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  1. LaurentGeorge

    Is this the perfect one?

    Looks very nice! Congrats.
  2. LaurentGeorge

    Help selecting a diamond, down to 2!

    This IS image is not as nice as I would have expected based on the numbers provided. This could be the result of the photography just as easily as that of the stone. Maybe the better way to choose between these two stones is to have the vendor show them to you side by side in a video and you can then judge for yourself how they each look compared to eachother.
  3. LaurentGeorge

    Help selecting a diamond, down to 2!

    Both have more than acceptable H&A images and the angles and stats on both are good. Go with the cheaper or larger one. 😉
  4. LaurentGeorge

    Should I Be Concerned?

    An indented natural is a remains of the original skin of the rough diamond and as such is not a structural liability. The placement along the edge of the girdle is the most unobtrusive place for this. If there is going to be an evidence left of the original rough, this is where you want it.
  5. LaurentGeorge

    Black Arrows.

    The HCA is only useful if you happen to have the same taste as the person who created it and monetized it. Many of us have differing views and appreciations so we do not put much/any stock in that particular tool, but there is another forum, chock full of opinions but light on actual hands-on experience where they push this tool. IS, ASET and H&A can be useful is weeding out non-performers, but seeing the stone is always the best way to judge its cut.
  6. LaurentGeorge

    Black Arrows.

    These are not Hearts and Arrow pictures. These are face up pictures of stones taken in similar but not necessarily the same light conditions/camera angles, etc... To evaluate H&A you need to use consistently taken H&A pictures in a controlled reflector environment. you cannot use these pictures to evaluate the H&A pattern. As Furquan explains, the H&A pattern is a result of angle combination as well as facet proportion and symmetry. In desktop photography such as the images you have posted, the photographic set up introduces a number of other variables that have nothing to do with the stone but do affect the look of the image.
  7. LaurentGeorge

    Help/Advice on my Ideal Scope

    I don't know how much you will notice the tinge. Everybody's color perception is a little different. It may also depend on how you are setting the stone. The important point is that BN has a good return policy so you are covered either way. Everything else about the stone seems very nice.
  8. LaurentGeorge

    Help/Advice on my Ideal Scope

    The advantage of BlueNile is their return policy, just in case you don't like the stone. The proportions and clarity of the stone are great but I question the color. Doing a little more research I found the manufacturer's video which shows more of a brownish tinge in the stone than I would like: The BN price is pretty much in line once you factor in exchange rates and VAT when you compare to similar stones offered on the DiamondFinder above.
  9. LaurentGeorge

    Help/Advice on my Ideal Scope

    I would consider this out of focus and not a good enough image to make any real judgement. Could the vendor take a better picture with a white or black background? The purple background may be swaying things one way or another.
  10. LaurentGeorge

    Advice before buying an diamond

    Davide covered all the important points - which he usually does. This stone will definitely not be easy to resell. Unless you really know what you're doing and have a ready outlet for the stone, I would stay far away from getting involved in speculative buying of a difficult product. Were you looking for a pear shaped diamond to begin with? Looking is certainly a big part of the game but even more important is education. Seeing the stone alone with nothing to compare it to is a recipe for disaster. It has a very wide table at 69%. This may make the stone look glassy. You need to compare it to other similar stones, and I don't mean other DIF stones. Look at other colors. As Davide mentions and I differ with him slightly, you can probably find an H or I color ( I think G/H is the lower limit) without seeing color in the stone. Most SI1 stones in this size will be clean to the naked eye. Here is a search for 1ct PS GH-VS2/SI1 with VG Pol and Sym and better: As you can see, apart for a few outliers, you can easily find stones closer to your original budget. The important part, especially for fancy shapes is that you get to compare the options available to each other. If you are not seeing the stones in person, then at least a comparative video, showing multiple stones next to each other.
  11. LaurentGeorge

    Is this the perfect one?

    Looking at the results of similar stones without making sure they are H&A, the prices range from $2300 to $3400 from various vendors online:
  12. LaurentGeorge

    Is this the perfect one?

    This appears to be a very nice stone. The lower girdle and star facets at 45% and 75% is where you would want them. There is nothing to criticize on this diamond. We don't know the price but hopefully you have shopped that around and compared it to similar stones on the the DiamondFinder above.
  13. LaurentGeorge

    Opinions wanted on ASET and IdealScope blue Asscher images

    FWIW 3 As Neil points out, a fancy colored stone is going to be cut to maximize color which is in direct conflict with the way white stones are cut, which is to maximize reflectivity which negates body color. So why purchase a really well cut fancy light colored stone when the cut essentially eliminates the body color?
  14. 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.
  15. LaurentGeorge

    The making of a red gold ring

    Nice vid! Well done. Thank you for posting.