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Re: Grade this ideal scope

The polish and symmetry of the stone are excellent on the gia report, as well as the table being 60%; otherwise, I think it would be ags 000 cut. To make AGS 0 it would have to make it through the light performance ray tracer. The GIA cut grading system does not actually calculate light performance...

by Texas Leaguer

August 29th, 2016, 6:02 pm

Forum: RockyTalky

Topic: Grade this ideal scope

Replies: 6

Views: 152
Re: Article: Over Grading of Blue Fluorescent Diamonds Revis

So would it be safe to say that although fluorescents have a negative stigma, customers are more drawn to them, and will save money buying a diamond that has them? Thank you in advance for any clarification on this. In a very narrow sense, each of the statements you cite is true. But the subject is...

by Texas Leaguer

August 29th, 2016, 3:25 pm

Forum: RockyTalky

Topic: Article: Over Grading of Blue Fluorescent Diamonds Revisited

Replies: 528

Views: 11437
Re: VS2 eyeclean or not?

Also I am buying on a site that is a 3rd party and escrows my money and the seller sends it to the 3rd party and they have a gia graduate gemologist with 30 years experience review it before it is released to me. These are things listed on the website that the independent gemologist checks and can ...

by Texas Leaguer

August 29th, 2016, 9:39 am

Forum: RockyTalky

Topic: VS2 eyeclean or not?

Replies: 13

Views: 545
Re: Unexceptal Experience with Jewlers Mutual

Hi Dev, I'm so sorry all this is happening to you. What a total nightmare. I'm not sure why you think people are offended, but I certainly am not and I think it's important for your thread to remain because it highlights a very important issue of having a 3rd party policy and a simultaneous warrant...

by Texas Leaguer

August 29th, 2016, 9:24 am

Forum: RockyTalky

Topic: Unexceptal Experience with Jewlers Mutual

Replies: 36

Views: 1413
Re: VS2 eyeclean or not?

I am looking to purchase this stone secondhand. It looks like the twinning wisps will be eyeclean, the girdle is towards the smaller of the ideal girdle range, the crown angle is high at 36 degrees, and this seller won't post any ideal scope/aset images (it is a secondhand transaction). But the pri...

by Texas Leaguer

August 28th, 2016, 11:06 am

Forum: RockyTalky

Topic: VS2 eyeclean or not?

Replies: 13

Views: 545
Re: Unexceptal Experience with Jewlers Mutual

Thank you all for your posts. I honestly understand that about a warentee... My issue is prior and post that. When we started a claim we explained the entire situation going on-- they said no problem.-- They were fully informed where the item was from. We told them we were going through our insuran...

by Texas Leaguer

August 27th, 2016, 4:26 pm

Forum: RockyTalky

Topic: Unexceptal Experience with Jewlers Mutual

Replies: 36

Views: 1413
Re: Unexceptal Experience with Jewlers Mutual

Although the case seems severe, no jewelry policy will pay for even limited wear and tear. Now, the amount of damage, breakage of the mounting and even possible chipping of the diamond all look to be wear and tear, the end result seems rather severe in nature. I know you said you don't wear the rin...

by Texas Leaguer

August 27th, 2016, 11:50 am

Forum: RockyTalky

Topic: Unexceptal Experience with Jewlers Mutual

Replies: 36

Views: 1413
Re: Unexceptal Experience with Jewlers Mutual

Although the case seems severe, no jewelry policy will pay for even limited wear and tear. Now, the amount of damage, breakage of the mounting and even possible chipping of the diamond all look to be wear and tear, the end result seems rather severe in nature. I know you said you don't wear the rin...

by Texas Leaguer

August 27th, 2016, 11:04 am

Forum: RockyTalky

Topic: Unexceptal Experience with Jewlers Mutual

Replies: 36

Views: 1413
Re: Unexceptal Experience with Jewlers Mutual

My approach would be to decouple the diamond from the ring. That is where the bulk of the value is. If Jared is not taking responsibility for damage to the diamond- I would be surprised if they did - then remove it and make a claim on the diamond only with JM. In other words, don't let the whole pie...

by Texas Leaguer

August 27th, 2016, 10:39 am

Forum: RockyTalky

Topic: Unexceptal Experience with Jewlers Mutual

Replies: 36

Views: 1413
Re: Unexceptal Experience with Jewlers Mutual

Sorry you are having this problem. The part about Jewelers Mutual sounds very unusual. Many folks here have their jewelry covered and we hear very few reports of claims not being handled professionally and efficiently. I have personally been witness to their business practices for over 15 years and ...

by Texas Leaguer

August 26th, 2016, 5:05 pm

Forum: RockyTalky

Topic: Unexceptal Experience with Jewlers Mutual

Replies: 36

Views: 1413
Re: Question about HCA

I cannot agree with the 100 point system as given to you by your expert mainly because it mixes attributes that are really independent of one another. The concept has some value in constructing a general decision-making matrix, but it should be weighted more to what is most important to YOU on a per...

by Texas Leaguer

August 25th, 2016, 2:57 pm

Forum: RockyTalky

Topic: Question about HCA

Replies: 19

Views: 602
Re: How does this ideal-scope look?

