davidelevi

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    B2C Jewels? Are They Legit? Shopping For 4.01 Rb.

    Why would anyone here care about removing it? And if you think it has incredible impact, it's 1 single review.
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    Stats review :)

    The proportions look lovely on paper; hopefully the reality will match! Don't worry about the crown angle. Given the crown height, it's absolutely fine. As Furqan said, it may be a case of minimal differences in theory that in practice will be totally invisible.
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    Help selecting a diamond, down to 2!

    Comments already offered, but you deleted the thread.
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    Help/Advice on my Ideal Scope

    Please respond here Post by same author in this thread has been marked for deletion.
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    Should I Be Concerned?

    Same observation. Bit of a steepish crown for the sake (apparently) of weight preservation.
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    Darker center stone

    I guess that's why the thread is called "darker center stone".
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    Advice before buying an diamond

    Hi there, welcome to Diamond Review! Couple of potential alarm bells ringing from that report, in addition to the fluorescence: 1. We (and possibly you) know nothing about the cut of the diamond, other than symmetry being graded good - and that's not a good place to start. Can you see the diamond and compare it to others? Alternatively, can the vendor provide you with good quality photos and ideally a video? 2. The report is over 15 years old. This is not necessarily a problem, but: A) has the diamond been sitting for 15 years in a retailer's safe? If so, is it because there is something wrong with it? Or B} has the diamond been sitting on somebody's finger for 15 years, in which case is it still "flawless"? It takes very very little to have a tiny chip or scratch that makes that "flawless" grade go away. 3. The reason why the fluorescence has a negative impact on price is that sometimes it makes stones go cloudy or oily in natural light. This may or may not be the case here, but if it does not everybody likes the effect. Did you ask the vendor? The price is reasonable, and one reason why it is so "cheap" compared to other D/IF 1.0x pears is very clearly the fluorescence, but the polish and symmetry grades contribute too. Take a look through this list of nearly 150 comparable diamonds for Weight/Clarity/Colour and see what happens to prices when you filter for fluorescence, polish or symmetry... https://www.diamondreview.com/diamonds?sortOrder=price&sortDesc=1&fShape=Pear&fCaratLo=1.00&fCaratHi=1.10&fColorLo=D&fColorHi=D&fClarityLo=FL&fClarityHi=IF&fCutLo=&fCutHi=poor&fDepthLo=0.0&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 The price being reasonable is one thing, but the real question is whether this is the right diamond for you (her). Buying something just because it's at a sensible price is normally not a good strategy. Do you (does she) actually want a D/IF? Or is it because you fear that something else will be looking yellow and/or with visible inclusions? If the latter is the case, please be assured that an H/VS2 (and even an I/SI1) in this size will look white and with no visible inclusions. Similarly for the pear shape - and the cut is a huge variable on which we know nothing but is more influential on looks than all the others we have mentioned.
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    Want To Purchase A Diamond Ring

    Same comment as below, except that it's now over 3 and a half years. What is the purpose of this, other than spamming in the hope of directing people to some site? Your comment has been reported for moderation.
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    Darker center stone

    Fair enough. I was thinking of simulants rather than synthetics.
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    Darker center stone

    They belong to Ariana Grande. That's about all one can say from the photos. Seriously - take them to a jeweller and they will be able to at least tell you if they are gold or plated, and whether the stones are natural or man-made.
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    Bracelet

    If you go beyond a very basic distinction between bangle (rigid) and bracelet (soft), there are literally thousands of designs and no easy, exhaustive way to categorise them. What is it that you are trying to understand/decide?
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    IF rating with visible inclusions

    The short answer is no, an IF should have absolutely no naked-eye visible inclusions, and no 10x visible inclusions observed through the table either. I suppose it's academically possible that an inclusion deep in the diamond is not visible through the table, but the region around the culet is very easily visible through the table with a wide angle of observation, and you say that what you observe is in the lower part of the pavilion so I don't think that could be the case here. Four things that could cause the phenomenon are, in decreasing order of likelihood: 1. You are seeing other facets being reflected in the pavilion and are mistaking them for inclusions; the girdle is the typical culprit especially if it's frosted or bruted rather than faceted, though I think a frosted or bruted girdle would not qualify for IF. Here is an image to illustrate what I mean: the diamond is clean, but it gives the impression that there is something "in there" at the bottom of the pavilion - what you are seeing is reflection of other facets, including the table reflecting light back (the "black thing" near the culet). 2. There is some muck (technical term) attached to the pavilion; diamonds are grease magnets, and just handling (especially an otherwise very clean stone) can lead to visible deposits building up very quickly. 3. The diamond has been damaged while setting. 4. The diamond is not the diamond that the report refers to. Clearly points 3 and 4 are significantly more serious, and would require an independent expert with some simple tools to see the item rather than "self diagnosing" on an internet forum.
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    Looking for ruby engraved diamond ring

