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    can diamonds crack?

    Diamonds can absolutely crack. Although considered the hardest substance in the world, this only applies to diamonds' ability to be scratched or receive abrasion, not to cracking. TL
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    Internet Diamonds

    Can you tell us more about the diamond you're referring to? Just as an additional reference, try using the price calculator on DiamondHelpers.com. TL
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    canadian diamonds?

    Just an interesting tidbit... some of Tiffany's diamonds come from mines in Canada. Bottom line, where they're mined does not affect quality. TL
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    BIG Dilema and Urgent!!!

    Can you tell us a bit more about item #2 (very good cut)? In particular, why do you think item #1's cut is inferior to item #2, and why do you like #1 so much better. TL
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    BIG Dilema and Urgent!!!

    If item #2 really has a better cut than #1, I would select #2, for the following reasons: 1. The difference between a VS2 and an SI1 clarity are not perceptible to the naked eye 2. The difference between a good cut and a great cut IS very perceptible to the naked eye 3. Item #2 is cheaper 4. Item #2 is .01 ct bigger TL
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    Same diamond?, different sites

    You're a keen observer... yes, you are looking at exactly the same diamond. Many diamonds come from one supplier or just a few suppliers, and are offered by many, many retailers simultaneously. The industry operates this way mainly because of the high inventory carrying cost of diamonds. TL
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    > can a diamond break ? YES! Although diamond is the hardest substance on earth to scratch, it can shatter just like glass.
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    Diamond Gemmological Certification

    The best way is to look at your stone under a microscope and compare the flaws you observe (pinpoints, carbons, feathers, etc.) with the flaws mapped on the certificate. Alternatively, some diamonds now come with laser inscriptions along the girdle. Compare the number (you need a microscope to read it) with the number on the certificate. TL
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    Buying diamonds in Mexico

    Bad idea if you're not local. A close friend of mine purchased a "diamond" in or near Cancun, only to find out later that it was cubic zirconium. If you're from the U.S., your best bet is to purchase within the U.S. to take advantage of consumer protection laws. TL
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    GIA Certificates

    > Some reports I see are from the GIA Gemological Institute of America and some are from GIA Gem Trade Laboratory. Are they one and the same? They are the same.
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    diamond examination

    Normally, you purchase the loose diamond first, after having examined it for color, etc. Only after you're satisfied with the loose stone do you then have it mounted onto the setting of your choice. Beware of the many lower-quality stores that will offer you a complete ring with a pre-mounted stone. The diamonds in those rings are usually extremely inferior. TL
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    Bowtie common or rare?

    Bowties are common in ovals that are not ideally cut, but the claim that it "makes the rest of the diamond shine brighter" sounds like a big pile of B.S. TL
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    Need help with final stages...

    Dear Unregistered: Who are you? Tim Law
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    When female asks the male...

    > ...to marry her, is there an specific etiquette as far as engagement rings are concerned, i.e., settings? several thoughts: 1. go with the standard solitaire and ask the jeweler if you can get credit for it later for a fancier setting of her choice 2. propose with just the loose diamond. sounds strange (i'd never do it) but i've heard lots of other people doing it and it seems to work for some 3. try to do some "sleuthing" and pick out a fancy setting you think she'll like. there was a lot of practical info on that subject in the last Diamond Review newsletter
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    : I am looking at a 1.92 H VS1 6.96x6.85x5.00 70%table No Flour $10750 does this seem like a good price I assume you're talking about a round brilliant. The price seems *too* good (check the various price databases including the one on this site) Your spending a lot of money - I would suggest you contact a diamond appraiser or some othe 3rd party to look at the diamond before plunking down all that cash. TL