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Re: A cut above vs regular cut

Bryan, any quantification of "light performance" itself is ONLY opinion. And it's based on suppositions that are necessarily arbitrary. Some decisions had to be made in order to standardize the tests- but that means the results are not consistent in real life based on a number of factors....

by Texas Leaguer

July 31st, 2015, 11:05 am

Forum: RockyTalky

Topic: A cut above vs regular cut

Replies: 27

Views: 582
Re: A cut above vs regular cut

Bryan -color and clarity grading are far more objective- although there's still a bit of subjectivity. Color is basically a linear scale so very little subjective judgement comes into play. An E has more color than a D. If a person can see color they'll see this the same way. Is it a d or an e? A b...

by Texas Leaguer

July 31st, 2015, 9:02 am

Forum: RockyTalky

Topic: A cut above vs regular cut

Replies: 27

Views: 582
Re: Price okay for this 1.2 ct G SI1?

1.2 ct. round G SI1 GIA Report # - 16251232 Asking $9,550 which includes platinum solitaire 4 prong setting. My concerns relate to the fact that the GIA certificate is dated 2007 and that the stone is already set. I asked the jeweler to explain why and quite honestly, I lost focus in about 30 secon...

by Texas Leaguer

July 31st, 2015, 6:53 am

Forum: RockyTalky

Topic: Price okay for this 1.2 ct G SI1?

Replies: 3

Views: 131
Re: A cut above vs regular cut

Bryan, my position is that judging the cut of a princess cut diamond is subjective- no matter who does it. AGSL can perform as many scientific tests as you want. Once a person looks at that data, and decides which is better we're into subjective grading. Who's to say that red in a certain percentag...

by Texas Leaguer

July 30th, 2015, 9:48 pm

Forum: RockyTalky

Topic: A cut above vs regular cut

Replies: 27

Views: 582
Re: A cut above vs regular cut

Hi Bryan, I am not speaking for cutters- but I do routinely speak with cutters. Some of whom feel that AGSL standards don't produce the prettiest princess cut. How is "light performance" not subjective? Basically what you ( or AGSL) might consider a "deficit" in light performanc...

by Texas Leaguer

July 30th, 2015, 4:22 pm

Forum: RockyTalky

Topic: A cut above vs regular cut

Replies: 27

Views: 582
Re: A cut above vs regular cut

Bryan- you're making very wide, and misleading assumptions. You can't speak for cutters. You ( or AGSL) also can't dictate what is and is not beauty. We agree that the finest cutters comprise a small percentage of all cutters. But some of these ( the best cutters) do not agree with AGSL standards- ...

by Texas Leaguer

July 30th, 2015, 1:41 pm

Forum: RockyTalky

Topic: A cut above vs regular cut

Replies: 27

Views: 582
Re: A cut above vs regular cut

I agree with part of what John wrote- many princess cuts on the market are very poorly cut. However, of the well cut stones that are on the market, not all are sent to AGSL. Unlike the cut grades for round diamonds, which enjoy broad support, the cut grades for princess cuts are not as widely accep...

by Texas Leaguer

July 30th, 2015, 12:28 pm

Forum: RockyTalky

Topic: A cut above vs regular cut

Replies: 27

Views: 582
Re: Advice on selling an engagement ring

Don't try to take it out yourself. At the very least you will probably damage the prongs. However, with the proper tool called a 'prong lifter' it is one of the easiest and quickest operations a jeweler ever performs. The tool puts backward pressure on the prong to gently peel it away from the diamo...

by Texas Leaguer

July 28th, 2015, 3:21 pm

Forum: RockyTalky

Topic: Advice on selling an engagement ring

Replies: 13

Views: 484
Re: Expert Help needed: Should I avoid a feather on the gird

I'm a bit confused about feather inclusions, and would greatly appreciate some expert help. I've spent a lot of time reading different PSers opinions, and it seems that some PS experts recommend not ever selecting a diamond with a feather in the girdle...while others say if it is a VS2 or above, a ...

by Texas Leaguer

July 28th, 2015, 10:36 am

Forum: RockyTalky

Topic: Expert Help needed: Should I avoid a feather on the girdle?

