davidelevi

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  1. davidelevi

    Need advice on this diamond D color VVS1 all excellent

    Oh, absolutely, all I'm saying is that photos coming from the same source as the information you want to verify are not verification... unless you trust the source in the first place.
  2. davidelevi

    Need advice on this diamond D color VVS1 all excellent

    BTW, please note that if you don't trust the seller to send you the diamond in the report, whether the photos match or they don't doesn't really matter; I can take photos of a report for a D/VVS1, a D/VVS1 diamond and then send you this: which is an O-P I2.
  3. davidelevi

    Bennett-jewelers on eBay is a total scam and fraud

    Yes, really. Even a year later.
  4. davidelevi

    0.635 ct G SI1 opinion please

    The one at 1 o'clock in the photo is the main cloud (at 9 o'clock in the report plot). The one at 7 o'clock in the photo is its reflection into the pavilion. The stone is rotated by 135 degrees clockwise in the photo vs. the plot. Bear in mind that the photo is taken with an extremely high contrast technique that will highlight most inclusions, and the stone is scrupulously clean (and unset). Once you have that cloud partly hidden by a prong and you are looking at the stone without a loupe (or in a magnified static photo, which is even "worse"), that will be totally invisible.
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    0.635 ct G SI1 opinion please

    Nothing strange with that. WF owns the stone, so they are the only ones marketing it. 18-24 months of turnover on a jewellery item of this type are not bad... Which is totally irrelevant at this stage (if it ever was relevant at all) What exactly does that mean? AGS also uses the label "ideal" for its 0(00) cut grade diamonds (and in fact is one of the few if not the only proper definition of "ideal cut" since most others use the term "ideal cut" to mean "I have it in stock and ideally I want you to buy it; I'll cut you a good deal for me on it"). I would say that this is totally eye clean. It's pretty difficult to see the inclusions in the ~20x image, never mind in a non-magnified stone, which is what eye-clean (as opposed to loupe clean) means. Nothing wrong with any of these - but do go out and look at the colour; a video or photos (especially shot with the techniques WF uses on their site) are NOT good proxies for what those look like. In diamonds of this quality and size any I-J tint will only be apparent (if at all) through the side; some people are bothered by it, others love the warmer colour. Final point on budget (that may swing the needle towards the J): remember to add 20% or so VAT...
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    Anything will scratch or corrosive to diamond?

    Yes. If the metal is severely abraded to start with (to the point that a diamond set into it is scratched), repolishing may require removal of quite a bit of metal; prongs and bezels are typically quite thin to start with. Platinum will furrow and dislocate in many conditions (rather than scratch and chip away like gold), but it can get gouged away too; rubbing a ring on sand isn't exactly normal usage...
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    0.635 ct G SI1 opinion please

    You won't see the difference between this one and an ACA without tools. perfectly reasonable.
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    Anything will scratch or corrosive to diamond?

    Be careful - polishing is more abrasion, and bezels or prongs holding the stone may become unsafe.
  9. davidelevi

    Best stone within the given criteria, help!

