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Joshua Niamehr

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  1. My clients experience with AGS has been that when they submit to GIA the color grade is off (GIA being more strict)... Plenty of sites out there who offer Ideal and Super Ideal Cut Diamonds - do your homework and you shall find some stellar deals on the internet
  2. There are a few vendors who offer free return shipping from the UK (we happen to be one of them). With that said you can arm yourself with tons of knowledge, so you don't ever have to return a diamond. I would say that from my research (visiting the UK and diamond shopping) that the values offered by online retailers are still very competitive even after adding VAT. I'd like to suggest: https://www.dutycalculator.com/as a quick tool to calculate VAT and duties to the UK. If you run out of free calculations, I would be happy to help you calculate them for you! Most commonly folks don't want to pay the additional duty will still purchase a diamond from the US and then have the ring mounted in the UK. Or collect their ring in the US. In our situation, we don't collect VAT, but rather FedEx would call you to collect VAT and duties. Always keep your VAT receipt - if you need to return the item and have VAT refunded this is what is necessary to do so. Also, this is critical if a company offers a lifetime warranty. To ship your ring for resizing, repairs, etc. you'll have to show that VAT receipt to customs. Clients have used Forex accounts for favorable exchange rates, have you looked into those options? Here is a great tool: https://www.fxcompared.com/ for finding a great forex provider. I have a lot of experience with international shipments, customs, duties and the like - so please feel free to reach out. Joshua EnchantedDiamonds.com
  3. We're not allowed to comment on a particular vendors diamonds - only specific diamonds without mention of the vendor - it allows everyone to be objective - a very awesome rule @DiamondReview that other forums dont have
  4. Im with Neil, I think of clarity (when its eye clean and not affecting light performance) as rarity - an SI1 typically wont have any impact on the beauty of the diamond. Id focus more on cut and light performance! Which you make no mention of in your post.
  5. The ASET is tough to compare here, using a black background is unfair when looking at a white background ASET. Ask the vendor for a white background ASET so you can truly compare the two.
  6. Are you sure that's the photo of the diamond?
  7. I agree, my figure is high, I really have yet to see an inclusion with the naked eye (GIA of course) in an SI1 under 1 carat... I just hear about this rogue/mythological SI1's that are not eye clean, but it seems to me that this is psychosomatic, i.e. if I show you the cert and then all of a sudden you can see the inclusions vs me asking you to guess the clarity with your naked eye or tell you its a VVS to see if you can see the inclusion or not with your naked eye.... I think a lot of this has to do with all the misinformation available online, to mislead you into buying a diamond with better clarity, for more money... And the idea of the diamond being "mind clean"... To us clarity = rarity, not beauty. And even then, I cant really quantify how rare VS, VVS diamonds are in relation to SI1... Essentially you are paying for something microscopically more rare. I love when people come to my office and we play the guess the color/clarity game... They are always shocked (and wrong)... Plenty of myths need to be busted when it comes to diamonds and their beauty, and this is one of them.
  8. In a .70 - .80 i would say 98% of SI1's are eye clean. If we were talking about a bigger diamond, of course this changes, like in 3 carat diamonds, SI1 is a bit less likely to be eye clean... Davide, is absolutely right, most SI1's are eye clean in the .70-.80 range, even up to 2 carats in my experience. Please note, my advice is based on Round Diamonds.
  9. Youll find much better deals through the Diamond Review Diamond Finder: http://www.diamondreview.com/diamonds GSI is not a highly recognized and widely accepted report. I also avoid SI2 clarity as it tends to either be cloudy or not eye clean. Have you seen this diamond already? What did you think? $6300 can buy you a really great diamond, but in my opinion, this isn't one of them.
  10. #3 is the best option in my opinion!
  11. OP Posted a link to a 1 carat diamond ring - so my assessment was based on that.
  12. As George mentions there are better values out there online - brick and mortar just dont have close to the selection and pricing available online.
  13. Too much depth for my taste and a very small table. My advice is to be close to 70-72% for depth and table. I found diamonds that are better cuts and the same color and quality for about the same price.
  14. You did pretty well! Congratulations! Have you popped the question yet?
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