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  1. Who graded the first two diamonds?
  2. Jan, Although, I haven't posted here in quite some time (been very busy), I feel compelled to respond here because I find it disingenuous of you as a competitor to respond on a thread where a customer states that he has already settled on a stone (s) from another vendor, to not so subtely encourage them to view diamonds from your own website. You state: "We have some listed on our site with actual light performance analysis on each stone and I'm not talking about adding colors to a loupe". You are referring to the ASET technology developed by 1 of the top 2 standard bearers of the industry (AGS - American Gemological Society) and which has been shown to be an ASsET to consumers looking for diamonds with great light performance.
  3. Matsinluv, Who graded the diamond? ("mom & pop" lab, or prestigious respected lab?) Does it include the original grading report? Can you see a copy of the report online? Does the seller have positive feedback? Return policy? Disclaimer against re: clarity enhanced, laser drilled, fracture filled, etc. diamonds, which is unfortunately sold all over e-bay everyday. Many e-bay sellers are good. Many e-bay sellers are not. Most (legit) I3 diamonds in that size will have many visible imperfections seen readily by the naked eye. If you're on e-bay anyway, why not check out Diamonds by Lauren.
  4. We look forward to meeting you!
  5. To all of the readers and friends who are celebrating the Passover Holiday, I wish you a happy Passover! Regards,
  6. David, I could see the difference between Ex/Good........err with a loupe. So what do I win?
  7. Mr Question. It is neither. Many wholesalers offer their inventory lists to re-sellers, retailers, e-commerce retailers etc. Many retailers own their own inventories and supplement with wholesale lists. Many do not. Many wholesalers try to straddle both sides of the fence and do both "wholesale" and retail....but that's a whole other story. Regards,
  8. "GAL" is a bogus "lab" as far as I know... Stick with a GIA or AGS from a reputable dealer. Best of luck and congrats on this momentous purchase!
  9. Yosef, I gave you a compliment, so I'm really not sure where the Jewish religion factors into this equation? Perhaps you can tell us all what I am missing here? 1. "Mazal" is a universal term in the diamond industry (I'm sure you know that). 2. Yosef is a nice Biblical name and is used by people of several different religious faiths. 3. You don't have to be "Jewish" to sport a beard and indeed this is the case for many. Of course, feel free to learn Hebrew if that is your desire.
  10. CKNY, The dealer you got an answer from (see DBL above) would actually be a great place to visit. Regards,
  11. Yosef, It looks beautiful and inviting! I wish you the best of Mazal in this new store. Kindest,
  12. David, You make some really good points. I appreciate your perspective. I appreciate mine too Kind Regards,
  13. David, You asked me: I can certainly see your point Judah, of course in many cases, inflated appraisals are used for purposes of deception. Would you not agree that an ethical seller could provide an appraisal, which would be very useful for the client? I mean, they should know what they are selling, correct? My answer is; of course the seller should know exactly what he is selling and should even be mandated to articulate as much in his paid invoice receipt. However, for a seller to label his own provided document as an "appraisal" has nothing to do with how useful such a document might be to the buyer. We routinely include a detailed paid invoice with our merchandise. This invoice outlines every single aspect of the purchase, including diamond information etc. For the purpose of being useful, I am positive that many insurance companies would accept this document in lieu of an appraisal. Still, we would never under any circumstances, call this an "Appraisal". It is not and should not be used as such. It is identical in every respect to your suggestion of an appraisal to the consumer by an ethical seller. The difference (IMO) is that the minute you call it an "appraisal" and you actually sold the merchandise, it doesn't matter how qualified you are, it is still innapropriate because of the clear conflict of interest, period. It is for this reason that I (almost) beg all of our customers to use their inspection period to get their merchandise independently appraised. I specifically ask them NOT to use and rely on our detailed invoice in lieu of an appropriate appraisal and of course I explain why. Do I know the details and quality of my merchandise just as well as any Independent appraiser? Of course! Do our paid invoice documents give our customers a detailed and accurate description of what they purchased? Sure! Should this be labeled "an appraisal" by us, or considered as such by the consumer? Absolutely not! Kind Regards,
  14. Someone who is selling the very same piece of merchandise he is "evaluating" for the purposes of an "appraisal", is in conflict with his own vested interest to sell the merchandise. This is highly unethical regardless of whether the appraisal value attributed is the same, or (certainly) more than the invoice amount. Did you ever see a seller appraise his own merchandise for less than what he actually charged the customer? Would you buy a house with a crucial "home inspection report" provided by the seller?? Regards,
  15. If this was my diamond, I would have re-submitted for the "better" cut grade designation at their cost.
  16. "There is a level at which it becomes like rocket science minutia, but you want the rocket to fly, right?" There is much wisdom in that sentence. Great advice on this thread from all of the experts.
