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Re: Flaws on GIA Reference Diagram

I do not understand the concern. I see nothing unusual about the plot. Yes, the purpose of the plot is only to identify and locate clarity characteristics and blemishes. It is not designed to tell you anything about light performance other than the fact that there are multiple diagrams representing ...

by Texas Leaguer

April 23rd, 2014, 3:24 pm

Forum: RockyTalky

Topic: Flaws on GIA Reference Diagram

Replies: 9

Views: 178
Re: Looking for best way to sell my engagement ring

I don't have appraisers in my area, so it would be easier for me to just send it for re-grading. Actually, if I were selling a sizable diamond, I'd have both a GIA/AGS fresh grading report, and a qualified appraiser's report, because it lends credibility . Who is going to buy a diamond just based o...

by Texas Leaguer

April 23rd, 2014, 1:44 pm

Forum: RockyTalky

Topic: Looking for best way to sell my engagement ring

Replies: 15

Views: 513
Re: Looking for best way to sell my engagement ring

I do not think it needs to be regraded. A good recent appraisal is enough. I agree with Gypsy. No need to necessarily update the cert. Get an evaluation and appraisal from a qualified, credentialled appraiser. There are some good ones that participate here. We do trade-ups on our diamonds as a regu...

by Texas Leaguer

April 23rd, 2014, 10:37 am

Forum: RockyTalky

Topic: Looking for best way to sell my engagement ring

Replies: 15

Views: 513
Re: Thoughts on these Idealscope and ASET images

As already stated, it can be misleading to try to use light performance imaging to get a handle on clarity issues. It would be better to have an actual frontal image or video of the diamond. An accurate description from the vendor can also ease your concerns, and of course, nothing better than seein...

by Texas Leaguer

April 23rd, 2014, 9:23 am

Forum: RockyTalky

Topic: Thoughts on these Idealscope and ASET images

Replies: 4

Views: 152
Re: Recently engaged. How do I clean this thing?

By the way, a small art store paint brush works much better than a toothbrush. I second this idea wholeheartedly. Get one with long, fine, but stiff bristles. After soaking, work the brush up underneath the prongs and try to clean as much of the pavilion of the center diamond as possible. This is w...

by Texas Leaguer

April 22nd, 2014, 1:12 pm

Forum: RockyTalky

Topic: Recently engaged. How do I clean this thing?

Replies: 6

Views: 350
Re: All the more reason to buy certified.

How about this for bold, off-the-wall and game changing speculation, since that's what the article is about? If demand in China continues to grow at a blistering pace, and reserves at the mines continue to become depleted, that market HAS to get filled with something. What? All of those Chinese gro...

by Texas Leaguer

April 21st, 2014, 1:10 pm

Forum: RockyTalky

Topic: All the more reason to buy certified.

Replies: 31

Views: 1060
Re: Is my GIA XXX also AGS 0, how to tell?

Thanks, John! I, of course, understand all that. I was just trying to get at that elusive number of the 1% of diamonds that are graded by AGS, and the fact that the majority of the "best cut" diamonds are not automatically sent to AGS. I appreciate AGS and currently have three stones grad...

by Texas Leaguer

April 21st, 2014, 12:49 pm

Forum: RockyTalky

Topic: Is my GIA XXX also AGS 0, how to tell?

Replies: 18

Views: 475
Re: All the more reason to buy certified.

Choice is good. Nobody is saying that a consumer MUST buy a diamond, natural, cultured, synthetic or otherwise. Life is full of choices. I feel that most people will continue to purchase a mined diamond as a symbol of love. But some will not. The availability of created colored gemstones is an opti...

by Texas Leaguer

April 21st, 2014, 11:02 am

Forum: RockyTalky

Topic: All the more reason to buy certified.

Replies: 31

Views: 1060
Re: All the more reason to buy certified.

...and there is always the other side of the coin..., or reporting. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/commodities/10772835/Shortage-of-supply-means-diamond-prices-wont-be-staying-at-todays-levels-forever.html Yes exactly. On the one hand you have sensationalism, on the other reality.

by Texas Leaguer

April 21st, 2014, 10:32 am

Forum: RockyTalky

Topic: All the more reason to buy certified.

Replies: 31

Views: 1060
Re: Is my GIA XXX also AGS 0, how to tell?

Rather than try to add to John’s excellent breakdown (I’ve got nothing!), I will just try to amplify a couple of takeaway points from the discussion, which many consumers attempt to understand. The AGS light performance based grading system is a 3D system that accounts for the influence of every fac...

by Texas Leaguer

April 21st, 2014, 10:05 am

Forum: RockyTalky

Topic: Is my GIA XXX also AGS 0, how to tell?

