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  1. This stone is 5.01 I/VS1 GIA Again on the desk, where it seems to have a black hole.... This is caused by a deep center- and the light being blocked by the camera. Then under the lamp, where it looks better. The stone is kind of deep again- at 71.8%- and kind of square. This stone also suffers from the not large looking for it's weight syndrome Neither of these stones is .....a knockout, IMO Useful for discussion
  2. I really should have used a better example. If it was a man 6'2" 200 lbs. 34 inch waist. You you marry him? But back to the subject at hand.... I have no intention of offering any of these stones. We can use them for discussion. I'll give you my honest thoughts on each stone. First is 6.32ct J/SI1 Radiant, with GIA report. I took one photo on my desk- with high overhead florescent bulbs. The other a few inches below a diamond grading lamp. The photos don;t give a good feel for the color. It's night, no natural light to even things out. but they do show other details such as the facet pattern, shape, and in the case of the 6.32ct- the crystals that comprise the SI1 imperfection Truth be told, I'm not a fan of this diamond's cut. It's a taste issue. I love the "bucket of crushed ice" look. This stone has more of a "splintery sparkle" to my eye. It's quite lively in person. I'm sure many people would like it in person. But it's also a bit deep, at 72%, with a table of 71% I don't mind a larger table on a well cut radiant, but the depth on this one makes it look less than it's weight- a big deal.
  3. NO need at all to apologize Mike. I'm VERY glad to see you here, and join Davide in wishing you a lot of success. We were a dealer for your stones for a brief time with M Fabrikant. They are no less than amazing in person. We're located on 47th Street in Manhattan- please consider our office your office if we can be of any service at all.
  4. dssxxx...let's put this in terms many men think in already: A woman is 5'8". She weighs 130 lbs. Her measurements are 36- 26-36 Do you want to marry her? Wouldn't you like see a picture before you commit? Trying to buy a diamond based solely on measurements is being forced to make a decision with too little info IMO.
  5. HI All, Davide's advise is basically sound..... although we have found that an array of digital photos, along with Video, and personal assessment make a trip to our office unnecessary for most clients. I did manage to pick up 3 5ct +- radiant stones to show you . I'll try to have photos and stats listed this evening- although it may take till tomorrow.
  6. I agree with Davide- SI2's priced well below other SI2's are likely to have more noticeable imperfections. The best SI2's- and even I 1's are totally eye clean. However this is the type of stone that must be "eyeballed"
  7. HI dssxxx, I'll see what we can "dig up" to show you over the next day or two. It's tougher to find stones two weeks before Christmas, but we may pull a rabbit out of our hat! With regards to how stones are analyzed on the "other forum"....you have a bunch of internet trained "cut experts". Personally, I prefer hands on experience as much of what I've read about cut online is not accurate based on real world experience. Not that I liked the stone posted- but for a variety of reasons. First off, I strongly advise NOT considering stones that have no GIA report
  8. Thats more like it! On a stone of 3+ carats, a rush job is possible.
  9. HI All! dssxxxx- I could not agree more with Neil. Furthermore, make sure the place you're going to on Saturday does not try to use delay, or some other tactic to get you to trade without having the stone examined by GIA. I don;t mean to cast aspersions on anyone, but it sounded like they were telling you some questionable stuff regarding the time frame. Another big one to watch out for is when sellers try to convince buyers an appraisal by a GIA trained gemologist is the same as a GIA report.... Your stone could be worth a lot more ( or less) than you think!
  10. HI all! dsssxxxx- The first question I would ask is - does your 3.70 have a GIA report. This is a perfect example of when having the GIA report is essential. That will far better allow us to assess your current position. The graphs are kind of like drawing a stick figure to represent a man. You definitely want a great cut. There's actually a reasonably wide range of stones that are considered really well cut. Some might be "Heart and Arrows" others possessing a different type of sparkle. If you stick with a GIA EX cut grade, you'll be fine. There's plenty of GIA Very Good cut grade stones that are also exceptionally attractive, and also better priced. By the way, GIA will turn around a 5carat stone in 3 working days on special request.
