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Re: AGS Certificate- only have the duplicate, should it matt

Hi all, I bought my beautiful AGS certified diamond ring 5 years ago from the US. I'm about to get my ring valued and I only have the duplicate report from AGS. The valuer said it's your diamond and it's important to have the original. What is your opinion of this? Should I ask for the original fro...

by Texas Leaguer

May 8th, 2015, 8:25 am

Forum: RockyTalky

Topic: AGS Certificate- only have the duplicate, should it matter?

Replies: 1

Views: 180
Re: decision time: which one out of the final 3 looks best

Can't wait to see! As an aside, it is interesting how the computer-generated photos show the contrast/blue area under the table, whereas the WF ASET photos do not... which is more accurate? I find that I prefer without the darker contrast area under the center arrows like in #2. Emmebee, This is a ...

by Texas Leaguer

May 7th, 2015, 3:58 pm

Forum: RockyTalky

Topic: decision time: which one out of the final 3 looks best

Replies: 21

Views: 639
Re: decision time: which one out of the final 3 looks best

Can't wait to see! As an aside, it is interesting how the computer-generated photos show the contrast/blue area under the table, whereas the WF ASET photos do not... which is more accurate? I find that I prefer without the darker contrast area under the center arrows like in #2. Emmebee, This is a ...

by Texas Leaguer

May 6th, 2015, 4:41 pm

Forum: RockyTalky

Topic: decision time: which one out of the final 3 looks best

Replies: 21

Views: 639
Re: Checking Diamond After Jeweler Had It?

As others have said, detailed inspection protects both the jeweler and the client and therefore should be standard operating procedure on take-in as well as delivery. In a real sense it represents more protection for the jeweler, and any jeweler that is offended by a customer verifying their diamon...

by Texas Leaguer

May 6th, 2015, 9:10 am

Forum: RockyTalky

Topic: Checking Diamond After Jeweler Had It?

Replies: 20

Views: 556
Re: Friendly discussion about bottomless buckets of dazzling

Garry - do you agree that the ideal "crushed ice" look for fancy colors is different than the ideal for white diamonds? IMHO white diamonds require more contrast to maximize the appearance of brilliance while fancy yellows require less contrast to maximize the evenness and intensity of co...

by Texas Leaguer

May 5th, 2015, 1:46 pm

Forum: RockyTalky

Topic: Friendly discussion about bottomless buckets of dazzling ice

Replies: 142

Views: 3402
Re: Checking Diamond After Jeweler Had It?

As others have said, detailed inspection protects both the jeweler and the client and therefore should be standard operating procedure on take-in as well as delivery. In a real sense it represents more protection for the jeweler, and any jeweler that is offended by a customer verifying their diamond...

by Texas Leaguer

May 5th, 2015, 1:26 pm

Forum: RockyTalky

Topic: Checking Diamond After Jeweler Had It?

Replies: 20

Views: 556
Re: Help please….GIA certs (does the DATE really matter???)

I'm completely speculating here but I would guess that stones in that size range move more slowly than those of more common carat weights. So stones in that 0.5-1.5 carat range probably turn over much more quickly than stones that weigh 4-5 carats. It is therefore more common to see stones of large...

by Texas Leaguer

May 4th, 2015, 4:20 pm

Forum: RockyTalky

Topic: Help please….GIA certs (does the DATE really matter???)

Replies: 14

Views: 410
Re: Help please….GIA certs (does the DATE really matter???)

I'm completely speculating here but I would guess that stones in that size range move more slowly than those of more common carat weights. So stones in that 0.5-1.5 carat range probably turn over much more quickly than stones that weigh 4-5 carats. It is therefore more common to see stones of large...

by Texas Leaguer

May 4th, 2015, 4:11 pm

Forum: RockyTalky

Topic: Help please….GIA certs (does the DATE really matter???)

Replies: 14

Views: 410
Re: Help please….GIA certs (does the DATE really matter???)

I'm completely speculating here but I would guess that stones in that size range move more slowly than those of more common carat weights. So stones in that 0.5-1.5 carat range probably turn over much more quickly than stones that weigh 4-5 carats. It is therefore more common to see stones of large...

by Texas Leaguer

May 4th, 2015, 2:32 pm

Forum: RockyTalky

Topic: Help please….GIA certs (does the DATE really matter???)

Replies: 14

Views: 410
Re: Feedback on diamond before E-ring purchase! 2.3 carat ro

It is also a good idea to explore fluorescence fully to make sure it is right for you - it is not a simple as just checking for milkiness. In most viewing environments the amount and/or intensity of UV wavelengths is insufficient to activate the fluorescence effect, therefore the benefit of color ma...

by Texas Leaguer

May 4th, 2015, 10:36 am

Forum: RockyTalky

Topic: Feedback on diamond before E-ring purchase! 2.3 carat round!

