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  1. Thank you, Neil. Where can I find an ultraviolet light? Also, the ring came a bit too big. My fiance's finger was size 6 when we measured it at a couple of jewelry stores, and the receipt also said size 6. But I'm a little worried that it may not be the same ring I ordered and they messed up somehow? Should I consider taking it to a jewelry store to get it looked at?
  2. I bought the diamond engagement ring from Blue Nile. It's supposed to be a G color diamond with no fluorescence (GIA). But when we took the photo the other day, it looks kind of blue? Is this fluorescence? Thank you!
  3. Over the course of a month or so, I've seen all kinds of different definitions for the ideal depth % for a round brilliant, even though the ideal table % has been fairly consistent. I've seen it defined as less than 62%; I've seen it defined as less than 61%; I've seen it defined up to 63% or 64%; AGS triple ideal has their own definition. HCA adds another dimension, claiming that different combinations outside of the ideal could still bring out excellent brilliance, and going so far as to claim that all those "ideal" definitions could be thrown out the window given enough time. So, I'm a little confused. What is the "ideal" depth %? Or does the notion of "ideal" even make sense? Any light anyone can shed on this would be greatly appreciated. And a more selfish reason why I'm asking this question: I bought a round brilliant with a 60.5% depth % recently for an engagement ring. Based on my research, I deliberately kept the depth % under 61%, which cost me additional money and time. Was it even worth it to go through that whole exercise? Maybe I'm just venting a bit, but I do wish there was some consistency to this madness. Sigh.
  4. Thanks, Neil. I think to begin with, I'd like some light reading on the diamond industry itself, and maybe work my way up to the more technical writing. Since it's just a hobby for me - as opposed to a full-time career - I have the luxury to do that Is there a specific book from Antoinette Maitlens or Renee Newman that you'd recommend?
  5. Listen to Davide - he's the expert!
  6. Thank you, Davide and Neil. I think to begin with, I'd like to focus on just diamonds. Would be great to read a book on the history of the diamond industry. Any recommendations? Hopefully those books are relatively inexpensive on Amazon or something. I like the idea of gem and mineral clubs. The only concern I have is that maybe the people who go there are already very knowledgeable about diamonds/gems? I'll probably sound really dumb once I open my mouth there. Perhaps I should do a little more studying before I go?
  7. DISCLAIMER: I'm not an expert on diamonds, so please take what I say with a bucket of salt. Based on the stats, it seems that the second diamond (the one you actually) received is at least on par with - if not better than - the one you thought you were receiving. It's the same weight, clarity, color, but the cut seems to be better. As you may know, the cut represents roughly 50% of the diamond value, so unless I'm missing something, you're actually getting a good deal. The only concern I can see is the girdle; normally, you want to avoid very thin or very thick. But since the original one was from thin to thick, it's not a big step down, and I think the excellent symmetry and polish more than make up for that. The table and depth are also better on the second diamond. My guess is that the dealer sold the other diamond, and to protect their reputation, gave you a better diamond to make up for it. Anyway, just my $0.02. And congratulations!!
  8. Those look amazing, mellowyellow! Would love to get the recipe, so that my fiance could try it out!
  9. I recently bought an engagement ring, and in the process, I've learned a lot about diamonds, from online sources and local stores. I enjoyed it so much that I'm considering picking this up as a hobby. Granted, I'm not rich by any means, and can't really buy the stones to feed a hobby, but I think it would still be fun to learn more about them, read about them, etc. That said, I have a job/career that I enjoy, so it's only going to be a hobby. I'm looking for suggestions as to how I can get started. If someone is also doing this as a hobby, I'd love to hear about your experience. Thank you in advance.
  10. You know, it's actually kinda funny that now I have the diamond/ring, I don't really know how to tell how nice it is by just looking at it, depsite all the research I've done on paper. It's all sparkly and mesmerizing, though!
  11. I just picked up the ring from the FedEx facility! Here's a pic:
  12. I was first going to post a more detailed post, but then I saw that those are princess cut, which I don't know much about. One thing I do know is that round stones are the most expensive, since they're the most popular and tend to hold value the best. The cut is the most important characteristic, so make sure that you at least get in the excellent or ideal range, depending on grading company. I wouldn't really bother with anything higher than an F grade in color - most engagement rings are in the F - H range. As for clarity, SI1 is quite reasonable, although personally, I'd like to be in the VS range to be safe, since you're buying online. Clarity is also subjective, so take the grading with a small grain of salt. Also, you can't do an HCA assessment, since that's for round stones only. Also take my post with a grain salt, since I'm by no means a diamond expert - just a buyer like you who has taught himself about diamonds in the last month or so. Anyway, hope this helps!
  13. Quite reasonable for a premium cut (which it is - at least on paper). Could you have spent less and got something that had the same grades? Probably yes. Could you have spent less and got something (with the same grades) that looked better? Unlikely. Thank you, davidelevi. Glad to hear that I didn't overspend, at least on paper
  14. Thanks, tonytraps. Yea, I'm paying a lot for the cut, which is where the "sparkle" comes from. As you may know, 50% of the value in a diamond comes from the cut. The carat weight of 0.73 was just sufficiently large for the setting she liked. I'm iffy about SI1, since occasionally you can still see the inclusions with the naked eye, so I wanted to go into the VS range. And if I'm in the VS range, might as well go for VS1, since there's not a big price differential. Same for color, as G is "eye white," and just below investment grade. I have to admit that I don't know enough about cut to really assess the value, so I had to rely on professional grading, like GIA or AGS. Also, I've heard that GIA can be quite lax about the "Excellent" cut grade in recent years. That said, the diamond I bought has a HCA score of 1.2, which is another good measure and falls into the excellent range (score of 0 - 2). I also looked at things like table, depth, girdle, fluorescence, culet, etc. For table %, I like to have it at or below 57%; for depth %, I like to have it below 61%; for girdle, I like to have thin to medium; for fluorescence, since it's G grade, I want to have none; I also want no culet. The polish and symmetry also need to be excellent (GIA). When you take all of these things into consideration, the price significantly goes up. Also, since I'm buying it online, I can't see the stone beforehand. That's why I also went with the "Signature Ideal" branding of Blue Nile, since those stones they hand pick, so there's some level of quality guarantee associated. But branding isn't free, so I had to pay a premium for that, too. Anyway, I digress. I'd like to think that I paid a reasonable price for someone who doesn't know a whole lot about diamonds. But we shall see.
  15. Thank you. Do you think $3,713 was a reasonable price for this diamond? Don't worry about giving me buyer's remorse - just give it to me straight.
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