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Re: Cut and HCA

Yes, the GIA overall cut grade cannot be more than one grade higher than either polish or symmetry no matter how well proportioned. Therefore, if a diamond has a grade of Good for either polish or symmetry, the highest overall cut grade that can be assigned is Very Good (irrespective of how good th...

by Texas Leaguer

October 30th, 2014, 4:31 pm

Forum: RockyTalky

Topic: Cut and HCA

Replies: 16

Views: 324
Re: Radiant Diamond HELP! Fish eye or Bowtie?

Thank you all SO much for your input. I am not sure how the jeweler is going to handle us taking it back since we just got this upgrade a week ago but I want to be as best informed about everything before we even go back. I've also been hesitant to talk to my fiance about it too much since he felt ...

by Texas Leaguer

October 30th, 2014, 4:00 pm

Forum: RockyTalky

Topic: Radiant Diamond HELP! Fish eye or Bowtie?

Replies: 19

Views: 364
Re: Radiant Diamond HELP! Fish eye or Bowtie?

Can someone please give me their thoughts on this? Will the new setting really help? I would really appreciate any input ASAP because my setting is getting re-made to fit this new diamond! I really don't want to be unappreciative of my fiance's new purchase but I hate that he may have spent a lot m...

by Texas Leaguer

October 30th, 2014, 3:50 pm

Forum: RockyTalky

Topic: Radiant Diamond HELP! Fish eye or Bowtie?

Replies: 19

Views: 364
Re: Cut and HCA

I think GIA cut grade takes into acct the polish and symmetry. For example this GOG stone that I was eyeing but I was too slow pulling the trigger. It scores very well on HCA with a 1.3. Excellent in fire, light return and scintillation and very good in spread but it only received a GIA very good c...

by Texas Leaguer

October 30th, 2014, 2:41 pm

Forum: RockyTalky

Topic: Cut and HCA

Replies: 16

Views: 324
Re: Detecting H&A pattern.

Arrows are not always obvious to the naked eye. If your stone has good arrows pattern it should be possible to capture it photographically but it might take you some effort and trial and error. The thing to understand about H&A diamonds is that the benefit is indirect. That is, seeing black arro...

by Texas Leaguer

October 30th, 2014, 2:14 pm

Forum: RockyTalky

Topic: Detecting H&A pattern.

Replies: 8

Views: 191
Re: Opinion on this 1.1 carat "champagne" diamond

I guess I'm just nervous about sending the stone through the mail channel and the waiting to get it back. Any experiences? If you use registered mail and insure it for full value, and deal with a reputable jeweler you will be fine. If you are more comfortable dealing locally, give Ralph a call. He ...

by Texas Leaguer

October 29th, 2014, 1:36 pm

Forum: RockyTalky

Topic: Opinion on this 1.1 carat "champagne" diamond

Replies: 95

Views: 1616
Re: Opinion on this 1.1 carat "champagne" diamond

Still mulling over my options but a question for Niel and then the forum. Niel, what is the source of the first picture you posted with the lotus that sat directly on the shank? I can't get my mind off that setting its exactly what I want. And then for the forum, can anyone recommend any jewelers i...

by Texas Leaguer

October 29th, 2014, 12:51 pm

Forum: RockyTalky

Topic: Opinion on this 1.1 carat "champagne" diamond

Replies: 95

Views: 1616
Re: GIA, or AGSL, which do you prefer for cut grading and wh

Neil's post was spot on. For me, as a buyer, I find that using a narrow filter restricts my ability to buy the best, most desirable diamonds. This makes AGSL style grading less desirable. I love some Fancy Shaped diamonds that show a lot of leakage for example- and I won't be discouraged from buyin...

by Texas Leaguer

October 28th, 2014, 4:13 pm

Forum: RockyTalky

Topic: GIA, or AGSL, which do you prefer for cut grading and why

Replies: 32

Views: 661
Re: GIA, or AGSL, which do you prefer for cut grading and wh

Lots of devil’s advocates here. :twisted: AGSL tech, for example the various ASET tools, are primarily used to educate customers about the importance of good cutting. They are available to all who wish to use them and although I think there’s a token equipment discount for members on AGS tools for ...

by Texas Leaguer

October 28th, 2014, 2:12 pm

Forum: RockyTalky

Topic: GIA, or AGSL, which do you prefer for cut grading and why

Replies: 32

Views: 661
Re: Thoughts about si2 quality?

I think, OVincze, that eiger submitted a request to PS's Vendor Diamond Search-Quote feature (via the dark blue Get A Quote tab at the top of pages here) & it's the number of responsese she has received from vendors as a result of her request that she's found rather overwhelming, Well I think t...

by Texas Leaguer

October 28th, 2014, 1:10 pm

Forum: RockyTalky

Topic: Thoughts about si2 quality?

