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diamondsbylauren

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  1. Hopefully Neil will chime in here, but I don't think a person posing as an appraiser should take that as an opportunity to try and "steal" the sale. As far as the specific eternity band questions: it is a specialized product- so it's important to buy such a ring from a company experienced in them. I agree that the bottom of an eternity band is at risk- and also recommend using a "sizing bar" at the bottom to protect it. BUT - if a person wants an all the way around band, it can be done so that the stones are not falling out frequently.
  2. HI All! SarumY88- I love the old cuts as well! Thank you Davidelevi for those nice words! I agree with just about everything Davide said. When I'm looking at an old mine or OEC I realize that there's no way to know exactly when it was cut. One thing I love about the 1.17ct is the fact it looks brand new, in terms of condition. I can't really get used to chipped stones. When it comes to antique jewelry, it's a different story. It would be smarter to leave a chipped diamond as is if removing it would destroy an antique bezel for example. We are considering buying a few pieces of rough to cut into old mine cushions. In terms of price, my experience is that when you find stones from reliable sources it's not cheap. If we do cut the rough part of our job will involve assessing the price of the rough, compared to the expected yield. We'll know approximately how much we'll loose. Anyway, when I do the calculations, I'll consider the stone to have comparable value to an Emerald Cut, Radiant or Pear Shape of modern cut. Less than the current crop of "ideal cut" round brilliants In terms of color, only you can answer if it's a bother. The 1.17 is a softer white, but I don;t see it as "yellow" or off color in any way. Of course I look at vivid yellows every day as well, so maybe that's part of how I see things.... The fact you picked up some color would indicate loose grading- but of course we can't be sure of that. I can tell you that higher colors in the old cuts are quite rare- and bring very high prices.
  3. I'm so sorry Roger, I forgot about that! I can now see how difficult your position is. Walking into a New York City Police station to report a crime is difficult enough- but trying to do it by phone from Singapore is another matter.....shoot! Below is the appropriate place to report the crime. Best of luck- if we can help, please let me know. City of New York City Police Department: Midtown Precinct North Address:‎306 W 54th St New York, NY 10019 001(212) 767-8400
  4. Roger- the man has stolen your rings- this is a police matter at this point! The BBB is a good idea, but not strong enough.
  5. Personally, I would not recommend a consumer should purchase any EGL graded diamond above J/Si2 even if the dealer has it in hand. Generally, the only higher quality diamonds sent to EGL have issues somewhere- in many cases beyond the issue of what the actual grade is.
  6. Please - Roger and others- do as Davide suggests, and stop wasting time. Report this crook ASAp!!
  7. HI all! I disagree with Barry about the use of EGL. it's a long slippery slope. Be it EGL NY - which I agree is better than many of the foreign EGL's- or LA, or Tel Aviv, or Mumbai. The bottom line is that dealers don't accept an F/SI1 grade from EGL, and those that advocate buying such stones without educating the consumer are generally doing some "funky" stuff. If it was a 1.50 for $6k, the grade issue becomes far less important to get exactly right. It's still incumbent upon the seller of such a stone to educate the buyer about the gem lab, but it's far more acceptable to buy a $6,000 1.50ct diamond sans the GIA. I agree with what davide wrote-there's nothing intrinsically wrong with a diamond simply because it has an EGL report. In fact, we carry some stones that visited EGL before we bought them from the cutter. These are all in the category of "affordable" qualities. We rarely agree with the EGL grade- and in fact always publish our own grades, as opposed to those on the EGl report. But we will provide the EGL if the client requests in these cases.
  8. ROMFEA- please read this forum- you're advocating things that are totally incorrect. We've been over all these subjects too many times to count. Please learn something before giving incorrect advice. THANKS!
  9. Shoot! if you have a matching stone, we have someone looking for a pair of 60carat total weight earrings. I believe Mrs Kong will be very hapy if King goes for it!
  10. PS- Legitimately graded ( GIA graded) stones of G/VVS2 are going for around $7k. Just curoius Marcy- but did the seller explain the difference between GIA and EGL to you?
  11. Hi Marcy, I agree with Neil. Dealers know that EGL grading is not to be trusted- and will heavily discount the EGL grading. Despite what ROMFEA wrote- I'd skip this one and keep looking.
  12. Roger, I feel just terrible about what happened to you. You probably already know I was very critical of the problem company last year based on their incredibly deceptive ads. I hate to say this, but the way they acted when I pointed out the errors- well actually outright lies- on their ads, they never fixed them. I am afraid they just don't really care. I'm really sorry again that this happened to you......
