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DiamondGuy

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  1. I was expecting much more complicated "tricks" with serious deceptions. It seems only naive buyers would fall for any of the ones listed above. But I'm sure there are a lot of naive buyers. I've seen people buy a diamond ring without even looking at it through a loupe.
  2. OK, this time I'm going to do it "backwards" -- list the characteristics and ask the experts what they estimate the price to be. 5 princess cut stones tcw 4.5 carats F color VS1-VS2 table ~71% symmetry vgood polish exc depth 71-72 AGS cut grade 32g platinum band size 14 For past purchases (before this one) I was lucky enough to have a very experienced jeweler (family member) accompany me to the L.A. jewelry district. I'd choose items with an appearance and brilliance that appealed to me, and leave the detailed negotiations up to my relative to get the best price. That relative is no longer available, so this was the first time I did it myself. I believe there's a 30-day return policy that I can still take advantage of, if I get "bad news" from the experts on this post. Thank you.
  3. Sorry, I wanted the title to be Marketing "Tricks" but it appeared differently; seems users cannot edit the title(?) ...Anyway ... Another user wrote, "We learned about all the marketing tricks that are used." What are the most common marketing tricks that buyers need to be aware of?
  4. Using the Diamond Finder, with parameters I'm looking at, I see these two. It appears all the characteristics are identical (except the price). Could it be that this is the exact same diamond offered by two different sellers? When I click on "see photo" a SAMPLE photo shows up. Is it not possible to see photos of this (or these) exact diamonds? How do the characteristics sound to the experts?
  5. I agree with you, I wish more men felt as I do about wearing jewelry. I know only two other guys who wear high-carat diamond jewelry, but they don't live close enough to get together regularly. I'd always admired tasteful gold and diamond jewelry on men since I was little. At first I could afford only gold rings and bracelets. I remember how excited I was when I was able to afford diamonds and still find it to be a big turn-on to wear diamond rings, bracelets, and cufflinks. I wear suits every day, but dress in the monochromatic style -- shirt and tie matching, even suit matching as well. (I like a very deep blue or black suit with matching tie and shirt). No patterns in the shirt, tie or suit. That way my diamonds stand out and don't compete with my clothing. I had to look up fire agate. So if you don't wear the rings you described today, do you wear diamond rings? (Regarding the longer responses above, I'm still digesting them!)
  6. Interesting. So I looked at each diamond shape, and only one shape (round) had anything in the "cut" column. The "cut" column was empty for all other shapes. That's odd. I'm sure that princess diamonds have a cut classification, and I'm pretty sure when I was looking at emerald-cut they, too, had scores on how well they were cut. Why would this chart leave out this important consideration?
  7. I'm new here and I was just looking through the different sections and saw this. My initial reaction was for a quarter of a ring size, how about just gaining 5 pounds? Then I noticed the question was dated in 2011 and wonder if you got the ring size reduced, is it now too tight for him? (Considering how many people gain a little weight after they marry.)
  8. Re your pointing out: Here's 25 more. http://www.diamondre...fPriceHi=108000 I tried to move the end point on the continuum away from "poor" and up to "good." But then the search found no stones. I then noticed the "cut" column is empty. Since cut a very important consideration, why would this search function not include how good the cut is?
  9. Thanks for the welcome. So, from the lack of responses, does it mean no men on the site are here because they like men's jewelry? Aaww, I'm disappointed.
  10. It says, "Show of your ..." Shouldn't it be, "Show off your ..."?
  11. Thank you, Sir. I've just been looking around. I've bought non-jewelry items on ebay that were excellent deals; prices lower than anywhere else. So I just wondered if similar "bargains" could be had for jewelry items. At least going by this one ring, perhaps they can't. I appreciate your help.
  12. I'm still learning how best to use the forum. I'm looking for a way to insert a link to an ebay item. Can that be done? It is ebay item 191746109361 How much can be learned from the info given? I copied and pasted what it says: DIAMOND RING TOTAL WEIGHT 6.18 CARATS. CLARITY VS-1 COLOR I-J TOTAL WEIGHT OF RING 19.77 gm GOLD @ $1,229.00 APPRAISAL AND PHOTO INCLUDED FOR YOUR REVIEW. APPRAISED AT $144,345.00. BUY IT NOW PRICE $108,258.75. SELLING PRICE IS 75% OF APPRAISED VALUE. Pictures are not great quality and can't be enlarged. I've copied one here:
  13. But rounds cost more per carat, so you can get a bigger fancy for the same money, thereby compensating for the difference in visual size. A lot of information in each of the four replies! I appreciate it. I'm reading about the Ashoka-cut history and plan to learn more. I really do like the idea of having an historical story to tell about the ring. But for now I'm focusing more on your comments about size, visual size, and cost. I'd like to go a little bit bigger than the current 5.2 carats; I was thinking 6. But when I look at listings, for example, at Excel Diamonds, the princess cuts top out at 5.2. The listings for the rounds go up to 10 carats and bigger. Something caught my eye in the listings and I'd like to ask about it. Look at these listings and descriptions of 10 carat stones: I'm amazed at the cost variation. A 10-carat F color, internally flawless costs $1.2 million. A 10-carat K color, VVS2 (which is a close clarity rating to Flawless, isn't it?) costs only $188,000 (only FIFTEEN PERCENT of the cost of the other)! I know the cut and color are very important, but I would't expect THAT much difference in cost. Any advice on how to decide if the increased quality is really worth THAT much more money? Is there a point of diminishing returns when looking at a continuum of $0.18 million to 1.2 million? It's just hypothetical when thinking about a ring, because I would never wear a stone that big. But suppose, for example, I were to replace my bracelet with one that has one big stone per link instead of many smaller ones per link as my current bracelet does. Each link is about 1" long, and there are 8 of them. I could put one of the K color VVS2 in each of the 8 links for the same cost as putting just one flawless in the bracelet! It's just amazing to me. Wildly exciting to think of a bracelet like that -- rotating my wrist to show eight 10-carat stones embedded in scratch-proof titanium! -- but probably just a fantasy, and I should focus on the ring. And if I like a six-carat square or Ashoka cut ring as much as I think I will, I'll probably want to get squares in a new bracelet, too. So when I find some comparative listings for six-carat square or a bit smaller Ashoka (I understand the price range will be higher for those, but might be worth it to have the emperor story), will I see that dramatic of a variation in price? That will make the decision very difficult!
  14. I've worn a big (5.2 carat--I've got big hands) solitaire round-cut on my right hand for years: But I now think square-cut diamonds are more masculine. Here's my new wedding ring: Do you think people in find square-cuts more masculine than round-cuts? I hate that they're called "princess cuts"! I'm starting to look for a large princess diamond to have set in a tungsten ring to replace the old yellow gold one (right hand). I think it will go better with the white-gold bracelet I wear, which also has princess-cut diamonds in it.
  15. I've noticed some trends in men's wedding rings. White gold seems to have completely replaced yellow gold, at least in California and maybe all big cities. As gold prices went up, the width and therefore the weight of rings seemed to go down. More recently, titanium and tungsten have become wildly popular, because those metals cost a small fraction of gold. Because of their low cost, the wider ones (8mm) have regained popularity. I highly recommend tungsten, as its claim that it never scratches is actually true! After several years of wearing a high polish (mirror-polish) gold ring, it's all scratched, but a tungsten ring still looks brand-new.
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