Replies: 11

Views: 484
Re: GIA, or AGSL, which do you prefer for cut grading and wh

In the spirit of playing devil's advocate, here is what I am thinking, with an analogy to chocolate (My original thinking was another analogy, but I think chocolates because of their nature AND because of their association with Belgium are a better fit :angel: ) Anyway, one of the quality-aspects o...

by Texas Leaguer

October 28th, 2014, 12:43 pm

Forum: RockyTalky

Topic: GIA, or AGSL, which do you prefer for cut grading and why

Replies: 32

Views: 661
Re: GIA, or AGSL, which do you prefer for cut grading and wh

That’s part of a large and very complicated question that’s a giant problem for AGS. Why do stores join, or not? Why do they stay? For the most part that has nothing to do with the lab but there’s a bit of a issue of which came first, the chicken or the egg. Stores want to carry what their customer...

by Texas Leaguer

October 28th, 2014, 11:12 am

Forum: RockyTalky

Topic: GIA, or AGSL, which do you prefer for cut grading and why

Replies: 32

Views: 661
Re: GIA, or AGSL, which do you prefer for cut grading and wh

I even saw an AGSL aset poster on the wall in a store in the mall. Many of AGS's biggest and highest profile members have outlets in malls. Helzburg Diamonds and Ben Bridge Jeweler come to mind. Although they have a bad reputation around here, the mall is just a building. Each jeweler, and indeed e...

by Texas Leaguer

October 28th, 2014, 9:02 am

Forum: RockyTalky

Topic: GIA, or AGSL, which do you prefer for cut grading and why

Replies: 32

Views: 661
Re: GIA, or AGSL, which do you prefer for cut grading and wh

Sorry Bryan, I didn't mean to speak in code. Relevant points: Far more PS readers are familiar with AGSL than the general diamond buying public- so this is a great place to discuss specifics. Depends, many of the smaller chains and locals in my area have an house brand premium round diamond and alm...

by Texas Leaguer

October 28th, 2014, 7:02 am

Forum: RockyTalky

Topic: GIA, or AGSL, which do you prefer for cut grading and why

Replies: 32

Views: 661
Re: GIA, or AGSL, which do you prefer for cut grading and wh

Sorry Bryan, I didn't mean to speak in code. Relevant points: Far more PS readers are familiar with AGSL than the general diamond buying public- so this is a great place to discuss specifics. Knowing that AGSL has narrower parameters of top cut grades gives us a basis to see what people like and wh...

by Texas Leaguer

October 27th, 2014, 6:19 pm

Forum: RockyTalky

Topic: GIA, or AGSL, which do you prefer for cut grading and why

Replies: 32

Views: 661
Re: GIA, or AGSL, which do you prefer for cut grading and wh

I don't mind buying either grading lab if all the information is available in front of me. I think this gets at the issue. AGSL provides information about cut quality in a more detailed way . While not every consumer feels the need for that extra information, many do. And those that are spending mo...

by Texas Leaguer

October 27th, 2014, 5:59 pm

Forum: RockyTalky

Topic: GIA, or AGSL, which do you prefer for cut grading and why

Replies: 32

Views: 661
Re: GIA, or AGSL, which do you prefer for cut grading and wh

I agree with the above that this is a rather different discussion than the last one that led to this but I’ll play anyway. GIA outsells AGS something like 100:1, and this margin looks to be increasing. Whatever we all think, the invisible hand clearly is voting for GIA here. That means that the hea...

by Texas Leaguer

October 27th, 2014, 5:35 pm

Forum: RockyTalky

Topic: GIA, or AGSL, which do you prefer for cut grading and why

Replies: 32

Views: 661
Re: GIA, or AGSL, which do you prefer for cut grading and wh

I don't mind buying either grading lab if all the information is available in front of me. I think this gets at the issue. AGSL provides information about cut quality in a more detailed way. While not every consumer feels the need for that extra information, many do. And those that are spending mor...

by Texas Leaguer

October 27th, 2014, 5:02 pm

Forum: RockyTalky

Topic: GIA, or AGSL, which do you prefer for cut grading and why

Replies: 32

Views: 661
Re: GIA, or AGSL, which do you prefer for cut grading and wh

Thank you to all who are adding to the discussion in a positive manner. I agree with pretty much all of what's been written. To add to the positives on AGSL: they are far more responsive to newer designs. Imagine asking GIA to issue a cut grade on an Octavia. Part of what I see as an issue here on ...

by Texas Leaguer

October 27th, 2014, 4:48 pm

Forum: RockyTalky

Topic: GIA, or AGSL, which do you prefer for cut grading and why

Replies: 32

Views: 661
Re: GIA, or AGSL, which do you prefer for cut grading and wh

The discussion arose in another thread-there was a suggestion made to to open relevant thread. http://www.pricescope.com/forum/rockytalky/gia-india-is-this-junk-t207237.html We know from the only cut grade that GIA currently offers that AGSL has a far narrower range allowed in their top cut grade. ...

