hermann

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  1. hermann

    Are Either Of These Diamonds Good?

    Hi Diamond Girl #1, welcome to the forum.
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    Any Idea On What These Are Worth? Please Help!

    Cool it guys. Topic locked. DigitalDiamond, please feel free to restart your topic.
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    Need Help! (Irish)

    HI all, I split this thread to a separate topic.
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    2.3 Carat Round Diamond..questions

    Hi BurberryLady, welcome to the Forum!
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    Diamond Finder

    I was very likely pushing out a minor upgrade to the DiamondFinder at the exact time that you were searching this morning. Sorry about that! To be sure you're using the latest & greatest, hit the "refresh" button on your browser. Again, apologies for the confusion
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    Oec-Photos

    First and only warning: Be nice, or be banned. Please read the Forum Rules if unclear.
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    New Diamondfinder Launched

    Hi all, Thanks for your suggestions regarding DiamondFinder. This morning I rolled out a few updates based on suggestions/discussion: 1. Labs supported. The Lab column will display lab certifications from GIA, AGS, EGL, HRD, and IGI. Since the amount of space is limited, filtering will only be allowed by GIA, AGS, and EGL. There has been some debate about introducing some of the lesser-known labs, who may very well be doing quality work, but in the interest of consistency I think Diamond Review needs to stick with the better-known labs which probably cover 99%+ of all the relevant gradings out there. If anyone out there feels very strongly about a particular lab not listed here, I'm open to further discussion. 2. Cut Grades are for Rounds only, and only if graded by GIA or AGS. The Cut grade column is meant for the lab's cut grading, and not for a vendor cut grade. Since there still appears to be some industry debate about fancy cuts, and one of my primary goals is to deliver consistency to consumers, I have decided to stick with rounds only for now. Consumers will be advised to consult with their jeweler for advice on fancy cut grades, so that each fancy stone can be evaluated individually and on its own merits, and not against an inconsistent industry grading system. 3. "Ideal" cut grade is allowed for AGS only. This was a tough one. AGS has an extra cut grade, "Ideal", that GIA does not offer. Diamond Review will display the "Ideal" grade if (and only if) the stone is graded by AGS. However, in the interest of avoiding having the system favor an AGS Ideal stone over a GIA Excellent stone, the filter sliders will not allow filtering by Ideal only. Consumers can search for AGS/Ideal stones by sorting for Cut. 4. Most jewelers are now providing Cut info. I've been busy upgrading each one individually. As of this posting, only 3 upgrades remain. 5. Shape select now includes a picture of a sample diamond. Many consumers don't know the difference between a Marquise cut and an Oval cut, for example. Or a Cushion vs. an Asscher. The dropdown select now includes a nice picture. 6. Paging now distinctive. Fixed a small usability issue, in that it was hard to tell the current page number of the search results. The current page number is now displayed in a red box. Further comments/suggestions are always welcome!
  8. The forum software has been upgraded again. This should fix some minor quirky bugs with the editing that a few folks been reported since the last upgrade (about 1 month ago). As usual, please let me know of any problems, feedback, suggestions, etc. Thanks!
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    Forum Software Upgrade (Again)

    I've implemented a temporary fix for this issue, which should work for all existing & future posts. The software vendor (now) knows about the issue, and the fix will be included in their next version of the software. Apologies for the temporary glitch.
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    Forum Software Upgrade (Again)

    Yes, already working on it. A big bug thanks to our forum software vendor. Will be fixed ASAP.
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    Forum Software Upgrade (Again)

    Thanks Davide, I have reported the bug to the software vendor. I didn't see your note regarding searching 3-char strings (where did you send it?), but I just enabled it.
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    New Diamondfinder Launched

    Thank you for all your feedback. I've taken all of your feedback, and have rolled out a major upgrade to the new DiamondFinder, including: 1. Complete, professional design clean-up, on both search form and results. 2. "Cut & paste" URL on browser address bar (URL on top) to save or pass along search parameters. 3. Fixed a bug that broke DiamondFinder if user went to http://diamondreview.com (as opposed to http://www.diamondreview.com). This bug also broke some versions of Chrome. 4. Confusing Lab selection buttons eliminated, and replaced with checkboxes & lab logos 5. Carat Wt and Price sliders are now non-linear, increasing more rapidly with higher carat/price 6. Previous sliders could overlap and result in confusion. New sliders cannot overlap and more intuitively control ranges. 7. Most columns are now sortable, in both ascending & descending order. 8. Added "," for thousands (in price and in diamond count) 9. Results are limited to top 500 diamonds 10. Page number navigation now expanded beyond just "previous" and "next" 11. Added EGL lab. We will also display IGI and HRD certified diamonds, but not make them selectable (there's only space for 3 labs). 12. Added filter/sort by symmetry, polish, and culet 13. Search speed improvements 14. Old version of DiamondFinder no longer available (too many changes to underlying software which essentially "broke" the old one). As always, please let me know if you stumble into any bugs, usability issues, further suggestions.... anything at all. Thanks, Hermann
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    Forum Software Upgraded

