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  1. LaurentGeorge

    Uniqueness of diamonds

    Having worked on the rough side of the diamond trade, I am always fascinated by the concept of being able to actually track a specific stone. Aside from large "special" stones, 10 cts +, most rough is sold in parcels. Rough dealers buy from various sources, then combine similar lots (not necessarily from the same source) and divvy them back up to best suit their business or their customers' needs. Manufacturers buy these mixed parcels and sell off rough they do not want to cut, either to other manufacturers or back to dealers (again, not necessarily where they bought from). I'm not talking about the vast quantities of small rough stones below 1ct, but even stones in the 1 to 10 carat range get treated this way. So the idea of actually tracking the life of a stone might be as difficult as tracking a specific $10 bill. There are of course some companies that are more vertically integrated and make a point of tracking this path and use it as an endpoint selling proposition, but that is a small minority of the business.
  2. LaurentGeorge

    The making of a red gold ring

    Nice vid! Well done. Thank you for posting.
  3. LaurentGeorge

    Review of HRD 1.02ct F VVS2 3x VG

    There is also no information on fluorescence, which can impact the price considerably. You can go to the DiamondFinder above to search for similar stones and see where you stand on price. As Davide says above, where you make your purchase plays a big role in how much you pay. As vendors listing on the DiamondFinder, we do not include VAT and our prices are in USD, but it is not hard to translate up.
  4. LaurentGeorge

    Review of HRD 1.02ct F VVS2 3x VG

    Congratulations! You boyfriend is one lucky guy to have found such a patient partner! What would you like to know ? The proportions indicate the stone is very spready. It is shallow with a wide open table. This results in a stone that looks larger than it is but is likely to lack the brilliance found in more traditionally cut diamonds. That said, some people find this to be very appealing. Not that is bears any relevance but have to assume this stone did not score too well on the HCA.
  5. LaurentGeorge

    Help with Princess Cut ASET

    This situation is precisely why we like to do comparative videos with the chosen shortlisted stones. You can look at ASET images and individual videos as much as you like but unless you can see the stones and how they actually compare to their peers, it may just frustrate you. As these stones are all coming from one vendor, why not ask them to show your the stones side by side. This should help you make an informed decision. This is a short video comparing two stones of the same weight, color and clarity but vastly different cuts, just as an example of how useful a comparative video can be:
  6. LaurentGeorge

    Should I be worried about this feather/Indented natural?

    Thanks Davide. The numbers do look very good.
  7. LaurentGeorge

    Should I be worried about this feather/Indented natural?

    I concur with everything mentioned by both Neil and Davide above. A GIA graded VVS will never have imperfections that negatively affect the look or durability of a diamond. Having said that, I was unable to pull up the actual report on either BN or the GIA site, referring to the report number you posted above, I reserve my final opinion until I lay my eyes on it.
  8. LaurentGeorge

    1C cushion w/ aset

    Round stones are more symmetrical than cushions when it comes to the consistency of reflected light throughout the stone. That does not mean this stone is not very well cut, although I would never make that determination based only on the ASET, but my educated guess is that this cushion would show more face-up color than a comparably graded round stone if they were sitting side by side.
  9. LaurentGeorge

    1C cushion w/ aset

    I'll let others comment on the ASET but in terms of setting a J color with a halo, you need to be aware of the relative colors of the diamonds. Cushions do not reflect as much light as the more symmetrical rounds and thus you are likely to see more body color. If you set the stone in an existing mounting which is pre-set with fairly standard melee, GH-SI, the melee will face up whiter than your center stone and will effectively make it look darker than it is. If possible, ask your jeweler to use lower color stones for the halo (and the rest of the ring) so that the contrast will not be as obvious and your stone will be seen in a better light. This is something we do routinely because we manufacture every ring around the chosen stone but there are many more jewelers out there who never give this a second thought and just use their standard goods. Obviously, if they use lower standards, this is less of a problem. 😉 Good luck and congrats!
  10. LaurentGeorge

    Thoughts on these RB?

    What kind of thoughts are you looking for? We don't know color, clarity or price. Based solely on the data above, both stones are very well cut. My personal preference but certainly not necessarily my final choice would be for the 3.02. I find both stones to be on the shallower side and the 3.52 would be outside of my search parameters for that reason. I like smaller tables and both of these are at 59, which is just beyond what my customers prefer. The larger table and the shallower depth will give you stones that look big for what they are but will likely not scintillate as much as slightly sweeter dimensions. Having said this, the preference is entirely personal and you should be able to look at both stones side by side and compare them to slightly differently proportioned stones to make a final decision. These are large stones and if you cannot see them in person, then at the very least you should be able to see them next to each other in a video to make an informed decision.
  11. LaurentGeorge

    Engagement Ring Help Please! Marquise cut

    Although unlikely, it is possible that all the extra weight is in the girdle, as Neil points out. Any paperwork would be helpful here.
  12. I agree with all of the above but think the feather in this particular stone is larger and deeper than Davide sees. Based solely on the video, and I agree this is not the best way to assess, I think the feather travels from the table to the pavilion, right through the girdle and about 20% into the stone. I know these are hard to interpret, but with the added contrast it is possible to see the feather reaching through the girdle. The danger is not so much from setting the stone as prongs would not go over that particular spot, but on the off chance the stone gets knocked at just the right angle, this feather would extend deeper into the stone. If this were for an earring, I would not think twice, but as a stone for an engagement ring, I would keep searching.
  13. LaurentGeorge

    Need Help! Diamond Comparison

    Hard to compare, but #2 from BN seems to have a rather large table. This may explain why the stone faces so dark.
  14. LaurentGeorge

    Need Help! Diamond Comparison

    You have not given us enough to give you informed feedback. The grading report numbers from the GIA would be helpful so we could look at the actual diagrams and numbers. If these stones are not GIA graded, who is grading them? Is it an independent lab or is it the jeweler? The dimensions of #2 indicate that it will be the bigger looking one, but it is the bigger stone so that is not really surprising. And based on the little information you have provided, between these two, I would lean toward #2 as the depth percentage of 63.4% is more likely to give you a better looking stone than the 69.3% of the #1, but again, there is not enough information to make this a valid recommendation. How tall are the crowns? What are the angles? What is the table size? These all play a critical role in assessing a stone by the numbers. I would be extremely wary of the "good" symmetry on both stones. "Good" is not so good. The vast majority of stones today are cut to Excellent or Very Good symmetry. The fluorescence is a non-issue as it is only faint. Very Thin girdle can be a weak point as well. They are more prone to chipping as the material is so thin. Can you give us more information?
  15. LaurentGeorge

    Looking for a ring! Help please

    As Davide points out, none of these designs are particularly distinctive or hard to find. I would say that most retailers, either brick and mortar or online have these designs or something extremely close in our stock of designs. More to the point, you will find better prices through online retailers as their business model tends to be more competitive. The downside may be the inability to see the piece with your own eyes before purchasing, but you will save money. If you are more concerned with seeing the piece or stones in person before purchasing, then your local brick and mortar store may be you best option but there will be a smaller selection of stones to choose from and the prices will be higher. Ultimately you will be best served by talking to a number of retailers, both locally and online, and finding one you feel comfortable with. Explain you goals and budget and the jeweler do what they do best. Good luck to your brother.