    Fair enough. I would set aside the issue of lab - in the sense that you are buying a stone, not a piece of paper. The report is relevant to make sure that you are comparing like-for-like, and that you are paying a fair price, but a lab report is not usually providing you with enough information to make a decision. However, I would argue that this deposes against the vendor, not any of the stones. Did you ask people explicitly to help you understand the visual differences between various colours, cut and clarity grades? If you did, and they didn't help, then glean what you can from the presentation, but mark that particular vendor as "unhelpful" and move on to the next one; you can't see too many stones at this stage! Well, the problem is that at the end of the day the subjective impressions are the most important thing. I mean that if you don't know what a J stone looks like and you buy an F because you think "J is going to look yellow", you may well be surprised seeing that a well cut J can actually look very white, especially when seen in isolation. Buying an F buys you insurance in that respect, but it may be insurance that you don't need to buy. I think the point we are trying to make (certainly the point I am trying to make) is that there aren't any all-encompassing, commonly agreed criteria for what to prefer. There is a fair amount of agreement on what to call the various colours and clarities (or at least there is as long as you stick to a good lab: GIA, AGS, HRD, and some IGI among the big names), but that's as far as it goes. Cut - even in rounds - has a lot of variation, and while I have never seen a GIA or AGS "excellent" (or AGS "ideal") look bad, they can and do look very different from each other; which one to prefer between a 53 table and a 61 table, a 33 crown angle or a 36 crown angle and a 40.6 or a 41.0 pavilion - just to stick to stuff that at least you will find on the report - is a personal, subjective call. Those can be useful, but don't expect many vendors to provide them... (and to be honest, I find a comparative, well-shot video in different lighting conditions to be significantly more useful than a reflector image, unless pattern symmetry is one of your main asks!) That's what we are here for - but I don't think you'll find too many people willing to go out and suggest individual stones: those of us that retail will not because we are not allowed to by the forum rules (and good rules they are too) and/or we don't particularly want to push stones that our competition is selling. Those of us (e.g. Neil) that can help you assess stones independently will only do so if you hire them to do it - not least because it wouldn't be fair/professional to recommend one or another diamond without seeing the stone in detail or to endorse one particular vendor vs. another. I think many forum regulars would be more than happy to give you their opinion of a few candidate stones, but even that is going to be limited by the amount of information available and our understanding of what you (your lady) would prefer... Bear in mind that you will pay VAT at the applicable rate no matter where you buy from (unless you import the stone illegally without paying duty and VAT; possible but illegal and risky); the important thing is that you don't compare prices without VAT or duty (0% on loose stones, 2.5% on mounted stones for jewellery coming into the EU) to prices including those taxes and think you are getting a bargain... Yes. But then again their service is a little bit better... and some stones you can get only from them. However if you move to "cut specialists", I would strongly recommend that you consider more sellers than WF, and extend your search to at least a few others. There are plenty of people that can provide top-quality diamonds, but none will do so at a price of an "average" diamond.
  10. davidelevi

    Best stone within the given criteria, help!

    @Wxr4 Neil has provided excellent advice which I could repeat word by word, but it wouldn't be very interesting. So I'll ask a question instead: when you say you wanted what did you have in mind? A conversation about what is important and why? A "how to" guide on diamond shopping? Specific advice on vendors/types? Suggestions on individual stones to consider? All or none of the above? In other words, what is the source of confusion and how can we help? Your post indicates that you have done a fair amount of research, but equally that there may be some misconceptions on "what it's really like", and the one bit of advice from Neil which I will repeat is to go out and look at stones; photos and videos are inadequate substitutes especially for a first-time shopper dealing with unknown vendors.
  11. davidelevi

    Anything will scratch or corrosive to diamond?

    Bear in mind that you can get a softer material to scratch a harder one... the wear rate will be much higher on the soft material, but you can scratch (or more correctly chip) a diamond using steel. Also, high temperatures can affect the appearance, but that's generally minor and can be addressed by repolishing, unless it is causing the stone to shatter or burning it off completely (>~800 °C) .
  12. davidelevi

    Opinions On This Stone Please!

    No bother at all - the forum is here to help. My 2 cents in answer to your questions: 1. If you like the new stone, I think you are being treated fairly on the exchange (even though the attempt of passing off a WGI report as "the same as GIA" was not particularly fair or honest; this said, they were within 1 grade on the clarity, even though it's a big one). 2. A 1 carat G/SI2 is definitely "worth more" than a 1 carat I/I1. Whether what you paid is a fair price is a completely different question. ETA: cross posted with Laurent and Neil. It seems they are significantly harsher than I have been on the jeweller, but in the end I do agree with them: if you want your money back, you should get it. On the other hand, I would still see the proposed new stone as a fairly positive move and as an honest offer to remedy things; whether you want to do so is up to you.
  13. davidelevi

    Opinions On This Stone Please!

