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  1. Old Fashioned, here. And not impressed or persuaded. You may be able to buy Tiffany's online, but if I have a problem, I am going to the "brick and mortar" Tiffany's for satisfaction. Incidently, Tiffany advises be verry careful about buying even there jewelry online. As there are countless counterfeiters and scoundrels on the Inet, they insist you buy ONLY at Tiffany.com. I don't know about any 'generous sale or return periods' You'll need to be more specific. All I know are the horror stories about 'bait and switch' tactics and fraudulent practices that Inet jewelers apparently practice with great abandon and relative impunity. And excuse me, but I don't know of anyone in the real world who does not need occasion service on both jewelry and fine quality time pieces. What part of the universe did you say you were from where things don't break or are accidently damaged?? In the often misquoted, famous words of an American patriot... "I know not course of action others may take, but as for me, give me service, or give me jewelry from the Inet (death)!!"
  2. ...I agree, and if some weeney comes in and asks me what the cut ratio is on some diamond I am showing him, I am going to tell him I don't know, don't care, it's all in the GIA report. Do you want this diamond or not? ..okay, I won't... I'll smile and pull up the report, but you know what I'll be thinking. Terry AJP (GIA)
  3. Tend to agree regarding upward stickiness on price. Most large jewelry companies will make market adjustments once or twice a year only, so as not to get caught up in fluctuating and constant price tag changing. It's just more overhead. Look for any real price changes to reflect actual market conditions somewhere around the end of the fiscal year (end of March/April). Their new prices may take affect a month earlier or a month later - and for the past four years straight, have always gone up, not down. This next round may be different.... but then what is the market going to look like in April?
  4. You may be able to see a slight tinge in an "I" rated stone if you have an accute sense of color. Generally, most people would not notice a difference going from an "I" to a whiter rating of "H". Be careful when observing the ring - remember the diamond reflects light, including light reflecting off of colored surroundings, like your clothing, what it is resting upon, etc. Is the ring a yellow gold setting, or platinum/white gold setting? Gradings are always done on unmounted stones to prevent this color interference. Hold the diamond away from your body in good light. Then there is always the question - where you in fact sold an "I" rated stone or one of A lower J/K/L ? Is there an independent appraisal that came with the stone? FYI, A perfectly colorless diamond is rated as "D" and goes down through the alphabet all the way to "Z" ...and after that the fancy color gradings begin... Most high-end jewelry companies, mine included have a set scale of colorless diamonds, below which they will not accept. An "I" rated stone is below the scale my company will handle, we will only sell diamonds rated in the D/E/F/G/H range, nothing below... but Tiffany's does go down to that "I" level as I understand. Terry AJP (GIA)
  5. Why don't you just call Tiffany's, give them your criteria and ask them to call you back ASAP with a ballpark figure? It definitely is not 2-3 times the price, if what you have been given is honest information. There be the crux of the matter. Buying things sight unseeen from people you have not real idea about. Me? I want to see a jeweler face-to-face and see what I am getting, BEFORE I pays 'da money, honey. Yes, Tiffany may cost more than your Inet jeweler. But who do you go to for fixing the bent prong? Who is going to inspect, clean, and make periodic adjustment/corrections for you on the spot? Do you trust morea company that is in almost every city in the U.S. and has been around for decades or the guy who sprouted up a few years ago and exists no where except in a cyberspace world? Sorry, call me old-fashioned. I may buy a book or CD on-line, but I will buy my jewelry, after I have inspected it, thank you very much.
