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    Another Tiffany Thread...

    CONGRATULATIONS Denver!!! Bask in the glorious bubble of happily married land!!! Glad the chart helped idiotsavant (love the name)... All I know is white gold is generally rhodium plated to give that shiney white finish. ie depending on wear the rhodium can wear off and need replating. We bought white gold for my husband and after him doing things with his hands, windsurfing, touch footy, swimming, running (who knows what else) etc the rhodium is actually wearing away at parts and the white gold unplated alloy underneath actually has a yellowish tinge to it. As Denver said the heavier rings are quite dear in platinum. I have platinum rings but needed substantially less metal for my rings - I am grateful not to have to worry about the rhodium plating wearing off. Yep AGS and GIA all the way. I'm not familiar with Kay but I would think tiff to Kay there is quite a difference. You can also consider a jeweller or maybe explore the online option too. Unless you went to kay because you were trying to keep tiff a surprise? Keep seeing more diamonds in person too and learn as much as possible. Good luck! Don't take forever to make a decision, now you've looked at rings your poor gf will be thinking your going to propose any day!!!
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    Another Tiffany Thread...

    Hopefully this attachment works. You can see the finger coverage for a solitaire for different finger sizes and diamond sizes as your question before. Hope this helps. I have a 4.25 finger with a 1.2 carat and love those proprtions, however many size 6-8 finger ladies will wear 1-1.5 carat diamonds and the proportions will look smaller (size 6 is the 'average size'. I have friends with 5-6 fingers and wear half a carat, and my sister proabably has a similar finger size to me and wears a 0.75 and I think it looks great. Hope this chart posts properly, first time posting a picture.
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    Another Tiffany Thread...

    Your girlfriend has tiny fingers, probably 3.5-4.5 in size? If she has 3.5 finger 0.75 will look substantial. If she is not into size and likes tiffany get tiffany! Tiffany and co markup is going to change from its IVS2 up to its DIF. Spec for spec you will pay some markup. Ie a FVVS 1 carat can cost 30k, but an I VS2 can cost 10k A .97 GVS can cost 9500. If your research shows a half carat is 20% difference and tiffany means something to you...go for i I think its very romantic. You can spend time online getting a bigger stone and analyze it for ages...or you can get something that value adds to you and your girlfriend for your own special memory.
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    Pricescope Biased?

    In response to the example I gave, I said it would return a score if 2.4 or "whatever"...which is does. I never said 4.2. A depth if 61.7, table 57, crown 34 and pav 41.1 = HCA 2.3 which could be a GIA ex and AGS0 candidate. My wary as a potential consumer/new forum poster etc was the posts of regular posters and learner posters being so didactic. A few of the 'wannabe pricescopers' instilling fear in consumers off potential purchases (talk of leakage etc) and swaying people to JA stones made me uncomfortable. I could easily list the usernames I saw do this. Also the ganging up on me made it ultra unpleasant. I'm new to the internet world PS was the first forum I joined and that was what I experienced, what I expresed here. I believe GH is an extraordinarily accomplished person in his industry (from what I have read), and I never meant any disrespect. Though I felt I had to post my discomfort of the personal experience I had on Price Scope and my discomfort at the authoritarian approach posters had to their thinking. As for HoF, well many of the PS vendors sell Hearts and Arrows cuts at a premium, GoG, BGD, JA, to name some, so they must see an inherent value in diamonds cut like this, or, are they just leveraging off what HoF have marketed successfully...or is it again, possibly subjective.
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    Advice Much Needed (Round Brilliant Engagement Ring)

    From personal experience I could see a visual difference on my finger between a 1 and a 1.2 carat diamond. I have quite small fingers though so whether the relative difference is more pronounced for me... I think there will be a slight diff between the G and I too though both diamonds are excellent cuts so it will ultimately come down to your own and personal preferences.
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    Advice Much Needed (Round Brilliant Engagement Ring)

    Hello Dustin, just a consumer here, not a Jeweller. So just speaking from personal experience. If you want to buy a Tiffany and Co ring you will be able to get one over 1 carat with that budget 10-13k US dollars (I don't know what the exchange rate is for Canada) in the simple 6 prong platinum Tiffany and Co setting. Up to 13k, you could even get to your 1.2-1.3 target as well, possibly I/VS2 though. Tiffany and Co selects their diamonds for their inventory, so there is that component that helps you know the diamond will be beautiful and you will get the setting as well. However, if you want the absolute precision of an AGS0 HnA, from reviews I have read Brian Gavin will meet that standard. There was a review comparing a Hearts on Fire diamond vs a Brian Gavin AGS0 HnA signature diamond and both were concluded to be spectacularly performing diamonds of equal performance... but the Brian Gavin diamond was cheaper. Not sure if that helps
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    Just Bought A Diamond... Worrying About The Color

    Yay yay yay!!! Congratulations on your engagement!!!
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    Pricescope Biased?

    This could stir up unwanted anymosity. Its funny but it may be perceived as negative. I do wish the other posters would find us here. Particularly the one they accused me of being. Also there was another one who really got freaked by deleted threads and wanted to know who owned Pricescope, they got bullied off too. They both sounded like independent thinkers. They probably have children now or some new business and moved on. It would be hilarious if they found the thread/s though. How funny that someone so many years ago on PS was remembered. If in five years time they accuse someone else of being my posters alias - I would feel very sad for them 1) for having not moved on 2) for not spending enough time away from the internet. lol. Maybe they need a religion to release all that OCD and dogmatic attitude .
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    Pricescope Biased?

