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  1. wait, what did you say? I was not listening:) Very good saying Davide! Re GIA- in some cases we purchase stones form the cutter pretty much as they come off the wheel- before visiting GIA. Particularly with lower priced stones- like Brown Diamonds. If a GIA report is requested, it is possible but there will be a charge for it. In terms of getting opinions about stones you are considering from jewelers who are trying to sell you things: The chances of impartiality are slim- and they may have limited experience with Fancy Colored Diamonds. Even if you go to an appraiser, you'd really need to vet them to see what their knowledge is on such a unique item. It's a shame, but your experience highlights this Aimee. The comment made about fluorescence not being spread evenly across the diamond indicating heating? Total nonsense. I will say that asking to see any 2ct round diamond for less than $10k in a jewelry store is very likely to cause a puzzled stare from the salesperson. These are not easy to find diamonds - especially in local jewelry stores.
  2. HI Aimee, I agree, brown diamond grading is a bit confusing. It's true that many industry traders use the Argyle scale of C1-C7 IMO the scale is really lacking in that subtle differences in color can't be reliably graded. GIA's scale is far more detailed, yet that does not really solve this issue because there's so much variation which is so subtle it's just not possible to accurately, and repeatably categorize. Plus, there's plenty of stones in the D-Z scale that have shades of brown which are saturated enough that they'd be fancy colors if the hue was pink, yellow, green or blue. The result is that two stones with an identical GIA color grade can look very different in person.
  3. Platinum- my comment was only that I agree that there's a "hole" somewhere in the net. You're looking at reputable companies with good money back guarantees - excellent cut grade stones - so you're really going to be on pretty solid footing - you're not going to buy a bad diamond- or at least if you don't like it you can return or exchange it. About the rings- there are companies that sell both together- and should be able to provide a pair of rings that fit together Agreed that the right eyes looking and advising are perfectly acceptable- and can provide accurate info. Not that a second hand assessment is not honest- but it might be more difficult to interpret as well. But there are aspects of clarity, and cut that are a bit more difficult to get right in a game of "telephone" than in a discussion with someone who is actually holding the diamond and looking at it.Maybe that's the "hole" in the net Neil refers to. About conflict of of interest: I agree a "gemologist opinion" could be seen to be conflict if the gemologist is working for the seller- but I think that there's a lot of cases where a dealer- or a gemologist looking at a diamond on the dealers behalf will give an honest assessment- I'd like think it's a majority. But again, if someone is speaking to someone else actually holding the diamond and assessing it, it might be easier for a potential buyer to ask the right questions.
  4. HI Guys, About how some db companies "view" stones: In many cases they do not have the stones in hand, rather they're only asking the cutter what they think and relaying it to you. I would always ask for photos- which at least can let you know if they actually are looking at a diamond, or relaying second hand info I also advise consumers to consider both stone and ring together, as it allows a single purchase that may prove advantageous. For example, if you buy stone and ring together, and it does not come out as planned, you have only one company to hold responsible.
  5. Excellent point Davide!! I stand corrected. Opal- using eBay to set a price is a very bad idea IMO. IOW- something bid up to $2k today might get bid up to $3k tomorrow. It's very uncertain Id suggest setting the sell price at the lowest you will accept. It is a shame you need to sell it= there's no way someone in your family might want it?
  6. Hi Everyone, Ruby, I'm the guy that does the photos and videos, I work for...my wife:) Seriously regarding Opal- Here's my thoughts: I personally don’t think an appraisal- any appraisal- is of any value to you in selling a diamond like that. If a buyer wants to have it appraised they are far better off having their own evaluation and a lot of buyers understand this Furthermore it looks like you have the GIA product that includes sealing the diamond for the buyer to open. Any appraisal of worth would involve removing the diamond from that capsule. As far as evaluation: Here's a good stone to use for comparison http://www.diamondsb...eat-value-r4860 2.03 which I grade I1- the GIA report is color only Your stone is round which can, in some instances be worth more than a cushion- but I don’t think this is one of them. Brown, or even subtones of brown in particular is more common in round diamonds. Therefore a "pure" yellow or green round can be worth more than a cushion of the same size and color. but once there's brown, it's not the case. Generally. Then we have to factor in who is selling. My diamond is $5345 purchased from us with a money back guarantee. On eBay? $3500??? Maybe more - but likely not. That would be the cushion I use as a comparison. Your stone is I3 - that's going to make it a tougher sale. I hope you don't have a whole lot invested in relation to these amounts, and wish you the best of luck with your sale. if you want to send us the $100 my wife will just use it for more "personal" jewelry, so save it.
