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  1. Hi, Just wanted to give a quick update. So, I took all of your points into consideration and, after some last minute negotiation, I got the 1.5ct at a low enough price that the price difference no longer bothered me (became a $1,600 price difference) as I wanted to give my girl the best possible stone. BUT, I don't think the saying about "you'll know when you find it" holds true for me. I literally had both stones side-by-side and at times the 1.3ct looked better than the 1.5ct, while at other times the opposite held true…I looked at them until I was feeling cross-eyed. Something I noticed was that the 1.5ct seems to reflect more light, while the 1.3ct had less, but the "beams" of light were wider, if that makes sense. Regardless, I decided to rely on the AGSL 0 cut designation (which is something that really caters to my "scientific" nature/perspective) and went with the 1.5ct. Attaching the cert for reference. The stone looks eye clean to me, but I suspect (and sort of fear) a trained eye could spot the white inclusions (mostly twinning wisps)….I mean it's a SI2 (AGS 7)…but who knows. I figure I'll take a look at it when it's set and then work with the jeweler to exchange it if my gf sees issues with it. I suspect there's not much more to advise on at this point, but any additional wisdom would be appreciated. Thanks and have a great evening! AM
  2. lol…chop sticks did the trick! So, I was able to check out the 1.51ct diamond at my local jeweler. I even took my mom to get her opinion (which she and I appreciated). The jeweler was so accommodating. I was able to compare them side-by-side. To my eyes, the 1.51ct had very slightly better light performance and the size difference was noticeable. My mom thought they both sparkled great and that the size difference was very hard to tell. I revisited the pictures and got even more confused. Geez this is not easy. Here's a pic…is it just me or is the stone on the right a little less reflective in the lower half? Or is it really just the angle? Noticeable light/size discrepancies? Man I'm obviously over thinking this! Thanks for the patience and guidance!
  3. No worries! Thanks for your help. I just received the 1.3ct today in the mail (pic attached). I like it a lot, but want to make sure its light performance would be good even in lower light situations. I'm going to try to schedule some time to view the 1.51ct diamond tomorrow. In the meantime, thoughts on the attached pics (sorry about the poor quality phone pics)? First pic was taken under an office desk to simulate lower light conditions. Thanks!
  4. Thanks for the input. BTW- I'm posting on this site as well as PS to get a variety of opinions. I keep posting here bc both you and Neil seem to provide a slightly different, but very valuable take as I make a huge purchase. After much back and forth, I ended up going with the 1.3ct from B2C online…WF didn't sound too convincing re: this diamond. I am now waiting for the B2C one to arrive. In the meantime, a reputable, local vendor found me a AGS0 1.5ct (haven't seen it yet, but will later this week). The 1.5ct is $2k more and is SI2 (instead of SI1, which the 1.3 is). Based on the following information (see ASET images with caption below)...which would you go with (#1 or #2 and why? Is the difference worth $2,000? My biggest priority is light performance (and of course size and price play a role). Thank you for your input!!
  5. Here they are: 1) http://www.b2cjewels.com/dd-4414473-1.30-carat-Round-diamond-H-color-SI1-clarity.aspx 2) http://www.whiteflash.com/loose-diamonds/round-cut-loose-diamond-2972960.htm Thanks!
  6. Guys I was originally in the market for a 1.54ct/SI2/H (as mentioned in an earlier post), but was disappointment when I noticed a bigger black inclusion than I thought. Plus, my gf shared her preference for a smaller, but clearer stone. I've decided to play it safe and go at least SI1. I'm deciding between two diamonds, one is GIA, the other is AGS (both ~1.3ct/SI1/H): 1) GIA from B2C - HCA score of 0.8 and, what appear to be, good ASET images (please see attached pictures). 2) AGS from WhiteFlash - HCA score>3.5 and, what also appear to be great ASET images (Item AGS-104065987027 -- see WhiteFlash website). If you had to order one, which would it be (comparing HCA and images, etc.)? Thanks SO much! AM
  7. Neil/David- I'm not too concerned about there being green sawteeth...I realize, practically speaking, there would typically be hints of indirect, less bright light return (i.e., green in ASET) in excellent cut diamonds. Instead, I'm concerned that the sawteeth are white (and not green)...indicating that there is no presence of light return, from my understanding. But, perhaps it's such little white, that it's not a big deal. I feel like I'm close to making a purchase, but before I do, it comes down to two questions I'd really appreciate your help in addressing: 1) Given the ASET images and HCA score <2 alone, would you say the diamond is beautiful (e.g., brilliant cut, sparkly) -- or that it would lead you to believe it probably is? 2) Would you say it's a good deal at US$10K (1.54CT/H/SI2, with confirmation of no visible inclusions to naked eye)? Thanks again! AM
  8. austin_mck

    Good/bad Aset Image For This 1.54Ct?

