davidelevi

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  1. davidelevi

    Coated Diamonds Question

    And how is this relevant to a 10-year old thread on diamond coating?
  2. davidelevi

    SI1 diamonds, surface graining and cloud comments

    Apart from the fact that the OP has actually removed his post because his question had been answered - 6 months ago - but how is that even barely relevant to a discussion on clarity? Your post has been reported for spamming
  3. Proportions look good on paper. Twinning wisps are usually quite benign - as in: invisible to the naked eye - but the proof of this pudding is in the seeing. Price is reasonable for an eye-clean SI1 I hope this is "the one"!
  4. davidelevi

    Choosing engagement ring help

    Hi Sean, welcome to DiamondReview! It's not a silly question at all, however people usually go in reverse order when buying engagement and wedding rings... not least because it's a whole lot easier and cheaper to adjust a wedding ring than to modify something with a more complex design. This said, the only way to see whether a design will fit flush is to try it. I would talk to JA to understand whether they will send you an unset ring to test; if they do not, or the design does not fit, there isn't much point in going down that path. You may be better served by someone that can adjust or outright custom make the engagement ring setting to fit flush with the Tiffany band. Even before you test whether the JA design fits - I would suggest you consider a couple of things on the ring: 1. The "presentation" line is the cheapest JA makes. Don't be deceived by the nice CAD renderings on the website; the real thing is very unlikely to look as nicely made as the Tiffany piece. For engagement rings like for everything else, you mostly get what you pay for. 2. The Tiffany band is platinum - and Tiffany's platinum alloy contains ruthenium, which means they are quite hard and relatively dark grey in colour. A rhodium-plated 14 kt gold band is going to look very white. Even if you don't go for a Tiffany setting, a platinum alloy would likely match the other ring's appearance better - and be significantly more durable too. On the diamond spec - it's a bit wide... I would suggest that you try to narrow things down a little, possibly specifying a budget. You may be overshooting a bit on colour and clarity: a G/VS2 will still look very white and without any visible inclusions.
  5. You are most welcome. I don't know Fishman & Son, not even from reputation; poking around their website reveals statements that I would call questionable, but you may take this as a matter of opinion. I would however point out that they seem to predominantly retail diamonds in new settings, while the majority of your pieces have no diamonds and are definitely not new... In your collection there are two large colourless stones that could be round diamonds (set in rings), "something" pear shaped in a ring that I cannot work out from the video whether it's a cluster of smaller stones or a single large(r) pear-shaped stone, and then you have that set of older cut stones (necklace and earrings) in fairly crude settings that could also be diamonds. The rest either have very small diamonds or stones that clearly are not diamonds. This is not likely to be right route to either get them assessed or sold on independent of Fishman's honesty, impartiality and expertise (and all three are important for your case!). There are definitely competent independent appraisers that would be able to help you in NY/NJ; you can start looking at https://www.najaappraisers.com/html/find_an_appraiser.php but if Neil chips in with a personal recommendation it is probably worth following it!
  6. An interesting mix in there - most things I would say from the late 1940s to the mid-1960s, plus a couple of older or "ethnic" pieces (maybe from a trip to India?). The large stones (citrines, amethysts and tourmaline) aren't worth much by themselves, but there are buyers for Retro jewellery - and the value is going to depend much more on the overall design than on the stone. The smaller, clear stones may or may not be diamonds, and even if they are, they could be worth a fair amount or not much, depending on the details. Before you spend any money on GIA (which incidentally would require you to remove any gemstones from the settings), I would suggest that you determine more precisely what you have and figure out whether getting a lab report on anything at all is going to be worth it. I would recommend you DON'T use a jeweller for orientation unless you have a genuinely trusted friend who is one. Go to see an independent appraiser who does not trade in jewellery - no horse in the race. @denverappraiser is a very competent appraiser who posts here - but he isn't exactly located around the corner from you; maybe he can recommend someone in NY.
  7. davidelevi

    Broken engagement ring

    Then go back to the vendor - these things should last a lifetime, not 6 months!
  8. davidelevi

    Broken engagement ring

    I can't see the crack in the photo, but it doesn't matter. After 6 months I would expect the original seller/maker of the ring to be responsible for fixing it, unless you have mistreated the ring, or you have had the ring resized or altered by someone else.
  9. Keeping my fingers crossed... 🙂
  10. Sorry, my comment was not clear - what I meant is that the price of the other stones may be higher or lower and I think you only posted the price of some. This is perfectly reasonable, especially if it comes from a high street jeweller. Yes, on paper I would rather have #4. This one and #2 are quite similar, I'd say; a small personal preference for the narrower table and higher crown of #2. And #1 is slightly different but still very well cut. None of them is even marginally close to "poorly cut"! A well cut, colourless, eye-clean round around 2 carats with Christmas a month away (and people locked in their homes) is bound to be relatively popular...
  11. No red flags. In this company you have better cut ones on paper... (#4, #1, #2 - at least for me). "Real life" can be different, and there's price to be considered.
  12. davidelevi

    Asscher diamond - ASET and video

    Me? I'm quite happy that a well cut H looks white to me. I'd be more than willing to go with a VS2 or even an SI1, as far as clarity goes. With the SI1, I'd like to see it first or at least buy it from a seller I trust, and have the ability to return it if I don't like it. Those images are taken using different techniques from the computer-reconstructed one in your post (and from each other), and they aren't really comparable (plus they seem to be categorised in pretty random order: look at the third from the left in the first row, and the first left in the second... they appear pretty similar to me). In very rough terms, I'd say that it's between the first and the second; it is nicely symmetrical, though.
  13. davidelevi

    Asscher diamond - ASET and video

    Assuming that there is a GIA report agreeing with colour and clarity... no significant red flags. The cut (assuming the ASET image is correct/to AGS standards) is good but not super. As usual, the real question is whether you (and even more your girlfriend) like this - I would personally go down a notch or two on clarity and colour, in exchange for a super cut and maybe a slightly larger stone... but that's my personal preference. Also to bear in mind is the extent to which Canadian origin is essential for you: if it is, it may be a fairly significant constraint. If it isn't, it may free up quite a bit of budget!
  14. Yep. In many ways. There are reasons to "trust but verify" with Strong and Very Strong (of all colours), and yellow or green fluorescence in anything but a yellow or green stone can have unpleasant effects. But "faint" is... faint!
  15. Yes, I heartily disagree! 🙂 First of all, if there is any negative effect from fluorescence, it will not be dependent on the size of the stone - it will be an observable issue (haziness/oiliness; colour difference), so I'm afraid that whoever gave you that advice didn't know their backside from their elbow. Secondly, bear in mind that "faint" fluorescence is exactly that: it's so faint that GIA is not able to say what colour the fluorescence is. (Thirdly - do read the article I linked above; the two main conclusions are: 1) finding a stone where fluorescence impacts transparency is quite difficult, and it doesn't happen unless the fluorescence is Strong or Very Strong. 2) most people preferred the look of fluorescent stones to that of equivalent non-fluorescent ones)