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What are your thoughts on this cushion cut diamond? ASET image shot in store, need help and opinions?

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Hi everyone,

I'm fairly new to this and had a friend use an aset scope to take a image for me IN-STORE since i am overseas. The results aren't what i had hoped for and it seems like there is a lot of light leakage. Do you guys think it is because of the lighting? It was shot upside down (ASET scope at the bottom and the diamond towards the ceiling) His hand covered the light on top since it was too bright from the light bulb. He isn't a professional and was just doing me a favor. 

First image is the upside down version, the rest are shot from the top with ambient light being the lightsource, i know the quality aren't great.  Do you guys think this is a good diamond, it's from one of the reputable luxury jewelers   Cushion Modified Brilliant cut 1.49 Carat, F color, VS2. GIA graded Excellent polish and symmetry. 60%/66.6%

 

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ASETs are fiddly little things... and taking good images with them is not easy. The first image isn't bad (if the stone was held in the right place; upside down doesn't matter, how far into the ASET does!), the other two are fairly useless because of the stone tilt.

To be honest, your friend would have probably done you a better favour if s/he had taken a few normal images in different lighting conditions; with these three my fear is that any advice/interpretation is about something that doesn't reflect (!) the actual properties of the stone.

You will get a fair amount of leakage in a non-round anyway, unless it's an H&A cushion (and even then); it's almost unavoidable because the pavilion/lower girdle angles will vary significantly in a square/rectangular shape. If I had any confidence that the first is a "technically valid" ASET image I'd say it's a good stone to buy from a cut point of view, but I don't particularly have that confidence here... Sorry!


Davide - Specialised Consumer Information and Assistance,
Diamonds by Lauren (http://www.diamondsbylauren.com)
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Thanks for the feedback Davide! Here are the unedited images. both are shot upside down. One with a hand covering the light bulb from the ceiling the other using a piece of paper. The light source would be ambient light. What do you think? 

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Link to video showing the diamond sparkles

https://app.box.com/s/z5xlw1fiyuvxdo8rjuful8sl4zts7tdr

https://app.box.com/s/svkgmsyg9szt15gze5tb5roh090sywix

 

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These look more consistent than I thought would have been the case looking at the first images. They actually look quite good for a square cushion; not the greatest, but better than average I'd say. Now the really interesting question is: how did you land on this one? Have you (has your friend) seen other stones and compared them to this one?


Davide - Specialised Consumer Information and Assistance,
Diamonds by Lauren (http://www.diamondsbylauren.com)
davide@diamondsbylauren.com

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Nothing to add to Davide's comments above other than that I'm actually quite impressed with the ASET pics. These were taken with a handheld ASET and a phone?  Sweeet.

 

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15 hours ago, davidelevi said:

These look more consistent than I thought would have been the case looking at the first images. They actually look quite good for a square cushion; not the greatest, but better than average I'd say. Now the really interesting question is: how did you land on this one? Have you (has your friend) seen other stones and compared them to this one?

This is a rock that the luxury store is offering me for Micropave setting. It will be a branded ring and the cost will run about 35k USD when all is finished as a ring. If not considering online pricing,  how does the quality of this diamond stack up against only luxury "branded" rocks. (say comparing brands like Cartier) the rock is not from Cartier. 

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Diamond is a diamond. Tiffany diamond is no better than Joe's diamond if everything is same other than the brand. Among luxury items only watches are really worth the price of a brand IMO. Or some jewellery like Cartier's bangle and Van Cleef earrings but never engagement rings. But that's just my opinion


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The diamond is of good quality, but you can easily find better from "non luxury" brands that however focus on cut quality.

Unless the brand is at the "Cartier" reputation level, I would think $35k is a significant rip-off (and for example to me no, Tiffany is not at the level of Cartier), since $35k is roughly what Cartier would charge you. However, for that matter, for what sounds like a very standard design I would also consider Cartier as a ripoff.


Davide - Specialised Consumer Information and Assistance,
Diamonds by Lauren (http://www.diamondsbylauren.com)
davide@diamondsbylauren.com

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The point of branding is to establish credibility. Cartier does indeed make good stuff, but they make no claim that they are the ONLY people who make good stuff. They don’t even claim to be the best. What you get by shopping from them is a level of confidence that they’re selling you quality merchandise, that they’ll stand behind if there’s a problem, and that it won’t be necessary to go through gyrations like asking advice from strangers on the Internet. Fundamentally, if you’re interested in what Cartier has to offer in competition, ask Cartier. 


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