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Re: First Diamond Purchase (Did i get ripped off?)

Good feedback from FlyingPig. I will just add that 'etched channel' is a somewhat rare inclusion type, but ANY inclusion in a VVS will only visible under magnification, and usually only working under a microscope. That is, even with a 10x handheld loupe it is difficult to locate and resolve VVS leve...

by Texas Leaguer

July 28th, 2016, 1:34 pm

Forum: RockyTalky

Topic: First Diamond Purchase (Did i get ripped off?)

Replies: 6

Views: 322
Re: The Importence Of Cut Grading

You are, as the saying goes, "preaching to the choir".

You will like this forum as there are many like-minded participants here!

by Texas Leaguer

July 28th, 2016, 12:52 pm

Forum: RockyTalky

Topic: The Importence Of Cut Grading

Replies: 4

Views: 227
Re: Looking for advise on "Twinning Wisp" stone

Put the stone on hold and request an idealscope image. They can only get it if it's in the NY area. After you put it on hold, provide the link so we can look at the images. Twining wisp are rarely an issue unless they are the grade making inclusion in an SI or lower graded stone . We need to see th...

by Texas Leaguer

July 27th, 2016, 10:05 am

Forum: RockyTalky

Topic: Looking for advise on "Twinning Wisp" stone

Replies: 2

Views: 172
Re: need help with a round cut 1.7-2c purchase

I like your sense of humor! It's important during the sometimes stressful process of shopping for a diamond. As a trade member I cannot comment specifically on another vendor's offering, but I think I can get away with saying that it is probably not 'a pile of garbage' :twirl: It would be wise to ed...

by Texas Leaguer

July 27th, 2016, 9:52 am

Forum: RockyTalky

Topic: need help with a round cut 1.7-2c purchase

Replies: 15

Views: 386
Re: Diamond Appraisal Question

Hi guys, I had a quick question about my engagement ring that is about to be appraised. Do appraisers typically factor in that you might have paid a premium for a true hearts and arrows diamond, or will they just grade it on an Ideal 0 scale? I have a Brian Gavin and I am concerned the appraisal wi...

by Texas Leaguer

July 27th, 2016, 9:42 am

Forum: RockyTalky

Topic: Diamond Appraisal Question

Replies: 2

Views: 116
Re: need help with a round cut 1.7-2c purchase

d5, You have found your way to a forum where the participants tend to put very high value on the cut quality and light performance of the diamond. Hence the specific comments you have already received related to ASET images, excessive depth, patterning and so on. While they may sound like a lot of c...

by Texas Leaguer

July 26th, 2016, 2:10 pm

Forum: RockyTalky

Topic: need help with a round cut 1.7-2c purchase

Replies: 15

Views: 386
Re: Help on Aset/IS images K SI strong fluo

This may be a great stone for you, but it's a good idea to satisfy yourself that the color is within your personal tolerance before you are committed. It's a mistake to assume it will face up whiter because of strong fluoro, although that is a widely held belief. http://www.pricescope.com/wiki/diamo...

by Texas Leaguer

July 20th, 2016, 9:19 am

Forum: RockyTalky

Topic: Help on Aset/IS images K SI strong fluo

Replies: 10

Views: 393
Re: Color question.

If you have a modern RB and it is very well cut and true I/J color then it faces up pretty white. It would not be a bad idea to bump the color up on the emerald cuts in the eternity band to G-H. That should be a good match. You should see samples for yourself before you pull the trigger. For one thi...

by Texas Leaguer

July 15th, 2016, 4:18 pm

Forum: RockyTalky

Topic: Color question.

Replies: 2

Views: 292
Re: Unscientific dealer markup survey.

One of the lessons from my grandfather was that only a dope would pay retail. He wasn't a very sophisticated shopper and he wasn't very sensitive to the problems of the merchants, but he had a solid idea of what he thought 'retail' meant, and it meant a sucker deal. He would have loved the Internet...

by Texas Leaguer

July 1st, 2016, 10:53 am

Forum: RockyTalky

Topic: Unscientific dealer markup survey.

Replies: 24

Views: 674
Re: Unscientific dealer markup survey.

The largest hotel chain in the world today is AirBnB and owns no properties. The largest taxi company in the world owns no taxis, UBER. Much of the same applies to some very low margin diamond and jewelry sales. Does low price make either of these operations the "best"? That could be a go...

by Texas Leaguer

July 1st, 2016, 10:39 am

Forum: RockyTalky

Topic: Unscientific dealer markup survey.

Replies: 24

Views: 674
Re: Unscientific dealer markup survey.

