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I decided to use State Farm for my fiance's ring as well. Their rates were very reasonable (1.4 % by my calculation). The policy is separate from my other policies, like Mara's. It covers any loss or damage, except an act of war. Even if she accidentally drops it in the garbage disposal, it's covere...

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January 9th, 2003, 5:37 pm

Forum: RockyTalky

Topic: Engagement Ring Insurance, HELP!

Replies: 10

Views: 42382


I agree that there's a lot of less-than-honest dealers out there. I wouldn't discount that I encountered some in my search. However, the odds that I saw discrepancies at more than one location, and that the similarly sized and graded stones were also similarly priced, I doubt this was causation. I t...

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January 7th, 2003, 11:19 am

Forum: RockyTalky

Topic: Multiple Certifications

Replies: 23

Views: 4657


I have to agree with CutNut because I saw it firsthand. I was comparing two GIA graded diamonds in a diamond grading trough at a dealer - both graded "G" per certifications. One was significantly more tinted the the other...these stones were both rounds, both 1.25 carat area. Obviously, on...

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January 7th, 2003, 5:27 am

Forum: RockyTalky

Topic: Multiple Certifications

Replies: 23

Views: 4657


The gemologist I purchased my fiance's stone and setting from told me that things commonly used to clean glass (Windex) can be used to clean the ring. I had never heard this anywhere else, so maybe someone else will ring in.

by ready

January 6th, 2003, 7:23 am

Forum: RockyTalky

Topic: Rhodium Plated Ring

Replies: 2

Views: 1536


Camera's not the problem (well, the file sizes were WAY too big @ the lowest resolution)...it's the resizing that I couldn't get. I just now found a nice little program (freeware) that I downloaded - it makes it a breeze.

by ready

January 5th, 2003, 3:52 pm

Forum: RockyTalky

Topic: I am pleased customer! Thanks Lesley.Harris@WhiteFlash.com

Replies: 12

Views: 1948


Looks very nice! By the way, how did you attach those pictures? I've been trying but it limits me to 50K file size. Your pics look high res (i.e., more than 50K).

by ready

January 5th, 2003, 3:05 pm

Forum: RockyTalky

Topic: I am pleased customer! Thanks Lesley.Harris@WhiteFlash.com

Replies: 12

Views: 1948


In metallurgy, hardness is usually defined as the resistance to scratching, abrasion, or cutting. It is also defined as resistance to plastic deformation, i.e., its tendency to not indent when a load is applied. Although I've never worked with platinum myself, I've heard that it is a bit like workin...

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January 4th, 2003, 7:37 am

Forum: RockyTalky

Topic: bailey banks biddle lineage diamond

Replies: 23

Views: 7331


Just the engineer in me (hey, I worked in the steel industry for a few years out of college) - Actually, platinum is NOT harder than gold...it is quite the opposite. Platinum, as CutNut has said, is TOUGHER. There's a lot more that goes into what determines the ultimate hardness...such as how the ma...

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January 3rd, 2003, 5:56 pm

Forum: RockyTalky

Topic: bailey banks biddle lineage diamond

Replies: 23

Views: 7331


Leonid,

How do I paste a pic directly into the message? I have some better ones I wanted to show but I think they're too big, even at the lowest resolution my camera will take.

Thanks!

by ready

January 2nd, 2003, 5:40 am

Forum: RockyTalky

Topic: Pictures of shallow(er) stone- CutNut

Replies: 6

Views: 1708


Not sure how this will look....smushed it down.

by ready

January 1st, 2003, 6:59 pm

Forum: RockyTalky

Topic: Pictures of shallow(er) stone- CutNut

Replies: 6

Views: 1708
Pictures of shallow(er) stone- CutNut

I'm trying to upload photos,but I'm not sure how to compress them so they fit within the 50K limit.




by ready

January 1st, 2003, 6:59 pm

Forum: RockyTalky

Topic: Pictures of shallow(er) stone- CutNut

Replies: 6

Views: 1708


CutNut, here are the specs:

1.3C round
VS2
G Color
Diameter: 7.19 mm avg
Depth: 57.9%
Crown Angle: 33.8 degrees or 12.5%
Pavil Angle: 40.4 degrees or 42.5%
Table Avg. Size 62.7%
Cutlet: Very Small

I believe it scored a 1.3 on the HCA.

