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Re: Type IIa Heart Shape, how rare is that?

Hi, my friend offers me a type IIa, heart shape diamond,3.09 ct, D, IF, ex ex none, I'm not sure whether I should take it and I need some advice on it. The proportion is 0.91, which it's not a perfect heart shape. Is it considered an investment piece? My question is, for an investment, should I cho...

by Texas Leaguer

November 24th, 2014, 5:03 pm

Forum: RockyTalky

Topic: Type IIa Heart Shape, how rare is that?

Replies: 3

Views: 243
Re: AGS light performance

As the others have said, the AGS light performance system grades different facet arrangements/shapes against like kind. The standard for each one has to be developed separately. Currently there are a handful of shapes that the AGSL issues cut grades on. Round and princess are the most commonly seen ...

by Texas Leaguer

November 24th, 2014, 9:21 am

Forum: RockyTalky

Topic: AGS light performance

Replies: 5

Views: 223
Re: What happen to all the professional jewelers on PriceSco

The tone of the exchange you and Haroutioun are having is what several of us have mentioned in this thread as a reason that people are reluctant to participate. You are both knowlegeable and have plenty of value to offer. Is it not possible to keep the exchanges more respectful and strive for a mee...

by Texas Leaguer

November 23rd, 2014, 9:09 am

Forum: RockyTalky

Topic: What happen to all the professional jewelers on PriceScope?

Replies: 227

Views: 4132
Re: What happen to all the professional jewelers on PriceSco

Here's the thing. This isn't a government intellectual think tank salon. This is a business. Just like a bar with bouncers. If vendors OR consumers are rude or dismissive or insulting it drives AWAY consumers and posters. Having people fight, call others idiots, etc. is not good for moral. It does ...

by Texas Leaguer

November 23rd, 2014, 8:49 am

Forum: RockyTalky

Topic: What happen to all the professional jewelers on PriceScope?

Replies: 227

Views: 4132
Re: What happen to all the professional jewelers on PriceSco

Serg, A discussion about the nature of "brilliancy" would be clearly worthwhile. Your point about it's relationship to size is important and probably not discussed as much as it should be. Unless there is a common understanding of the fundamental aspects of diamond performance, it is diffi...

by Texas Leaguer

November 22nd, 2014, 3:32 pm

Forum: RockyTalky

Topic: What happen to all the professional jewelers on PriceScope?

Replies: 227

Views: 4132
Re: What happen to all the professional jewelers on PriceSco

I’d like to offer my perspective on why there is not more participation of trade experts. First let me say that I am not a forum old timer, despite having been given that credit at the beginning of the thread. In fact I have only been active in the past couple of years. So my perspective is somewhat...

by Texas Leaguer

November 21st, 2014, 7:40 pm

Forum: RockyTalky

Topic: What happen to all the professional jewelers on PriceScope?

Replies: 227

Views: 4132
Re: Radiant Diamond Cut Evaluation Education

I have to ask this again because I really feel as though I am misunderstanding something. Are folks saying that they don't believe the diamond has a bowtie as shown in the picture because red in the ASET means that area "should" be bright? Or are you saying that that the area actually is ...

by Texas Leaguer

November 15th, 2014, 8:00 pm

Forum: RockyTalky

Topic: Radiant Diamond Cut Evaluation Education

Replies: 248

Views: 3772
Re: Radiant Diamond Cut Evaluation Education

MelisendeDiamonds|1416075269|3784195 wrote:
Texas Leaguer|1416072895|3784181 wrote: Assuming both images are captured in a way that the tables are perpendicular to the lens


Parallel not perpendicular to the lens.

Yes, parallel. Thank you.

The line of sight is perpendicular but the lens itself must be parallel.

by Texas Leaguer

November 15th, 2014, 2:06 pm

Forum: RockyTalky

Topic: Radiant Diamond Cut Evaluation Education

Replies: 248

Views: 3772
Re: Radiant Diamond Cut Evaluation Education

Put another way, more visual: the blue obscuration seen in this ASET forms the "core" of the bowtie. On either side are large contiguous areas that are bright in face up mode but with a bit of tilt toggle to the blue range essentially doubling the darkness due to obscuration thus accentuat...

by Texas Leaguer

November 15th, 2014, 11:53 am

Forum: RockyTalky

Topic: Radiant Diamond Cut Evaluation Education

Replies: 248

Views: 3772
Re: Radiant Diamond Cut Evaluation Education

I'm genuinely confused at this point about the continuing complaints concerning David's photograph. I thought the concern was that his photos would hide problems - make even ugly diamonds look beautiful like some jewelery store lighting. I did not know who was right so I specifically asked David to...

by Texas Leaguer

November 15th, 2014, 11:34 am

Forum: RockyTalky

Topic: Radiant Diamond Cut Evaluation Education

Replies: 248

Views: 3772
Re: Radiant Diamond Cut Evaluation Education

Hi Bryan, The aset shows red in exactly dark the areas clearly indicated in my picture. I'll gladly take another shot later as time permits- but this aset and my picture match. There's no effort to light the pavilion in my photos- and quite frankly, this aset and picture should please put to rest t...

