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  1. Jack7000

    Help Buying Hearts On Fire Diamond

    Keep in mind that your jeweler is paying HOF a serious premium for both the diamonds and the jewelry. Wholesale and retail prices for HOF diamonds and jewelry tend to be higher than the equivalent non-branded products. It is the opinion of many that the HOF diamond is overrated and overpriced.
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    Down To 2 Finalists - Need To Pick A Winner!

    I second barry’s comment. Consider this: AGS and GIA do not ‘share’ their diamond color data. Since they are independent entities, there is no logical reason to assume that AGS E color is “identical†to GIA E color. Taken a step further, diamond “color†is a smooth continuum from colorless to some color (see link below). There is no logical reason to assume that AGS and GIA draw lines at the same points in the continuum to create identical “alphabet color†boundaries. If you accept that a diamond “color†is not a finite thing but a range within a continuum, then your AGS E color could fall at the bottom of the E range and be classified as a high F color by GIA. Mounted in a piece of jewelry, only a trained individual would be able to (possibly) determine a difference in those two stones. Look at the Color Scale. Each letter represents a color range that transitions at an arbitrary point into the next color. http://www.gia.edu/lab-reports-services/di...sier-report.pdf
  3. I agree with davidelevi. Without going too deep into the jargon jar; spectra sensitivity and color rendition of images captured by digital cameras varies considerably. There is conversion from analog to digital, color assignment, and post-capture processing inside the camera. File formats (TIFF/JPEG)and format conversions (File - Save As) introduce another layer of color distortion. Computer monitors, LCD & CRT, introduce their own color bias and chromatic distortions. Then there is the human brain, processing photon energy gathered by living cells. Stick with GIA’s analysis.
  4. Thanks for posting the photo of the “chipâ€. There are any number of causes and definitions for the blemish in the photo. A diamond specialist would be able to give you an expert opinion after examining the stone. This forum has provided you with technical and rational advice about buying diamonds but it comes down to what YOU want. If this stone speaks to you, then by all means buy it. The last piece of the puzzle is the actual purchase. That’s where you have your final opportunity to match the stone’s market value with the store’s asking price. Negotiate hard and be mentally prepared to walk away to make your point. Congratulations and good luck.
  5. Jack7000

    Tacori - Resizing Prongs And Potentially Band

    Based on your picture and dimensions, a competent bench jeweler should be able to set your stone in that ring. The prongs are actually cast as part of the ring and are quite long. Each prong would have to move "out" by .6mm or 2 hundredths of an inch. By comparison, 1/8" = 12.5 hundredths of an inch. Check your ruler to understand how small that is. Examined out of context (off the finger), you will probably be able to see a slight outward bow in the prongs. HTH
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    Help Request - Does This Setting Ok, Or Is It Off?

    Take a deep breath. Diamonds are set by humans, not machines. You should Always expect a variance, especially with sharp cornered shapes like your Princess. Sharp cornered stones are notoriously difficult to deal with due the the possibility of snapping one of those corners during the setting process. I agree with the other posters - If you aren't happy, take it back, express your displeasure and give the jeweler a chance to get it closer to your expectations. Good Luck
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    Color Vs Clarity

    Pros: F color is better than G Cons: SI1 is worse clarity than VS2 Cons: G color is worse than F Pros: VS2 is better clarity than SI1 As you can see when stating the obvious, your question is doesn't address problems that are specific to a diamond purchase. This first problem is diamond color and clarity are subjective values assigned by mortal humans. To wit: There isn't an Absolute "F" color. There isn't an Absolute "VS1" clarity. Color and clarity values occur on a continuum, like the hues in a rainbow. "F" color is actually a 'range' from low 'E' to high 'G'. Same with clarity. Technically, your F-SI1 stone could be visually indistinguishable from your G-VS2 stone. Once you factor in price, cut, polish, symetry, culet, table, depth, etc... the concept of comparing two stones by pros and cons becomes a fools task. Your best course of action is to find a stone you like at a price you can afford from a dealer you can trust and don't second guess yourself. HTH
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    Settings: Platinum Vs White Gold

    Some platinum alloys are 'softer' than 14-18kt gold Platinum prongs are generally superior to gold prongs White gold isn't 'harder'. Gold alloyed to 14-18kt is more resistant to deformation but more susceptible to erosion. White gold will maintain a shine but lose it's color and turn yellow. Platinum will always be 'white' and lose its 'shine' as it acquires a patina. Nickel is a component of white gold and causes an allergic reaction in some people. Both white gold and platinum can be rhodium plated to create a 'chrome' look. A lot of white gold is rhodium plated without public notice and must be periodically re-plated to maintain a consistent color. Jewelry weights are in grams. A ring design that weighs 6-7 grams in 18kt gold will weigh 10+ grams in platinum. 18kt gold is only 75% gold or 4.5 grams vs 9.5 grams of platinum @ Pt 950. If you continue the math and convert $/oz to $/gr you can understand why platinum jewelry is more expensive.
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    Diamond As Investment