Replies: 7

Views: 354
Re: Friendly discussion about bottomless buckets of dazzling

While David takes it to an extreme level he is right that the light from above bias of the AGS system has flaws. Most peoples living rooms for example have the primary lighting from low angles. The AGS system does not show you how diamonds handle that lighting situation and it should be taken into ...

by Texas Leaguer

April 30th, 2015, 8:59 pm

Forum: RockyTalky

Topic: Friendly discussion about bottomless buckets of dazzling ice

Replies: 142

Views: 3402
Re: Friendly discussion about bottomless buckets of dazzling

forum policies can be found here: http://www.pricescope.com/content/forum-policies Rule #1 for trade: Members of trade at minimum must identify themselves to the Pricescope administration with thier personal name and business name. They must also take on the trade badge. It is aparently not required...

by Texas Leaguer

April 30th, 2015, 7:29 pm

Forum: RockyTalky

Topic: Friendly discussion about bottomless buckets of dazzling ice

Replies: 142

Views: 3402
Re: Friendly discussion about bottomless buckets of dazzling

Bryan- truce, ok? I am not "bashing" the system at this point. To see why the supposition the world being lit from above does not work for all types of diamonds, we can go back to ASET. Good crushed ice has lots of green in aset- and scattered leakage. So it's using light from lower angle...

by Texas Leaguer

April 30th, 2015, 5:20 pm

Forum: RockyTalky

Topic: Friendly discussion about bottomless buckets of dazzling ice

Replies: 142

Views: 3402
Re: Friendly discussion about bottomless buckets of dazzling

I will give you a "hint" Bryan. A Fancy Shaped "Crushed ice" diamond looks pretty bad when it's laying on it's pavilion- which is the method in the WF glamour shots I've seen. Have a look at this Radiant in the video where it's facing the camera directly, as compared to the vide...

by Texas Leaguer

April 30th, 2015, 4:02 pm

Forum: RockyTalky

Topic: Friendly discussion about bottomless buckets of dazzling ice

Replies: 142

Views: 3402
Re: Friendly discussion about bottomless buckets of dazzling

Here's a different way to look at this: "Our world is lit from above" and subsequent conclusions work well for a round diamond. With many fancy shapes, the supposition leads to conclusions that are inconsistent with real life observations. I would be interested to learn how the world is l...

by Texas Leaguer

April 30th, 2015, 2:40 pm

Forum: RockyTalky

Topic: Friendly discussion about bottomless buckets of dazzling ice

Replies: 142

Views: 3402
Re: New and learning! Fish eye?

Researching fish eye because I am looking at a diamond which does have fish eye but only in pictures. I can look at it in every different light and I can't tell at all. But in photographs close up, straight on I can see it. I don't mind because no one else would ever know. But I am confused as to w...

by Texas Leaguer

April 30th, 2015, 12:00 pm

Forum: RockyTalky

Topic: New and learning! Fish eye?

Replies: 3

Views: 291
Re: Friendly discussion about bottomless buckets of dazzling

I apologize for being late to the party but interestingly enough, while you folks were going back and forth discussing how to tell whether a "crushed ice" radiant has the sharp brilliant crushed ice so many people love versus the "mushy" crushed ice that has deservedly been crit...

by Texas Leaguer

April 30th, 2015, 10:48 am

Forum: RockyTalky

Topic: Friendly discussion about bottomless buckets of dazzling ice

Replies: 142

Views: 3402
Re: Friendly discussion about bottomless buckets of dazzling

Do you happen to have an example of a crushed ice cushion that is more to your taste? i.e. more red, more uniform VF's? How about this one? http://www.pricescope.com/forum/download/file.php?id=257780 That looks like a very good one. Do you happen to have a photo of that stone or other details? I th...

by Texas Leaguer

April 29th, 2015, 9:32 pm

Forum: RockyTalky

Topic: Friendly discussion about bottomless buckets of dazzling ice

Replies: 142

Views: 3402
Re: Friendly discussion about bottomless buckets of dazzling

Do you happen to have an example of a crushed ice cushion that is more to your taste? i.e. more red, more uniform VF's? How about this one? http://www.pricescope.com/forum/download/file.php?id=257780 That looks like a very good one. Do you happen to have a photo of that stone or other details? I th...

by Texas Leaguer

April 29th, 2015, 9:26 pm

Forum: RockyTalky

Topic: Friendly discussion about bottomless buckets of dazzling ice

Replies: 142

Views: 3402
Re: Friendly discussion about bottomless buckets of dazzling

I apologize for being late to the party but interestingly enough, while you folks were going back and forth discussing how to tell whether a "crushed ice" radiant has the sharp brilliant crushed ice so many people love versus the "mushy" crushed ice that has deservedly been crit...

by Texas Leaguer

April 29th, 2015, 4:02 pm

Forum: RockyTalky

Topic: Friendly discussion about bottomless buckets of dazzling ice

Replies: 142

Views: 3402
Re: How do you choose?! 2+ct J VS

I agree with the advice so far. I would add that there is value in the triple ex pedigree even if the visual differences are negligible. It would also be advisable to investigate fluourescence a little bit if you have not already. Here is a link that gives an overview of the topic. http://www.prices...