    This times a million and one!!! Hits the nail right on the head!!! So so insightful Neil! When I raise a technical question as to why a Hearts and Fire stone scores a 2.4 on the HCA or why a pav angle of 41.1 paired with a 34 crown can still be a GIAex or AGS0 candidate yet the HCA gives it a 2.5 or whatever, I want an experienced intelligent professional debating it. I do not like the dynamics of some wannabe parrot, who is spouting: HCA under 2, scintillation VG but Fire and Brill ex, buy from James Allen K SI2 (here is link conveniently for you) ideal scope etc etc. Me personally I'd take a higher colour and clarity, HnA with an HCA of 2.4, or a GIA ex and AGS0 candidate at 2.5 or whatever over a K SI2 HCA 1 anyday!!! Also when JA responded to my posts when I said BN was coming up 15-20% cheaper than JA, and tried to prove me otherwise that actually made me feel awkward as it was not impartial advice. They should also not be letting the posts degenerate into personal and UNFOUNDED attacks on new forum posters. Its just plain awful. If I let them persuade me into buying a 'candle light' coloured I1, VG diamond that scored under two on the HCA from JA, and not question anything, I would not have been attacked...that is my guess. No offence to others, but that for me personally is not my preference for diamond. PS: I have positive feelings towards BGD, WF and GOG. Never got a strange vibe from those vendors.
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    Pricescope Biased?

    If they are snobby, I don't know why they bash me for liking Hearts on Fire, and having a soft spot for Tiffany. Love what you want to love. Rockets in a diamond...
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    Pricescope Biased?

    Lol, the banning thing got me curious. I hadn't been back to PS because of the group think, weird vibe. But how funny is this, someone else got banned responding to my thread! I totally missed it...so whether they were banned for being nasty, bashing a vendor or whatever, I have no idea. So funny. Hopefully some of my logic is slowly seeping into the lurkers, the thread has 2000 hits now, and finally a shorter term poster supported my point. I just hope some consumer somewhere, learns something. Personally for me, I do not have the energy to post there - but kudos, I can still post if I want and surprisingly someone else was banned, not me. The craziest part, the old timers accused me of being some other person who was banned a few years ago. 1. If I was banned, how could I be back??? 2. More than one person in this world can disagree with them, even though they may have 20 000 posts 3. The diatribe they piled on me was bad enough, why on earth would I make multiple aliases and take that more than once? 4. It takes enough time writing one post, especially on my touch screen phone and iPad...no keyboard slows me down. 5. Andrey and Gary can see my drivers license and passport, and see I am one person and one person only. 6. I am exceedingly honest, and find it offensive and a low reflection of values and ethics to accuse someone of that, not to mention weird. In fact it makes me suspect some of them for having multiple aliases. 7. I have a job, a husband, friends and family and holidays to enjoy. This site has been a blessing to let me vent (gratefully) but as far as Price Scope goes I certainly am not spending my life or any significant part of it, arguing with some strangers online on a diamond site as a long term hobby!!!!
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    Pricescope Biased?

    Banned? That's not nice. I'm curious to hear more of those stories of banning and for what reasons. I haven't been banned surprisingly...yet lol, though I do not have a desire to post there anymore. I am a real life example of a consumer who joined a forum and very quickly got tired of the dynamics. As a non member of the trade or without having invested multiple years, 20k, 30k posts??!! I don't need to walk on egg shells and be forced to think like the rest of the mob -especially if they don't make sense.
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    Is My Ring Real?

    Lol Thought this quote from Davide was interesting and may be relevant here (I came across it once when I was trying to figure out the different characteristics of brightness, fire and scintillation in a diamond): "Diamond has a relatively high dispersion among gems, at 0.044; for comparison, glass or quartz is somewhere around 0.010-0.015 and lead crystal (Svarowski) is somewhere around 0.041. Some simulants introduced in the 1950s/1960s (strontium titanate, synthetic rutile) have much higher DI, at 0.190 and 0.280 respectively - and they positively burst with fire, to the point that they can be immediately identified as "fakes", whereas CZ (DI 0.066) requires more careful study." From this post: http://www.diamondreview.com/forum/topic/7189-reflections-from-ring/
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    Pricescope Biased?

    I'd guess most reputable jewellers would know how to set one Price Scope is clearly not the place for me, they've dropped their standards so so much, they were even pushing visible inclusions in S12 and I1 stones because, wait for it.....they said they looked more authentic, and not like cubic zirconias??! They said if they wanted perfection they could get a CZ so that they like the visible birth marks on their stones becuase they know its real. Roflmao!!!
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    Pricescope Biased?

    It was a 4 prong peg head that had pave in the shank - the diamonds in the shank were fine. The central diamond was a 2ct cushion cut - it looked a bit like he was going for the Tiffany Novo? The site had advertised that the ring could hold cushion cuts and even had an image of a 1.5ct cushion cut of a real life picture. Apparently the SA did say it may not be the best setting but the buyer sounded like a pretty laid back person. He probably doesn't think about ring settings, not dissimilar to most males. After it fell out, the conclusion was he needed a basket. So he had to pop the ring back in the mail, pay for that, and the new setting (he got a refund on the peghead). He did mention the ring was askew when he bought it, so whether he accosted it with pliers??? Though he had pictures as well and it didn't look like werewolves had got to it. It just looked like the diamond popped out. Valid point about running your car into a post when you leave the car yard, but on the other hand you wouldn't expect your windscreen wipers to fall off or be missing your airbags. Especially if the sales man had been buzzing about it in the background when you were thinking, red or white, four door or two door, and then he sold you one without airbags and unnattached winscreen wipers because you were focussing on the things you understood. In addition the car was advertised with airbags and windscreen wipers. I get these things happen, though I guess I thought it could have been avoided as JA knew exactly what the problem was as soon as it happened and knew exactly how to fix it. However, maybe cushions are a lot more complicated to set, especially 2ct ones.