by Texas Leaguer

November 15th, 2014, 7:48 am

Forum: RockyTalky

Topic: Radiant Diamond Cut Evaluation Education

Replies: 248

Views: 3772
Re: Radiant Diamond Cut Evaluation Education

http://www.pricescope.com/files/images/stone6.jpg http://www.pricescope.com/files/images/stone6twee.jpg We have considered 3 stones which are rectangular, which as we have mentioned, present challenges for cutters. This stone has a more prominent bow tie as compared to stone #5. Neither Stan, nor I...

by Texas Leaguer

November 14th, 2014, 4:51 pm

Forum: RockyTalky

Topic: Radiant Diamond Cut Evaluation Education

Replies: 248

Views: 3772
Re: AGS CERTIFICATE AFTER RE-CUT?

A reason to have a new AGS cert done, even if you are going to self-insure, is for long term valuation purposes. As an heirloom the diamond is more likely to be accurately understood and appreciated by updating the documentation after re-cut.

by Texas Leaguer

November 14th, 2014, 1:05 pm

Forum: RockyTalky

Topic: AGS CERTIFICATE AFTER RE-CUT?

Replies: 23

Views: 457
Re: Rapaport Honest Grading calls to end (EGL Int) overgradi

Therefore it is a surprise that Rap would ban EGL-USA along with the non-US based EGL labs. Here's his commentary about that in the video. See time-index 15:13 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xwPv8HjQ4DY Confusion Is Not Acceptable [ 15:13 ] > Why were all EGL labs banned from Rapnet? > Because the...

by Texas Leaguer

November 12th, 2014, 6:20 pm

Forum: RockyTalky

Topic: Rapaport Honest Grading calls to end (EGL Int) overgrading

Replies: 47

Views: 855
Re: Radiant Diamond Cut Evaluation Education

Having said that, this is an example of a cushion cut. I suppose it does not necessarily mean a radiant should have a comparable ASET signature just because the stones are of similar flavor. I have found the appearance of the crushed ice cushions is very similar to that of crushed ice radiants. The...

by Texas Leaguer

November 12th, 2014, 6:06 pm

Forum: RockyTalky

Topic: Radiant Diamond Cut Evaluation Education

Replies: 248

Views: 3772
Re: Radiant Diamond Cut Evaluation Education

HI Melisende- wow Thank you for keeping it interesting. So Stan is just making up discussions with GIA? Sorry for the tongue in cheek attitude- but come on. It's not only my long and rich personal relationship that gives me pause- it's Stan's standing professionally. Which as a member of the trade,...

by Texas Leaguer

November 12th, 2014, 5:29 pm

Forum: RockyTalky

Topic: Radiant Diamond Cut Evaluation Education

Replies: 248

Views: 3772
Re: Radiant Diamond Cut Evaluation Education

It also has extremely uniform brilliance and color distribution and doesn't have "lifeless" zones. It does as I've said before, window out a little bit when the diamond is tilted. http://www.pricescope.com/files/images/greatcrushedice.jpg Well not close to as "extremely" uniform...

by Texas Leaguer

November 12th, 2014, 5:12 pm

Forum: RockyTalky

Topic: Radiant Diamond Cut Evaluation Education

Replies: 248

Views: 3772
Re: Rapaport Honest Grading calls to end (EGL Int) overgradi

What else would you expect egl usa to say? woops our bad. There are too many verified reports of over grading on reports from them for me to have any sympathy for them. Karl, according to Rapaport's own survey EGL-USA had an accuracy score slightly less that GIA and IGI but better than HRD. (AGS wa...

by Texas Leaguer

November 12th, 2014, 4:44 pm

Forum: RockyTalky

Topic: Rapaport Honest Grading calls to end (EGL Int) overgrading

Replies: 47

Views: 855
Re: Radiant Diamond Cut Evaluation Education

Sorry to have been out of pocket for a few days. I'll try to catch up here. 1. Re: facet arrangements - by playing with the angles, most if not all of the facet arrangements I've seen for radiant-like diamonds can yield a broad continuum of different kinds of brilliance. There is simply no way to k...

by Texas Leaguer

November 12th, 2014, 10:55 am

Forum: RockyTalky

Topic: Radiant Diamond Cut Evaluation Education

Replies: 248

Views: 3772
Re: Rapaport Honest Grading calls to end (EGL Int) overgradi

The next question is what should we do on Pricescope? IDEX is still listing EGL - so there will still be trade feeds for Drop Shippers. We could for example impose a variant of Rap's ruling that vendors who list stones should be made to refund stones that fail some test (e.g. send to GIA and fail t...