  17. DiamondMaven


    A well cut GIA or AGS certified SI1 should face up eye-clean about 99% of the time.
  18. For the most part, the reason vendors do not show pictures has nothing to do with being lazy. Rather, it has everything do do with the fact that they never see the stones they sell. This is called "drop-shipping". This read should be beneficial to you. Best of luck!
  19. Friends, I'd just like to take this opportunity to wish you all a Happy New Year with the best of health and happiness for you and yours! Your contributions here make this forum a great place to hang out and to exchange ideas and information! The civility of this forum from both consumers and tradespeople alike is (and should be) a model for all other diamond discussion groups in cyberspace. Kudos to Hermann (moderator of this forum) for allowing this forum to become such a special and meaningful source of information to its many consumers and readers! Kudos to my esteemed colleagues (John Q., Neil, Yekutiel, Moshe, Jan, Brad, Adylon, Less, David F., My Dad - Barry of course, and anyone I may have inadvertently left out) for your many contributions, insights and information which have empowered consumers to select the rings of their dreams! I wish you all the very best that life has to offer for this New Year! Happy Holidays.
  20. "You trust the guy because he showed you the Rappaport..or whatever"???? If only it was this easy for us to earn our customers trust........! With all due respect, may I ask you whether you actually knew and understood exactly what you were looking at?? When I go to the mechanic to fix my car (I know absolutely nothing about cars....I get a leak somewhere and my whole family falls apart ...), if he showed me one of those "codes" that mecahnics use on those compuers to illustrate and to quantify exactly what he was charging me for, I wouldn't trust him one additional iota because he was being "honest" with me. How can I determine his honesty if I don't even know what I am looking at?? In the final analysis, if you trust the guy that's all that matters. However, do yourself a favor and don't base that trust on this kind of foundation. It is one of the oldest tricks in the book for an insider to show you a "rap" sheet and attempt to give you the fuzzy feeling of being brought into the "inner sanctum" so that you get comfortable. There are so many different variables and projections there, that it is not at all an arbiter of ones honesty...and certainly if he realizes that you have no idea what you are looking at. Regards and Happy New Year to all!
  21. Nice watch for the money. However, there is a connection here between price/value. The guy selling this watch is not altrustically inclined to give something away for nothing. He is also making a (nice) profit. Thus, the actual quality of the watch/diamonds is probably akin to that of a mickey mouse watch sold for far less money. I would say, buy the "look" not the "quality". Good luck.
  22. Don't sell it to a pawn shop...you'll wind up paying them to take the diamond!
  23. David, John, Thanks. John, Great line re: chopping off the head of another person as a way of feeling taller. I heard it this way: "There are two ways to grow; you can climb a ladder, or dig a trench around you." Some of these guys are so used to "digging trenches" they ought to be in construction...
  24. Guys, I feel the need to vent a bit, so please bear with me A customer sent us an e-mail yesterday requesting a full work up on a diamond he was interested in. We sent all of the information to the customer. Customer replies that he is very interested in this beautiful diamond, however can I please allay his fears with respect to something he just heard from his local jeweler with whom he is contemplating purchasing the ring setting. This jeweler told the customer to "beware of Internet based jewelers and sellers" since "most of them are selling diamonds that have been tampered with, laser drilled, or fracture filled, to remove imperfections etc." Can you believe this??!! The nerve to take a paint brush and conveniently and falsely impugn the integrity of "most Internet based websites" in such a fashion? Of course, I directed the customer to our transparent and clearly stated policies which indicates that under no circumstances do we sell diamonds that have been altered or tampered with. I asked the customer whether this very same jeweler also offers a clearly stated and advertsied policy with respect to these kinds of diamonds?? It is so very unfortunate when jewelers who cannot/do not wish to compete honestly for a customers business will resort to these kinds of tactics. So why do they fear the Internet so much? This blog entry I wrote some time ago might explain it. Does this mean that there is no room in 2008 for a jewelry store to make an honest living and appeal to a consumer? Of course not. Assuredly, there is tremendous value and many benefits to the B&M shopping experience. In fact, it is for this very reason that I cannot fathom why B&M jewelers would have to resort to these kinds of scare tactics and fear mongering in order to make sales?? My two cents.
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