    1. Cannot say without seeing the diamond. Generally twinning wisps are quite benign, but if there are many (as in this stone) they could result in an overall "softness"/fuzziness/loss of transparency. The feathers around the girdle and a small indented natural are of no consequence. 2. It depends on a couple of factors, one of which is the visual impact of the inclusions and the other one is the quality of the cut. On the report, we have virtually zero information on either. https://www.diamondreview.com/diamonds?sortOrder=price&sortDesc=1&fShape=Pear&fCaratLo=1.00&fCaratHi=1.10&fColorLo=G&fColorHi=G&fClarityLo=SI2&fClarityHi=SI2&fCutLo=&fCutHi=poor&fDepthLo=50.0&fDepthHi=80.0&fTableLo=0.0&fTableHi=100.0&fSymLo=ideal&fSymHi=vgood&fPolLo=&fPolHi=poor&fCulLo=&fCulHi=vlarge&fFlrLo=none&fFlrHi=faint&fPriceLo=0&fPriceHi=1000000&adv=1 Here are some comparable stones - as you can see, there is nearly a factor of 2 between the top and the bottom...
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    Real or fake

    You are starting her off on an expensive path... 😉 Depending on whether her interest is mainly for the "pretty sparkly gem" or whether it's a more serious attitude to understanding minerals and gems from a scientific point of view, you may also want to consider coloured CZ. A small fraction of the cost of diamonds, much clearer and often better cut - and they come in all colours, shapes and sizes (great success for a few weeks with my kids, then they completely forgot about them, but the cost for 30 ct of stuff was $25!)
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    Opinions On This Stone Please!

    Advice: 0. Clarify - most importantly to yourself - what actually matters to you and what your priorities and constraints are. 1. No matter what diamond you are considering, choose the vendor first. 2. Don't buy a pear shape diamond for which you have virtually no information regarding shape details and cut 3. Don't buy an SI2 for which you have very little information regarding visibility and impact on transparency of the inclusions 4. Be cautious about thick girdles Opinions: None - there simply isn't enough information on a GIA report to have an opinion on that specific stone... which is why my advice above is phrased in a very very general way. 😉
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    Real or fake

    Yes, pinks are found in various places in Africa. Most pinks, regardless of geographical origin, come with various clarity defects, not least because the origin of the colour is lattice deformation rather than inclusions/impurities. From that point of view, nothing suspicious. Whether those stones are a] diamonds b] natural c] untreated and d] something you would want to buy are completely different questions. Yes, there are laws, rules and regulations (including eBay's own internal rules and policies) against false advertising, but that doesn't stop people from doing it.
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    Is this a good diamond/ good deal?

    Shiniest = best cut. Colour and clarity are largely irrelevant in that respect, certainly over the range we are discussing (D-G and VVS-VS) Quality - as above; It will become a heirloom because it was yours and hers, not because of its intrinsic qualities. In terms of value retention, no diamond - or indeed piece of jewellery - will perform particularly well, but again D vs. G or VVS vs. VS will retain value similarly. A 2 carat is for many preferable to a smaller D colour, and it might be easier to resell if it ever came to that.
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    Is this a good diamond/ good deal?

    The "Astor" line seems to be a pre-selected range from "commercially available" well cut diamonds. You can probably find equivalents without necessarily paying a premium (which branding usually carries), but every stone has to be assessed on its own merits. Between the two you have posted, in my opinion (and it's only my opinion, reflecting my taste) I'd get the one from Nordstrom. I don't like large tables and low crowns. Personally, I'd rather let go of D and VVS2, keep or even increase size and get a better cut F-G/VS2. Maybe something like this one: https://www.jamesallen.com/loose-diamonds/round-cut/2.06-carat-g-color-vs2-clarity-ideal-cut-sku-3448696 Your priorities may well be different, but without knowing why D and VVS are important for you, it's difficult to advise.
  19. Hi Anna, welcome to DiamondReveview! Yes, absolutely, and in fact that was discussed at the beginning of the thread. However, I doubt that 5 years on @thumper is still following the discussion.
  20. davidelevi

    Genuine Antique Diamond Engagement Ring?

