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  1. And how is this different than ASET IS, or ISEE2? They are ALL sales tools.
  2. Hi Klay, Unless it's really a difficult to find diamond, I'd try and find a seller that can accomodate both diamond and ring- precisely for the reasons you mention. If you buy the diamond and ring separately, and you don;t love the result, who will you turn to?
  3. Hi Chris, If you read a lot of what's written on the internet, your approach is perfectly sound. If you are actually looking at diamonds, not so much IMO. Trying to buy a stone based on table and depth percentages is really not the best way to approach this situation. AGSL does grade the cut of princess cuts- but there is controversy about what they are calling the best cuts- generally, the "Ideal" cut Princess cuts are deeper, with a smaller table and are thought to increase the fire in a stone. But there's plenty of people who will choose a stone with a greater spread, and larger table. it's really a matter of personal preference. I'd suggest looking at stones in person to see which you really love before buying one. I'd also suggest doing your homework to choose a seller, as opposed to tying to become a diamond expert overnight. Personally I never use light return measuring machines as I feel they are totally irrelevant- but there are other, well respected diamond people that do use them.
  4. All due repsect Isabella, but I would not group Stuller reports with GIA and AGSL
  5. Charles, did the seller explain the differences between a GIA report, and an EGL report? There is simply no comparison between a diamond graded E by GIA, and one graded E by EGL. Even if the EGL stone happens to be an E, it's still going to go for far less than the diamond GIA graded E. The industry does not take EGL grading seriously, and I feel it's the seller's responsibility to inform you of this. It seems that the sellers pushing diamonds graded by EGL rarely inform the potential buyers.....
  6. Cathy- I've been in the diamond business since 1976- and was trained by some of the largest loose diamond companies in the history of diamonds. If I had a hair ( on my head) for every time I've seen ill advised advice given by someone who is not really familiar with what they are advising about on the internet, I'd have a full head of hair. Believe me, it's far from that today ( if only I had my 1976 hair...) If the WF rep tells you the diamond is eye clean please reomve the words "twining wisps" from your vocabulary- you never need think of those words again.
  7. Cathy, my name is David, Hi! I don't know anyone at WhiteFlash personally- but I've heard nice things about them. Like anything else you buy, you will find salespeople that you like, and others you feel are pushy. I'm not suggesting anyone's been pushy with you-rather that you yourself consider the interactions, and find someplace to buy that does not make you feel pressured. Maybe WF is that place, it's up to you. They ( or any seller you feel comfortable with) should be able to answer the question about twining wisps. IMO twining wisps are highly unlikely to cause any sort of durability issue in an SI2 diamond as graded by GIA. Really be careful about what's written on the internet. If you read some people's opinion, the HCA is great. Other people feel it's worthless. If you want to use it, than by all means do so! You can find a stone that scores well on the HCA By setting the bar so high and the price so low, you're trying to buy dollar bills for .85cents- you're going to have to sacrifice someplace. I'd say getting correct information - such as that about twining wisps- is a great use of this, or any forum.
  8. HI Kimber, I agree with Davide- it seems you paid a fair price for the actual stone you got. As a seller, what I find troublesome is companies that try to convince buyers that they are selling a $32k stone for $22k by using bogus "certificates" That alone might make me want to return the diamond, but don;t cut off your nose to spite your face. If you really do love it, maybe it's a keeper.....
  9. Neil's advice- as ususal- is well advised. As Brad noted, any 2.25 I/SI2 for $14,400 is likely to have some reasons that the price is so low. WF is a well known company with a good reputation. If you've chosen them, I would suggest you own the decision, and listen to what they have to tell you. Meduim blue should pose NO problem whatsoever if the rest of the things about the stone are to your liking.
  10. AS far as I know string is actually a correctly seplled word. NOw if I only had a "content checker"...hehehe
  11. Faint Fluorescence is not going to have much of an impact on the price. Medium or strong certainly will. Personally, I really like H-I -J-K-L stones with medium, or string blue..... No one can tell you how the diamond is going to look without seeing it. I'd be very careful to make sure the person you're speaking with actually has the diamond to confirm that it's eye clean. Many SI2's are- but there are also many cases of sellers that don;t have a diamond in hand answering questions as though they do. IMO, any seller worth their salt will send you photos......
  12. Thanks John. The advice is simple. Use your intuition to pick a dealer. While it's simply NOT possible to learn the intricacies of diamonds in a short period of time, you already have all the tools you need to pick a good dealer. You know human nature. Personally, I prefer a stone with a slightly larger table, such as 60%. But if you want to believe everything you read, and based on your comment about 59% tables, apparently you do, a stone with a 60% table has something inherently "wrong" with it. Nothing could be further from the truth, but if a person wants to try to become a diamond expert by reading the internet, that's what you get..
  13. A great idea Barry......except then we'd miss out on all the fun!! Seriously- Although tutorials are great for reference, I think the immediacy of actually having a conversation is what brings a lot of folks to forums.....
