davidelevi

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  1. May I humbly suggest that you change translation engine, or that you employ someone that actually speaks English to review things? Lovely pink diamond in the photo.
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    Waiting For My First Purchase

    1. The lady's birthday as reported by the OP is on 30 April. It's nearly 2 months away, but I'm sure she appreciates the wishes. 2. The OP has not visited this forum for well over 3 years, and is no longer following this topic 3. The last post on this thread was also more than 3 years ago. Why resurrect it for a no-content post? Unless... 4. What is your relationship with the seller whose website you linked (or attempted to link)? Are you a customer of theirs? If so, it would be good to know more about your experience. Lack of an answer within 24 hours means your post will be reported for moderation.
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    Identify HW ring

    Thank you for the update. Good to know, though not very helpful to you if you are planning to get another ring like it. Do take a look at the link I posted above: there are similar rings for sale!
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    What are the best diamonds to buy?

    That depends on your purpose; assuming you are a consumer (meaning: not intending to trade on a regular basis), then buying what you like most is not a bad place to start from. Yes, round brilliants are on average brighter and sparklier than other shapes, but people value things other than just brightness and sparkle, and I for example particularly like Asscher cut diamonds. As with many (all?) other things in life, "best" doesn't necessarily exist.
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    What are the best diamonds to buy?

    There are plenty of people that don't see diamonds as valuable... but what is the purpose of your post?
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    Identify HW ring

    With 60+ units for sale, they must have fallen off the back of the truck delivering to HW... 😉
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    Want To Purchase A Diamond Ring

    Thank you for your contribution. How is this relevant to the OP's question?
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    Identify HW ring

    The power of branding. Someone is asking $1000... good luck to them!
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    Identify HW ring

    Very possible. HW boxes like the one in your photo are on sale on eBay https://www.ebay.com/sch/i.html?_from=R40&_trksid=m570.l1313&_nkw=harry+winston+ring+box&_sacat=0 one vendor has sold over 50 of them... and has more available!
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    Advice on Loose diamond

    Within the bounds of reason - assuming it's eye clean (and possibly the price is including some form of GST?); certainly not a bargain. The issue - as Laurent has already said - is that you can definitely do better, but if this is the only diamond you have been shown the jeweller isn't helping very much...
  11. davidelevi

    Advice on Loose diamond

    This. Plus another couple of observations: 1) a 0.80 SI1 is usually eye-clean (you can't see the inclusions with your naked eye), but not all of them are; we have no indication about that, unless you have seen the stone in person. 2) You may like the way it looks both from a cut and a clarity point of view, but you may be paying an unfair price. Here's a few comparable diamonds being retailed online (excellent cut but depth around 63% or higher): https://www.diamondreview.com/diamonds?sortOrder=price&sortDesc=1&fShape=Rnd&fCaratLo=0.80&fCaratHi=0.85&fColorLo=F&fColorHi=F&fClarityLo=SI1&fClarityHi=SI1&fCutLo=exc&fCutHi=exc&fDepthLo=63.0&fDepthHi=100.0&fTableLo=0.0&fTableHi=100.0&fSymLo=&fSymHi=poor&fPolLo=&fPolHi=poor&fCulLo=&fCulHi=vlarge&fFlrLo=&fFlrHi=vstrong&fPriceLo=0&fPriceHi=1000000000&adv=1 Note that there is a broad range of prices - largely because some SI1 inclusions are more visible than others. Also note that a high street, brick-and-mortar store will have higher costs than a typical internet retailer and will therefore legitimately charge higher prices.
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    Identify HW ring

    People buy and sell jewellery second-hand - there are several merchants that specialise in it and 1920s engagement rings are plentiful. Here's nearly 1,000 of them, and that did not require me to try very hard: https://www.1stdibs.com/search/jewelry/rings/?oq=1920s engagement ring&q=1920s engagement ring however, now that we understand the situation a little better, perhaps a call to Harry Winston to confirm whether this is one of their models would be useful? As I mentioned above, one other option is that it was retailed by HW's estate jewellery department which was much larger in the past. They now call it"vintage jewelry", and it seems to be restricted to HW-produced pieces https://www.harrywinston.com/en/vintage-jewelry
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    Xxxxxxxx etched on diamond

    Many labs will allow a customer to add a (short) personal inscription when they etch the lab report number, and this may be one of those. I'm not aware of any branding including 8 x's or any specific meaning beyond "kisses".
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    Identify HW ring

    I don't think you will find it anywhere; it seems to be a 1920s ring which would rule it out; it may have been retailed by Harry Winston at some point; they have (or have had) a large "estate jewellery" department. Does it have HW marks? This is a recent version: they have changed over the years, so there are plenty of other versions, but as far as I know all have "HW" in them.
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    Identify HW ring

    FWIW, it seems to be a 1920s design - which could make the Harry Winston box an "association", since they opened in 1932. However, to get any reasonable certainty on anything (including the date) an in-person inspection by a competent appraiser is a very very good start! Please let us know what you find; it's a very nice ring.
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    Some diamonds expert please help me, thank you!

    Speaking as a consumer/collector of jewellery it does not seem an unreasonable price, but you are very unlikely to be able to resell it for more than that - or even to break even. If you don't like it for yourself, pay the penalty and escape; if you like it, then it's not a rip-off. Apologies if it wasn't my opinion you wanted.
  17. davidelevi

    Some diamonds expert please help me, thank you!

