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Texas Leaguer

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  1. Thought you all might be interested in seeing this follow up article we just posted after hosting the Esperanza in Houston. It includes some nice video done by our photo team along with some creative stills. http://www.whiteflash.com/about-diamonds/news/esperanza-diamond-first-hand-look-1510.htm
  2. Tried to think of something to add... You are too thorough Neil! I will say that what the modern consumer is expecting (demanding) is more knowledge and more transparency. Jewelers who are not meeting these expectations either don't get it, or they are not trying hard enough.
  3. If you are interested in learning more about cut grading of princess you might find this article helpful: http://www.whiteflash.com/about-diamonds/diamond-education/princess-cut-grading-at-agsl---summary-1464.htm
  4. As others have said, the bolded statement is a huge red flag. If the diamond does not have a lab report, then it is 'caveat emptor' all the way. If it does have a GIA report, there could only be two Ex's. And even that does not give you enough information to assess cut quality, because GIA does not issue overall cut grade on princess. I would have very little confidence in any jeweler that made the above bolded statement!
  5. Aimee, In case you will feel better with an "arm's length" opinion, I agree with what Davide and David are advising you. Furthermore, this is the kind of diamond you buy because it appeals to YOU. It's largely irrelevant if jewelers who have little to gain from your purchase of a diamond from an outside source tell you the diamonds "are not very good". Follow your instincts. You can rely on the representations made by the two companies you are shopping. They are both specialists in this field. And both have far more experience in fancy color diamonds than the average jeweler.
  6. A friend in the business pointed me to this article after reading my article questioning the $1M estimate for Esperanza. http://newsfeed.time.com/2013/01/07/japan-worlds-most-expensive-fish-sold-for-1-8-million/ This was his comment: Is 1.8 million too much to pay for a fish? Could be, but if Kiyoshi Kimura hadn't paid that much for the fish, then I (and many others ) would have never heard of Kiyoshi Kimura. As you point out, the buyer isn't just buying a diamond....
  7. How would YOU value the Esperanza? I think it is fascinating to see this story unfold. No offense to anybody on this board but I think the prelim valuations may be a little off. Here is an article we just posted questioning the $1 million estimate. We are hosting the diamond next week in Houston so we have some involvement with it. But our only financial interest is the remote possibility that the winning bid would come through Whiteflash, in which case we would be entitled to a small finders fee. My interest in this is primarily as a spectator in a saga the likes of which I have never seen in my 40 year career. I'd love to get your thoughts.
  8. The choice of shape was clearly designed to maximize yield and also to enhance the unique nature of the find. The distinctive shape and facet arrangement also called for a very innovative pendant design. A photo of the finished pendant below. What you cannot see in the frontal image is the fact that the diamond is elevated significantly in order to reveal 3 dimensional views of the diamond. At every step of the way this story is exceptional. Which I think adds immensely to the significance of this diamond.
  9. This is a really interesting story about a historic "All American" diamond! The diamond was discovered less than a year ago so it hasn't garnered widespread attention. Here is a short article about the Esperanza Diamond. It's a story that Neil Beaty (Denver Appraiser) is quite familiar with, but he probably feels reluctant to post about it considering his connection to the project. My company has the pleasure of hosting the diamond during the Houston stop of its cross country tour. I'm just curious as to how much or little awareness there is out there about this diamond and the story surrounding it. I have been the business for more decades than I care to reveal and I have never seen anything quite like it. I would be interested to hear what others think of the significance of it.
  10. Good Luck. And wear the mustache. That way the jeweler will know you mean business
  11. Aimee, I am glad to see that you sport the requisite facial hair. You're obviously one of us. Regarding those trade members who have a piece of jewelry as their avatar, I am somewhat suspicious. I am not sure they have all the qualifications necessary to be on this forum.
  12. I would rule out option 3 if you are looking for a vintage style diamond. It is a poorly cut modern round. Between the OECs ,if you are able post images you will get better feedback.
  13. It's not that hard to find competent jewelers who will set your stone. They may (and should if they are smart) require that you have your own insurance and/or agree to hold them harmless from any damage or loss that occurs while the piece is in their custody. It clearly makes no business sense whatsoever to assume risks that are way out of proportion to the relatively small fees being charged in many cases.
  14. No worries. Weight ratio is a bit tricky. From the info you have posted it would appear that the AGS software indicates that the weight of the stone is 10% greater than the expected (or ideal) weight - thus the 1.1 weight ratio. If it was only 5% greater (1.05 weight ratio) it would have passed without deduction.
  15. As they say "the devil is in the details". Post the details of the GIa cert here and you will get better feedback. There are a number of ways to go about selling a diamond. It depends on your needs and preferences which approach to take.
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