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  1. Look for an appraiser or dealer in antique jewelry. Neil Beatty (denverappraiser) might be able to point you in the right direction for an appraiser in your area. Prices for the old diamonds are so haphazard. It's really up to the buyer or seller as to what it would be worth from what I can tell. But there is obviously some kind of scale. I, too, love the old antique jewelry as well as the new jewelry. I'm not prejudiced against any diamond old or new. But I do have a passion for the old OEC and the fancy colored diamonds.
  2. Well, all I can tell you is that people who have one haven't lost it yet. What I've noticed that is interesting is that people who really like the first one posted, don't like the second. And those who like the second one, don't like the first. In fact, some only want one strand and others think that I should only make three strand. I am glad people like different things. Because it would not be much fun making them all the same. That would be so boring.
  3. Yah me too.. don't like the lock... but i like the color.. Yes, the color is cool in eyes The clasp holds well on this one because I made myself one and did the R&D. And it's popular with some but not with others. So I make some with a toggle like this one that I made for someone last week. But I do appreciate your feedback. It's very nice of you to let me know. Jewelry is a very personal thing and I think it has to speak to you.
  4. Thank you. That is thoughtful of you to take the time to say so. Much appreciated.
  5. I forgot to add contact information. e-mail for questions
  6. I forgot to add contact information. e-mail for questions
  7. Luscious lime with pearl and sterling silver beads. It's a "kick butt" bracelet but her attitude is kept in check by the pearls and bali sterling silver swirly beads which subdue her just a touch. She is not for fashion wimps because she makes a bold peridot kind of statement. This will go with spring green, lime green, chartreuse, yellow, lime green, gold, blue green, white, peridot and just about any green or yellow you can throw at her. Why just looking at her puts me in the mood for some lime sherbert. I have to 'fess up to something. One of my customers actually had a hand in this design. She wanted a lime bracelet with attitude but with more pearls and silver. I made one for her and loved it so much I had to make another. It's different since no two are exactly the same. But I had to give DJ some creative credit. DESCRIPTION: Sterling Silver Bali Beads and spacers, Sterling handmade toggle, Freshwater pearls, faceted crystal, colored shell beads, 14kt gold plated beads plus crackle beads, glass and peridot colored. LENGTH: 7.5", this one can be adjusted to a little larger or little smaller. 1-, 2- or 3-strand can be custom made to your wrist size. SIZE: The bracelet is standard 7.5" closed. Strung on heavy duty plastic coated stainless steel wire for durability. SHIP: I use priority, the small box which is about $5. This item can be custom made for one strand, two or three. I can make one shorter or longer. No two bracelets are exactly the same but if you want one custom, I will come as close as possible. Listings to prove I'm legit Price: $ 56 Ship: $5
  8. Admit it. You love your dungarees in all shades. And this is just the bracelet to dress them up when you are in no mood to change out of your broken in blues. This will go with the faded, holey pair and the crisp dyed dark blue pair, too. This doesn't HAVE to go with jeans. Why she's quite the versatile bracelet. She could complement a sapphire blue dress or a sky blue shirt. She's the perfect punctuation for many shades of blue, black, gray and white. DESCRIPTION: Beads are natural blue lapis lazuli chips, gray potato pearls and freshwater disk pearls and light blue freshwater pearls, glass Murano beads, sterling Silver Thai Karen handmade beads, sterling silver Bali Beads, bead caps and spacers. Sterling Silver handmade toggle clasp from Bali. SIZE: The bracelet is standard 7.5" closed. Strung on heavy duty plastic coated stainless steel wire for durability. SHIP: I use priority, the small box which is about $5. This item can be custom made for one strand, two or three. I can make one shorter or longer. No two bracelets are exactly the same but if you want one custom, I will come as close as possible. To see more, go here. webgal.etsy.com Price: $ 56 Ship: $5
  9. Greg Y-I have to say that I've been following this thread and while you may have asked after the sale, you asked in time to do something about it. You are a pretty astute buyer, you're asking the right questions and quick to learn from experience.