  11. HI Wendy, Personally I'm not a fan of the color treated stones- especially as there are so many choices in the yellow and brown family that provide extremely cost effective options. Besides that the treated stones never come that close to natural colors- and in most cases the treatment robs them of brilliance as well. The treatments are varied- as Neil mentioned, radiation treatment is the most common- but can't produce all the colors. IN addition to HPHT there are also diamonds that are coated with different substances to make them pink. These are not "cheap" either=- and require extraordinary care in manufacture of the jewelry, or the way you wear them.
  12. Romfea, in my experience there's almost no possib;lity your diamonds are NOT treated. Natual black diamonds are extremely rare. The $55per carat price confirms my suspicions.
  13. HI Ryan, I love the ring you picked! I echo Neil's question- you must have ordered the ring with a head installed. Is the dealer you bought the ring from doing the setting? Personally, I am not a fan of "Ideal" cuts- preferring other very well cut round diamonds. The term was coined to describe a diamond that has a smaller table. At the time the preferred cut was "spredier"- referring to the fact a larger table, in concert with other aspects of the cut, give the stone a larger diameter, or "spread". Basically there are many cases of a well cut 1.00ct "Ideal" stone having a diameter of 6.3mm, while a slightly spreadier cut may have a diameter of 6.6mm- which is noticeably larger. Within the grades of EX, and VG cut grade of GIA there's a range of really great looking stones- including really well cut "spready" diamonds. There are a lot of great values in "VG" cut graded stones. I'll see if we have one to phtograph for you tomorrow.
  14. You are correct on your bullet point 1. EGL graded diamonds fit my budget better. As for the appraisal, it's not as big of a deal coming from the companies I buy them from. I will immediately take the diamond to a local jeweler and have it re-appraised. I realize ideal cut is subjective, but it is included on the EGL report, so I'd rather go with an ideal than a premium or very good. I'm avoiding SI1 clarity if possible because I worry that a stone >1.0 carats will have visible inclusions and not be eye clean. My desired color range is anything G or better. I assume that EGL is 1-2 grades off of GIA. I'm leery of an EGL G, but am considering it. I think a D SI1 might be preferable to a G VS2. Thanks for the help. Hi Ryan, We all want you to get the best possible diamond for your money. It's not EGL that better fits your budget- it's misgraded diamonds. In terms of the "cut grade"...Please, for your own sake, keep in mind these grades are worse than arbitrary- as they make it seem as there's some greater liklihood you'll be getting a well cut diamond- the opposite is true IMO as the sellers of better cut diamonds generally represent them more honestly. Sellers using EGL reports "on par" with GIA have already shown themselves to be willing to deceive.
  15. Hi Ryan, It seems you've already picked up on the fact that stones graded by GIA are the way to go....why consider stones graded by EGL? On another note- it's so funny how sellers come up with these names for the cut of diamond. "Exclusive Ideal cut" which is far better than the "common Ideal cut" which is not nearly as good as the "Super Dooper Hooper My cousin is a genius diamond cutter Extra special SUPER Ideal Cut ( with chocolate sprinkles)
  16. HI Jae, Are you searchijg for a modern cushion, or one that looks old ( with "chuunky flashes")
  17. Hi All! Skins- you mentioned that you would not buy an EGL graded stone today. I agree with that decision, especially if you want a diamond in one of the higher grades. A question- I can assume you have knowledge of grading reports now that you did not have back then. Did the seller inform you of the difference at that time? Maybe that's not relevant- but I have found that a lot of the places selling "certified" diamonds are offering substandard reports as though there was parity with GIA. In any event, depending on what it is you want to buy, you may be in a better position if you buy your new diamond from a dealer you feel more comfortable with. Even if you sell your existing one on Craig's list- or maybe try and work a trade with a dealer that will provide you all the info. As Davide pointed out, the business has changed quite a bit due to the internet. You're likely to get that much a better deal on a new one so as to blunt the positive effect of trading back to the first place. ON he other hand, maybe I'm reading this all wrong, and the first place is a place you trust and feel comfortable with. In that case, please ignore my advice.
  18. I believe that GIA is split into two parts. The education non profit, and the laboritory for profit. I'd need to verify that, but I think so.....
