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    Hello, and welcome to the new DiamondReview.com message boards! The general discussion message board will serve as the "catch all" place for questions and discussions until we gain a better idea as to how to divide topics. I will be monitoring this message board regularly to try to answer questions and stimulate discussions. We will also be asking members of the jewelry industry to join in regularly. I look forward to many interesting questions and discussions! Cheryl (DiamondReview.com staff)
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    Hello, and welcome to the new DiamondReview.com message boards! The purpose of the "classifieds" message board is somewhat self explanatory. I hope you make use of this free service. Cheryl (DiamondReview.com staff)
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    off the wall question...

    Are you kidding? This sounds like a gorgeous ring! In all seriousness, if 5 diamonds set in the way you describe look right on her hand, then this is the way to go. That won't necessarily be true for all hands -- they do come in different shapes and sizes, and a tiny hand with 5 huge diamonds may not look right. There's a great new addition in the tutorial section under "rings" that describe what type of ring + diamond look right on which type of hands. It was written by Miriam, DiamondReview's fashion editor, whose newsletters will be sent biweekly starting mid-January to those who subscribe to it. Good luck on your engagement! Let us know if she likes it :-)
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    Hello, and welcome to the new DiamondReview.com message boards! The purpose of the "purchase experiences" message board is for you to tell the world how you went about buying an important piece of diamond jewelry such as an engagement ring. I hope you will contribute your experiences.
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    Diamond Rings

    Yes, platinum is the hardest of all the common metals used for fine jewelry. It is correspondingly more expensive than gold (about 3-4 times).
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    Is Tiffany worth it?

    Wow, your jeweler sounds like a real gem (sorry!). Would you mind sending me his/her contact information and a brief review (dinkins@diamondreview.com)? I'd love to post it under "Jeweler Search"
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    DiamondReview.com on TV!

    Hi everyone, DiamondReview.com was featured on a local TV show (Channel 35, Miami FL) as their "click pick"! To view the whole segment, simply point your web browsers to http://www.moneywatchtv.com and look on the top right of your browser for the proper link. Regards,
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    DiamondReview.com on TV!

    > Cheryl Are you in Miami? rockdoc Philadelphia. We picked up the broadcast after seeing an unusually high number of hits coming from http://www.moneywatchtv.com
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    uncertain about diamond quotes on this site

    Dean, where are you doing your shopping, and for what type of diamond? The Price Research report is generated from actual diamond sales to actual consumers as well as from actual quotes offered by Internet jewelers. I suggest you bring printouts of this site, from Rappaport, from PriceScope.com, and from DiamondHelpers.com. Although there will be some variation, the fact that all 4 sources report a certain range will give you the leverage you need to obtain reasonable prices. Good luck, and please let us know what happens.
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    Diamonds that diamond review.com are quoting

    > Are the diamonds that you are quoting on your site GIA certified or do they have other certifications or none at all? Mixed bag. The way the price engine works is it pulls ALL diamonds that are very similar to the one you asked for and then gives you price statistics on the selected samples. Some diamonds in that population may be certified, others may not be. Some diamonds may come from high-end retailers while others might come from low-price wholesalers or online jewelers. Keep in mind that the purpose of the price engine is to give you a ballpark figure to (1) give you an idea of prices for what you want, and (2) help prevent you from getting ripped off. If you want an actual valuation on a specific diamond, you must contact an expert who will then physically examine the diamond (the process goes way above the 4C's). Hope that answers your question. Regards,
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    Message board enhancements

    Hi Everyone, I wanted to highlight two recent time-saving enhancements to the message boards: 1. SIGNATURES. To get a custom signature, click on the "Message Boards" tab to take you to the front page of this section, then look for the link. It takes a few seconds to setup, but saves time if you post frequently. 2. AUTOMATIC NOTIFY. When you post or reply to a message, you can choose to be notified via e-mail when someone replies. You'll see this option next time you post a message (right underneath the "Preview/Post" button). Regards,
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    unsure on cut

    Ntevez, you need a lot more information to determine how good the "cut" is. I would urge you to re-read the sections of our tutorial that cover "cut". Even with the table and depth measures you mentioned, what if the culet is off-center? What if the stone is bowed, or missing facets, or has a thick girdle? The ultimate answer is always to have an expert look at the stone to get a precise valuation. In the absence of an expert, you must always look past the depth and table measurements. Good luck!
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    Need advice on a tennis braclet

    The reason you can pay $1000 for a "5 ct tennis bracelet" is because 5 ct's represents the total weight of all the diamonds in the bracelet. High carat diamonds are very rare (particularly a 5-carat stone!), and their price per carat is significantly higher than smaller stones. To assess the value of the bracelet, look at each diamond *individually* and add the prices together, then of course add the value of the bracelet itself. Good luck, Cheryl Dinkins (DiamondReview.com staff)
  14. Greg, some of the research we did when we built our price engine indicated that base prices (that is, prices not including taxes, shipping, etc.) did not vary much from one country to another. You'll find that most industry experts will agree with this. Given that, optimize the tax situation to best suit you. Our research found that most of the variation in prices will occur between retailers. This is a no-brainer, but we have the data to prove it. Incidentally, if you're looking for aggressive pricing, you should indeed look at usacerteddiamonds.com. Although DiamondReview.com doesn't endorse any specific jewelers, their prices are worth a look, regardless of the "sell" you may have perceived from Martin. In the end, whether or not you buy from them is always up to you! Good luck with your search, Cheryl Dinkins (DiamondReview.com staff)
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    Buying on 47th street - NYC