Replies: 11

Views: 424
Re: Diamonds as investment

snip... then they will probably market lab grown diamonds to not overly fasten the price growth of natural diamonds, because then it could get out of their hands and could loose control over the prices. DeBeers lost control of the prices a long time ago. At the very least with their 'supplier of ch...

by Texas Leaguer

July 28th, 2015, 10:15 am

Forum: RockyTalky

Topic: Diamonds as investment

Replies: 36

Views: 1061
Re: Diamonds as investment

Adamtal, I think a good range of cautionary advice has already been well articulated here. So I feel comfortable saying some positive things about diamonds as “investment”. First, the challenge is not so much in the vehicle of exchange, but the fact that there is not a ready ‘exchange’ available to...

by Texas Leaguer

July 27th, 2015, 5:56 pm

Forum: RockyTalky

Topic: Diamonds as investment

Replies: 36

Views: 1061
Re: Diamonds as investment

Adamtal, I think a good range of cautionary advice has already been well articulated here. So I feel comfortable saying some positive things about diamonds as “investment”. First, the challenge is not so much in the vehicle of exchange, but the fact that there is not a ready ‘exchange’ available to ...

by Texas Leaguer

July 27th, 2015, 5:32 pm

Forum: RockyTalky

Topic: Diamonds as investment

Replies: 36

Views: 1061
Re: Is it worth re-cutting this diamond?

HI Bryan, While I agree that "significant leakage" can be problematic, many lovely princess cuts I've seen do exhibit dispersed leakage in ASET. If the OP's stone had "significant leakage" why can we not see that in the pictures? In your opinion does a diamond's spread factor in...

by Texas Leaguer

July 23rd, 2015, 5:08 pm

Forum: RockyTalky

Topic: Is it worth re-cutting this diamond?

Replies: 21

Views: 656
Re: Is it worth re-cutting this diamond?

Hi all I have a 2.1ct Princess cut diamond with a larger table than depth percentage (table is 71%, depth is 68.7%). fionas_gems_173.jpg fionas_gems_202.jpg devon__amp__rings_july_2015_046.jpg Specs are: 2.1ct, F color, SI2 clarity, no flourescence. Depth 68.7, table 71, medium girdle, Very good po...

by Texas Leaguer

July 23rd, 2015, 4:33 pm

Forum: RockyTalky

Topic: Is it worth re-cutting this diamond?

Replies: 21

Views: 656
Re: Can GIA make mistake???

Hi Bryan, Busy day Note the normal LED's actually have a fair bit of light way down in the shorter wavelengths too. Hi Garry, The fact that various indoor light sources contain a UV component (and VV which is capable of stimulating fluoro) is not in question. The issue is whether those wavelenths a...

by Texas Leaguer

July 23rd, 2015, 7:12 am

Forum: RockyTalky

Topic: Can GIA make mistake???

Replies: 39

Views: 1477
Re: Can GIA make mistake???

You're beating a very dead horse Bryan. You are basing your argument on articles that don't even dispute the facts- instead of actually observing a simple to see physical characteristic. Certain SB or MB stones in the D-L color rage look whiter than their body color in normal room lighting. Please ...

by Texas Leaguer

July 22nd, 2015, 4:06 pm

Forum: RockyTalky

Topic: Can GIA make mistake???

Replies: 39

Views: 1477
Re: Can GIA make mistake???

What you are seeing is the effect of a totally different UV frequency or wavelength from your sources compared to what GIA and gemologists use. Like so many things about our ancient and antiquated industry, we use tools that were available, not ones we should. I have mentioned this before and some ...

by Texas Leaguer

July 22nd, 2015, 2:32 pm

Forum: RockyTalky

Topic: Can GIA make mistake???

Replies: 39

Views: 1477
Re: Opinions Needed on Diamond

The clarity grade is based mainly on crystals (listed first under keys to symbols). They may or may not be visible to the eye. Alot depends on how good your eyesight is and how close you can focus. Even if they are visible that may or may not bother you. For instance, black crystals (which have a so...

by Texas Leaguer

July 21st, 2015, 4:22 pm

Forum: RockyTalky

Topic: Opinions Needed on Diamond

Replies: 6

Views: 174
Re: How do you clean your engagement rings?

With regards to diamonds and precious metals, I would not be concerned about using dilute ammonia and water (or other jewelry cleaners) if you are cleaning every week or two. If you are cleaning daily it might be a good idea to limit it to dish soap and water. Professional cleaning involves ultrason...

by Texas Leaguer

July 17th, 2015, 1:51 pm

Forum: RockyTalky

Topic: How do you clean your engagement rings?

Replies: 28

Views: 799
Re: How do you clean your engagement rings?

I used to use an ultrasonic cleaner, but found that it can loosen settings over time. I have heard of people using vodka or steam, but I found my favourite method is this: * Cup of very hot water, drop the ring in with a denture cleaning tablet, yes, really! * After around 5 mins I use a thick flat...

by Texas Leaguer

July 17th, 2015, 10:48 am

Forum: RockyTalky

Topic: How do you clean your engagement rings?

