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  1. highlander

    Please help between these 2 diamonds

    Thanks denverappraiser that's good to know about the HCA. I hear you re the 1.5, but trying to justify the c$3k price rise to myself is proving tricky, hence the question about the size differential. Going down in clarity doesn't seem to help on BGD, I really struggle to understand their pricing. For example they have a 1.5 VS1 which is more expensive than a 1.53 VVS2 for the same colour and same signature series on their site
  2. highlander

    Please help between these 2 diamonds

    I have a couple of diamonds on hold with BGD and I would really appreciate some expert opinion please. https://www.briangavindiamonds.com/diamonds/diamond-details/1.443-h-vs1-round-diamond-ags-104107436008 https://www.briangavindiamonds.com/diamonds/diamond-details/1.437-h-vs1-round-diamond-ags-104105796001 BGD state the diamonds are both eye clean and based on reputation I am sure this is true. However I am aware of the inclusion on the magnified video for the 1.443 ct stone, I picked it up immediately on looking at the video before I had even looked at the grading report, by contrast I can't see anything on the video for the 1.437 ct stone . Based on this then obvious answer would be to purchase the 1.437 however it has a HCA score of 0.6 while the 1.443 stone has a HCA score of 1.2. Based on my limited knowledge a HCA score of between 1-2 is recommended for a diamond so not sure why a signature cut is returning a 0.6? Can anyone shed some light on the reason for the difference in HCA scores and what the implications are in real life? To my inexperienced eyes I can't see any colour difference on the Hs but am aware there will be a range for this. Is either of them a slightly better colour than the other? So basically I guess I am asking which stone would you prefer and why? The final dilemma I have is that both fall short of the symbolic 1.5ct, I'm telling myself that makes it a savvy purchase but have a niggle at the back of my mind. How much larger would an ideal cut 1.5ct look like in reality compared to either of these stones? Thanks for your help
  3. highlander

    Opinions on these diamonds pls - which is better cut

    Davide, thank you for the brands you suggested I look at unfortunately nothing was suitable. I've come across this which I think is similar to the Laings mount, would it have the same structural issues the Laings setting has? https://www.samarajames.com/engagement-ring-round-brilliant-curved-claws-4-claw.html/?filter=true&settingstyle=Solitaire&diamondshape=Round Brilliant&metaltype=Platinum&c=w&m=platinum&page=1
  4. highlander

    Opinions on these diamonds pls - which is better cut

    Thanks Davide for your detailed response, it is the crossover part of the design she really likes rather than the suspension although I guess the visible support being at the sides may play a part. I will look at the names you have mentioned.
  5. highlander

    Opinions on these diamonds pls - which is better cut

    My gf really likes this design (https://www.laingsuk.com/esme-platinum-1-02ct-diamond-ring) & would also like it wed fit so it will sit flush with the wedding ring. I am aware there is a standard setting in the UK which is similar to this but I haven't come across similar in the US. BG suggested it is a x prong cathedral style setting but from what I can see online that looks a different setting.
  6. highlander

    Opinions on these diamonds pls - which is better cut

    Well I've been too slow and indecisive and the 2 online diamonds have sold, so to make sure I move a bit quicker once I find alternative diamonds can I ask one final set of questions (hopefully). Davide you mention in the quote above potentially using someone in the US to do custom work but I assume that runs into the same issue as using my local jeweller if I source the diamond from an online site ie ""No responsibility for stones not supplied by us"". Is that correct? I know Brian Gavin does custom setting work and while I am aware of their reputation for supplying very well cut diamonds I was wondering if anyone has views on the quality of their settings? From looking at online reviews all of the negative comments seem to be about the settings which concerns me esp as I am UK based and so can't see a wax model..
  7. highlander

    Opinions on these diamonds pls - which is better cut

    Thanks denverappraiser, I have the full report. The screenshots are just the bits I thought relevant. If you would like to see other parts please let me know. Thanks again for the detailed information Davide, I will have a look at the links you have provided and consider the points you raised.
  8. highlander

    Opinions on these diamonds pls - which is better cut

    The local jeweller has provided an alternative diamond which is closer in price to the diamonds I had found online above. Assuming the new diamond is eye clean (I am waiting on confirmation of this) could someone explain the implications of the cut of this diamond not being as good as the ones above that I detailed earlier. As I understand it both the table and the pavilion angle of the new diamond are outside the range you would look for in a well cut diamond. How would this manifest itself in terms of performance of the diamond? Thanks in advance for your help
  9. highlander

    Is this the perfect one?

    sorry wrong thread
  10. highlander

    Opinions on these diamonds pls - which is better cut

    Yes I've added VAT etc onto the cost of the Brian Gavin diamond for the purposes of the comparison thanks
  11. highlander

    Opinions on these diamonds pls - which is better cut

    Thanks Davide, that information is really helpful as I am struggling to justify the local jeweller price. For the sort of money they are asking I could buy a 1.4 carat, H, VS1 Brian Gavin signature cut stone
  12. highlander

    Opinions on these diamonds pls - which is better cut

    Well prices are 1 - £10.5k 2 - £7.9k 3 - £8.8k (but is VVS2 other 2 are VS1) It might be academic anyway local jeweller has said if I supply the diamond he won't take any responsibility for damage which may occur in the setting of the stone, apparently this is normal practice in UK. While I don't mind buying a stone off a website, I'm less keen to do the setting that way as gf has a bespoke setting in mind
  13. highlander

    Opinions on these diamonds pls - which is better cut

    Thanks Davide, can I ask why 2 is dominated by the others? It would help me to understand what to look for while I am searching
  14. highlander

    Opinions on these diamonds pls - which is better cut

    Thanks Davide, 1 is 1.24 carat, dimensions 6.85 - 6.90 x 4.25mm 2 is 1.3 carat, dimensions 6.91 - 6.95 x 4.31mm 3 is 1.3 carat, dimensions 7.01 - 7.04 x 4.33m Seeing all the stones in the flesh isn't possible currently. I'm UK based and 1 is from a local jeweller needless to say it's significantly pricier than the other 2 (with comparable criteria H, VS1 & VAT and duty factored in) which are from the online sites where I have tried to find cuts close to the local jewellers.
  15. highlander

    Opinions on these diamonds pls - which is better cut

    Thanks Laurent, is the fact 1 and 3 are slightly thick faceted an issue at all?