  10. Do you mean a .50ct or a 50ct (fifty carat) pink diamond? I assume you mean .50.
  11. WebGal

    Wedding Ring Help

    A photo would be helpful. But I'm with you. Your ring sounds gorgeous and after trying 2 million bands, I went with an antique platinum band, 1.75mm. I love it. Diamonds in the band detracted, I had a milligrain and that really did not add anything. I tried one with baguettes, bought and returned one with baguettes. The plain one let the star of the show shine. You have a gorgeous classic diamond ring. Keep the band classic. By the way, I , too have an emerald cut diamond with em cut side stones. And I am affiliated with diamonds by lauren. So I really could see and get anything and still ended up liking the plain band.
  12. Personally, I don't find a D worth the premium but some do. If you're going to spend that kind of money, I'd go with a larger size. But that's my "girl opinion". I think once they are set they look plenty white enough. I actually like the depth of flashes of light the lower colors produce. I'd have no problem with a J or even a K. But I think if you are buying sight unseen and you want to avoid all the exchange stuff, it might be worth the thousands extra. I don't know about "the signature ideal" or even "ideal". I still don't know how they can say that given the fact they've never set eyes on the actual diamond. Who says it's ideal? But then I could never buy without a photo to be honest. A well cut diamond will look lots whiter but I can't tell from numbers. There are dealers on this board who sell a one carat round and you could a great diamond plus an evaluation from a professional and a photo. Barry at Supercert offers just such a service and John from Whiteflash. And if you're going to spend that kind of money, I'd go with a supercert diamond or a diamond with a trade up policy that comes with it. And that's advice from a competitor.
  13. Thanks for sharing your photos. She's a very lucky lady, indeed.
  14. Where are you from since the currency is unfamiliar to me? And I think it would help others to help you to know that as well since the price of diamonds varies by country.
  15. Okay, I have photos of diamonds graded I1 by the GIA. In person, these looked fabulous. (The Oval, Letter E, has a carbon spot designated by the red 1) The camera, on the other hand, catches EVERYTHING. The key to finding a good I1 is cut and it is having the perseverance to find that I1 diamond that doesn't have a big dark booger right smack under the table but finds that diamond that gets you one where the inclusion doesn't cause sparkle interuptus or isn't "in-your-face" obvious. Here's what you need to look for to find a good I1 diamond --Work with a dealer with whom you feel a sense of trust --Work with a dealer who handpicks the diamond and has seen enough he/she knows a good cut from 20 paces away and on top of it --Work with a dealer who will send you photos, more than one, of the diamond --Work with a dealer willing to point out inclusions Example of a good I1 vivid yellow Example of a pretty darn awesome I2.(there aren't many of these!) The color helps in both these cases and the flaws are highlighted after.
  16. John-I like the chart. I don't think you implied anything negative. And I think there are a nice mix of pros here. As opposed to it being a homogeneous group, all offering the same type of service/selection. Barry- I don't think that you can "pitch" Consumer Reports. In fact, I'm pretty sure you can't due to their neutrality if I recall correctly. As an ad "ho" I really like the idea, however. Neil- Interesting indeed. Hermann- Is your head spinning yet? I think DReview would have to start out simple and build from there.
  17. This is what I like to look for in a diamond. There are beautiful diamonds in lower color and clarity grades but people are afraid of them until they see one that looks good. It's not something you can find sight unseen however. But it sounds like you've found one of these "gems" and a good dealer at that.