    Hi all, The forum software was upgraded today. Some bugs related to editing should be fixed now. Please let me know if anything seems quirky or doesn't work as expected.
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    Forum Software Upgraded

    Yep, this is on the list of to-do's. I will be releasing an upgrade to the Finder sometime later this week that will hopefully capture most if not all of the feedback you sent earlier.
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    New Diamondfinder Launched

    Currently, if the user doesn't explicitly select a lab, then all diamonds are displayed regardless of lab. This is the default setting. So in a way, "other" is already an option, and is the default option. A separate part of the algorithm is which labs to accept for display. Currently, we accept AGS, GIA, EGL, and IGI. It sounds like I should also be accepting a few others. I've never heard of GCAL or PGS. What exactly are they? Are they reputable and solid enough to merit receiving "the DiamondReview bump"?
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    New Diamondfinder Launched

    Yes, the graphics cleanup is in progress and will be done soon. The only reason I decided against EGL for now is because of all the confusion on the different "flavors" of EGL. If I include EGL, then the next question is whether to break it down between all the different ones (-USA, -Israel, -International, etc.). Thoughts? Related: Should I include IGI? Here, I disagree. I think people should be able to search for specific table/depth ranges if they wish. However, to discourage overuse, I put it in the "advanced" section which requires an extra click to view. Open to further thoughts on this. I agree that the "shape" column should be displayed fully, and that will occur soon. Yes, this is also coming soon. Ugh. I went around and around on this issue. I'm very hesitant to support "ideal" since it's not recognized by GIA. I would be staunchly against a GIA stone being listed as "ideal". And I certainly don't want to recognize it for AGS only, since it misleadingly suggests to customers that an AGS ideal is better than a GIA excellent. So you see my dilemma.
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    New Diamondfinder Launched

    Awesome! I added a patch that fixes this issue.
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    New Diamondfinder Launched

    Try making sure that you go to http://www.diamondreview.com. I just discovered a bug that will make DiamondFinder fail if you just go to http://diamondreview.com (notice no www.) I'll fix the bug soon, but in the meantime, see if this makes a difference?
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    New Diamondfinder Launched

    Interesting. Would it be possible for you to send me a screenshot? Chrome, of all browsers, should work perfectly well! I'm aware of this problem. I'm planning to fix this. Yes, that's why I included the ability to type in your own Carat Weight, if searching over 4.99. I'm assuming the vast majority of users don't need to go higher than 5. Not sure non-linear sliders are possible using the tools I'm using (jQuery UI) The columns will be sortable and fully customizable (meaning you can choose the columns you want) in the near future. I consider eliminating the $ and adding the "," -- I think that makes sense. There was a problem with the JA links that was on their end, which they recently fixed. Not aware of any problems with BG or any other sites. If you have any examples, please send them. As to the "old" finder, I fixed that problem this morning, thanks for the heads up! I'm aware of this problem, and not sure anything can be done about it, but I will ask the jQuery UI people and see. Some form of limit will be reintroduced, and the intermediate pages will be available soon. Yes, speed was one of my main design goals. I know there are still a few quirks, and they will be very very soon over the next 1-2 weeks. I wanted to roll it out sooner rather than later, and fix quirks incrementally.... so please send anything else you find. The main issue I'm concerned with right now is the problems Neil is having, and the problem you're having with Chrome. Screenshots are especially helpful, if you can do them and send them to me via email, that'd be most helpful if you can spare the time.
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    New Diamondfinder Launched

    Do you get any sort of error message?
  21. hermann

    Worth Difference In Price?

    Hi Laurie, welcome back :-)
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    How To Get Union Diamond's Price From Diamond Finder?

    This is now fixed. Thanks again for letting me know.
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    How To Get Union Diamond's Price From Diamond Finder?

    Thanks for spotting. I will look into this.
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    Diamond Finder

    Hi Annie, first of all, thanks for the compliments! Answers to your specific questions: I have to like the dealers :-). it's a subjective criteria, i know, but after many years of running this site i have found that bad dealers just bring more trouble than they're worth. Short-term, they cause problems for customers and don't pay their bills on time. Long-term, they muck up Diamond Review's good reputation, which eventually dissuades the "good guys" from listing their diamonds here. As to whether I "recommend" anyone: for legal reasons, my emphatic response is absolutely not. all relationships and transactions are strictly between the customer & dealer, and neither this site nor I personally are involved at all. there are plenty of legal disclaimers throughout the site to remind folks of this. Check out these links for more info on DiamondFinder and for jewelers in general: http://www.diamondre...sc/diamonds-faq http://www.diamondre...m/misc/jewelers Thanks, Hermann
  25. Hi ronk, methinks you should be A-List? That will take care of the links in addition to other bennies.... Pls PM me Happy new year!