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  1. MrRevhead

    Aset Help

    It looks like a very bright diamond (the ASET you posted in post #10). You will be happy with your purchase if you went with that diamond P.S I personally placed a lot of emphasis on diamond table to depth proportion, but learnt that if you can judge a diamond by it's ASET or it's AGS result, table to length ratio have no meaning as they only 'assist' but are not the be all and end all in proportion to pavilion angles etc Go by the AGS result or ASET, and ASET in post #10 looks good and I doubt you will be disappointed
  2. Congratulations & all the best in the future!
  3. Use the diamond finder on this site and look for a diamond with similar proportions and characteristics to get an estimated value. In the second hand/used market, expect a significantly lower than retail price. http://tinyurl.com/mqpqstm
  4. Even though Tapatalk support will be good, I find the Diamond Review forum very well presented, laid out and easy to navigate on a mobile browser.
  5. Thanks Davide for all your assistance and advice. It was looked upon favourably and greatly appreciated.
  6. Thanks jginnane for the kind words & also your input/opinion throughout the process!
  7. Just thought I would update this thread. This way, I have outlined the diamond selection process, purchasing and the final product. I received a call a few days back from the jeweller who was custom making both the engagement ring and matching wedding band. As I have previously mentioned, the jeweller estimated 4-6 weeks as they had a high work volume and only one jeweller as opposed to two. So it took exactly a month to make both rings despite this. Overall, we are very happy with the end result. Exactly what my fiance' wanted in terms of design. Exactly what I wanted in terms of the diamond quality. Here are a few pics showing the engagement ring only. The wedding band is identical to the engagement ring (in terms of the bead diamonds), with the exception of the centre, princess cut stone (obviously). Side on: Outdoors at sunset: Indoors: Under down lights it sparkles and scintillates. Overall, we are happy with the end product. Thank you again for all who provided advice in this thread throughout the whole process. VERY MUCH appreciated!
  8. You previously mentioned you were considering some diamonds from JA. Are you aware you can get them to ASET test up to 3 diamonds? This will provide you (and us) a better insight on the performance of the diamond rather than just using the numbers/specifications you're providing. Some other retailers also offer the same service and/or other more in-depth analysis. You are better of utilising such services from retailers with a good return policy, rather than decide purely on measurements & certifications.
  9. I find this chart from Pricescope offers a good, graphical insight on diamond prices over the past 7 years (based on size range). Hopefully it is of some use to you in answering your question re: prices
  10. MrRevhead


    When you say the diamond cut is 'ideal', is that what the grading report says or the retailer you purchased the diamond from? Can you see any inclusions with the naked eye? If not, then more than likely, most other people won't either. Does the grading report (if any/provided) map out or say what the inclusions are? Are you happy with the diamond and the way it presents itself? If you are, that is the main thing that matters. If the retailer you purchased the ring/diamond from has a good return policy, the other option is to swap the diamond for another. Although you might be out of pocket a bit, your mind would be at ease over the clarity. It's one thing that a diamond presents itself as 'Eye Clean', but some say, it is also important that a diamond is 'Mind Clean'. To me, in order for you to be 'Mind Clean' you either will need to convince yourself that the diamond is fine based on how you physically see it/presents itself (and not worry based on things you have read online) or exchange it for another diamond that you will be satisfied with.
  11. http://www.exceldiamonds.com/Diamonds-1/AGS-Graded-Round-Diamond-0-9-Carat-I-Color-SI2-Clarity-395732.html AGS Ideal 0.9 I SI2. Ideal cut, Ideal polish, Ideal Symmetry with Ideal Light Performance. 2200 pound, leaving you a good amount left over in your budget for a setting and VAT. Represents GREAT value for money. 4 prong settings like the one you posted earlier are common. Have a look at some from the same manufacturer above. Other sites to look at: - James Allen - White Flash - Brian Gavin Some other alternatives: http://www.briangavindiamonds.com/diamonds/diamond-details/0.884-i-si1-round-diamond-ags-104071029010#!prettyPhoto[gallery2]/0/ http://www.whiteflash.com/loose-diamonds/round-cut-loose-diamond-2953785.htm# http://www.whiteflash.com/loose-diamonds/round-cut-loose-diamond-3019464.htm http://www.goodoldgold.com/diamond/10619/ http://www.goodoldgold.com/diamond/12073/ Yes, you might need to drop a little from the 1ct you're ideally after (the diamonds listed above are between 0.8 - 0.9 ct), but if you want a high performing diamond within your budget, a slightly smaller diamond (0.2 - 0.3mm) with great light characteristics will draw just as much, if not significantly more attention and positive comments than a slightly larger, standard cut diamond. I think you can definitely get a great performing diamond with the setting you want within your budget. VAT may push you towards your top end or slightly more (3600-4000)
  12. A good point that many don't realise. If you haven't seen it already, this video thoroughly explains how a customer will be paying significantly more for an EGL stone as opposed to a GIA stone with similar colour/clarity. Animal, I take it you're looking into Round Brilliants. Consider using the following tools in assisting in your decision to find a good diamond. The first is the HCA Tool. http://www.pricescope.com/tools/hca Use the HCA as a rejection tool, not a selection tool. Read the diamond reports and enter the parameters. If the diamond passes, then you know that you are on the right track in terms of angles and light performance. If you score Under 2, it's a pass, between 2.1-2.5 a maybe and over 2.5 is a no. Once you have used the HCA to reject stones and have a short list of potential stones, use a more valid selection tool. In this case, request the dealer to provide idealscope images. Once you get them, post them up here and people can provide feedback or research online on what some good idealscope images should look like. The other option that is also more safe, is to purchase an AGS graded stone. They do usually have a premium, but at least you have the peace of mind that all the hard work re: cut and light performance has already been done for you. If you are prepared to do your research, find a cooperative retailer that is willing to assist you with your purchase, you should be able to find a good performing stone within your budget. You might need to make minor sacrifices in terms of size, colour, clarity, but just think the end result should be a better performing stone than just an average, common cut stone.
  13. No affiliation at all! I'm in Australia, not NY. Also, my recent purchase was from James Allen, not GOG, although from my research they are a credible source and I used their videos to learn a lot prior to making my diamond purchase. One thing I should clarify though, is GOG is in NY, but not NY City/Manhattan. They are in Massapequa Park, which is about an hour drive from NY City (according to Google Maps). Just something to keep in mind. The setting you're after is rather simple and widely available. Many different retailers will sell/supply that style of setting. With a well cut diamond, you have more flexibility with colour and clarity. Try and aim for G-I and VS2-SI2 (eye clean). Re: colour, have a look at some of GOG's videos about this particular topic here: Also, don't associate carat directly with physical size. You can get a larger carat stone that is bottom or girdle heavy and therefore the size won't reflect it's carat weight. For example, in my search for a 0.7-0.75 princess cut, I found some 0.7's having the same physical dimensions of '0.83-0.86' ct and 0.75's with a face up dimension of well cut 0.86-0.9ct. If you're coming back with the ring on the finger, it makes it harder for them to prove it was purchased overseas and make you pay VAT (providing you 'creatively' pack associated paperwork) Best of luck!
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