  18. Awesome. We love pictures and would appreciate your sharing them.
  19. Awesome. Thanks for letting us know and so glad you are pleased.
  20. Good start. And I like the chart, John with an addition, something like this: Owns most of inventory for sale or Inventory for sale is in seller's possession I've been reading, thinking but not replying. I've been letting the ideas marinate. I think perhaps a paragraph of copy written by the dealers (limit character count) and screened/approved by Hermann might also be appropriate to add in that "chart". I often think it helps point some in the direction of the right dealer. Many of us swim in the same ocean but different tributaries and offer consumers something different. I think pointing out our benefits as well as what sets us apart often helps. It helps us, too in that we end up with the type of customer suited to what each of us provides. There is overlap for sure. But then there are distinct differences as well. For instance, some of your left-brained diamond shoppers want some kind of a technological analysis in addition to a report. That type of thing doesn't work for me but I'll bet if my husband was out there shopping for a diamond (fat chance), he might want this. Then there are customers looking for more of a type of setting in a particular brand name. A paragraph could help differentiate the difference between say Fedaykin and SuperCert, as an example. Both are fine reputable gentlemen who offer a great product but offer a completely different slant on the ring buying front. Same ocean, different tributaries. And I do think it has to have something about appraisers. Many consumers need the assurance of an impartial and independent party. Given how complicated this process, I think anything that helps compartmentalize it helps make the process less stressful. All that is from the perspective of someone who has worked as an advertising copywriter for over 20 years, and with a jewelry company for over 3. So I am slanted to the marketing side of things. All of this does not have to be a database. But filling out form fields on a chart would work.
  21. Happy to help. It's a confusing process and I want you to be able to find what you want at a fair price from someone who is trustworthy. Do let us know how it goes.
  22. You are right about this. You have been a very good diamond student. And I can not usually tell face up the difference between an H and an I. But good for you for taking it to the window to check it out and compare. It sounds like a fabulous ring. Please post photos in this thread and let us know how it goes. And this dealer sounds just like the kind of person you'd want to establish a relationship with. She'll be floored and the price for such a ring is very reasonable. A good experience all around it sounds like to me. Now all we have to hear is YES from the potential bride.
  23. Neil is right about the labor. If you choose something too intricate the setting can cost more than the labor. The setting you posted is a casting, not a custom-made setting but I don't where it exists. You can usually order these settings in the metal of your choice. The one you posted is a copy of an antique ring from the 1920s art deco period if memory serves. I know the original ring that inspired the design. In the original design, the marquise shaped metal part that touches the round were marquise diamonds and the ring had the look of a flower. Tacori sets their own diamonds. It may be supplied by the broker or jeweler and the setting sold through that dealer but it's set at the tacori factory. I think it usually takes about six weeks or so. I've sent you a PM of two dealers that might suit what you're looking for. I will not post them publicly because I do not think there is anyone more fantastic than us. But I think you are looking for a style that is more in keeping with the dealer I have in mind--the first one mentioned in particular. Check your mail on this site for the message. It's up in the right hand corner of the page messages.
  24. Neil's right. When you shop for rock bottom price, you don't often get some of the nice luxuries that come with the deal. You can't expect someone to sell a diamond with a profit margin so razor thin (and we're talking RAZOR THIN) and then want trade up later. Dealers offer trade up as a service to customers and we don't make much on the trade up. We'd lose money and lots of it if we offered trade up drop shipper diamonds with their scant margins. And Barry throws in extra service with these diamonds like evaluating it and sending it back if it doesn't pass muster. If I were you, I'd go with a SuperCert diamond simply because you've stated that "diamond shrinkage" might occur in the future. It's an affliction by which it starts to look smaller and you want something bigger. I can tell you it happens. Consumers selling a diamond is really a bear and you'll not get nearly what you expect. If it were a vivid pink, you'd have a better shot but a consumer is not going to see another consumer as having the credibility of a dealer. And that's just one of a thousand reasons.
  25. As you can tell, cut is a hot issue. But I really feel that an experienced dealer who has seen lots of diamonds and evaluated lots of diamonds knows a good cut when they see it. Although I've seen thousands but not hundreds of thousands, I do have an eye for it. I simply don't think you can evaluate cut from paper particularly when I don't know who is evaluating it. I've seen a diamond with a great GIA report, only to be disappointed when I look at the actual diamond. Finding a diamond that really speaks to you, is just one of those things. Some cutters just know how to bring out the best in a particular piece of rough.
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