  13. By the way..LOVE the ring you're modeling yours after. The Winston Ring looks amazing.
  14. Congratulations! I agree completely with Neil. Faint fluoresence is totally meaningless, both from an appearance, as well as value standpoint. You're dropping the "w" bomb. When a seller is telling you you're buying it "wholesale" it really appears to be purposfully misleading. What did the seller pay? That would have to be below wholesale, you'd think. How about the cutter? When someon is buying only one diamond- or even a few. They are purchasing as an end user. It's a completely different transaction than when we, as a retail seller, buy diamonds. Most buyers wouldn't want to buy it wholesale even if they could, if they understnad the limitations. You a want a money back guarantee- and other aspects to this where you need a professional to act on your behalf. That's a retail transaction. If you'd like to post the price you paid, I'l be happy to comment on the value- based upon the GIA grade, and you picking the stone visually.
  15. Thank you for posting those Davide! The point blinghelppls, is that the best expert in the world can't tell you much with the info from the GIA report. Hopefully the guy you picked is a specialist in that type of micro-setting. Even if the stone is perfect, the ring is going to make a huge difference on the total look. Congrats by the way!
  16. AS we're saying, you really can't tell by the numbers. There are plenty of really great looking, bright emerald cuts with depths around 60%. IN terms of clarity, sure, why not go for Internally Flawless...if you've an unlimited budget.... It's true some VS2 emerald cuts are not eye clean- but the one I posted is an SI2- and does happen to be eye clean. If you can find an eye clean SI diamond, you'll save a lot of money
  17. HI, There's simply NO way to figure out what an emerald cut looks like without at least some digital photos. So you have pictures of the diamonds? Here's a 2.76ct Another stone with the same L x W can look completely different just due to corner size!~
  18. Hi Meghen, Make sure you're shopping for diamonds with GIA or AGSL reports, and that you have picked a well known, trusted dealer. There's a wide range of prices based on the color clarity, and cut of a diamond. What shape are you looking for?
  19. There's absolutely nothing we can tell you based on the info provided. Who are you buying from?
  20. Actually Mat, what I see is a guy offering a diamond worth roughly what he's offering it for, but calling it something that would make it seem as though he's really giving it away. If you do a search on this site,, you'll find prices from around $11k to 28k for 2+ct H/VS2 Your question about online shopping is a good one. Many of the sellers lack some very basic elements IMO. For one thing they don;t actually have the diamond in front of them- they never actually see the diamonds they sell. So they can't provide photos. I'd say, look around. Find a site, or seller you feel good about, and give them a call. See if you're speaking the same language. $16k is a very nice budget for a 2 carat diamond- but don;t expect H/VS2, if we're talking about really well cut diamonds, with GIA or AGSL reports.
  21. Hi Mat,I'm David. Here's the scoop- when one dealer is selling to another, they understand that the only labs taken seriously are GIA and AGSL. So, if a stone is presented with an EGL report, it's either disregarded- or discounted way off the price of a stone with the same grade from GIA. If the seller is not telling you this, that indicates a lack of transparency in representation that is alarming, to me. It's your money- but you're far better off buying a stone with a legitimate grade from GIA - even if it's an I/SI1 at the prices you were quoted. As I mentioned- it's not that a diamond with an EGL report is "bad"- but it wold be like a guy selling a used car, and calling it a new car. Then getting some company to "certify it" as new. Even if the price was fair for a used car, the representation is not honest. That's a problem IMO.
  22. Hi Matt, Congratulations on buying a diamond! The first question is if the diamonds have GIA reports. Based on your post, I'll be they do not. That right there is a deal breaker. If you're buying a two carat diamond for $9k, and you trust the dealer, lack of a GIA report means less. But when one is spending 16k on a two carat, they need a GIA or AGSL report- even if you're buying from your brother ( or in my case especially...heheh). Seriously- it's crucial to have the GIA report. Next, I'd strongly advise getting photos. This will at least allow you to have a rough idea what the stone looks like. The stone above is a 2.05 H/SI1. I would not be recommending this particular diamond- even though it was graded "Excellent" in cut, by GIA.The cut is nice, but not my personal favorite. The SI1 imperfection is visible at the edge of the diamond, at 1:00. Also, I'd strongly advise buying a stone from someone that has the diamond in hand- allowing them to make personal observations. This points to your main task, in my opinion- and that is choosing a dealer you feel comfortable with. There are a number of participating vendors here who would be happy to show you stones- myself included. Barry from Excell diamonds also posts here and has a great reputation.
  23. Hi Steve, Just curious, but did you read what Barry wrote above? Here, let me re-print is as it's a perfect explanation of the symmetry grade on a GIA report. Since you're linking to a site- indicating that you are somehow in this trade, please learn about waht it is you're advising people on- rather than give incorrect advice. If two stones are graded by GIA, one has EX symmetry, and the other has VG, there will be no perceptible difference in the brilliance.
  24. Interesting Steve- can you give us a few examples of "certification companies"?
  25. Generally speaking it's far better to ask for advice before the purchase. Best of luck!!
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