  7. I agree that the advertising budget of some of those companies is larger than ours, in some cases exponentially larger. But if you add up the actual photographed inventory listed on a website - inventory that is owned by the company that runs the site- we may be larger than any of those....... And no offense taken old friend!!
  8. Hi Neil, From my perspective, I consider us a "big" advertiser on PS. I don;t know what others spend, but we do sponsor the forum in a robust manner with our banner ads. I find that the ownership of PS is extremely tolerant of different opinions. Members? Not nearly as much.. If a consumer wants to "promote" a company, they can do it very effectively. Tradespeople's motivations are clear, Some of these consumers seem driven by hidden motivations. One guy really dislikes me ( for reasons that are unclear to me to this day) so he constantly plugs the competition. With regards to HCA- I've been one of the most vocal critics. In defense of Garry- although he has debated the issue, I was never told to stop pursuing it. Speaking objectively, I don;t prefer t use it, but there is some consistency in results. We carry Crafted by Infinity diamonds- which will all score wonderfully on the HCA- and there's something to be said for that. BUT- a GIA EX cut grade stone which is not cut technically as well as a stone scoring under 2 on HCA may be more attractive to some observers. Given that the "super ideal" cuts cost more, it's not a zero sum game. By having a numeric grade, it makes it seem like a stone scoring 5 is "worse" than a stone scoring 1. But it's not the case for all buyers or lovers of diamonds. the different type of brilliance of certain types of stones scoring lower on HCA has less contrast and patterning, and looks better to some observers.. A stone like this triple EX which scores close to 5 on HCA- so if someone likes this look better it seems somehow "wrong" to tell them they love a defective stone based on HCA
  9. Another aspect of this is the ring itself. I think it's crucial for shoppers to consider both ring and diamond together. If one is purchasing in a store, then make sure to see a lot of samples of the type of ring you're considering. I strongly believe actual photos and videos are a boon to consumers in this regard- allowing folks to see the quality up close
  10. Hi all! Actually D, we ship to Australia almost daily. We also know exactly how to work with Australian customs, and potential of returns.
  11. Hi Guys! Actually we have different levels of how much we can use metal to halo the color of a yellow. In the case of R3161, that's about the lowest level- prongs only in yellow - the rest of the ring is 14kt white gold. We can take additional steps from adding a small "ring" inder the stone, all the way up to creating a basket under the stone. Thank so much to Davide and Daimondless!!
  12. Hi Newbie, We are on the ninth floor- but do you know how many ninth floors there are on 47th st?? Seriously- I don;t think we were that same place your co-worker shopped- she would have showed you our website. IN terms of the diamond- I think it's a very good idea to do your due diligence- and your presence here proves you have. In terms of where to buy- that's where I'd put my efforts into deciding. Each of the better sellers offers different advantages. For some, it's a blue box. For Internet shoppers it might be the lowest price, or a slightly higher price, with a better level of service. I'd suggest talking to the places you're interested in- and see how you feel. A great thing about the internet is that bad news travels pretty fast, when it comes to a bad seller. Barry is great- James Allen is another great seller. Make sure you get a money back guarantee- some of the nice gentlemen on 47th street , street level don;t very much like us giving that advice....
  13. Kind of annoying that they put the logo directly on top of the photos.....but even still the photos are not all that descriptive. Generally speaking feathers should not be a concern, but you don't need a "general" answer. Can the stone be gotten with a money back guarantee- this way you can show the place you chose to set it, and they should be able to give you a definitive answer.
  14. Hi, It's not possible to really tell all that much regarding inclusions from a GIA report. Does the vendor have the stone in hand? Can they provide photos? Who will be setting the diamond? If it's the same place you're buying it, will they guarantee it during setting? I'd recommend you speak with the seller and get their impressions. if you'd like to come back after speaking with them, and let us know how they answered, that might help.
  15. Ishyjo, All that means is that the creator of the HCA won;t like the stone. I have found MANY stones ( including one I gave to my wife) that score poorly on HCA yet look AMAZING in real life. GIA graded the cut EX- which in itself does not mean everyone will love it- but it does mean the stone is well cut, and many people will love it more than other stones scoring better on HCA
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