LaurentGeorge

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  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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?
  4. LaurentGeorge

    What are the best diamonds to buy?

    Is an expensive diamond better? or is a cheaper diamond better?
  5. 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.
  6. 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).
  7. LaurentGeorge

    Identify HW ring

    Are there any marks or stamps on the ring itself?
  8. 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?
  9. LaurentGeorge

    Is this the perfect one?

    None of the diamonds discussed in this thread have any fluorescence. One of the vendors used a blue reflector to do their imaging. If that is what you are referring to with your nonsensical statement, then you may want to revisit what you said.
  10. LaurentGeorge

    25 Gram raw .. Diamond or Quartz

    I was just presented with a few parcels of rough diamonds from Africa. The pictures looked good and the weights were interesting enough to take a closer look. These looked like octahedral diamond crystals. The picture you have posted is not as convincing. I saw the goods in person this week and as it turns out they were CZ imitations probably made in China. Only close inspection could make that determination. The pictures were extremely convincing. These pictures under a microscope show more that could be seen in the real life shots. The material had a smooth, nearly oily feel to it and the refraction was all wrong. Bring your stone to someone who knows what they are looking at and is not interested in purchasing it from you.
  11. LaurentGeorge

    Opinions on these diamonds pls - which is better cut

    I beg to differ minimally with Davide on these two designs. The first one, by Laings, has a cross-over that sits too low and bows too far out for a wedding band to fit flush, which I think was one of your requests. The second one, the Fiona style, is configured such that a wedding band will fit tighter to the overall shank. The cross over is elevated above where the band would be and the shank of the ring is a little more contoured to compensate for that cross-over. You could ask the vendors to send you a picture of wedding band next to each style and that would probably really help you make that determination. I hope this helps.
  12. LaurentGeorge

    New here! Need help!

    At first glance I would tend toward the third stone (D-VS2) just based on the proportions. I would like to have a better idea of the location of the imperfections though. Could you get a video of the stone? The F-VS1 is quite nice as well but I prefer the proportions of the D.
  13. LaurentGeorge

    New here! Need help!

    I third this motion. The first thing anybody ever notices about a diamond is its cut. You can have a K-SI2 with a gorgeous cut that will look better than a DIF with a crappy cut. In this case, you can easily lower the color and put the money into cut. You will get much more brilliance out of your stone and it may even face up bigger too.
  14. LaurentGeorge

    Opinions on these diamonds pls - which is better cut

    Davide said was I was thinking. The combination of he steeper PA and the slightly wider table will likely result in a darker looking center. Judging only on the proportions, I would steer clear of this stone in favor of the others.
  15. LaurentGeorge

    Opinions on these diamonds pls - which is better cut

    Looking at cut alone, they are all gorgeous. If I absolutely had to pick, I would put #1 and #3 in front of #2, but I'm splitting hairs. I only do this because of the pav angle and I am not saying #2 is bad, just that the other two might be better. What you really should do is have the vendors show you the stones side by side (video or live is best) so you can decide which look you prefer as that is the ultimate determinant.
  16. De rien. Nous sommes toujours là pour vous aider. Bonne continuation.
  17. As part of a collection to be held in a vault, I can understand. I think the use as a potential '"discreet" solitaire' led me to believe this was destined for a ring.
  18. Considering this forum is entirely English-speaking, I thought having a thread in French would throw people off.
  19. Blue Nile is not a scam and they have the distinct advantage of being within the EU, so VAT (ou TVA) is included. the stone proportions will give you quite a good looking stone. My question is how important is that ultimate perfection to you? Once the stone is set and worn on a finger, it is extremely difficult to tell the difference between a well cut F or G color and a D. Side by side it is fairly evident, but not taken on its own. In this size stone, most SI2 stones will be clean to the naked eye, but if you want to make that a 100% clean probability, look at SI1 or VS2 (in this size - the smaller the stone, the harder it is to see individual imperfections). So you could get an F-VS2 for a lot less money or get a larger FVS2 for the same money. hence my question: how important is that "D-FL". Keep in mind that you are paying a premium for the FL and once the stone is set and worn, it will most likely loose that Flawless status. Most stones acquire minor chips and bruising over a lifetime and this would thus become Internally Flawless at best. J'espère que vous avez compris mes réservations , si vous voulez continuer en français on peut faire ça en privé.
  20. LaurentGeorge

    Can you give me opinions on the following diamonds?

    I concur with Davide. The size jump is not enough to be seriously noticeable and your current stone is nicer than either of the two contenders you have asked about.
  21. LaurentGeorge

    Can you give me opinions on the following diamonds?

    Hello Cb36, Welcome to Diamond Review. Before getting started, I would like to point out that stone #2 is an F color, not an E as you mentioned above. With regards to proportions, the G stone has a slightly shallower crown angle than I usually like to see but I have a preference for a high top small table stones. This stone is a little flat. The twinning whisps may or may not be visible to the naked eye. Unfortunately the GIA map only shows you where they are in two dimensions, not their color or intensity. The F color stone has a slightly deeper than desirable pavilion angle and may result in a darker center. Once again, the SI1 imperfection is placed where it might be visible to the naked eye. In both of these cases, you really need to see what the stones actually look like. If you are unable to see them in person, maybe your vendor could send you a video of both stones side by side. Zooming in might give you a good idea of how eye clean these stones might or might no be.
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    Opinions on this diamond

    This is a very nice stone with a poorly placed imperfection. Because is has been graded a VS2, the crystal is probably not visible with the naked eye but some people have better eyes than others and these stone videos are not good representations of what the stone will face up like. I would try to see the stone in person before purchasing and would make sure there is a generous return policy (not store credit).
  23. LaurentGeorge

    WAS THE JEWELER BEING HONEST?

    I echo Davide’s sentiments. Wear your ring in good health and happiness for many years to come.
  24. LaurentGeorge

    WAS THE JEWELER BEING HONEST?

    Total bs story. As already mentioned, they may have burned the stone which will require repolishing and a slight loss of weight, but the answer may be simpler: the stone could have been switched and on being discovered they are going to magically, sorry, chemically clean (yeah right) and put your stone back in there.
  25. I second that motion. The numbers on #2 are sweeter. The crown angles on all three stones are essentially perfect but stones 1 and 3 have steep pavilion angles leading possibly to a darker center.