by Texas Leaguer

November 11th, 2014, 4:11 pm

Forum: RockyTalky

Topic: Rapaport Honest Grading calls to end (EGL Int) overgrading

Replies: 47

Views: 855
Re: Rapaport Honest Grading calls to end (EGL Int) overgradi

EGL-USA is a very well equipped lab with some highly skilled gemologists. The problem is a conflicted business model. A name change and a clarifying of the business model is probably in order... They should have changed their name long long ago Niel!... Remember when Branko was working at EGL USA? ...

by Texas Leaguer

November 11th, 2014, 4:07 pm

Forum: RockyTalky

Topic: Rapaport Honest Grading calls to end (EGL Int) overgrading

Replies: 47

Views: 855
Re: Rapaport Honest Grading calls to end (EGL Int) overgradi

EGL-USA is a very well equipped lab with some highly skilled gemologists. The problem is a conflicted business model. A name change and a clarifying of the business model is probably in order. They're in a tricky position. They've been part of the EGL brand for a long long time and even with all of...

by Texas Leaguer

November 11th, 2014, 3:48 pm

Forum: RockyTalky

Topic: Rapaport Honest Grading calls to end (EGL Int) overgrading

Replies: 47

Views: 855
Re: Rapaport Honest Grading calls to end (EGL Int) overgradi

There's no doubt that Rapaport would benefit from tighter grading standards, both in price-setting clarity and reliability on Rapnet. And of course there's this, http://www.raplab.com/ , although it would be pretty blatant to suggest it's "the answer." But I'm going to take the high road ...

by Texas Leaguer

November 11th, 2014, 3:09 pm

Forum: RockyTalky

Topic: Rapaport Honest Grading calls to end (EGL Int) overgrading

Replies: 47

Views: 855
Re: Rapaport Honest Grading calls to end (EGL Int) overgradi

The only EGL I've ever sold was a 1ct pear, graded J/SI1. In reality, it was really an O/SI2 or thereabouts, but it was eye-clean and the customer loved it and it was the only stone available within their budget. The trade is very efficient at adjusting the price of EGL (and every other certified s...

by Texas Leaguer

November 11th, 2014, 2:57 pm

Forum: RockyTalky

Topic: Rapaport Honest Grading calls to end (EGL Int) overgrading

Replies: 47

Views: 855
Re: Price decrease

... (I think there are more factors involved in retail pricing, such as the price at which the vendor bought the stone. But obviously a trade person needs to answer your question!) When prices are falling it's, "I can't lower the price; I paid so much for that stone ..." When prices are r...

by Texas Leaguer

November 11th, 2014, 2:42 pm

Forum: RockyTalky

Topic: Price decrease

Replies: 6

Views: 464
Re: Rapaport Honest Grading calls to end (EGL Int) overgradi

There's no doubt that Rapaport would benefit from tighter grading standards, both in price-setting clarity and reliability on Rapnet. And of course there's this, http://www.raplab.com/ , although it would be pretty blatant to suggest it's "the answer." But I'm going to take the high road ...

by Texas Leaguer

November 11th, 2014, 2:11 pm

Forum: RockyTalky

Topic: Rapaport Honest Grading calls to end (EGL Int) overgrading

Replies: 47

Views: 855
Re: Radiant Diamond Cut Evaluation Education

Regarding: 1) Why is it that we can not more specifically identify the type of stones you are referring to? I think this is central to the problem. There are cut cornered square/rectangular modified brilliants like the orc and others that have the "smaller more numerous reflections" and g...

by Texas Leaguer

November 11th, 2014, 11:44 am

Forum: RockyTalky

Topic: Radiant Diamond Cut Evaluation Education

Replies: 248

Views: 3772
Re: Radiant Diamond Cut Evaluation Education

But when the customer got it, they were not happy with the diamond. They did like that the brightness of the facets when they were on. But the table facets, in particular that star pattern under the table, would flash on and off TOGETHER as a whole. So when they were "on" the table was ve...

by Texas Leaguer

November 10th, 2014, 9:22 pm

Forum: RockyTalky

Topic: Radiant Diamond Cut Evaluation Education

Replies: 248

Views: 3772
Re: Radiant Diamond Cut Evaluation Education

Bryan, I've shown detailed pictures of diamonds. I have looked at these specific diamonds with Stan- who agrees that the photos are extremely indicative of how the diamonds look in real life. There is no way to more clearly identify this look to readers. I base this on my experience- which is exten...

by Texas Leaguer

November 10th, 2014, 4:39 pm

Forum: RockyTalky

Topic: Radiant Diamond Cut Evaluation Education

Replies: 248

Views: 3772
Re: Radiant Diamond Cut Evaluation Education

Bryan, can you please post a picture of a radiant? What YOU think a good Rectangular or Square Modified Brilliant should look. I don't think any sighted person will have trouble understanding the type of look we're talking about based on the photos in this very thread. I have not posted any aset or...

by Texas Leaguer

November 10th, 2014, 3:15 pm

Forum: RockyTalky

Topic: Radiant Diamond Cut Evaluation Education

Replies: 248

Views: 3772