Markup is a loaded word and I used it here advisedly. I picked it because people have a feel for what it means, even if it is imprecise. This too comes down to those details. Cost, for a jeweler, includes everything from inventory to rent to security to sales commissions, and any sensible accountan...

by Texas Leaguer

July 1st, 2016, 9:41 am

Forum: RockyTalky

Topic: Unscientific dealer markup survey.

Replies: 24

Views: 674
Re: Unscientific dealer markup survey.

Much depends on the overall value proposition. Is the item in-stock, fully evaluated, detailed information provided, offered with other benefits such as trade-up, buy-back, service warranties etc. Or is it an item that a dealer is merely "flipping" and offering with limited protections, in...

by Texas Leaguer

July 1st, 2016, 8:28 am

Forum: RockyTalky

Topic: Unscientific dealer markup survey.

Replies: 24

Views: 674
Re: Concerned with many small clouds

List the clarity characteristics. I see several straight lines that could be feathers but would need to know the whole list of inclusions. Ditto. The plot shows clouds, crystals and feathers/needles. I'd also want to know if "Additional clouds are not shown." That means there are more clo...

by Texas Leaguer

June 23rd, 2016, 12:20 pm

Forum: RockyTalky

Topic: Concerned with many small clouds

Replies: 6

Views: 356
Re: Is this a colored diamond?

It's also not possible to say from a photo how much of the color we are seeing is body color of the diamond and how much is the yellow gold undercarriage showing through. As snowdrop suggested earlier, skillful use of yellow gold in the design of the jewelry can make a light yellow face up like a fa...

by Texas Leaguer

June 20th, 2016, 12:51 pm

Forum: RockyTalky

Topic: Is this a colored diamond?

Replies: 10

Views: 590
Re: Is this a colored diamond?

Hi PS Friends, Can you help a girl dream about a beautiful ring she saw on this forum? I believe the picture is a three stone ring created by the talented Stephen. I think this is one of the first rings that I saw that wasn't a white diamond that just made me do a double take. Is this a fancy color...

by Texas Leaguer

June 20th, 2016, 9:32 am

Forum: RockyTalky

Topic: Is this a colored diamond?

Replies: 10

Views: 590
Re: Article: Over Grading of Blue Fluorescent Diamonds Revis

The 2010 study findings reinforced what was known from Shipley's time and known even back to 1915 from Wade's writing. The color the consumer sees in the real world depends upon the lighting and how close to the lighting the diamond is viewed . The study reinforces what the pre-2000 GIA knew and ta...

by Texas Leaguer

June 19th, 2016, 1:12 pm

Forum: RockyTalky

Topic: Article: Over Grading of Blue Fluorescent Diamonds Revisited

Replies: 526

Views: 10575
Re: Need info on yellow diamonds

bamagal, Roll Tide.. and - as stated, diamonds as an investment are not a good idea for the typical individual. Rarely does anyone use them successfully for investing purposes. For sentiment, yes. For romance, yes. For bling and aesthetics - of course. For all of these things you will find good fee...

by Texas Leaguer

June 17th, 2016, 11:02 am

Forum: RockyTalky

Topic: Need info on yellow diamonds

Replies: 10

Views: 458
Re: Need info on yellow diamonds

bamagal, Roll Tide.. and - as stated, diamonds as an investment are not a good idea for the typical individual. Rarely does anyone use them successfully for investing purposes. For sentiment, yes. For romance, yes. For bling and aesthetics - of course. For all of these things you will find good fee...

by Texas Leaguer

June 17th, 2016, 9:05 am

Forum: RockyTalky

Topic: Need info on yellow diamonds

Replies: 10

Views: 458
Re: Article: Over Grading of Blue Fluorescent Diamonds Revis

I recently came across a very interesting GIA article on graining. Although the subject is different than the current topic, the article takes the reader through a timeline of grading practices at the lab as it evolved over many years. What we are discussing here, and what Michael and others have do...

by Texas Leaguer

June 17th, 2016, 8:53 am

Forum: RockyTalky

Topic: Article: Over Grading of Blue Fluorescent Diamonds Revisited

Replies: 526

Views: 10575
Re: Article: Over Grading of Blue Fluorescent Diamonds Revis

Michael, Great articles well researched and argued. Richard Hi Richard, Welcome! Great to have you pop in. I recently read your book The French Blue. Wonderful, wonderful piece of work. Not to hijack the thread, but the book is something that every pricescoper would thoroughly enjoy. The story of T...

by Texas Leaguer

June 16th, 2016, 9:32 am

Forum: RockyTalky

Topic: Article: Over Grading of Blue Fluorescent Diamonds Revisited

Replies: 526

Views: 10575
Re: Is a VS1 always eye-clean?

