Matt R.

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  1. Matt R.

    Platinum On Wedding Bands

    I don't have an answer but have the same question..I think the answer is do you want to bet if it goes back up to regular prices..but I haven't seen vendors selling for a huge increase here in NYC..my fiancee's engagement ring was VERY cheap compared to when i first started looking in august
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    Shoppin For A Ring...some Questions

    David, I appreciate your concern, but my curiosity in the appraisal is not that I feel I paid a premium or was overcharged in the least, I simply want to make sure I am doing everything correctly in the process. It is insured, but I am just very anxious to feel I did all the right things. In regards to this "large premium", I understand from the posts a few weeks ago that I paid a premium for this diamond, but you truly should look at this type of diamond also. Maybe its not for everyone, but once I saw this next to the other diamonds of the same specifications seen, it blows it away. Thanks again for the help.
  3. Matt R.

    Shoppin For A Ring...some Questions

    For a retail replacement appraisal, which is what 99% of appraisers are doing, on a branded item, the appropriate value is what it would reasonably be expected to cost to buy a similar item of that brand, at retail, new, on a particular date and usually locally. It doesn't make a bit a difference what something else costs and it doesn't make a bit of difference what it would cost in a different marketplace, what a used one would cost, etc. The value of a Rolex has to do with what other similar Rolexes cost, not what a Seiko costs, even if the Seiko has similar features, keeps equally good time and could be argued is actually a 'better' timepiece. Neil Neil, I'm a bit confused, but it sounds like you are saying to read over the insurance policy (which I was able to open with the supplied appraisal) and ensure it covers what I feel comfortable with and go forward as I see fit from there, am I correct?
  4. Matt R.

    Shoppin For A Ring...some Questions

    ohh ok...that makes sense then
  5. Matt R.

    Shoppin For A Ring...some Questions

    well, I had heard you should always do an independent appraisal....is that wrong?? Please let me know what I heard is incorrect.
  6. Matt R.

    Shoppin For A Ring...some Questions

    Good news! She said Yes! (Not that I was that worried) She loves it and everyone has said how amazing the ring is ..so I feel I did great I wanted to thank everyone but also ask a good place in NYC to get it appraised. It came with one from David S, but I also want to get an independent one. Thanks!
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    Shoppin For A Ring...some Questions

    just to make sure nothing wrong is getting thrown around... a dealer did NOT tell me that the stone is only $400 more than another of the same type.. those were my words along with a stone I posted specs of earlier...a 1.01 stone with different ratings which I don't feel like grabbing the GIA for right now. Basically I saw a stone that was slightly bigger, that looked AMAZING to me comparatively for only $400 more. So please do not see this as anything David S Diamonds did in trying to sell me wrong, they were quite professional and it was a very pleasant experience.
  8. Matt R.

    Shoppin For A Ring...some Questions

    I think this whole thread got thrown out of proportion for no real reason. I understand the advice is for free, and thats why I felt I was gladly responding and giving answers to questions. I felt that I was being occused of trying to not give out some piece of information or keeping some sort of collusion going. I'm sorry if I added to the confusion, the bottom line is after all is said and done, I feel I got a great deal, reading threads on here and the help in this thread was great. And i'm excited to give it to her in a few weeks and see the reaction she has. thanks again.,
  9. Matt R.

    Shoppin For A Ring...some Questions

    In fact, Tim, who's a dealer saying how great these things are told us that he is not allowed to mention the price. As a company that does publish the price of everything we offer, I feel that companies who hide the prices are acting in a deceptive manner. So, the opportunity is a real consumer who has nothing to prevent them from giving us specific info. You did come here to ask questions about this purchase, didn't you? Why would you have a problem answering such a simple question...... Obviously it was $6600, when someone says $6200 and the other was $400 more..that makes $6600 ... tax didn't need to be paid because of NJ residence but typically it did Yes, I came to this website for advice, but I find you to be badgering and quite obnoxious. I also think you need to understand that I did not plan on getting in the middle of some sort of vendor feud on this site and I will say that everyone on this site has been wonderful, but I'm not going to be caught in the middle of something you feel is a conspiracy, possibly this other dealer simply doesn't want to advertise his price? Maybe he does have to mark them up because he doesn't produce them? I don't know, but do not drag me into it or make it look like i'm doing something wrong. I have and DID answer your "simple" questions which I did not have to and for your own knowledge, please do not accuse me of anything which I am not doing.
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    Shoppin For A Ring...some Questions