  14. John, my name is David. I have to tell you it's amazing. This is a very common occurrence. Someone comes on to this, or another forum to ask a question. "What crown angles, Pavilion depth, table and depth should I look for. EVERY time, the informed answer is: You can't tell if you're going to love a diamond, or if it's is well made based solely on the numbers from the GIA or AGS report. Otherwise seemingly intelligent folks than ask...Ok, but if I was going to look for numbers, what should they be.... Where's the pulling hair out of head smiley when you need it....
  15. I don't know if this was mentioned before, but Blue Nile does not have the diamonds on premises, and can't look at them before they ship..... Makes a very good case for buying from a dealer that has possession of the diamond. If I was speaking to someone who had done no research, I'd advise them to do their research on sellers, as opposed to trying to become a diamond expert overnight. NO experienced diamond buyer is going to commit to a stone based solely on measurements.
  16. Barry- I agree with the sentiment of what you're saying. Many times a fluorescent diamond can be very pretty- specifically due to the fluorescence. But if you're talking about a time when such stones commanded a premium, remember that D IF 1.00 carat diamonds used to cost about $4000. Consumers could buy gorgeous E-F/VS 1carat stones for $3000. In 1980 , for example, GIA reports were far less common. Today the market is just different. Every little comment on the report causes someone to question. If it's online, some armchair expert is going to knock a stone because one of the upper pavilion facets is .00005 degrees off. When we're talking about high dollar colorless IF-VS diamonds, fluorescence reduces the price by as much as 15% In stones of G-H color it's less of a consideration- stones of I-J color fluorescence has little effect on price- even today.
  17. One of the problems with these boards is the "over analyzing" of diamonds. At this point, you're waiting on a pretty large stone to arrive tomorrow...I'd suggest stopping all the analysis till you look at the actual diamond tomorrow.....otherwise you can drive yourself crazy!
  18. Excellent post Davide!! JDL- as far as the ring- this could just be a photo-shopped picture, but the color of the round yellow diamonds leads me to believe they are not natural.
  19. Kool Jim. My name is David, and there's a lin to our site in my signature. We've got quitea few yellow diamonds to use for comparison. Icestore is also a very nice site.
  20. JDL, I apologize to you - having answered this question 1000 times, I'm a bit jaded. It's also a shame that there's so many sellers who really use the confusion about labs to their advantage. If two sellers are both selling G/SI1 diamonds, and one is 30% less than the other, in many cases it's due to the lack of a GIA report. Yet the sellers conveniently forget to mention that part to the buyers, preferring to stress the "fact" that they are 30% less expensive. You did nothing wrong- but to me it's frustrating that so many seller tarnish the profession. For comparison, here's a stone from our store. This one is a 1.47ct Fancy Brownish Yellow ( graded by GIA). This one was priced loose at a little over $3000 [er carat- which might validate the other guys price. In this case, if the seller does not specialize in Natural Fancy Colors, I'd advise getting the GIA report. It can't hurt.
  21. JDL, If you've read what's been written here, you'd have EVERY reason to doubt the "cert" No one in the trade would consider a Fancy Yellow stone without a GIA report. A progem cert would be immediately disregarded. Knowledgeable folks have told you that there's no substitute for a GIA report. All due respect, but if you're not going to consider the advice given, why ask?
  22. The strong blue fluoresence can have that type of effect. Given the price, if you were not comfortable with the seller, I'd be very concerned that the stone might be treated...... BUt if you are comfortable with the seller, and they assure you it's natural, and you like the way it looks, what the hey! But if you have any doubts, then let's discuss them
  23. Let's translate this into automotive terms.... If someone is offering a Cadillac for $6000, what can we expect? You've seen the stone....do you love it?
  24. Barry's answer is spot on. blinger.mike- questions like yours are so very common, and it's understandable why. When you are spending this kind of money, you really want to know you're doing it right. The problem is that a diamond's beauty is highly subjective. If a person's main concern is how much light is bouncing back off the diamond, the only choice is a colorless round. Princess cuts reflect less light than well cut round diamonds. AS do Emerald Cuts, Asschers, Pear Shapes, Marquises- forget about fancy colors! But- there's so much more to a diamond than simply pretending it's a mirror. There are currently "Ideal" Princess cuts- which are beautiful- but that does not mean the "non ideal" princess cuts are not also beautiful- or that some people , if given both to choose from visually, will choose the "non ideal" stone. It's really a matter of taste- and trying to buy such an item without at least good digital photos is really asking to be "surprised" at a time when you'd rather not be.....
  25. HI Everyone! Thanks Davide- great post! For me there's a lot of red flags. If you're looking for a cheap stone, this one meets that qualification- but the fact is, there's got to be a reason why. Both stone of ours posted by Davide are such stones. One for Fluorescent reasons, the other symmetry. I'm not saying it's a bad deal, but I agree with Davide- it may be worth the money, but it's likely no bargain..... If you've read stuff that compares Professional Gem Sciences to GIA on a stone like this, it's simply incorrect.
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