) that any buyer is going to take into consideration. Neil Beaty, a professional appraiser in Denver, has written about this several times in this forum as well as a guest blog on my site (I can post the link if requested). It's worth the read.
  6. LaurentGeorge

    Worth the price?

    When a jeweler is selling price on a stone that has not been seen, it is rare that the diamond has been described in terms understood by the customer. We in the industry all know what an I2 is, but many customers see "diamond" and "$5100" without looking further. Education is paramount.
  7. LaurentGeorge

    Worth the price?

    Here is a link to a video of this particular stone http://segoma.com/v.aspx?type=view&id=YFTG5S4V80 I would stay away from any stone that is not close to eye clean. There are definitely places to compromise that will keep the price in that neighborhood but will give you a nice stone.
  8. LaurentGeorge

    Advice please - Round Brilliant VS2 1.12 Carat

    I second Davide's thoughts. At a certain point, without advanced computer driven machinery, differences become indistinguishable.
  9. LaurentGeorge

    Oval Diamond

    It's a bit thicker than optimal but not really an issue. Try to get a video of the stone.
  10. LaurentGeorge

    Oval Diamond

    Neil is 100% correct but of the three listed so far, I think this last one has the best potential of being a very pretty stone. You can compare prices using the DiamondFinder above. Here is a search in your parameters: https://www.diamondreview.com/diamonds?sortOrder=carat&sortDesc=0&fShape=Oval&fCaratLo=1.50&fCaratHi=1.59&fColorLo=G&fColorHi=G&fClarityLo=VVS2&fClarityHi=VVS2&fCutLo=&fCutHi=poor&fDepthLo=61.9&fDepthHi=65.4&fTableLo=40.0&fTableHi=80.0&fSymLo=ideal&fSymHi=vgood&fPolLo=ideal&fPolHi=vgood&fCulLo=&fCulHi=vlarge&fFlrLo=none&fFlrHi=faint&fPriceLo=0&fPriceHi=1000000&fLabGIA=1&adv=1
  11. LaurentGeorge

    Oval Diamond

    There is no real sweet spot and the image above is what I like to refer to as an X-ray image. It shows you what is inside the stone but not what the stone actually looks like. This is an image I took show 3 very well cut oval stones in a more life like setting, not inside a totally white box. The bow tie is most evident in A and least in B. C has a very large table and gets a little washed out. When scanning through lists of stones, there is no "ideal" or sweet spot, but there are more favorable combination which I tend to gravitate to. Depths in the 62 to 66% range and tables in the 54 to 60 range. But not all combinations within those ranges are necessarily desirable. Length to width proportions are important as well. 1.46 is rather on the longer side. My customers tend to select +/- 1.35:1 ratios for the shape appeal.
  12. LaurentGeorge

    Oval Diamond

    I second everything Davide has said above. In this day and age, it is probably harder to find an uncertified stone than a certified one which begs the question, why would any high street jeweler offer an expensive stone without a grading report. The second oval you have attached would only be better because there is GIA backup but it still does not mean much in terms of what the stone looks like. As Davide says, with oval you really need to see the stone itself, either in person or in video. From my own 30+ years of experience, an oval with a 59.7% depth is likely too shallow to help minimize the bow tie effect present in every oval. This is a darker area around the center of the stone where the depth is shallow and the faceting not as dense. Another question I would ask is about the need for an IF stone. The vast majority of VS2 graded stones are perfectly clean to the naked eye, so the sweet spot in terms of value is in the VS2, VS1 and eventually VVS2 clarity range. Some would argue that most SI1 stones are clean to the naked eye as well, and mostly I would agree with that, but there are some SI1 stones that are not. So why spend the money of Internally Flawless unless this is something particularly important to you. It will not give you a better looking stone.
  13. 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.
  14. LaurentGeorge

    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.
  15. LaurentGeorge

    Emerald proportions

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