by Texas Leaguer

October 27th, 2014, 11:00 am

Forum: RockyTalky

Topic: GIA, or AGSL, which do you prefer for cut grading and why

Replies: 32

Views: 661
Re: Diamond Grading Process at AGSL: New Series by Bryan Boy

Thank you Haroutioun. I will certainly take your suggestion to heart. Not being a professional writer I will need to go back to school and learn the proper ways to do that. These guidelines should help you to properly cite your sources for your article and I think it is a relatively easy task in yo...

by Texas Leaguer

October 27th, 2014, 9:26 am

Forum: RockyTalky

Topic: Diamond Grading Process at AGSL: New Series by Bryan Boyne

Replies: 39

Views: 4770
Re: GIA India - is this junk?

A question for you guys about "scientific" Is polling people on how diamonds look "scientific"? Yes, polls can be scientific. Most of the social sciences only have polls, surveys and statistics to use as their inputs. Whether the science is good depends upon things like the desi...

by Texas Leaguer

October 24th, 2014, 4:52 pm

Forum: RockyTalky

Topic: GIA India - is this junk?

Replies: 59

Views: 1430
Re: GIA India - is this junk?

A question for you guys about "scientific" Is polling people on how diamonds look "scientific"? Yes, polls can be scientific. Most of the social sciences only have polls, surveys and statistics to use as their inputs. Whether the science is good depends upon things like the desi...

by Texas Leaguer

October 24th, 2014, 4:31 pm

Forum: RockyTalky

Topic: GIA India - is this junk?

Replies: 59

Views: 1430
Re: GIA India - is this junk?

<Snip> Those vendors consistently recommended here are also the same vendors who tend to disparage GIA XXX <Snip> I am one of those vendors who disparage GIA XXX and will continue to do so since it is a basically worthless grade that encompasses both beautiful and lifeless diamonds under the auspic...

by Texas Leaguer

October 24th, 2014, 3:50 pm

Forum: RockyTalky

Topic: GIA India - is this junk?

Replies: 59

Views: 1430
Re: GIA India - is this junk?

<Snip> Those vendors consistently recommended here are also the same vendors who tend to disparage GIA XXX <Snip> I am one of those vendors who disparage GIA XXX and will continue to do so since it is a basically worthless grade that encompasses both beautiful and lifeless diamonds under the auspic...

by Texas Leaguer

October 24th, 2014, 3:11 pm

Forum: RockyTalky

Topic: GIA India - is this junk?

Replies: 59

Views: 1430
Re: GIA India - is this junk?

* * * I called a well-regarded jeweler (at least well regarded here on ps) to ask what they thought and to see if they might be able to source the diamond (this way I would be working with a reputable company). They told me they don't import stones although they also said that imported stones are c...

by Texas Leaguer

October 24th, 2014, 2:00 pm

Forum: RockyTalky

Topic: GIA India - is this junk?

Replies: 59

Views: 1430
Re: B2Cjewels: "Holiday" or elaborate "bait-and-switch"?

Hello acrunckle, I would not be worried about an intentional bait and switch, but there are inherent uncertainties in purchasing from virtual inventories which can lead to disappointments, including the unavailability of the diamond. But as you point out there can also be some significant advantages...

by Texas Leaguer

October 24th, 2014, 9:13 am

Forum: RockyTalky

Topic: B2Cjewels: "Holiday" or elaborate "bait-and-switch"?

Replies: 19

Views: 809
Re: GIA India - is this junk?

There is nothing disreputable on its face about a dropshipping vendor who doesn't sell in house stones. The large majority of stones sold on the internet are sold by dropshippers, find a reputable one with a good return policy and usually their is little risk or cost to you if you are unsatisfied. ...

by Texas Leaguer

October 23rd, 2014, 5:01 pm

Forum: RockyTalky

Topic: GIA India - is this junk?

Replies: 59

Views: 1430
Re: GIA India - is this junk?

I do work with sellers in Mumbai and receive their weekly inventories and they do mark some stones as slightly milky. Check if the stone has clouds as an inclusion? If yes stone can be milky. Another reason is strong fluorescence. And about being GIA India is junk - thats just a dirty tactic to sca...

by Texas Leaguer

October 23rd, 2014, 4:26 pm

Forum: RockyTalky

Topic: GIA India - is this junk?

Replies: 59

Views: 1430
Re: Can a brown-yellow diamond look pink?

OVincze|1414097596|3771763 wrote:Ah, Bryan your eyes were just probably tired from diamonds shooting beams at them all day long. You know you are not supposed to be doing this after 3 p.m.

It's a bad monitor OVi. That's my story and I'm sticking to it.

by Texas Leaguer

October 23rd, 2014, 2:57 pm

Forum: RockyTalky

Topic: Can a brown-yellow diamond look pink?

Replies: 67

Views: 991