LaurentGeorge

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  1. LaurentGeorge

    Should I be worried about this feather/Indented natural?

    Thanks Davide. The numbers do look very good.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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!
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. 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.
  9. 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?
  10. 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.
  11. LaurentGeorge

    Are Graff diamonds a rip-off?

    I concur with Davide on all points. I would say there is a value to dealing with Graff and other high end retailers when you are looking to purchase truly high end pieces. They do charge a hefty premium for their name but if you are looking for a 15 carat fancy vivid blue diamond, Graff may serve you better than Blue Nile as they make it part of their modus operandi to seek out truly exceptional diamonds. That said, when it comes to bread and butter merchandise, by which I mean 1/2 carat to 3 carat white center stones, you will get substantially better value from some of the online retailers like, BN, JA, Diamonds by Lauren, myself (DiamondIdeals) and a number of others, without sacrificing quality. Most of us provide great customer service, but that is something you can assess for yourself by direct contact.
  12. LaurentGeorge

    Please review my proposal diamond ring

    I agree, a beautiful stone. I am curious about your choice of Internally Flawless. Is this an absolute must? Or are you trying to avoid being able to see any inclusions with your naked eye? If it's the latter, in a stone that size most SI1 stones will be clean to the naked eye as will all VS2 and better stones. Reducing the clarity would impact price substantially without affecting the look of the stone.
  13. LaurentGeorge

    Need advice on this diamond D color VVS1 all excellent

    The best way to verify the match between the stone and the report is to have the stone verified by and independent appraiser who works for you. This means an appraiser who does not have any vested interest in this particular stone and is not looking to sell you one of his (or a friend’s). This may not be easy to find but maybe DenverAppraiser can help you find somebody locally. For what it’s worth, at first glance, with an eye that has been doing this for many years, I thought the stone had a slightly larger than ideal table and slightly steeper pavilion angles when I looked at the picture. This was confirmed when I looked at the grading report but what I was seeing could just as easily have been photo effects and is not proof of anything apart from my looking at too many pictures of diamonds. 😉 good luck.
  14. LaurentGeorge

    Is this a good deal??

    Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!
  15. LaurentGeorge

    Is this a good deal??

    I think Davide covered all the relevant points above. Do not get fooled by "discounts." Jewelers just use them to mess with your mind. Look at the bottom line asking price for a given stone. That is the only information that counts and it is easy enough to compare to similar stones or rings on a number of websites. Jewelers mark their items up in order to give a discount. I offered a stone to a customer a while back for $10,000. I don't mark up in order to discount. The customer eventually bought the same stone from somebody else who had priced it at $20,000 and given him 40% discount. He paid $12,000 for the stone, 20% more that I was charging, but felt the other jeweler was more willing to "work" with him. Do not be fooled by discounts.