  19. thanks for the quick replies. im curious though, what exactly makes one of their (say, GIA) reports more accurate? I mean, from what i'm reading elsewhere and now hearing from you, I'm sold on the idea.. but when you say "only trust GIA ( or AGS) if you want an accurately graded diamond" what is the reason for that? thanks again for the help You're welcome! I could not say why GIA is more accurate- only relate my experinece as a grader, looking at thousands of diamonds graded by EGL, IGI as well as GIA. Experience bears out the fact that GIA is the most accurate- by far. It's also important to note that AGS is viewed as equivalent to GIA in terms of credibility by traders, and cutters- experts IOW.
  20. HI hb09, Since a diamond's price is based mainly on it's color and clarity grade ( among other things), an inaccurate grade can be costly, deceiving or both. The same as 4 years ago, only trust GIA ( or AGS) if you want an accurately graded diamond. Furthermore, I'd avoid places selling diamonds graded by the lesser labs that don;t provide this info.
  21. Hi All! Simon, mistakes do happen- but wouldn't you agree this one was rather important? I feel like this company handled this poorly.
  22. I agree with Neil....Personally, if it was me, I would not feel comfortable giving anything to ANY of the stores of this company. Using an "appraiser" the way they are is deceptive - it makes it sound as though you're getting a second opinion, when you're not. Such practices give me concern about the company's policies as whole.
  23. Hi All Sorry for the delay, computer problems. The jeweler has let me pick out a new ring, but not without denying that they made a mistake. The attitude was that it was me, if it had not been for the young sales lady that sold it to me in the first place that said she knew that my ring did not look old and worn and the the stone was almost eye clean, I'm not sure what they would have done. I now have a new ring and it does look as good or nicer than the first one and it is eye clean. They gave me an appraisal with it (small city and all the jewelers send to same appraiser) and because I was happy with the new ring I excepted it. My question been does this happen a lot or is this just carelessness on the jewelers part, by the way I do not think the goldsmith switched the stone as the ring looked old and well worn. Thanks everyone for your comments and advice. Yuri Hi Yuri, IMO it's quite rare for a jeweler to make such a mistake. Clearly, if a jeweler made such mistakes commonly, they would not be in business all that long! What happened in your case is very serious. I'm thrilled you came out well in the end, but the story really gives rise to the suggestion you never allow that jeweler to touch your ring again.
  24. If you're comfortable with the seller, and the fact that it is indeed, a GIA report- the price sounds reasonable. You mentioned rhodium plated gold- hopefully you meant white gold. Rhodium plating will turn yellow gold white- for a relatively short period of time.
  25. Well, I am still at the beginning stages of looking for the right engagement ring. I'm just using Blue Nile prices to compare, which I heard was pretty good. But the cheapest 1ct I see are around $2000... But I guess $500 is the going rate if a diamond is "clarity enhanced"? Any advice on where to buy diamonds that you would consider a good deal? Thanks for all the info and tips everybody! Edit: What about this diamond? http://img.bluenile.com/is/image/certs/?sr...eg}&fmt=pdf 1/2 ct, good quality, but I don't know how good it will look in person. I just want a diamond that is pretty and shiny to look at with the naked eye. I'm not too worried about people walking around with magnifying glasses trying to stare at miniscule flaws in a diamond. But I want it to be a diamond, not a cz. You're welcome Linda! I bolded an important part of your statement. BLueNile is a company that sells damonds they never see, in the majority of cases. The diamonds are in New York, LA, and other places, and dropped shipped when someone buys. That means that a first hand assessment is not possible. They are also among the large group of diamond selling sites that do not provide photos of the diamond. The stone above is an SI2- and a good example of why photos are so essential when considering lower clarity ( a lower priced) diamonds. The imperfection is a feather at the edge of the stone- around 9:00. It could get the same grade, and be far worse of a visual aspect. IMO it's far less f a risk buying a G/SI1 from Blue Nile than a $500 one carat stone sight unseen from anyone. Of course I'd recommend finding a site that offers photos above either of those options. But I'm definitely prejudiced on that one
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