Thanks...

by ready

December 29th, 2002, 7:14 pm

Forum: RockyTalky

Topic: Shallow(er) cut diamonds

Replies: 4

Views: 1787
Shallow(er) cut diamonds

I purchased a diamond last week - you can see the specs in my previous messages. It is considered a shallow cut... I must say that this diamond sparkles, reflects, almost blinds you unlike any other diamond I looked at. There's no fisheye (dark center) effect from any angle or view distance. This st...

by ready

December 29th, 2002, 10:29 am

Forum: RockyTalky

Topic: Shallow(er) cut diamonds

Replies: 4

Views: 1787


Mara, just ran it again...for some reason it ran MUCH faster this time! Not sure what I was doing wrong. The results were .75 for fisheye. Not the best I guess, but I couldn't see any dark parts in the middle. The light returns were all very good (.96 - 1.01) and the contrast came in at .89. Not sur...

by ready

December 22nd, 2002, 8:32 am

Forum: RockyTalky

Topic: CutNut, which would you choose?

Replies: 12

Views: 1670
Jeweler''s Mutual or another?

Now that I've purchased my stone and setting, I need to get it insured. My research has turned up a company called Jeweler's Mutual. Their rates in my state are $1.60 per $100 per year. Does anyone have input on this outfit? My jeweler had information on this company and recommended them. However, I...

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December 22nd, 2002, 7:41 am

Forum: RockyTalky

Topic: Jeweler''s Mutual or another?

Replies: 6

Views: 1998


Mara, good question. Is it typical for Gem Advisor to take an hour + to compute the results? I took the files that Leonid provided and my computer chewed on them forever. My computer is not slow either - brand new ThinkPad. I believe mine came out with a .85 result, which if memory serves, was "...

by ready

December 22nd, 2002, 7:33 am

Forum: RockyTalky

Topic: CutNut, which would you choose?

Replies: 12

Views: 1670


Well, I made my decision, and I'm afraid it was against the sage advice of the experts here. It finally came down to which one I though looked better with my own eye. I'll be darned, the shallower stone was more sparkly and firey than the 55% table stone. I could not detect any fisheye effect. I vie...

by ready

December 21st, 2002, 7:41 pm

Forum: RockyTalky

Topic: CutNut, which would you choose?

Replies: 12

Views: 1670


Mara, do you feel you received a good price for your diamond (i.e., comparable to online sources)? I'm looking at very similar stones (as you know from my post you kindly responded to yesterday about shallow cuts). I'm asking CutNut about the two I'm considering right now in a new post. I'm gonna pu...

by ready

December 19th, 2002, 7:55 pm

Forum: RockyTalky

Topic: Recommended jeweler in Bay Area (San Jose, CA)

Replies: 2

Views: 3610


Actually I viewed both with your Ideal Scope - my dealer has one. The first one visibly leaks a little on the edges. The second one looks more favorable through the scope. The first one rates a 1.3 on your HCA. The second one a 1.1. You had said that the first would look better from 15" than 12...

by ready

December 19th, 2002, 7:52 pm

Forum: RockyTalky

Topic: CutNut, which would you choose?

Replies: 12

Views: 1670
CutNut, which would you choose?

CutNut, thanks for your continued help. Yesterday you weighed in on a shallow stone that I've been looking at. Specs follow: 1.3C round VS2 G Color Diameter: 7.19 mm avg Depth: 57.9% Crown Angle: 33.8 degrees or 12.5% Pavil Angle: 40.4 degrees or 42.5% Table Avg. Size 62.7% Cutlet: Very Small I foun...

by ready

December 19th, 2002, 7:39 pm

Forum: RockyTalky

Topic: CutNut, which would you choose?