    Since it's an Indian company, I assume it's Rupees - just less than $150.
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    Darker center stone

    I can get you a better one at $3000. I probably can't, but knowing the price without knowing what you are buying is only half the answer.
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    Looking for ruby engraved diamond ring

    Amazon is a marketplace, just like eBay or the Grand Bazaar in Istanbul; in all of these places, your experience (good bargain or total ripoff) depends more on the individual sellers than the marketplace itself - what is clear is that Amazon understands very little about jewellery (as does eBay), so you are largely on your own with the sellers. The real issue is I'm not sure what you are looking for. Initially I thought you wanted an engraved ruby, Mughal style (though they mostly did it on emeralds), set in a ring. That would be a relatively hard thing to source, but it would restrict the search so much that you would be down to a handful of sellers. What you have posted as an image is a ruby ring with diamond accents; not sure what the "engraving" refers to, since it seems to have faceted stones and plain metalwork. The link - if it's not spam - has such a very vague description that could refer to a ruby or it could be something else altogether ("pink coloured gemstone") - then again, for less than $150 it definitely isn't a fine quality natural ruby. In terms of websites to look at, any recommendation really depends on what it is you want: not everybody has a 3 carat fine untreated Burma ruby, and those that do can supply any engraving on the metalwork and create whatever design you like.
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    Darker center stone

    I'm not sure what your question for this board is, to be honest. The poster of the video on instagram is clearly a jewellery dealer, and their instagram home page has their contact details - they are the ones to ask about what (the stone in) that ring is, we can only guess. The design is a very traditional one, it seems to be made to a reasonable standard (in as far as it can be seen from a 30 seconds video), and the diamonds are sparkly. As usual, one key factor in all of this is going to be price (and price vs. what one is "technically" purchasing: colour, clarity, weight and so on), and again we have no information on that. Visually, I quite like the contrast, but that is purely personal opinion. Still on the theme of personal opinion, I would not want that as my (fiancée's) engagement ring, though I'd happily buy it as a.n. other ring - then again I'm an old stick-in-the-mud.
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    Solitaire earrings and pendant- J color too yellow?

    No. If they did, the diamond would be graded I1/I2 pretty much by definition. Same goes for any concern about durability with feathers. If they threatened in any way the integrity of the diamond, they would not be graded SI (and certainly not SI1). I wouldn't worry much about relative size, because people will not really see them together; the earrings will be visible mostly from the side, the pendant from the front. This said, the I/SI1 is just about visibly larger than the H/VS2 and it's $500 cheaper, which doesn't hurt.
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    Solitaire earrings and pendant- J color too yellow?

    Cut-wise there is little to choose among the three - typical of high-end H&A "signature" lines. To be honest, anything-wise there is little to choose; I'd go with the H/SI1 since it's marginally (and imperceptibly) larger and a little cheaper than the other two.
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    Solitaire earrings and pendant- J color too yellow?

    Well... there certainly is a visible difference between a typical GIA Excellent and a Brian Gavin cut; maybe less between an average AGS Ideal and BG, not least because all BG cuts are AGS Ideal, and AGS has a much narrower range of "looks" that they are willing to call "Ideal". This said, you can get some very very nice "unbranded" stones, some that may even be cut with a similar level of attention to detail, but the counterweight to that is the time and effort required in finding them (and you need at least 2 to look fairly similar to each other), plus the better the cut, the higher the price anyway, so you may not end up saving a huge amount. With Brian you know that each stone is going to be consistently cut in the same way - if that is important to you; some of the most gifted jewellery designers of the 20th century didn't care one way or the other 😉
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    Solitaire earrings and pendant- J color too yellow?

    I think from a visual point of view cuts makes significantly more difference than colour, especially on stones that aren't very large, but I'll answer that one when you answer me this one: how long is a piece of string? Flippancy aside, I really cannot tell you. Earrings in particular are fairly invisible to the wearer and depending on your hairstyle may be fairly invisible to someone looking at you too. Maybe save on those and spend some of the savings on upgrading the pendant's colour, if you feel you need?
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    Solitaire earrings and pendant- J color too yellow?

