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  1. Worth the money?

    Congratulations! And more congratulations for your engagement!
  2. Buying tomorrow ... need help! first time buyer

    Fluorescence - especially medium blue - is not an issue to me at all. There is a theoretical risk that the stone has been graded leniently in colour, but that's generally reflected in the price. Visually, it will have no effect inside, and it may look slightly whiter outside. The JA stone has a bit of a bow-tie, but as these things go I'd say it's at the attractive end; stones completely without a bow-tie sometimes look quite flat and without life. I assume that the second video is that of the first stone, yes? If that's the case, and if it were my money and I had to spend it on either of those two, I'd go with the JA diamond. It's a bit larger, I like its pattern more and it's significantly cheaper. Whether either one is actually "nice" is not something that can be reliably judged by looking at two videos taken by different people in potentially different conditions. Neither looks bad - but both have very thick girdles.
  3. Buying tomorrow ... need help! first time buyer

    1. We don't know (you don't know?) what colour and clarity the diamond is likely to be without knowing who graded it. 2. Same +++ for the cut - as far as I know, there is no widespread, accepted way of grading ovals for cut. 3. As Neil pointed out, asking 8% for a credit card payment is a bad sign. Most stuff is between the seller, God and the IRS, but limiting your ability to return or making it very difficult to get your money back touches you very directly, and what's more on a stone on which you have very limited info. IF it's graded by GIA or AGS, it's a reasonable amount - not cheap, but reasonable. You can easily find cheaper stones online. In fact, I think here it is, at $23,100 including credit card fees: http://shop.diamondideals.com/search/Detail.cfm?adv=diamondreview&&Lot_Number=152188--D02633-OV
  4. Round Brilliant

    It is deep into the stone, which is good. What is not good is that I expected it to be much lighter... I'd still guess it's eye-clean seen from the top (magnification in the video is ~15x AND the stone is loose; having a setting will make things much more difficult to spot), and it can be hidden under a prong from the side, but it's less clean than I expected it to be. 3 possible action plans, from most to least risky: 1. Trust B2C, and have the stone set and another video made. Then it's final decision time 2. Send the stone to a US-based appraiser (to get a neutral perspective, rather than the view of someone who has a horse in the race) who can look at it, put it into a temporary mount if necessary to assess and ship it on - or ship it back to B2C without you having to go through the import-and-VAT-refund palaver. 3. Back to BGD...
  5. Round Brilliant

    Yes, the B2C is a better cut diamond than the last WF one... then again, the WF is part of their "expert selection", which is not quite as stringent a selection as the "A Cut Above" range (and to be honest, I'm surprised it even makes it to "ES").
  6. Round Brilliant

    Just 2 technical notes: 1. Apparent magnification (on my 13" screen) is about 20x. This is not only way more than unaided eye, but it's way more than a typical jeweller's loupe. The size of the inclusion is (scaling things appropriately) about 0.2 mm... i.e. at the threshold of visibility for the unaided eye at 30 cm. 2. The inclusion is a cloud - this means that at 10x it resolves into multiple, tightly clustered inclusions that are however not identifiable individually. Translated: it's grey, not really black. Both together mean it's really not a concern. The stone is cut very well - some minor cleaving on the hearts may have the purists scoff, but if it comes for $2-3000 less than a super-premium cut, it would be welcome in my house!
  7. Worth the money?

    I can tell you that you are wearing a blue shirt, but perhaps more relevant the round looks a hell of a lot more contrasted... and surprisingly white in this photo!
  8. Worth the money?