Many folks like strongly fluorescent diamonds. Since it has impacts on price and value, it's a good idea as a consumer to have an understanding of this attribute. An overview can be found here:
http://www.pricescope.com/wiki/diamonds/diamond-flourescence

by Texas Leaguer

August 25th, 2016, 2:21 pm

Forum: RockyTalky

Topic: How does this ideal-scope look?

Replies: 9

Views: 352
Re: Help with 3 Carat Round Cut Diamond Choices

Texas Leaguer - Thanks - appreciate it. What inclusion types "are difficult or impossible to resolve with the naked eye" that would cause light performance deficits? Inclusions such as crystals are often the easiest to see as they are solid in nature and can show up in high relief. Feathe...

by Texas Leaguer

August 18th, 2016, 4:27 pm

Forum: RockyTalky

Topic: Help with 3 Carat Round Cut Diamond Choices

Replies: 23

Views: 709
Re: Help with 3 Carat Round Cut Diamond Choices

Just a comment on clarity. As Gypsy mentioned it is not that easy to find a completely eye-clean Si1 in a 3ct size. Clarity grades are to a degree relativistic, so the same size inclusion that would result in an Si2 in a smaller stone and be easily eye-visible, could be an si1 in a larger stone - an...

by Texas Leaguer

August 18th, 2016, 12:47 pm

Forum: RockyTalky

Topic: Help with 3 Carat Round Cut Diamond Choices

Replies: 23

Views: 709
Re: What do you think of this 1.50 princess cut F VS2?

When comparing princess cuts with GIA reports against those with AGS reports it is important to understand the distinctions between the two with regard to cut quality and light performance. GIA does not include an overall cut grade on princess cuts (only on rounds). The AGS cut grade is a light perf...

by Texas Leaguer

August 18th, 2016, 9:11 am

Forum: RockyTalky

Topic: What do you think of this 1.50 princess cut F VS2?

Replies: 28

Views: 619
Re: Am I Being Swindled? Cat 1 vs Cat 2 Diamonds

Top labs like GIA and AGS are organized around the purpose of consumer education and protection. The lab reports contain the basic information that a consumer needs to know to make an informed purchase. Those reports combined with a knowledgeable expert who can help you interpret the information and...

by Texas Leaguer

August 16th, 2016, 4:30 pm

Forum: RockyTalky

Topic: Am I Being Swindled? Cat 1 vs Cat 2 Diamonds

Replies: 11

Views: 699
Re: Can you recommend a company for diamond insurance, pleas

I second Gypsy's recommendation to get a quote from Jewelers Mutual. I have experience with them for over 15 years and I am nothing short of impressed with how they take care of their policy holders. As you shop around you will also find their rates and coverages are very competitive. There are adva...

by Texas Leaguer

August 10th, 2016, 9:01 am

Forum: RockyTalky

Topic: Can you recommend a company for diamond insurance, please?

Replies: 7

Views: 256
Re: Could someone give me an honest opinion on this lab diam

I concur with the remarks so far on where the market for synthetics is heading and that there certainly is a place for synthetics in the jewelry industry. And it looks like the OP is getting the kind of feedback necessary to determine if this stone is something to consider. My advice with any purcha...

by Texas Leaguer

July 30th, 2016, 9:35 am

Forum: RockyTalky

Topic: Could someone give me an honest opinion on this lab diamond?

Replies: 13

Views: 655
Re: Is upgrading important to you?

There is an important distinction between a buy-back and a trade-up policy. And as with any kind of policy, the 'devil is in the details'.
(or the angel if it is a really good policy) :saint:

by Texas Leaguer

July 29th, 2016, 2:52 pm

Forum: RockyTalky

Topic: Is upgrading important to you?

Replies: 24

Views: 809
Re: Is upgrading important to you?

I think I can speak for other vendors here in saying this is a very interesting conversation to follow. From the perspective of a vendor that has been offering a formal trade-up benefit for 15 years, I can share the following observation which I think is interesting. A strong majority of customers d...

by Texas Leaguer

July 29th, 2016, 10:58 am

Forum: RockyTalky

Topic: Is upgrading important to you?

Replies: 24

Views: 809
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: 7

Views: 504
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: 5

Views: 380
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: 233
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: 464
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: 6

Views: 291
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: 464
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: 404
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: 325
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: 717
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: 717