    okie dokie Round Modified Brilliant 6.62 - 6.66 x 4.11mm Car weight 1.07 Grade - H Clarity - SI1 Finish polish - exc symm - exc no flourescence and it has a solasfera inscription..... I don't believe this person above works for David S, but what do i know? Hi Matt, Actually there is a video of a Solesfera Vs a reg cut in a round.I could tell the difference between the two stones but under normal conditions, who knows ? As long as you are happy with the purchase, thats all that really matters Congrats !!!!!!! GL VERY Happy with the stone, and yes, you probably could tell the diff in person or not... it is a gorgeous gorgeous stone.
  11. Matt R.

    Shoppin For A Ring...some Questions

    Does this mean you paid $6600? And we have to add sales tax, yes? I'm really interested- and this is a great opportunity. One of the reasons is that when companies refuse to say what they are selling for, it really does cast some doubt in my mind..... A great opportunity for what??? No company here is refusing to say what they are selling for, so I do not understand at all what your point is. I am a consumer, not a company and I just told you what I paid.
  12. Matt R.

    Shoppin For A Ring...some Questions

    okie dokie Round Modified Brilliant 6.62 - 6.66 x 4.11mm Car weight 1.07 Grade - H Clarity - SI1 Finish polish - exc symm - exc no flourescence and it has a solasfera inscription..... I don't believe this person above works for David S, but what do i know?
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    Shoppin For A Ring...some Questions

    Let me first correct you (not that I made it clear), but the 1.01c round diamond was from a completely different seller with no affiliation with David S. The price difference was very small and the level of service and comfort was also much different, as well as the ambiance of the locations (multiple locations on street level, and just a very uncomfortable pushy feeling - not the sales person), as opposed to David S and his very calm and collective personality. Judging as a consumer who had looked around, I don't feel that there was a premium to be paid for the Solasfera and if it was ,it was ever so slight. The one I bought was GIA cer 1106025457 and the 1.01 was 17209109 The 1.01 would have cost me $6200 and the 1.07 cost me $400 more. Plus the ability to put it on a credit card with 1% cash back, (other vendor would have charged me the percentage he was) ...this made it a win win for me. I hope i've cleared anything up, but I do not by any means feel I paid a lot more for the solasfera and I do not regret the decision in the leaast. I am very excited to receive the diamond and even more excited to propose to her. Thanks again everyone
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    Shoppin For A Ring...some Questions

    Hi Matt, In order for me to evaluate on which diamond is the better one in my opinion the certs are important. If you don’t have a scanner to scan the certs that’s okay. All we need is the GIA Report number of each diamond and its carat weight and I can look them up at http://www.gia.edu/reportcheck/ Good luck and we are always here to help you report numbers 16927514 (1.04c) and 1106025457(1.07 c - my fav) Hi Matt, you are right the 1.07ct is a nicer diamond. It should also face up better than the 1.04ct. just make sure it's a nice SI1. Good luck and I'm sure you will be very happy with the 1.07ct. WOOHOO bought the 1.07 ! I'll let you all know how it looks when its made and i'll post pictures..thanks for the help
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    Shoppin For A Ring...some Questions

    Hi Matt, OK, so you’ve found a stone that you’ve seen in person and that you love, you’ve shopped the competition and found comparable stones offered for similar prices that you don’t like as much, you’re happy with the service from the dealer and presumably you’ve got the money to cover it. This sounds like a done deal. What am I missing? Neil Neil, Great question, and I think its more of making sure someone else doesn't look at it and somehow think i'm being ripped off. I'm planning to go in to David S's office today and finalize everything, but I think its more of a boost to my decision making capabilities