    Hi Karina, welcome to DiamondReview! I'm afraid that your questions do not have a unique, clear answer. An accurate appraisal would require two conditions: 1. Each diamond should be assessed and graded individually: the AIG report is frankly useless other than to determine weight (and probably not trustworthy in respect of the only grade it attributes: "VS clarity"). 2. A specification of what market is considered: the value (fair price) of the ring when sold (say) by Cartier in Via Monte Napoleone to a consumer is not the same as the "value" of the ring being resold by the consumer at "Compro Oro Milano" in Via Torino, even though the two locations are 10 minutes walk apart. Just for comparison, here are a few somewhat similar rings we have for sale: These have less diamond weight (around 1 cttw) and are set in 18kt rather than 14 kt, but they are I think a fair comparison for the price point; these ungraded "fancy colour" (meaning brown) diamonds are not very expensive and there is more cost in the workmanship than in the materials. The rings are all priced - retail - for less than USD 1,500 each, so while it's possible that someone would retail a similar ring (yours) for around twice the price, it's also very possible to find something comparable for much less. My advice is to enjoy the ring for what it is - a very pretty thing for which you probably paid a fair but not "bargain" price.
  18. davidelevi

    Please Help Me Decide

    Absolutely no need to apologize - I am well known for having the diplomatic skills of a bull in a china shop, so I'm the one that has to offer apologies; you came here asking for help, not criticism. However, as Neil has explained at length above, with ovals you definitely need more information than is available on a GIA report, and the easiest source where this can come from is a dealer. Ideally someone ready to show multiple diamonds together - through video and photos if in person is not a realistic option - and talking you through pros and cons of each. Yes, they'll be selling, but equally they will want a happy and satisfied customer - and an inquisitive customer asking polite questions should not be a challenge but a delight. Just out of curiosity: how did you land on D-F for colour? If you have done so after extensive viewing of diamonds and concluding that it was the only colour range that you (your to-be-fiancée) liked, then I have nothing to add. If you have done so because they are called "colourless" and you fear that G or H (or I) will look tinted, I would invite you to go to a decent jeweller (a branch of Tiffany will do) and look at the different colours before you decide. While you are there, you may also look at clarity and ask to demonstrate different cut proportions (though Tiffany isn't particularly good for either of the latter: they tend to sell stones cut in a very consistent way, and I don't think they stock anything below VS2).
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    Please Help Me Decide

    I don't think they are bad, but I think the point Neil is making is valid: here is a list of over 2,500 diamonds that all fit your top-line requirements (colour, clarity, weight, price): https://www.diamondreview.com/diamonds?sortOrder=price&sortDesc=1&fShape=Oval&fCaratLo=1.00&fCaratHi=1.50&fColorLo=D&fColorHi=F&fClarityLo=FL&fClarityHi=SI1&fCutLo=&fCutHi=poor&fDepthLo=50.0&fDepthHi=80.0&fTableLo=40.0&fTableHi=80.0&fSymLo=&fSymHi=poor&fPolLo=&fPolHi=poor&fCulLo=&fCulHi=vlarge&fFlrLo=&fFlrHi=vstrong&fPriceLo=0&fPriceHi=15000&fLabGIA=1&fLabAGS=1&adv=1 they go in price from just below $3k to your stated budget of $15k, and (with all due respect) I don't think you have gone through 2,500 diamonds to find those 3... not to mention the fact that those 3 are rather different from each other (other than the colour). FWIW, my favourite based on the videos is the 1.52 - but it's also $5k more than the other two, AND it is not necessarily the best cut oval I have ever seen (although personal taste plays a very important role here). Again with all due respect, but I think you are putting rather a few carts before the horse; start by finding a vendor or two you want to deal with, then ask them to help find the right stone. That's what they are there for, especially for a not-so-standard cut like an oval.
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    Need your advice---please help me choose a good one

    Maybe this answers your question, right at the beginning of the first post in the thread: ***************************** More designs for a round diamond? Like what? I think this is fishing for business, and covert advertising, not helping people.
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    Want To Purchase A Diamond Ring

    Same comments as above, except that it's now well over 4 years since the OP visited the forum...
  22. davidelevi

    Need your advice---please help me choose a good one

    Thank YOU! The 2.21 is perfectly OK; it's just not my favourite. 🙂 The latest one you have linked is also a nice diamond - even though it has a relatively large table and a flat crown it seems to be cut with superb symmetry and it faces out very large, thanks to those proportions and a thinner girdle than the others. If you (your fiancée) privilege size and scintillation to fire, it could be a good choice, and you save $1,000 in the process.
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    Need your advice---please help me choose a good one

    It would be nice if you removed the "refer" part of the links that accrues commission to another forum... All of the ones you picked above are decently cut. My personal favourite is the 2.08 because I like high crowns and smaller tables; the 2.21 is obviously the larger stone and it probably will be a little brighter but with a little less fire. The 2.12 is only worth considering (IMHO) if you (your to-be-fiancée) can easily see the difference between H and I; I cannot (in normal circumstances of looking at a well cut, set diamond from the top). Otherwise you are spending $2,500 for not much (and a set of proportions I like less than either of the two above). The two 2.01 are much of a muchness, and given your budget I don't see any reason for picking them, unless you are in love with the video of either one. FWIW, if I had to choose one of these two, I'd pick the one with catalogue number ending in 495 for the same reason I'd pick the 2.08 Hope this helps - remember that those above are my personal preferences; there is nothing wrong with a stone with a lower crown and larger table (e.g. the 2.12) if you prefer that look.
  24. They are unlikely to affect brilliance or appearance "dramatically" (to use your word) - it is graded SI1, after all, and that means that GIA graders think the inclusions are still visually relatively minor, and wisps are usually quite benign from a visual impact point of view. Whether they impact anything at all, as Furqan says, is not something that can be determined from the report or from (those) photos.
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    1.36ct intense blue

    From several hundreds of thousands to around a million. It depends on how nice it is, who owns it now, how much they paid for it and when, and why they are selling. As Neil said, it's a pretty rarefied market