Replies: 18

Views: 475
Re: All the more reason to buy certified.

Neil covered the topic very comprehensively. No surprise there! I think the analogy to synthetic corundum is a historical perspective that is very telling about buyer psychology and should make those who predict a crash for mined diamonds pause and reflect. Frankly, I did not see anything new in the...

by Texas Leaguer

April 21st, 2014, 9:09 am

Forum: RockyTalky

Topic: All the more reason to buy certified.

Replies: 31

Views: 1060
Re: This 1.25ct, I, SI1 RB diamond. Is it cloudy???

It's possible that light performance is diminished somewhat by the clouds. Not possible to tell for sure from the photos as it could be the lighting or other factor. But since Cloud is the grade setting inclusion (listed first on keys to symbols) and mention of additional clouds under comments, it c...

by Texas Leaguer

April 17th, 2014, 4:06 pm

Forum: RockyTalky

Topic: This 1.25ct, I, SI1 RB diamond. Is it cloudy???

Replies: 3

Views: 273
Re: Here comes more price manipulation.........

There are also boxes of diamond rough trading without ever being opened, as speculators buy up diamonds for investment purposes, to the extent that some of the cutters are finding it more profitable to sell the boxes for a quick profit, than take the time to cut them... thus there are less polished...

by Texas Leaguer

April 17th, 2014, 10:48 am

Forum: RockyTalky

Topic: Here comes more price manipulation.........

Replies: 10

Views: 470
Re: Here comes more price manipulation.........

There is a basis for the report. This article goes deeper into the issue. Also remember that markets react to perceived risk so it should be no surprise if there is market volatility given the magnitude of the geopolitical implications of Russia's behavior. http://www.diamonds.net/News/NewsItem.aspx...

by Texas Leaguer

April 17th, 2014, 10:07 am

Forum: RockyTalky

Topic: Here comes more price manipulation.........

Replies: 10

Views: 470
Re: Negative Impacts of Fluorescence - a yes/no proposition?

What exactly causes the "overblue" effect? According to the GIA study that is referenced most often, "luminescence centers" in diamonds are caused by defects in the crystal lattice. Since a diamond can have any number of different defects, the combinations possible are varied, a...

by Texas Leaguer

April 16th, 2014, 4:09 pm

Forum: RockyTalky

Topic: Negative Impacts of Fluorescence - a yes/no proposition?

Replies: 6

Views: 295
Re: G/H no fluo vs I med/strong fluo? Pls help! Vendors pls

Just a short post to state that I think the problem of overgrading raised by Bryan has been overcome in the labs by now (I think, at least), and I do not see it as a concern in any case. Live long, Paul, I would be interested to understand what the labs have done to solve the overgrading issue with...

by Texas Leaguer

April 15th, 2014, 5:03 pm

Forum: RockyTalky

Topic: G/H no fluo vs I med/strong fluo? Pls help! Vendors pls look

Replies: 18

Views: 506
Re: G/H no fluo vs I med/strong fluo? Pls help! Vendors pls

I would concur with Paul. Visual effects of fluoro are far from automatic. One of the concerns surrounding fluorescent diamonds in the market relates to the possibility that the property leads to over grading of color at the lab. So if the I color got the benefit of the doubt at the lab because of ...

by Texas Leaguer

April 15th, 2014, 10:08 am

Forum: RockyTalky

Topic: G/H no fluo vs I med/strong fluo? Pls help! Vendors pls look

Replies: 18

Views: 506
Re: G/H no fluo vs I med/strong fluo? Pls help! Vendors pls

I would concur with Paul. Visual effects of fluoro are far from automatic. One of the concerns surrounding fluorescent diamonds in the market relates to the possibility that the property leads to over grading of color at the lab. So if the I color got the benefit of the doubt at the lab because of t...

by Texas Leaguer

April 14th, 2014, 9:58 am

Forum: RockyTalky

Topic: G/H no fluo vs I med/strong fluo? Pls help! Vendors pls look

Replies: 18

Views: 506
Re: International Gem Show??

I second Niel's recommendation to have any substantial purchase verified by a knowledgeable appraiser. I spent a number of years exhibiting in this series of shows and there are alot of good dealers. I was one! But, questionable dealings are always a possibility. Some of the vendors that do these sh...

by Texas Leaguer

April 11th, 2014, 5:04 pm

Forum: RockyTalky

Topic: International Gem Show??

Replies: 12

Views: 330
Re: HELP: medium blue on an emerald G VS2?

Do you think if the inclusions on the table of this VS2 would be visible under naked eyes? Because the grade-setting inclusion is a cloud (listed first under keys to symbols), it is likely to be eye clean. However, in larger stones VS2 can be visible to the naked eye, especially in emerald cuts and...

by Texas Leaguer

April 10th, 2014, 10:42 am

Forum: RockyTalky

Topic: HELP: medium blue on an emerald G VS2?