    The short answer is "no, it is not a good investment for a retail consumer". Transaction costs for an individual stone can be monumental. There is investment potential for larger stones, 5ct+/$100K+, but consumers seldom have the funds or access to wholesale sources to make a business transaction at this scale. Selling a larger stone is like selling a premium bottle of wine; your potential buyers have to know you and you must be willing to sell when they are ready to buy, not when you are ready to sell. Diamonds and gold (or platinum) are great stores of value because there is always a market for them, just not at the price you paid. No one needs a diamond so your diamond will sit in inventory burning net present value dollars until someone wants your diamond. Hopefully the market has moved up enough to eke out a profit by the time you are ready to sell.
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    Need Help Picking Out Diamond Earrings Set

    An often overlooked consideration – social norms. Earrings, especially studs are there to be seen but not examined. In most social environments, there will be a minimum of 2’-3’ separating you from your admirers. And unless you pull your hair back (from the profile pic) your studs will seldom be available for close scrutiny. Pick a dollar value you are comfortable with and buy the largest I, SI2 studs available. I color will look and flash white and no one will ever see SI2 from 12†away. Throw in some fluorescence (lowers the price but not the beauty) and those studs will be enormous. Don’t get too wrapped up in the technical details; your friends and family will see the sparkle and won’t care at all about this color or that clarity. HTH
  11. Jack7000

    Selling Gia Sealed Diamond

    One of the unspoken issues you face is supply and demand. Due to economic conditions, a lot of retailers are overstocked with small resale diamonds; 0.75ct-1.25ct round stones. Every retail jeweler with a brain has spent the last 24 months buying jewelry from the ‘street’ and breaking it down for gold and stones. These diamonds are now sitting in inventory with nowhere to go which drives down the price for the next diamond that comes through the door. I second the others – selling wholesale will net 30-40% of retail but finding a retail customer for a loose stone is also no cakewalk. Get the GIA report, cross your fingers, and be prepared for disappointment. Good luck.
  12. Jack7000

    3ct Round Recommendations

    [davidelevi] is on target with his advice to use your eyes and not get distracted with analysis of esoteric industry specific data. Just to reiterate, diamond cutting and polishing removes weight and the finished stones are sold by weight. This is what underlies the diamond cutter’s goal of maximizing the weight and minimizing the flaws in the finished stone. A little shift here, a tad more angle there and the SI1 finishes as a VS2. Or as a 3.00ct with an open culet and a very thick girdle. Tiny changes in cutting and finishing the stone yield incremental differences in the wholesale price which is multiplied at the retail level. At the retail level, stones are sold by price point and when you line up several stones that “cost’ the same, you can typically pick out the better stone. The better stone will usually have the highest cost per carat even though all the comparable stones have similar report specs. It all comes back to personally examining comparable stones side by side and picking the winner, your winner. Hope this helps.
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    My Ring, Thoughts?

    Don’t feel bad about taking 6 hrs of their time. This is one of the largest purchases you will make in your lifetime so take all the time you need. Keep in mind that the store is there to sell jewelry, all the time, and you are there to potentially buy jewelry for only 6 hrs or so. By all means negotiate an additional discount for bringing your friend in to buy. Work with your salesperson to get a final price then ask them what additional discount is available if you bring in your friend. If the store is smart, they will try to balance your additional discount by starting him at a higher price. If nothing else, it doesn’t hurt to ask. Last point re:discount. There is no quantity discount available to the jeweler that he can pass through to you if you double the sale with your friend or 10x it with a football team. He is buying diamonds and mountings one at a time so any discount offered to you comes right out of his pocket.
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    3ct Round Recommendations

    More of the same... 1. G/VS2 is the best bang for the buck based on your requirements. Just remember that color and clarity are based on a continuum with no ‘absolute’ jump from one color or clarity grade to the next. In other words you won’t be able to see the difference between a low G and a high H. Same for clarity; re:low VS2 and high SI1. So don’t exclude H, SI1 from your search. Caveat: color/clarity comparisons between stones are only valid when reported by the same lab. EGL H color is NOT the same as GIA H color, etc. 2. Professional diamond graders assign color by using comparative stones and looking through the body of the stone with the stone resting on its table. A mounted stone is almost impossible to color grade because of the environmental factors that have to be factored in. In most everyday situations, your G/H will be indistinguishable from an E/F. 3. A trained eye will not be able to pick out VS2 characteristics in a mounted stone without a 10x loupe. One last note. Look carefully at stones that are exactly 3.00ct. A stone that weighs 2.99ct could potentially be 10-15% cheaper (all other things being equal) so cutters will ‘stop cutting’ at 3.00 regardless of how much more needs to be done. A good way to see this effect is to calculate the price per carat of each stone you consider; i.e., dollar price/stone weight. Example from BlueNile: $43,072.00 2.81ct G/VS2 Ideal = $15,328/ct, $55,388.00 3.01ct G/VS2 Very Good = $18,401/ct
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    Diamond Certificate - Newbie Alert!

    The unspoken assumption is that the stone matches the report. It is extremely easy to mismatch stones and reports and end up with a genuine report, just not for the stone in hand. Start with the basics: weight and physical dimensions. Then check for girdle inscriptions and identifible characteristics that are noted and plotted on the report. The links that [denverappraiser] supplied will verify the existance of a report. Even with all this data in hand, the only sure guarantee is from a qualified appraiser.