by Texas Leaguer

April 29th, 2015, 3:50 pm

Forum: RockyTalky

Topic: How do you choose?! 2+ct J VS

Replies: 10

Views: 353
Re: Friendly discussion about bottomless buckets of dazzling

Bryan, Here's one issue. We can measure, using calibrated, scientific measurements how much larger one stone's surface area is as compared too another. We can also measure it's weight in the same manner. We can not do the same thing for Brilliance. So there's no possible way to assign a percentage ...

by Texas Leaguer

April 29th, 2015, 2:22 pm

Forum: RockyTalky

Topic: Friendly discussion about bottomless buckets of dazzling ice

Replies: 142

Views: 3402
Re: Friendly discussion about bottomless buckets of dazzling

Incredibly interesting concepts Serg!! Great point about seeing the VF versus seeing the reflection. Also about how different the results are when we change lighting scenarios. To me, this is an underlying fault in current AGSL methodology. Bryan- I thought about you yesterday- since I know you're ...

by Texas Leaguer

April 29th, 2015, 1:36 pm

Forum: RockyTalky

Topic: Friendly discussion about bottomless buckets of dazzling ice

Replies: 142

Views: 3402
Re: Friendly discussion about bottomless buckets of dazzling

From the video it does not seem like you are giving up much in scintillation. The VF's are bigger and slower (producing a lot of fire) but still very dynamic. The video is limited its just a y axis up and down rocking hardly showcasing the full scintillation of this diamond. But fundamentally why d...

by Texas Leaguer

April 29th, 2015, 11:04 am

Forum: RockyTalky

Topic: Friendly discussion about bottomless buckets of dazzling ice

Replies: 142

Views: 3402
Re: Quantifying Performance Nuances beyond ASET, H&A Photos,

BTW, we just conducted this exercise but in stead of aiming the reflective lights towards a board we aimed the light to the face of an observer. Interestingly whenever we noticed a specific color (from the spectrum) on the eye of the observer he called viewing the same colored flash, in this case B...

by Texas Leaguer

April 29th, 2015, 8:39 am

Forum: RockyTalky

Topic: Quantifying Performance Nuances beyond ASET, H&A Photos, etc

Replies: 237

Views: 5407
Re: Friendly discussion about bottomless buckets of dazzling

From the video it does not seem like you are giving up much in scintillation. The VF's are bigger and slower (producing a lot of fire) but still very dynamic. The video is limited its just a y axis up and down rocking hardly showcasing the full scintillation of this diamond. But fundamentally why d...

by Texas Leaguer

April 29th, 2015, 8:27 am

Forum: RockyTalky

Topic: Friendly discussion about bottomless buckets of dazzling ice

Replies: 142

Views: 3402
Re: Friendly discussion about bottomless buckets of dazzling

In the real world, my opinion is that the best advice on picking a diamond should take more factors into account. Of course cut is important, but not to the exclusion of all other factors. One biggie that seems to get totally overlooked is spread. If folks are routinely advised that they have to gi...

by Texas Leaguer

April 29th, 2015, 8:06 am

Forum: RockyTalky

Topic: Friendly discussion about bottomless buckets of dazzling ice

Replies: 142

Views: 3402
Re: Friendly discussion about bottomless buckets of dazzling

Do you happen to have an example of a crushed ice cushion that is more to your taste? i.e. more red, more uniform VF's? How about this one? http://www.pricescope.com/forum/download/file.php?id=257780 That looks like a very good one. Do you happen to have a photo of that stone or other details? I th...

by Texas Leaguer

April 29th, 2015, 7:44 am

Forum: RockyTalky

Topic: Friendly discussion about bottomless buckets of dazzling ice

Replies: 142

Views: 3402
Re: Opinions on this stone 1.40 carat H color V good cut VV

Hi. I've been a long time looker of the site and have finally signed up asking for opinions on a stone. Carat weight: 1.40 Cut: V. Good Color: H Clarity: VVS1 Depth % 73.6 Table %: 71 Symmetry: V. Good Polish: Excellent Girdle: Very Thick to Very Thick Culet: None Fluorescence: None Measurements: 6...

by Texas Leaguer

April 28th, 2015, 5:02 pm

Forum: RockyTalky

Topic: Opinions on this stone 1.40 carat H color V good cut VVS1

Replies: 11

Views: 304
Re: Opinions needed - Si1 inclusion magnified pic

_29684.jpg Hi All, This is my first post here after many hours spent reading! :wavey: Have been engaged since December and only now getting close to buying the ring! After doing my research I decided I wanted to get a slightly larger diamond (a 1.2 or 1.3 as opposed to 0.9 or 1) brilliant round. Th...

by Texas Leaguer

April 28th, 2015, 4:47 pm

Forum: RockyTalky

Topic: Opinions needed - Si1 inclusion magnified pic

Replies: 2

Views: 270