Replies: 19

Views: 325
Re: HELP: medium blue on an emerald G VS2?

what about medium blue fluoro? From an appearance perspective it won't have much effect (unless your are in a dark room with a black light). The issues that concern people about fluorescence derive from those rare cases where it affects transparency (but that only happens with stronger intensity le...

by Texas Leaguer

April 10th, 2014, 10:33 am

Forum: RockyTalky

Topic: HELP: medium blue on an emerald G VS2?

Replies: 19

Views: 325
Re: Need help deciding between two RB's

Regarding the Strong Blue fluorescence of the GIA stone- some people like that, and if you are one of them that's a plus. While the market generally penalizes that trait, it actually helps a J color look a little whiter many lighting conditions. In rare cases it can affect transparency and make the ...

by Texas Leaguer

April 10th, 2014, 9:59 am

Forum: RockyTalky

Topic: Need help deciding between two RB's

Replies: 9

Views: 193
Re: Princess F VS1 - Feather concern (help please!)

Possibly. Alot depends on the overall value proposition of the purchase- return policy, buyback, trade-up, service policies, design options with the seller for the finished piece, etc.

I would highly recommend that you consult a qualified, independent appraiser before your are locked in.

by Texas Leaguer

April 10th, 2014, 9:14 am

Forum: RockyTalky

Topic: Princess F VS1 - Feather concern (help please!)

Replies: 3

Views: 187
Re: Princess F VS1 - Feather concern (help please!)

It is wise to be cautious about feathers in the corners of princess cuts. Because it is a VS1 my guess is that it is really small - less significant in reality that it appears on the plot. The biggest risk is in setting. Pressure has to be placed on the point in order to set it securely. If there is...

by Texas Leaguer

April 9th, 2014, 3:55 pm

Forum: RockyTalky

Topic: Princess F VS1 - Feather concern (help please!)

Replies: 3

Views: 187
Re: are these release forms common?

Not all jewelers require release forms for working on customer's property. Some jewelers rely upon verbal consultation regarding the risks, but it is common practice among professional companies to formalize this understanding. It is designed to ensure that all parties are protected against the dang...

by Texas Leaguer

April 2nd, 2014, 8:36 am

Forum: RockyTalky

Topic: are these release forms common?

Replies: 6

Views: 234
Re: Price predictions what is happening in the world of diam

I guess that means we should buy everything we want in diamonds over the next couple of years right now, then? I'll tell my husband y'all said so. :bigsmile: Yes DS, that is exactly the message we tradespeople are trying to convey :naughty: This also makes me think of the old joke- "If I had j...

by Texas Leaguer

April 1st, 2014, 2:38 pm

Forum: RockyTalky

Topic: Price predictions what is happening in the world of diamond?

Replies: 17

Views: 737
Re: How much will clarity affect the brilliance?

Thanks for your tips! Currently it is not possible to reserve the stones but that´s no problem, I looked at the certificates of them. Like TC1987 said, the SI1 has the comment" Additional clouds are not shown". What does that mean? The plot on a lab report will not necessarily include all...

by Texas Leaguer

April 1st, 2014, 2:28 pm

Forum: RockyTalky

Topic: How much will clarity affect the brilliance?

Replies: 4

Views: 223
Re: Does H&A = Light Performance?

If just having Hearts & Arrows does not mean shiny diamond...that kind of kills the point of the whole H&A premium for me. Or are better performing H&As cost even more than ones that perform poorly? As you alluded to in the article you referenced, a narrow definition of true H&A pat...

by Texas Leaguer

April 1st, 2014, 1:55 pm

Forum: RockyTalky

Topic: Does H&A = Light Performance?

Replies: 4

Views: 211
Re: Does H&A = Light Performance?

Like Gypsy indicates, patterning and cut precision can co-exist with less than optimal proportions and therefore you can have compromised light performance in an H&A diamond. Having said that, you will generally find that cutters that have spent the extra time to get facet alignment right in thr...

by Texas Leaguer

April 1st, 2014, 1:23 pm

Forum: RockyTalky

Topic: Does H&A = Light Performance?

Replies: 4

Views: 211
Re: Why buy a diamond?

Just a point to add to the discussion so far, to Neil's list of value aspects, and other posters' comments about what makes diamond so special to so many people. Because diamond is beautiful, durable, and transportable, there is demand. Like everything else, the price is driven by the relationship b...

by Texas Leaguer

April 1st, 2014, 1:04 pm

Forum: RockyTalky

Topic: Why buy a diamond?

Replies: 49

Views: 1422