    Unfortunately, signature cut or not, they don't stay cleaner. I personally find that the better the cut, the more I clean them... because I know how much they can sparkle. I was suggesting Tiffany because they generally have well cut (and above all consistently well cut) stones - unfortunately they go from I to Fancy Yellow... but still, what would one not do in the name of research and the advancement of science? 😉 Colour (or clarity, for that matter - SI1 in 0.75 or so would be plenty eye-clean) would definitely be far less visible in earrings; on a pendant I think it depends a bit on the setting and how you wear it (from very close to your neck to 1920 sautoir style "on your belly button", on top of your skin or on a blouse, what colour is the blouse, ...). Fluorescence will definitely help - in sunlight. Not indoors. And what did you think? Personally, I would be more worried about contrast with your ring than about "absolute" colour, particularly with very well cut stones, but that's precisely one of those things that it's easy to check for.
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    Solitaire earrings and pendant- J color too yellow?

    @ylmhwd Just re-read previous posts by you, and one last point to make is to consider other jewellery. If this set is for you, and you are wearing a large F/G ring all the time, the earrings may be OK, but the pendant may be visibly different and "too near the ring" depending on its setting, chain length, etc. Once again, the extent to which this matters is a personal choice and my advice does not change: go out and see for yourself; use the best cut diamonds you can find as proxies (if you have a Tiffany branch nearby, it's not a bad choice for "testing", though they won't have J colour stones - their "white" range stops at I).
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    Solitaire earrings and pendant- J color too yellow?

    Short answer: if you pardon the frankness, you are not necessarily overthinking but underdoing... Go out and look at diamonds; most jewellers don't bite, and have GIA/AGS-graded G, H, I and J stones you can look at. They are much better proxies for what these things look like relative to each other than photos on the internet. Longer answer: Technically speaking, the people at BG are correct that a well cut diamond will appear whiter - and here is a recent thread attesting to that; note that it's not the experts pointing this out beforehand: the OP asking for advice found out by himself. FWIW, BG's "Signature" series are among the best cut round stones available anywhere at any price. Still technically speaking, taking good photos of diamonds is not totally straightforward, and small differences in the lighting, the camera and the setting can make a fair amount of visual difference in the result - which is one reason why grading colour (even approximately) from a photo is a hopeless task. The difficulty of comparing photos across websites is compounded by all those factors changing at the same time, plus others (especially in coloured diamonds, the amount of "post-processing" is - ahem - varied from "it came out of the camera that way, and I publish it that way" to outright faking of colour). Third piece of technically speaking, colour perception is quite varied across people, both in terms of the ability to detect variations and in the aesthetic assessment of the result. What to me is a barely perceptible warmth in the stone, to you is an unpleasant sign of jaundice - or vice-versa. Bear in mind that if you are buying for someone else their perception matters too (and women have a sharper ability at perceiving colour than men, on average). Final technical point - though it's more about psychology than diamonds - it is important that you and the intended recipient are both happy with the purchase. Buying something that niggles at you (or her/him) is likely to result in unhappiness in the longer term - or at least in the items not being worn. Add all of those "technical" observations, and I hope my shorter answer becomes more clearly motivated than flippant. Me? If I had the budget for a top-line cut, I'd go for that and size.
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    Is this the perfect one?

    Let me ask the question again: why is H&A important to you? The fact that someone came up with a nice marketing idea doesn't mean it's something that matters... Especially as a technical person you should understand that things should be bought on functional attributes. It makes no sense to see how fast a diamond goes 0-100 km/h, just as it makes no sense to test whether a car is harder than a piece of quartz. The key functional attribute of a gem - diamond - is appearance; the rest (proportions, colour, clarity) is proxies for that appearance.
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    Is this the perfect one?

    "perfect proportions" defined by whom? On what basis? You realise that the H&A effect is dictated by proportions (including all of the parameters you listed below), don't you? Why is H&A important to you? Please don't get hung up on numbers - especially largely meaningless ones like "75 to 77% lower girdles" or "50 to 55% stars". She isn't going to go around wearing the report, and the difference between 74 or 78% LG or 45% to 50% star isn't going to be visible, especially in a set 0.50 ct stone. You have found something that is very very close to your parameters, is a very nice stone, and is priced a little expensive compared to others, but the vendor seems to be able to provide a lot of information on it. If you are not convinced, stop comparing pieces of paper and ask the vendor to demonstrate why this particular stone is better than (say) another GIA XXX - not on paper but in reality, or at least in a comparative video. It shouldn't be difficult...