Replies: 28

Views: 799
Re: Can GIA make mistake???

Can you tell from the picture if my engagement ring have faint fluor or medium fluor? Hard to tell the exact strength. The grading lights and procedures at the labs are quite specific. But based upon this photo it seems likely that the grade of "none" is incorrect. There is some reason fo...

by Texas Leaguer

July 17th, 2015, 10:30 am

Forum: RockyTalky

Topic: Can GIA make mistake???

Replies: 39

Views: 1477
Re: Can GIA make mistake???

In that photo the diamond in your engagement ring does appear to be fluorescencing.

by Texas Leaguer

July 17th, 2015, 9:05 am

Forum: RockyTalky

Topic: Can GIA make mistake???

Replies: 39

Views: 1477
Re: Royal Asscher Question

Looks to me like they have an active website:
http://www.royalasscher.com/

Might get some guidance there.

by Texas Leaguer

July 16th, 2015, 2:39 pm

Forum: RockyTalky

Topic: Royal Asscher Question

Replies: 8

Views: 347
Re: GIA Grades vs. HCA Tool (First Time Buyer)

Hi all - first, wanted to say thank you to those participating and contributing on these forums - I've been doing research and have found this forum to be an invaluable resource. By way of background, I'm a first time buyer of a diamond (for an engagement ring), and have a general question regardin...

by Texas Leaguer

July 15th, 2015, 4:38 pm

Forum: RockyTalky

Topic: GIA Grades vs. HCA Tool (First Time Buyer)

Replies: 6

Views: 257
Re: Vendors with trade up policies?

Congrats on the purchase. You did your due diligence so you can be sure this is the diamond for you. When a diamond keeps calling you back like that, that's a very good sign. It's almost like you don't acquire the diamond - more like the other way around!

Enjoy :wink2:

by Texas Leaguer

July 15th, 2015, 3:00 pm

Forum: RockyTalky

Topic: Vendors with trade up policies?

Replies: 33

Views: 885
Re: Color I with Medium Flourescence in a Rose Gold setting

Hi everyone, Just two quick questions: 1) I'm deciding between two diamonds: 1.91ct, color I, ideal AGS0 cut, Si1, no flouresc 2.01ct, color I, ideal AGS0 cut, Si1, medium blue flouresc Basically, the exact same price. Which would you prefer assuming both have been confirmed as eye-clean. 2) If my ...

by Texas Leaguer

July 15th, 2015, 10:48 am

Forum: RockyTalky

Topic: Color I with Medium Flourescence in a Rose Gold setting

Replies: 8

Views: 354
Re: Can GIA make mistake???

Judging fluorescence can sometimes be a little tricky especially if you don't have a device specifically designed for diamond grading. Reflections of the light itself can sometimes be confused with actual luminescence. Having said that, GIA can certainly make mistakes. If you take it to a qualified ...

by Texas Leaguer

July 15th, 2015, 9:13 am

Forum: RockyTalky

Topic: Can GIA make mistake???

Replies: 39

Views: 1477
Re: 2.4 H vs2 Ideal hearts & arrow OR 2.26 F Vs2 triple x?

It looks like the H diamond is AGS not GIA (based on the print out of the report). I seem to recognize the stone from a well regarded vendor :)) . Anyway, there's a chance that an AGS H would be graded as a GIA I. Just something to consider. Recently I was looking at ACA stones on WF and one of the...

by Texas Leaguer

July 9th, 2015, 1:27 pm

Forum: RockyTalky

Topic: 2.4 H vs2 Ideal hearts & arrow OR 2.26 F Vs2 triple x?

Replies: 21

Views: 506
Re: Value of a loose stone appraisal

Yes, there is value in having it appraised prior to setting. That way you have independent verification of the diamond so that you know it is the diamond you purchased and that it is in the condition represented by the seller. If anything happens during the setting process you will know whether it w...

by Texas Leaguer

July 8th, 2015, 9:23 am

Forum: RockyTalky

Topic: Value of a loose stone appraisal

Replies: 3

Views: 150
Re: Vendors with trade up policies?

Ah! I didn't mean to say SI1. I wish! It's an SI2. I've been looking at SI2s to keep the carat weight and color up and the price down. Sorry for the confusion! An Si2 with strong fluorescence is likely to be a deeply discounted diamond. It still could be a good stone for you if you understand it's ...

by Texas Leaguer

July 3rd, 2015, 3:00 pm

Forum: RockyTalky

Topic: Vendors with trade up policies?

Replies: 33

Views: 885