    It doesn't seem unreasonable. I have checked a couple of dealers that specialise in that type of merchandise and asking prices seem aligned - to the extent they can be: getting something that is comparable to the centre stone is a thankless task; getting something that meets your (and her) taste in terms of aesthetics is an impossible one! Could you spend less and get substantially the same? Probably yes, by scouring antique jewellery dealers, pawnbrokers, online auction sites and all that. Would it take you longer than you want or have time to? Probably also yes. BTW - a note to Neil's comment re: age not driving price. That is true (unless one is talking of antiques or antiquities), but it may drive value as perceived by you. If you want an authentic period Edwardian ring, then make sure you get one (which this one may well be); if what appeals is the shape and other attributes, don't lose your sleep over what age it is or isn't.
  21. davidelevi

    Genuine Antique Diamond Engagement Ring?

    Absolutely no need to apologise, and thank you for the explanation/details; I was surprised by the fact that it seems to be an American version only. In Europe most people would use the French spelling.
  22. davidelevi

    Genuine Antique Diamond Engagement Ring?

    @M.Max You are very welcome. Good luck with the decision, and if you have time to post an update it would be great to hear from you with any news! BTW - for those that are wondering what "azuring" is: it's a phonetic transcription and adaptation of the French term "ajourer" (v.) or "ajouré" (adj.), meaning "open to the day(light)". It seems to be an American English expression (or at least, from my little corner in Europe I had not heard the term before yesterday). Nothing to do with the bright blue sky, jazz, Jewish identity or IT. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Azure
  23. davidelevi

    Genuine Antique Diamond Engagement Ring?

    Some things look good (in addition to the ones pointed out by Neil): the milgrain looks nicely even and deep, and there is a sense of togetherness to the design - even though I'm wondering a bit about the relatively unusual setting with tabs (I would have expected a bezel, which would have made removal of the centre difficult indeed). But the $17,000 question is what is it that you are uncertain about. If it is the stone's characteristics, it's easy enough (if a bit expensive) to have it graded at GIA; if it's the antiquity of the piece you need a different type of expertise. You may already have that in the "certification" and the dealer's word - conflicts of interest aside - or you may not. I suppose I'm saying the same as Neil, really: get someone who you trust and who works for you to look at this in depth, and give you their truly independent opinion
  24. davidelevi

    Thoughts on this diamond for engagement ring?

    Looks very nice. Go for it!
  25. davidelevi

    GSI engraved diamond

    A quick search found this: http://onlinecertificate.dnsalias.net/ If this corresponds to what you have, then whoever told you "1 carat for the centre" is frankly unskilled. There is no way that a princess cut 4.35 mm square is a 1 carat stone. Whether he would retail it for $5,000 only he can decide; whether it would sell at that price is a different matter still. For comparison, and assuming (big assumption!) that the grades awarded by GSL (whoever they are - there's at least 3 organisations using the initials) are comparable to GIA grades, similar stones to the centre stone are retailed between $700 and $1300 depending on a lot of other details on which we have no information (e.g. cut quality - the "Very Good" grade on your diamond unfortunately means nothing without an explanation of how they determined it...) https://www.diamondreview.com/diamonds?sortOrder=price&sortDesc=1&fShape=Prin&fCaratLo=0.50&fCaratHi=0.52&fColorLo=G&fColorHi=H&fClarityLo=VS1&fClarityHi=VS1&fCutLo=&fCutHi=poor&fDepthLo=50.0&fDepthHi=80.0&fTableLo=40.0&fTableHi=80.0&fSymLo=good&fSymHi=good&fPolLo=ideal&fPolHi=good&fCulLo=&fCulHi=vlarge&fFlrLo=&fFlrHi=vstrong&fPriceLo=0&fPriceHi=1000000&adv=1 If you were to resell the centre stone by itself, you may get anywhere between 1/3 and 2/3 of these amounts - making the BIG assumption that it really is a G/H VS1 of decent cut. Then you have the other diamonds; these may retail for $500/carat (or far less, depending on quality), but have virtually no resale value. The setting and labour could cost $500 to $1000; the metal has at least a scrap value of about $80 (4 grams of 14 kt gold at ~$32/g). In all, the $250 offer is ungenerous but possibly not terribly unfair from a retailer. (1/3 of $700 + scrap on the gold) How to sell depends on how good you are at selling and how much time and effort you want to invest; selling to a retailer is the fastest way, but it's also the lowest prices.