    Hi everyone, a while back there was some discussion regarding shopping in NYC's 47th St. diamond district. This is just an FYI that one of our members has posted a 2-part message in the "Purchase Experiences" board that details the shopping experience on 47th St. Cheryl (DiamondReview.com staff)
  16. Hi everyone, just wanted to mention that DiamondReview.com received Professional Jeweler Magazine's "Site of the Week" award. During this week, you may click on the Professional Jeweler on the front page to read their description of us. Cheryl (DiamondReview.com staff)
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    insuring your diamond

    Just to let you (and everyone else) know that we're working very hard to put together a thorough guide on the whole topic of jewelry insurance. Look for it within the next month or so. Cheryl (DiamondReview.com staff)
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    Question from feedback mailbox

    Angelica wrote: Your site was very detailed. I couldn't get enough of the information. I appreciate you being out there in an un-bias way. Excellent job. I have purchased a diamond & setting while on vacation. I knew what I wanted and I stuck with it. I just wish I would have read your site before--it would have educated me about the proportions of a diamond... Next time I will know. I'm already looking to upgrade. Can someone tell me the significance of a perfectly cut 1.0 cart as apposed to a 1.01 or a 1.0? I understand that when it is a 1.0 it is actually a perfectrly balanced diamond. Also, does someone know what a russian cut is? A To1 russian cut was mentioned as i was out shopping... ------ Cheryl (DiamondReview.com staff)
  19. Sigmund asks: I am looking into emerald cut diamonds. In your tutorial you have a table where you discuss emerald cut proportions and you do not include table% as one of the attributes to be considered. Is this because table% is not important in this cut? One of your sponsers, BestGem, lists table% as an attribute among the emerald stones they are offering. Can you clear this up for me? They also show the attribute "flr" which I don't understand. Might you know what this means? Thanks.
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    SI2 or better

    This message came through the site feedback function from Curt... I don't know the answer; does anybody have an idea? I would like to know what percentage of all diamonds sold in or for jewelry are of a grade SI2 or better. Cheryl (DiamondReview.com)
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    SI2 or better

    Sperite, I don't think there is currently any way to identify "conflict diamonds" (see msg #19 in this message board). DeBeers and the World Diamond Congress are working on a certified supplier program and will also be disseminating know-how on how to determine the origin of a given diamond. Cheryl (DiamondReview.com staff)
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    princess cut

    > Is there any set ranges of depth > and table percent for a princess > cut that will maximize brilliance > and fire? A good place to start is our own tutorial pages regarding this very subject... http://www.diamondreview.com/tutor/4cs/tutor_4cs_cut4.shtml and thereafter. > Also, the stone I am looking at has > a girdle description of thin to > slightly thick. Is this good or bad? It's definitely not ideal. Thin girdles tend to chip; thick girdles add unnecessary weight to the stone (making it more expensive, though no more beautiful). Cheryl (DiamondReview.com staff)
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    Steve, as I mentioned in my previous e-mail, the fact that the stone you seek is quoted $1800 above the price in the DiamondReview database is a RED FLAG, but not an absolute indicator that you're not getting your money's worth. As RockDoc mentions, only a trained and certified professional can assess the true value of a precious gem such as a diamond, and I absolutely believe that. The intent of the price database, the "rap sheet", etc., is to act as a rough guide. Now that the flag is raised, your next steps should be to rationalize the higher price of the stone. Is it because of a superior make? Is it truly a flawless stone? Or is the jeweler overpricing the stone? These are all possibilities. For a very expensive stone, you should consider engaging a third-party expert to help you out. For a stone that is not so expensive, and assuming you're comfortable with doing this, the best tactic is to educate yourself with the tools available here and go at it on your own. This is where GIA and AGS certifications become very useful, and where your own intuition and persistence pay off. Good luck, Cheryl (DiamondReview.com staff)
  24. Everyone, there's a great article about DeBeers' new strategy of branding diamonds on the first page of the business section of the New York Times. Cheryl (DiamondReview.com staff)
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    Color and Clarity

    "Color" judges the whiteness of the diamond... the whiter the stone, the better (and the more expensive). Please read http://www.diamondreview.com/tutor/4cs/tutor_4cs_color.shtml for more info. "Clarity" judges the number of flaws or imperfections in the stone... obviously the more perfect the better. The link to that section of the diamond tutorial is http://www.diamondreview.com/tutor/4cs/tut...s_clarity.shtml If you're serious about buying a nice stone, you should read our tutorial for a comprehensive treatment on this subject. Best of luck, Cheryl (DiamondReview.com staff)