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  1. Thanks for your help David, my wife loves it. Thanks to you and everyone else for advising me in backing out of the EGL. Check it out.
  2. Saw the stone and it looks good to me, the best of the stones I had him show me before. Price is $13000, including floating setting in 18k WG.
  3. I will get to see the stone tonight, but i did PM you the details aswell Pricewise i think it is going to be close to somewhere like 11-12k, including the 18ct white floating gold ring with the side diamonds
  4. The cert says The cert says - "Additional clouds are not shown. Pinpoints are not shown" The vendor sent me the cert, and (obviously) said, it was a good stone, but I was not sure what else to ask.
  5. Here is a GIA stone, have yet to get a price. Better? ROUND BRILLIANT Measurements 7.40 - 7.42 x 4.49 mm Carat Weight 1.51 carat Color Grade H Clarity Grade SI1 Cut Grade Excellent PROPORTIONS Depth 60.6 % Table 59 % Crown Angle 34.0° Crown Height 14.0% Pavilion Angle 40.8° Pavilion Depth 43.0% Star Length 50% Lower Half 80% Girdle Medium to Slightly Thick, Faceted, 3.5% Culet None
  6. I've entered my email and password and its correct (I even changed it to make sure) It just won't let me log in without using Facebook. I'd like to change my username (to Coooookies) and am not sure how otherwise to do it.
  7. Thanks for all of your advice, this is really useful info. I'll wait until we get the GIA stones in and see what situation I am in...
  8. Exactly! Everyone in the trade knows that EGL is a dodgy lab...and anyone who has a shred of ethics would know better than to try and flog them off to the public. IMO it's guys like this that give the rest of us in the business a bad name. However...it's the diamond you're buying not the piece of paper - some good deals can be found on stones with EGL certs - but since you don't have any diamond grading/buying skills or experience, I'd suggest getting your deposit back and going elsewhere. Good luck Thanks for the info, The more I think about this, the more I believe its my own fault. I called the jeweller and we are going to reset the ring with a GIA diamond. However, as it turns out, I already had a choice of two GIA diamonds when I was making the selection, and didn't notice. I had the loop, and as I looked over the diamonds (there were 5), I picked the 1.51 carat for a couple of reasons. * It looked clearer than the others (it was also .3 carat bigger than the others) * When I looked at the loop at the other smaller ones, I could see some kind of single black mark somewhere on each of the diamonds. On this one, I could only see cloudiness. So, first off, I am obviously completely clueless and not qualified to grade a diamond, however, based on my visual inspection, I would have picked that one every time, even though the other GIA diamonds available. Man this stuff is very confusing. I should also note that the wholesaler seems honest enough. I had my choice of GIA diamonds and I didn't pick one. Maybe I'm giving him too much license, but it's not like he shoved the EGL down my neck either.
  9. Exactly! Everyone in the trade knows that EGL is a dodgy lab...and anyone who has a shred of ethics would know better than to try and flog them off to the public. IMO it's guys like this that give the rest of us in the business a bad name. However...it's the diamond you're buying not the piece of paper - some good deals can be found on stones with EGL certs - but since you don't have any diamond grading/buying skills or experience, I'd suggest getting your deposit back and going elsewhere. Good luck "it's the diamond you're buying not the piece of paper" This is the part that i think resonates the most with me, I did like the diamond over the others.
  10. Exactly! Everyone in the trade knows that EGL is a dodgy lab...and anyone who has a shred of ethics would know better than to try and flog them off to the public. IMO it's guys like this that give the rest of us in the business a bad name. However...it's the diamond you're buying not the piece of paper - some good deals can be found on stones with EGL certs - but since you don't have any diamond grading/buying skills or experience, I'd suggest getting your deposit back and going elsewhere. Good luck Thanks for the info, The more I think about this, the more I believe its my own fault. I called the jeweller and we are going to reset the ring with a GIA diamond. However, as it turns out, I already had a choice of two GIA diamonds when I was making the selection, and didn't notice. I had the loop, and as I looked over the diamonds (there were 5), I picked the 1.51 carat for a couple of reasons. * It looked clearer than the others (it was also .3 carat bigger than the others) * When I looked at the loop at the other smaller ones, I could see some kind of single black mark somewhere on each of the diamonds. On this one, I could only see cloudiness. So, first off, I am obviously completely clueless and not qualified to grade a diamond, however, based on my visual inspection, I would have picked that one every time, even though the other GIA diamonds available. Man this stuff is very confusing.
  11. Thanks for the info, it's really bad that this jeweller is flogging all these EGL diamonds then. Oh well. Back to the drawing board. He has 4k of a deposit already, so maybe instead of buying that diamond I'll ask him for a GIA one.
  12. What is horrible, and what would be not horrible.
  13. This is kind of helpful, and kind of not.
  14. In short, NO. And maybe, but I doubt it, and at that price you can find a stone that is at least graded by a reliable lab. The "appraisal value" is totally irrelevant to assess whether you actually got a bargain (especially since it comes from the same source as the price; do you really think if the vendor could sell this ring for nearly twice as much he'd give you a 50% discount out of the goodness of his heart?) Thanks for the reply, I realize about the appraisal value, I just listed it for the detail. If EGL is not ok, is GIA the one i should be looking to use?
  15. Hi Guys, I'm about to cut a cheque for my wife's engagement Ring through a dealer a friend recommended (a law enforcement officer purchased his there, for whatever good that will do me). The ring costs 11,700 and appraised for 21,800 I have very little experience, so my questions would be are EGL ok? and does the price look decent? Thanks for your help and for this great forum I just found :-) PRIMARY DIAMOND CHARACTERISTICS Cut (Shape and Style) ROUND BRILLIANT Carat Weight 1.51 CT Clarity Grade VS1 Color Grade H Cut Grade IDEAL PROPORTIONS Measurements 7.23 x 7.18 x 4.57 mm Table 58% Depth 63.4% Crown Height 14.3% Crown Angle 34.3° Pavilion Depth 43.6% Pavilion Angle 41.1° Girdle VERY THIN TO VERY THICK FACETED Culet OBSERVATIONS Finish Polish VERY GOOD Symmetry VERY GOOD Fluorescence FAINT BLUE
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