    Apologies for the confusion guys, but I'm appending this thread with the following for continuity (I tried deleting/taking it down but I don't have moderator privileges to do so). Just wanted to add the link to help other readers who might be interested in the topic. Thanks! http://www.diamondreview.com/forum/topic/9197-should-i-buy-this-120ct-giasi2h-round-cut-for-9k-need-your-expert-advice/?p=45881
  9. Great. Thanks! Apologies, had created a new thread before reading your message...here it is below to keep the same thread going... Hi Guys, I'm looking to buy a 1.54CT/H/SI2/Excellent Cut diamond I found online. Since I can't physically see it, I'm relying on other assessment methods (e.g., GIA cert, HCA, ASET). I don't know much about diamonds, but based on what I've been reading so far, I think its ASET images look great. My concern is the bits of white on the edges...from what I gather this can be bad. Would you say the attached ASET / Hearts & Arrows images are Ideal, Excellent, Decent, or Bad? Any other input? Worth buying at 10K? I was hoping I could trouble you once more to take a look at the images and provide your expert insight. I appreciate all your help with a decision that is so significant to me. Thanks again! AM
  10. austin_mck

    Good/bad Aset Image For This 1.54Ct?

    Hi Guys, I'm looking to buy a 1.54CT/H/SI2/Excellent Cut diamond I found online. Since I can't physically see it, I'm relying on other assessment methods (e.g., GIA cert, HCA, ASET). I don't know much about diamonds, but based on what I've been reading so far, I think its ASET images look great. My concern is the bits of white on the edges...from what I gather this can be bad. Would you say the attached ASET / Hearts & Arrows images are Ideal, Excellent, Decent, or Bad? Any other input? Worth buying at 10K? I know I've pestered you guys enough, but I was hoping I could trouble you once more to take a look at the images and provide your expert insight. I'll post them under a different thread since it relates to a different diamond. I appreciate all your help with a decision that is so significant to me. Thanks again! AM
  11. Hi Neil/David- Thanks again for your help. David - I'd like to see the others in-person before making a decision, but, unfortunately, since they're sold online, I can't.The next best option I see is to rely on other forms of assessment (e.g., GIA cert, ASET, HCA score). Neil- I'd like to buy the 1.2ct because I think it looks really nice, but I'm not comfortable with paying such a premium; I see the jeweler's other diamonds advertised with 30-40% markups when I do a cert search, which I find really excessive. I'd feel much better getting something that's a good bang for my buck. That said, I'm really interested in 1.54CT diamond I've been looking at online and I obtained ASET images for. I know I've pestered you guys enough, but I was hoping I could trouble you once more to take a look at the images and provide your expert insight. I'll post them under a different thread since it relates to a different diamond. Thanks again! AM
  12. Unfortunately, I don't have the GIA certificate number. I can say that, out of the 8 or so diamonds I've seen in person, it's the most brilliant...it even sparkled under very low light. I looked up its HCA score and it came up as 1.4. What's your take on HCA scores? I also just found a 1.54CT/H/SI2 with an HCA score of 1.9 with inclusions that are not visible to the naked eye. I haven't seen it, but it's practically the same price as the 1.2CT originally mentioned! Any thoughts? Thanks! AM
  13. Thanks for the prompt reply, Neil! Great find on B2C. Here are a few additional details…would any of these make a difference? The price is a bit in-line with some Blue Nile Signature Ideal cut…any chance that the diamond in question is comparable? I don't know anything about the Signature cut in terms of value. Thanks again for the insight! Any additional input would be welcome. Depth %: 62 Table %: 55 Polish: Excellent Symmetry: Excellent Fluorescence: None
  14. Diamond Gurus, Two Key Questions for You: (1) Sounds really steep to me given the parameters…is this a good deal? -- (Picture attached) (2) What's your take on the fancy so-called ASET device to evaluate lighting? Some helpful background: I'm looking to buy an engagement ring in the next few weeks (I'm looking for 1.2~1.5CT). I've done quite a bit of research and have heard the different points of view on the 4C's, depth/table, etc. However, the diamond dealer made quite a pitch…he uses a ASET device and claims he is only one of a few jewelers who use it. He showed me various blue/red/green images and the ones with more red and blue (as opposed to too much green) really did have a very visible sparkle. I was impressed with how he showed the diamond in low light as well (simulating a dinner date, for instance), and it looks markedly beautiful. I've looked at other diamonds from other dealers, but I'm particularly drawn to this one….see pic below (I know it's not optimal, but that's all I have now). Quick personal background: Growing up, I've had quite a bit of experience negotiating and get the best price possible (I can humbly say I don't really get ripped off). In this case, however, I'm a bit out of my element since I'm not a diamond expert. I'm skeptical about falling for this guy's pitch…can he really be that awesome with his cool aset device? Looking up at diamonds with similar metrics (yes, I know there's nothing like looking at it in person) on Blue Nile, I noticed prices are closer to $6K. I don't want to get gypped and want to get your advice. Thanks guys! AM