Replies: 12

Views: 1670


When I ran your diamond through HCA, I came up with a .4 result! I used the angles, not the %.

by ready

December 19th, 2002, 12:37 pm

Forum: RockyTalky

Topic: 7 days to decide. Keep it or send it back! Online purchase

Replies: 34

Views: 3325


I should say that I can clearly see the Hearts and Arrows in the first one. Wonder how the light return on it would be.

by ready

December 19th, 2002, 11:38 am

Forum: RockyTalky

Topic: Choosing between these two stones

Replies: 3

Views: 1208
Choosing between these two stones

I actually think I've seen the new stone at another local diamond broker before (shows how much I've been looking for a diamond). New one (unfortunately I don't have the specs in angle form, just %): 1.31C Round Brilliant Color: G Clarity: VS1 Measurements: 7.11 X 7.09 X 4.36 mm Depth 61.4 Table 55....

by ready

December 19th, 2002, 11:38 am

Forum: RockyTalky

Topic: Choosing between these two stones

Replies: 3

Views: 1208


Thanks CutNut! Is symmetry an issue if the dimensions turn out to be 7.16 X 7.22 X 4.18 (as the cert says) as opposed to the wider Sarin data at the top of this thread?

The girdle is thin.

by ready

December 18th, 2002, 7:23 pm

Forum: RockyTalky

Topic: What do y''all think about this one (HCA)?

Replies: 22

Views: 1628


Thanks for the offer. I'd love to see some hypotheticals when you get a chance. Not sure why the numbers are whacky on the Sarin results. Maybe the Sarin operator was enjoying a few cocktails whilst measuring. If he/she was, I want that job! On the cert, it reads differently: 7.16 X 7.22 X 4.18. May...

by ready

December 18th, 2002, 4:39 pm

Forum: RockyTalky

Topic: What do y''all think about this one (HCA)?

Replies: 22

Views: 1628


I am getting it checked by an independent (heeding advice I've seen on this forum many times). My appointment is not yet set, however, and I want to learn as much as possible in the interim. I have an engineering mind - anything scientific interests me. So, I want to receive as much input as possibl...

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December 18th, 2002, 4:01 pm

Forum: RockyTalky

Topic: What do y''all think about this one (HCA)?

Replies: 22

Views: 1628


Rhino,

According to the Sarin data, the min is 7.15 mm and max is 7.27 mm.

The depth is 4.16 mm.

Thanks for your help.

by ready

December 18th, 2002, 3:33 pm

Forum: RockyTalky

Topic: What do y''all think about this one (HCA)?

Replies: 22

Views: 1628


Yes, those little suckers are dazzling. What do you think about the spread on the stone I've looked at above?

by ready

December 18th, 2002, 11:56 am

Forum: RockyTalky

Topic: What do y''all think about this one (HCA)?

Replies: 22

Views: 1628


Mara, thank you for sharing your advice and diamond specs. When you compared your stone to other G colored stones, did you compare it by flipping it (face down) and comparing the pavilion colors from the side? This is how I was able to discern the color differences easily. Face up, it was difficult....

by ready

December 18th, 2002, 11:43 am

Forum: RockyTalky

Topic: What do y''all think about this one (HCA)?

Replies: 22

Views: 1628


Thanks for your help! Actually, this "G" is much whiter than the others I saw. This stone was extremely nice...although I have to say that I haven't really seen one that has been a dog (albeit lower clarities, lower colors, and worse HCA scores). Guess that goes with being an untrained obs...

by ready

December 18th, 2002, 11:38 am

Forum: RockyTalky

Topic: What do y''all think about this one (HCA)?

Replies: 22

Views: 1628