Here are two stones were posted today on Pricescope auction by Whiteflash.
1.08 crt, D, SI2, HCA=0.3 (Excellent) within BIC range and
1.10 carat, HCA=0.5 (Excellent) within BIC range
Since there were many requests for Ideal-Scope and DiamCalc simulations I decided to take a closer look at the information provided.
Whiteflash did a good job by getting 3D Sarin scan for these diamonds and importing it into DiamCalc. Unlike ordinary Sarin report with average crown and pavilion angles, 3D Sarin scans comprise measurements of each diamond facet and hence give better presentation of a diamond.
Now we can download GemAdviser files for these diamonds ( 108dsi2_fs.gem and 110fsi2_fs.gem) to generate diamond pictures with different lighting including Ideal-Scope. We are also able to create a movie with tilting diamond. Plus, we are able to run the cut evaluation for these diamonds to estimate light return, light leakage and contrast (important feature for human perception of brilliance and scintillation).
What is interesting about these diamonds is that they are not cut to ideal proportions according to AGS grading system. They are falling in AGS grades 5 and 6 because of the shallow crowns: 30.5°.
Now if we'd look at the ideal-scope pictures, we'll see virtually no light leakage.
DiamCal evaluation of the light return (LR) is 0.97 (Very Good) which is on the same level as any ideal cut diamond (LR = 1.0 correspond to theoretical Tolkowsky proportions).
Light Leakage calculation for these diamonds is significantly better than any traditional ideal cut diamonds: 1.11 and 1.26.
Contrast: 0.94 and 0.87 which is fairly good.
Garry Holloway considers these type of diamonds as Brilliant Ideal Cut
Both score Excellent on HCA: 0.3 and 0.5
Very interesting feature about these diamonds is their spread. They look larger for their carat weight. E.g. 1.08 carat stone has 6.78 mm diameter. For comparison, Tolkowsky cut diamond of the same weight will have 6.62mm diameter, steep/deep AGS0 - 6.57mm.
Finally, the price of these diamonds is $1,000 less than similar AGS0 diamonds.
Conclusion. This sort of diamonds can be a good option for those who doesn't want to pay extra $1000 (20%) for AGS-ideal cut but still want to get a nice stone.
Joined: April 9th, 2002, 9:17 am