Some larger (5 carat plus) VS1 stones may not be eye clean especially Step cuts. I remember returning a 1.5 carat Round VS1 to a supplier who said I gave him the wrong stone back as it wasn't eye clean. After rechecking under magnification and comparing it to the GIA cert he said "wow this was...

by Texas Leaguer

June 14th, 2016, 3:17 pm

Forum: RockyTalky

Topic: Is a VS1 always eye-clean?

Replies: 7

Views: 535
Re: Need info on yellow diamonds

I agree with RockDiamond. Be very careful in thinking about diamonds as an investment. There is not a ready market that you can sell into easily with any kind of predictability, even if you buy at the right price and even if diamonds in general appreciate during the time you own them. In terms of th...

by Texas Leaguer

June 14th, 2016, 3:05 pm

Forum: RockyTalky

Topic: Need info on yellow diamonds

Replies: 10

Views: 458
Re: Help Me find Ultra High Qualtiy Princess 1.2-1.5 Ct

Thanks for the info! So if it was up to you which would you personally choose and why? Thanks Sorry, as a trademember forum rules prohibit me from recommending or criticizing another vendor's offerings. You can probably understand why that rule is in place! But, I think if you read between the line...

by Texas Leaguer

June 13th, 2016, 1:02 pm

Forum: RockyTalky

Topic: Help Me find Ultra High Qualtiy Princess 1.2-1.5 Ct

Replies: 22

Views: 737
Re: Help Me find Ultra High Qualtiy Princess 1.2-1.5 Ct

DeadAim, A couple of differences between the two to consider: The 1.50 has a 3 chevron facet arrangement whereas the 1.46 has 4. (notice the difference between the stone plots on the pavilion side) This will result in the two stones having slightly different visual "flavors". The more chev...

by Texas Leaguer

June 13th, 2016, 12:29 pm

Forum: RockyTalky

Topic: Help Me find Ultra High Qualtiy Princess 1.2-1.5 Ct

Replies: 22

Views: 737
Re: 6th Annual PriceScope GTG in Las Vegas

The grab bag and table goodies! Thanks PS and WF! I love that Sparkle Sparkle cleaner!!! What's the blingwrap/blingdot stuff? Hi Ame, The blingwrap is a product that provides temporary up-sizing for a ring. If the ring is too loose you wrap this material on your finger to take up the extra space. B...

by Texas Leaguer

June 7th, 2016, 2:01 pm
Global announcement: 6th Annual PriceScope GTG in Las Vegas

Replies: 92

Views: 5841
Re: 6th Annual PriceScope GTG in Las Vegas

Wow, it was another great party y'all. Andrey and Linh, You guys really knock yourselves out to do it up right. I know I speak for all the attendees, vendors and prosumers, when I say that your hospitality is greatly appreciated! You really get a sense of what's at the heart of this community when y...

by Texas Leaguer

June 7th, 2016, 1:49 pm
Global announcement: 6th Annual PriceScope GTG in Las Vegas

Replies: 92

Views: 5841
Re: Whiteflash ACAs really worth it?

There has been a lot of very thoughtful commentary in this thread, including some reasonable skepticism. :twirl: But I think OohShiny's post brilliantly captures something important about the benefit of embracing elite cut craftsmanship. The value is not in one thing; it's in everything that is asso...

by Texas Leaguer

May 26th, 2016, 9:27 am

Forum: RockyTalky

Topic: Whiteflash ACAs really worth it?

Replies: 23

Views: 1122
Re: NEED HELP! Pulling the Trigger with PSvendor

:wall: Thanks for looking guys. I'm dying, I've been looking for something for a month. I'm looking at 7500-8500, eyeclean, around 7.20mm. I or better. I will not be using Whiteflash because when I went to their location the 2 people I spoke with were rude and seemed preoccupied. nothing they shoul...

by Texas Leaguer

May 24th, 2016, 5:01 pm

Forum: RockyTalky

Topic: NEED HELP! Pulling the Trigger with PSvendor

Replies: 14

Views: 578
Re: Next move? Over graded

Okay! So the vendor sent me three options here to think about for replacing the stone. For those of you interested, the three stones (based on our recommendations) are pictured here. I would appreciate your opinions! cert2.pdf cert3.pdf cert4.pdf Dad, I know you are getting a lot of good advice her...

by Texas Leaguer

May 19th, 2016, 3:43 pm

Forum: RockyTalky

Topic: Next move? Over graded

Replies: 129

Views: 4399
Re: Gray - is it good/bad/neutral ?

Yah, it's a private party, not a retailer, so final sale. Don't brown tones get the modifier designation below K? Yes, I believe it should (see chart below). Could be that grade is NOT based on brown. We all might be thrown off by that one face up image that looks brown that you speculate might be ...

by Texas Leaguer

May 19th, 2016, 7:15 am

Forum: RockyTalky

Topic: Gray - is it good/bad/neutral ?

Replies: 24

Views: 908