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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: 252
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: 461
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: 461
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: 291
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: 502
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: 502
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: 502
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: 319
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: 319
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: 191
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: 731
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: 221
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: 208
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: 208
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: 1420
Re: Price predictions what is happening in the world of diam

We have certainly seen prices strengthening significantly over the last few months. Smaller goods have been notable in the increases. The increases will be reflected in an uneven way for the consumer as not all existing goods will be priced up to current market at the same time. We are trying to hol...

by Texas Leaguer

April 1st, 2014, 11:22 am

Forum: RockyTalky

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

Replies: 17

Views: 731
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

March 28th, 2014, 3:21 pm

Forum: RockyTalky

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

Replies: 6

Views: 291
Negative Impacts of Fluorescence - a yes/no proposition?

There is currently some interesting discussion on the forum about fluorescence including a poll on price penalties/premiums, and another cool thread on phosphorescence. Having spent my early childhood in California I first became aware of phosphorescence by going out on a ‘grunion run’. Seeing your ...

by Texas Leaguer

March 28th, 2014, 2:06 pm

Forum: RockyTalky

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

Replies: 6

Views: 291
Re: My flouro diamond is also...phosphorescent.

About a year ago I got my engagement ring and found it was phosphorescent too! It glows a red orange for a minute or two. I was able to get a picture by focusing on the diamond with the camera using the black light then turning it off and taking continuous pictures. Maybe that will work for you! ht...

by Texas Leaguer

March 28th, 2014, 11:45 am

Forum: RockyTalky

Topic: My flouro diamond is also...phosphorescent.

Replies: 22

Views: 656
Re: My flouro diamond is also...phosphorescent.

As an example of how we all learn together on this forum, I was not familiar with phosphorescence in diamonds when I first saw this thread. I reached out to my contacts at GIA and the research library staff sent me some info. Here's an interesting article from 2011- click on the article titled 'Type...

by Texas Leaguer

March 26th, 2014, 1:00 pm

Forum: RockyTalky

Topic: My flouro diamond is also...phosphorescent.

Replies: 22

Views: 656
Re: Any concerns with this VS2 plot?

Understandably there is quite a bit of regular discussion around durability risk, and in particular that posed by feathers because of their nature. I thought it might be constructive to share our experience gained from running a popular trade-up program for 14 years. First let me state that we deal ...

by Texas Leaguer

March 26th, 2014, 10:38 am

Forum: RockyTalky

Topic: Any concerns with this VS2 plot?

Replies: 11

Views: 218
Re: twinning wisp. how exactly does it affect brilliance?

In all seriousness, it is hard to believe that John entered this magnificent trade such a short span of years ago. It is inspiring to see his growth over the years from the young diamoneye apprentice to the master of the trade that he is today. I have had the pleasure of sitting down with a client ...

by Texas Leaguer

March 21st, 2014, 5:06 pm

Forum: RockyTalky

Topic: twinning wisp. how exactly does it affect brilliance?

Replies: 75

Views: 1210
Re: twinning wisp. how exactly does it affect brilliance?

Excellent subject and glad it came up. It is also important to note that no matter how good the ASET or IdealScope image looks ... those tools cannot communicate haze or transparency issues inherent in the gem material of a diamond . This applies not only to twinning wisps but clouds (even in VS cl...

by Texas Leaguer

March 21st, 2014, 2:42 pm

Forum: RockyTalky

Topic: twinning wisp. how exactly does it affect brilliance?

Replies: 75

Views: 1210
Re: twinning wisp. how exactly does it affect brilliance?

Bryan, sure. I'm talking about wedging and plotting above. First perception at 10X is best when assigning. Which is why I don't mind to explore any stone; I called its grade in the first moments...now I'm just going to have fun inside of it. Curious, when you went through GIA was clarity impression...

by Texas Leaguer

March 21st, 2014, 1:38 pm

Forum: RockyTalky

Topic: twinning wisp. how exactly does it affect brilliance?

Replies: 75

Views: 1210
Re: twinning wisp. how exactly does it affect brilliance?

I think it is possible GIA has become more stringent with their marking - it would be interesting to ask some old timers if that may be so? And another very apparent factor is that much of the basis of lab grading is back lit under a microscope. Twinning that looks worse in that environment has a b...

by Texas Leaguer

March 21st, 2014, 1:01 pm

Forum: RockyTalky

Topic: twinning wisp. how exactly does it affect brilliance?

Replies: 75

Views: 1210
Re: twinning wisp. how exactly does it affect brilliance?

Excellent subject and glad it came up. The bottom line is they have to be seen. As Garry points out there are times when it does in fact impact optics and transparency. It is also important to note that no matter how good the ASET or IdealScope image looks ... those tools cannot communicate haze or...

by Texas Leaguer

March 20th, 2014, 3:42 pm

Forum: RockyTalky

Topic: twinning wisp. how exactly does it affect brilliance?

Replies: 75

Views: 1210