    Yes it is true that generally ovals face up larger than rounds of the same weight. Whether they look as nice depends on two main factors: 1. Whether they are cut well. Ovals, unlike rounds, are not graded for cut in any reliable, widespread way, which leaves you open to getting a stone that may face up quite large, but may be dark, lifeless or looking very uneven (or all three at once). 2. Whether you (she) like the look. An oval - no matter how well cut - will not look like a round (though it may well look very nice and some people may prefer it to a round). All this said, beware of stones that are completely ungraded by a lab, unless you know and trust the vendor (and beware of "sale prices" giving unlikely discounts: Blue Nile's average gross margin is ~20%; these guys are promising a 25% discount: either their margins are waaaay higher than they should be, or something else is amiss). If you are thinking of spending €7,000 or so for a 1 carat round and a plain 18 kt gold solitaire like the one you linked above, you should be able to get it from a reputable vendor for that price or little more.
  9. Opinion needed on Hearts & Arrows stone

    Cut-wise it's above any suspicion. If Whiteflash say it's eye clean, it is going to be eye clean... to their (high) standards: ask them how they tested it and what they saw before committing, but I would not be particularly concerned about that. The question (or dilemma) I have for you is around the price and the 2.00 carat threshold. You'd be paying a significant premium in exchange for the security of having one of the best cut diamonds on the market... with a slightly smaller size (than either of the 2+ carats) and the loss of bragging rights. The 2.11 from B2C may be similarly cut and will look larger for the same price (and the "all important" (???) full 2 carats), but we don't know enough about its cut to say how it would compare to the WF stone: have you asked B2C if they can send you a couple of ASET images?
  10. Diamond Review of Round Brilliant with Aset and Ideal!

    I wouldn't worry about what the inclusion plot looks like: its main purpose is to help in identifying the stone, not to provide an indication as to how visible inclusions are to the naked eye (even to an eagle eye like yours). I'd much rather trust Brian Gavin's opinion that it's eye clean (verify with them how they checked it - they are very reliable and honest, but they may well use standards and checks that are different from what you need!). In terms of quality both are stunningly well cut - as was the first one. Price-wise, I think it's a question of deciding whether you are happy running the (in my view limited) risk of seeing the inclusions, or paying $1,000 more in "insurance" and getting a VS2.
  11. Diamond Review of Round Brilliant with Aset and Ideal!

    I don't think it's overpriced - it's top quality in many ways and priced accordingly. (I also don't think that what you were seeing as "brightness" had anything to do with clarity; it's more likely due to the proportions of the individual diamonds, or just possibly with their transparency - which is not the same as clarity). ETA: I swear that Laurent and I do NOT agree in advance what we are going to write within a few seconds of each other.
  12. Diamond Review of Round Brilliant with Aset and Ideal!

    Colour perception is a very individual thing; most people cannot do what you can seemingly do with ease. Count yourself lucky... or maybe not! On clarity: it really has very little to do (certainly at VS vs. VVS level) with transparency and brightness; again, visual acuity is an individual blessing (or curse). However transparency is not graded (though it's not necessarily related to clarity), and you may be sensitive to that too. $13k/carat is perfectly normal for a top-quality 1.40 E/VVS; what I think Furqan was pointing out is that to most people a larger stone that is otherwise visually identical and costs less may be more desirable, but if you can easily see the difference between E and G, then the two stones are not visually identical and it becomes a question of genuine aesthetic preference (as opposed to "snobbery" or lack of information).
  13. A little help please guys

    Here's a few photos of a mild overblue (a bit of haze, but not a lot - a really good/bad one will look as if the stone is in the middle of thick fog): http://www.diamondsbylauren.com/index.php/jewelry/halo-diamond-ring-305-antique-looking-cushion--is-it-purple-platinum
  14. A little help please guys

    It is quite obvious, especially if you look at it carefully in a UV-free environment first, then take it out. You don't need blazing sunshine - in fact you don't want sunshine; you want indirect sunlight. A typical bright day in the UK (not necessarily sunny, just not thick clouds) will do perfectly - this morning was quite nice as I was driving to Reading!
  15. A little help please guys

    Duty to an EU country is 0% on loose stones, and 2.5% on mounted ones. UK VAT is (as you know) 20% on stone + setting (if any) price + duty (if any) + shipping charges. Ask B2C if they can help (for example by quoting zero shipping charges). Importing a diamond is very straightforward - the courier takes care of clearance. Keep all paperwork, just in case you need to return, you can get VAT and duty back.