  6. Many clients tell me, "I can't wear white gold, I am allergic to it!" I am under the impression that not all jewelers make gold white the same way. A background tutorial - gold is yellow by nature. That's how it's found. Prospectors would look for the flecks of 'color' in their slurry of water and river gravel. Pure 24kt gold has a lustrous, deep yellow color. Any other color of gold is unnatural and is a creation of mixed metals and elements to impart a specific desired hue. The Black Hills, pink or green golds are made by alloying copper (for pink) or parts of silver (for green) to the gold mix. You can even make purple gold if you alloy gold with aluminum! White gold is made by alloying whitish metals like zinc, nickel, platinum or silver with gold in enough amounts that the gold 'appears' white. Two problems occur; There is a significant portion of the human population that have an allergic reaction when their skin is in constant contact with nickel. That is to say - a nasty, sometimes painful rash forms on the skin making the jewelry uncomfortable to wear. Secondly, over time the base yellow color of the gold wears through, it being more dense and heavier than the other metals present and the jewelry starts to 'age,' or yellow. There is a simple remedy, but it costs more (of course). The gold is alloyed with platinum, which like gold is very inert - doesn't tarnish easily in air. Platinum is also very dense and a much smaller portion of people are allergic to the 'noble' metals of either gold or platinum. The question is how many of you jewelers make your white gold using irritating, non-noble metals? Do you offer a 'hypo-allergenic' alternative for your sensitive skinned clients - that is a gold/platinum alloyed white gold? Do you just plate over the 'offending' white gold with something less irritating like platinum or rhodium? Do you do it with all karat gold, or just in 14 or 18 karat jewelry? Terry AJP (GIA)
  7. I've said it time and again.... a face-to-face, personal relationship with a local jeweler is worth far more than any piece of paper from any online website. Less frustrating too. I cannot believe people actually are buying jewelry with thousands (or even more) of their hard earned money on something sight unseen - a photo is not seeing, my friend. Would you buy an automobile this way (okay, some Pollyannas do I suppose). Or choose a wife on-line (hmmmm, no comment?) Get real. You need to inspect your merchandize BEFORE you pay for it. End of discussion. Terry AJP (GIA)
  8. This is responding to an old post and you may have already purchased your ring in SanFran.... but you have many fine jewelry stores in the Seattle area. Almost as many as in the Bay city. All of them top notch... many of them opening up and sharing the same product lines as their stores in other areas. From Ben Bridge to Cartier to Jarads to Shane and Co. to Tiffany's. and even a few local places well known in the Space Needle City like Alan Goldfarb's, and Turgeon Raine (sp?). There was absolutlely no reason to go all the say to San Francisco to buy an exquisite piece of fine jewelry and by the way, to - SUPPORT YOUR OWN LOCAL ECONOMY!! That is - if you want to have those options in the coming future of recession/depression. Terry AJP (GIA)
  9. Another question is what exactly does a 'Warranty' cover? For obvious reasons it is difficult for any company to cover loss of the actual center stone in say an engagement ring setting. Doing so puts a company at risk of easy fraud by con-artists. Most jewelers would like to see your purchase to inspect the setting, prong mounts, etc. every 6 mos to a year. GIA says every six mos is a good policy, but even then, a severe enough shock at the right angles can loosen up a stone which can then be lost if not immediately re-secured. Going with a reputable jeweler who you can visit, face-to-face and in whom you have established a relationship with - knowing his/her name, is still a better warranty than any you can have on paper. Terry AJP (GIA)
  10. There you go Fab...you still don't know then if your diamonds are 100% conflict free. Most reputable diamond dealers/retailers are in fact subcribers or signatories (like Cartier) to the Kimberly Process to prevent conflict diamonds from entering the marketplace. But like all things, if devised by man - man will find ways. No one can absolutely, guarantee that every diamond that they sell is conflict free. The most you can hope for is maybe 99% At least the companies that I know of will go that far at least. My neighber, Tiffany used to say their's were 100%, because they had their own mines in Canada and therefore controlled their supply chain. As I understand it, Tiffany's has sold their Canadian mine(s) and although may still purchase them, they also buy on the open markets in Belgium and Holland, like everybody else. I think you did well and went further than most people to insure that at least the center stone of your ring is conflict free. Presume the best and it is likely that all of your diamonds are the same.
  11. The latest news I have found is that GIA started issuing grading reports on synthetics in January 2007. GIA has claimed it will laser-engrave "laboratory grown" on the girdles (unless the diamond has already been so engraved by method approved by the Federal Trade Commission FTC). Apollo, Adia, Gemesis, LifeGem and Tairus are entering the jewelry business, mostly by providing rough stones. Off subject, but an interesting idea is that LifeGem is already producing diamonds MADE FROM THE CARBONIZED REMAINS OF DECEASED PERSONS OR PETS! Although the process is expensive, could that spell the end of the funeral home/cemetary business...horrors!! I personally love the idea and will make plans to have my own 'remains' so disposed of in the future. Can you think of a more appropriate way for a jeweler to end up??
  12. We are talking about "diamond" size...and not anything else, right? Seriously, one in four is a fairly severe failure rate! Go LARGE on that diamond order, guys!
  13. Concur with comment above. Very good price on a GIA diamond. So how much more to set it on a platinum ring? In my boutique, a platinum ring with such a stone (GIA, always) is going to cost close to $18,000.
  14. I would agree. Average is relative to the person buying it. Get what will make her happy and what you can afford. If she likes bling - get the MOST you can safely afford. As you grow older, you will most likely become established and hopfully, successful in life. The little ring you bought years ago may not seem like much - but she will prize it like the Hope Diamond, because of the sentamentality it will bring to her mind. Be generous with your love and your treasure.
  15. I am not so sure about the above claim that laser drilling 'does not harm the structural integrity of the diamond.' Most high end jewelers I know would disagree and claim any such 'enhancements,' are indeed harmful. Most of them make grand boasts about how they refuse to treat diamonds in thus manner and will not sell you one that has had this done. Any time you punch holes into something, it's changed. And what do you fill this hole up with which you have have now created, perhaps quite deeply into the stone? Diamond putty?
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