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  1. That inclusion in the middle looks like a reflector. Check and make sure this is eye clean or your lady might not like the appearance. Cut is important but also clarity too. Not all SI`s are going to be eye clean. I would prefer the inclusions to be less centered in the heart of the diamond myself. An inclusion that reflects based on it`s position can look like much more than it is.
  2. Hi I`m a jeweler who has set a lot of diamonds in Tacori settings .To stretch the prongs that far out will stress the metal and may even create small cracks at the base of the prongs. Plus it will look like it has been forced with the prongs being pulled that far from their true diameter. Like putting a size 71/2 foot into a size 6 shoe. If the diamond does fall out of the setting from this the deal you have will be long forgotten. A 1.50 ct. diamond probably cost a lot more than the setting. Brad
  3. The human eye is subjective. Everyone doesn`t have the same eyesight or even the same preferences. What one calls a "great" diamond may not be equal to another. Still, I think many consumers when shown in the proper conditions can "see" what they like. I find it a problem when everyone in the trade is calling the diamond they are selling "great". Online the consumer becomes more subjected to verbal evaluations. I think this is where the brilliancescope can be a great piece of additional information for the internet consumer. There are many old timers in the trade that haven`t really kept up with the times and todays modern advances. What they may call a "great " well cut stone existed in their time of the 80`s as what was then a decent looking diamond to them. Todays cutting is far more advanced than it was then and the precision in make and light return of diamonds has increased for the better. Much of this from modern day equipment Most of the diamonds from that era are a different caliber than todays goods. Lazare Kaplan was one of the only cutting firms cutting close to todays makes back then, and Hearts & Arrows diamonds weren`t even heard of. Light return wasn`t much of a concern, spready makes or deep makes were rampant. Brad
  4. Well if $21,200 is their price on a SI1 H 1.54 ct AGS ooo then that is about double the price of what many competitive sources are getting for that type of stone.$14, 000. sounds better , but still at least 3k above. http://www.dbof.com/jewelry/ags-1-55-ct-si1-h/
  5. This one is an authentic example .
  6. If GIA themselves inscribed the diamond it will be noted under GIA laser inscription registry at the top on the GIA report. If GIA didn`t inscribe it that won`t be there. Other inscriptions may be noted in the comment section if they were there at the time of submission to the GIA lab for grading.
  7. Bradley

    Blue Nile

    A couple years late to the party I believe. (2007)
  8. Tell the dealer that you are interested in this exact same diamond but you want a GIA lab report instead of an EGL. That your concern is the accuracy of the grading report, and since this diamond is at least $6000. below a GIA SI1 F 1.85ct. Probably not the cut, I`m betting the same thing that has been going on for decades, overgraded EGL. Why would a supplier that handles GIA graded stones also send certain inventory to EGL ? It`s not that they want to make less money, I can tell you that. Anyhow, tell them that you will pay for the GIA report as long is everything checks out exactly as described on the EGL. There not going to do it cause they already know it doesn`t. This will give you more understanding why you should be shopping for properly graded diamonds, so you get correctly represented diamonds, not just a low price and a overgraded diamond.
  9. I think you answered your own question. You like the sounds of the .94ct VS1 I. If you don`t want to compromise size , there is a very nice .99ct. VS1 I for about the same cost.
  10. The answer is Yes. I wouldn`t suggest EGL gradings as some type of savings due to the economy though. If you want to really compare , then use accurately graded GIA graded diamonds as a starting point. After that you will need to also know details of cut that also applies to value. If you want to buy EGL then don`t expect GIA and EGL to be on equal value terms. Cutters and suppliers and people in the diamond trade know the difference in grading, it`s time the consumers get wise to this. Looking for the cheapest diamond on the planet might render an EGL, IGI, NGL, ICANTSEE, lab report, but GIA grading standards aren`t the same as these either.
  11. You can get a VS2 D with a respected GIA report for that kind of dollars.
  12. Have the same diamond sent to GIA lab for grading, then come back and ask the same question. EGL doesn`t carry the same weight in diamond grading. If we are going to be specific on costs then we need to be accurate on grading. A couple grades makes a big difference in cost, and EGL has a history of inaccurancy as compared with GIA diamond grading standards.
  13. Depends what your trying to gain from this photo. Looks in line for clarity so far as can be seen in the photo. GIA plot shows feathers on opposite corners, think I can make out one on top right. No light return data.
  14. No problem Neil, thanks. I think when I first showed up here there was something said about no more links, and everybody else was grandfathered in. Maybe Herman will be so kind to give me that sign. And maybe Jan can get that link too.
  15. Guess I showed up late for the verified jeweler sign. My wife Jan on here since 2000 has one though. Same company DBOF.COM which is the acronym for Diamond Brokers of Florida. Didn`t get a link to our site in the footer either.
  16. No problem , I have AGS Ideal`s too. Have something available in that same range if you need.
  17. There are plenty more cushions available in that range that aren`t listed on bluenile . Not every diamond supplier on earth has their goods listed on there yet. Anyhow the two diamonds you listed don`t belong to them, and doubt they are going to ship them in and pay the shipping and insurance to take a photograph. As mentioned before they are on the drop ship method.
  18. Not really when you can get a SI2 G with GIA in the 14KT setting with platinum prong for $2500. It`s your money though spend it how you like.
  19. Hi CG For me I would be concerned that the clarity of the EGL may not stack up. From our experience many I1`s / SI3`s can end up being called an SI2. Big difference in cost! If a diamond is borderline in this clarity it usually can get sent to a more forgiving lab by a supplier. One reason an EGL SI2 will generally cost a lot less than a GIA or AGS graded SI2.
  20. Out of the three, I like most of the intial proportions of the the 2.05 ct. AGS one. It does have a lot of inventory on the plot diagram, and most of it in the center. Really have to see them in person to get all the visual details It is priced at a pretty good discount for an AGS ideal by the supplier. It could be based on a few things. One the supplier needs to unload a diamond, or two it may be a low SI2 that got a favorable grade. That is the thing about diamonds and grading. Not all SI2`s will look the same.
  21. The microscope is a sales tool too. So is the Sarin machine, diamond scale, loupe, tweezers, gemex, Isee2, color comparison stones, GIA reports, AGS reports etc. All these I`ve used in a sales presentation. I didn`t know it was against the law to sell diamonds.
  22. Here is a comparison we had just the other day between two princess cuts. One is a stone we had in stock and the other was purchased by someone from bluenile that brought it in. You may be able to see the difference in the photos I took, it is more obvious when you see them in person. The one from BN on the right has less brilliance in the center to my eye. Testing them out on the isee2 unit it picked up the same thing with the BN stone scoring a low of 2.
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