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  1. Wish I'd seen this earlier. Davide actually guessed correctly, the photo at the link below is a stock photo -- You probably don't like it because the band looks wide/thick across. Our stock images tend to do this and to show prongs a bit bulkier than they really are, so that there seems to be more metal for the prongs. You are welcome to contact us via live chat / phone / email and ask us to show you images of actual rings to get a better idea of how they look when complete. And to add to the discussion on pavé vs micropavé: A pavé setting by definition is when diamonds or gemstones are set low and very close together using tiny beads. The surface of the ring will appear to be encrusted with stones for a brilliant effect, hardly showing any metal from the top view. Micropavé follows the same design but is done with a microscope and much smaller beads. Some bead types get "split" down the middle for an even more delicate look. With regard to the naming convention, some say the "micro" in micropavé stands for the bead size, while others argue that it is named this because of the special microscope that is used to achieve this technique.
  2. Hi SamVid.. Agreeing with Neil.. it is hard (and not very good practice) to ID a stone or any jewelry from a photograph. FWIW though, a rainbow effect can happen when light hits even a real diamond. In this case, though, it does appear that the girdle (middle portion of the diamond that separates the crown (top) from the pavilion (bottom)) is very thick -- which is indicative of a CZ or diamond simulant. Also, the crown of the stone is very short -- which again leads me to think it is not a natural diamond. The angle of the picture you took might be exaggerating these features of the stone or it might be a stone that was cut a long time ago when girdles were thicker and crowns were shorter. Nowadays, most local Jewelers and Appraisers have diamond testers that can tell you within seconds if the stone is a real diamond. Therefore, it really is more advisable to take it to a local shop to find out for sure what you have. If it is a real diamond, I would also recommend for you to get the diamond appraised by a local Gemologist or even send it in to GIA to get it certified. Hope this helps!
  3. If you haven't purchased it yet and are looking for other options, you could consider looking for an H color with slightly better measurements (something north of 6.25 mm). G and H color are so close, you could get a much better value with an H / get a bigger one.
  4. Hope this helps additionally.. When you are pairing center and side diamonds, it is perfectly fine for them to be 1 color grade off. Often times when comparing color in diamonds, most consumers and diamond wearers cannot pick up this subtle difference (especially when viewed from the top). The one caveat would be to make sure that the diamonds are graded by the same laboratory (GIA, AGS, EGL, etc.).
  5. Also, generally in a VS1 there should not be any cloudy or “milky†appearance even with the comment “additional clouds are not shownâ€. While comments on a report should be considered when you are choosing a GIA option, they are often times negligible when it comes to the appearance of the diamond. In rare cases a comment like this, coupled with a fluorescence of Medium-Very Strong can lead to a cloudy or slightly milky appearance, but that can only be verified by a visual inspection (up close, not via pictures or videos).
  6. Um, no, sorry. The silver (and copper) in a gold alloy may be affected by a high concentration or prolonged exposure to chlorine, and leave pitting on the metal or even crack a soldered join. On the other hand, you could leave a diamond in pure chlorine (or even hydrochloric acid) at ambient temperature for a week, and nothing would happen to it. Accurate rinsing is strongly recommended, though Sorry about that, our senior gemologist pointed out as much, and so I've logged in tonight to fix it. But you've beat me to it Thanks, Davide!
  7. Thanks MellowYellow! Great-looking soup!
  8. WOW! ....Can I be Bubby for my birthday?
  9. That certainly looks yummy. If only we could eat virtual images. On another note, I replied to your other query about ammonia in the thread about your pendant. Very sorry for not having seen it earlier. Was not able to visit DiamondReview for over a month. Very, very sorry for the late response to you.
  10. Oh, and there we go. I hope you remember to remove the pendant next time you bake. The grease will stick to the diamonds as iron chips would to a magnet. Remove if you're swimming too! (The chlorine could cloud the stone, aside from harm the setting.)
  11. Sorry! I didn't see this earlier. My bad. Thanks, Davide, for covering it. Mellow, you can either try the supermarket or the pharmacy. There's a better chance the latter would have it. A small bottle will last you a long time. And yes, Windex or other ammonia-based cleaners work too. Just remember to dilute with water, and rinse the pendant well when you're done. Sorry again for being tardy on my reply. Hope you get this!
  12. Agreed. I love most of the red stones, but if I had to pick just one, it'd be rubies. I love the richest, reddest ones.
  13. She will Especially when she realizes how much thought you put into this ring. And, in retrospect, that would've been two days ago by now! Looking forward to your confirmation
  14. You should But, yes, the exception would be when you're baking. And true, a steam cleaner would be better because ultrasonic ones could loosen the stone from its setting; not entirely so at once, but especially with repeated use. Other than that, your method of cleaning is fine. Just be gentle when you brush, especially when it's near the setting. This is to avoid getting any scratches on the metal/finish. If you are looking for an alternative cleaning agent/method for your pretty pendant, we usually recommend soaking (10-20 minutes) in one part ammonia mixed in with six parts water. Then, brushing minimally, as needed; and only on the stone.
  15. Black diamonds are really rare -- in fact, some scientists believe they were formed inside a foreign star, in outer space, and arrived on earth (and only ever in Central Africa and Brazil) via asteroid when that star exploded. So, having black diamonds on your 20th anniversary wedding rings would be, actually, "stellar" and quite "out of this world".
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