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  1. TreeScientist

    Help: Advice needed. Brian Gavin Diamonds holding onto Refund

    I think these are great points to keep in mind. In pretty much any service industry, sellers will treat repeat customers who have established a long-term relationship with them differently then they'll treat a one-off customer. I have a few mechanical watches and I've been going to the same...
  2. TreeScientist

    Help: Advice needed. Brian Gavin Diamonds holding onto Refund

    I agree with almost everything you wrote here, so first of all, excellent response. :) People are entitled to their own opinions though, so if vintageloves feels his way, then I'm sure she has her reasons for it and I 100% respect her opinion. As far as forums are concerned, PriceScope can be a...
  3. TreeScientist

    Vietnamese culture question- wedding jewelry

    Just asked my wife. She said she's not an expert, and again, this is going to vary family to family, but even with a second marriage most families would want to do all of the ceremonies. If you read my posts above though, you can see that it's pretty much impossible to generalize what everyone...
  4. TreeScientist

    Victor Canera H&A + Pave Solitaire = Best Decision Ever

    Love VC's prong work. Best in the business IMO. Congrats on your beautiful ring!
  5. TreeScientist

    Welcome to PS, Mark Morrell!

    Yep, I've used that link quite a few times to extoll the virtues of 900 Plat/Ir. Glad to see he's on the forums now!
  6. TreeScientist

    Help me find Calibers for measuring stones and settings

    Also, here's the link to the Amazon page selling the exact same calipers for $10. More reviews here: https://www.amazon.com/Digital-Caliper-Adoric-Calipers-Measuring/dp/B07DFFYCXS/ref=sxin_5_osp99-89f9e42f_cov? I've found that many items listed on Amazon are drop shipped from AliBaba or...
  7. TreeScientist

    Help me find Calibers for measuring stones and settings

    I have these for personal use: https://www.aliexpress.com/item/32957371989.html? Tested them against the (much more expensive) calipers at my lab and these are accurate to a tenth of a mm. Probably good enough for your home use. :) Plus they're plastic, so you don't need to worry about scuffing...
  8. TreeScientist

    Super ideal cut appearing yellow in some lighting

    Count me among the "blind as a bat" crew. :mrgreen: I have an astigmatism, so even with glasses my ability to get small objects "in focus" is piss poor without the use of a loupe/microscope. Pretty sure you could show me an SI2 diamond with clear* crystals/feathers and I would never be able to...
  9. TreeScientist

    Super ideal cut appearing yellow in some lighting

    Count both myself and my wife among those who can also easily detect body color. Like you, my job is dependent on being able to differentiate subtle nuances in color, and I'm quite good at it. I've always loved looking at color palates, so I guess my profession chose me haha. And while my wife's...
  10. TreeScientist

    Documenting Yellow Fluorescence

    Great video @Rockdiamond! I love diamonds that exhibit unique (non blue) fluorescence. Here's a photo of a melee stone at the bottom of my wife's pendant with green fluor.
  11. TreeScientist

    Article, does your engagement ring look cheap lol

    Exactly this. Nothing wrong with a temporary setting, and that's not what I was referring to. Guys should either: a.) Figure out in advance what their future fiancée really wants and ensure that the design is executed to the highest level by the jeweler they choose OR b.) Get a temporary...
  12. TreeScientist

    Article, does your engagement ring look cheap lol

    #Preach But I do agree with the bad prong/metal work and high setting (especially in a halo) making a ring look "cheap." I never really associate the color of the diamond with cost, but when I see a halo with terrible prong work, choppy transitions in the metal, sharp pave metal, and a huge...
  13. TreeScientist

    1.7ct D IF type iia vs 2.5ct F VS2 super ideals

    Agreed. I would personally take the type iia just for the rarity factor and so I could nerd out on it, but the vast majority of the population wouldn't be able to see any difference nor would they care what type it is. @uxr51 do you like the brightness and lack of color in a D? Another option...
  14. TreeScientist

    Found A Phosphorescent Diamond, Help!

    https://www.homesciencetools.com/product/shortwave-ultraviolet-lamp/ As @oldminer said, be careful when using it.
  15. TreeScientist

    Fancy Cut Diamond Dealers in Downtown LA

    Hit up Eric at EVS Designs. His office is in the downtown LA jewelry district. While he is primarily a jewelry designer, he has numerous contacts within the LA diamond trade through his father and can call in just about anything you want. I was at his office about a month ago, and he had several...
  16. TreeScientist

    Tips for Purchasing an Ultrasonic Cleaner?

    Wow, surprised you remembered that haha. Yes, I use 99% isopropyl alcohol technical grade as a final rinse solution when I'll be taking photos of stones. No compressed air required: Just drop the stone/jewery in for 30 seconds and pull it out. 99% alcohol dries almost instantly without leaving...
  17. TreeScientist

    Appraisal for insurance came in...LOWER than purchase price

    Exactly. As @Wink already mentioned in a previous post, many appraisers are not familiar with different setting qualities. In doing the research for the appraisal, your appraiser probably looked at prices for a cast, mass-market halo setting, which can be had for $1500ish. If you go back to him...
  18. TreeScientist

    Help finding the perfect diamond for proposal

    Agree withe everyone above. There's nothing wrong with the proportions on those diamonds you selected, but the clarity is overkill. As @headlight said, I would go for the highest color possible that your budget can afford, especially in a white metal tension setting, as tension settings expose a...
  19. TreeScientist

    Popped into a Kay’s today & why I’ll never buy a diamond there!

    4 days is adequate if you want a few different items (3 for initial production. 1 for any necessary touch-up alterations). They can do it quicker (some places can make a single suit overnight) but it's generally better to give them time. You'll get a better final product if you don't rush them...
  20. TreeScientist

    Popped into a Kay’s today & why I’ll never buy a diamond there!

    Go to Hội An. It's the tailoring/shoemaking capital of Vietnam. There's plenty of people that go to Hội An solely to do exactly what you said: Spend loads of money on bespoke clothing/shoes. But the town and surrounding area is absolutely beautiful as well. I personally don't order online...
  21. TreeScientist

    BG vs WF

    Yep, but not the first time we've seen this behavior from BG reps. @cangem, I see nothing in the 1.45 ACA that would render it inferior to the BG stone you're considering. As others have said, any customer service rep saying as much is taking a cheap shot, and based off of that alone I would...
  22. TreeScientist

    Popped into a Kay’s today & why I’ll never buy a diamond there!

    Ditto X2! Except bespoke clothing. I get that from custom tailors on trips back to Vietnam. But jewelry/watches, sunglasses/prescription eyeglasses, and other bespoke items I've bought online and will continue to buy online in the future. As long as you do your homework beforehand and go with...
  23. TreeScientist

    PriceScope Guarantee Idea

    Exactly. There's a reason that top actuaries are among the highest paid professionals in the world (even surpassing many medical specialties): Because there's an incredible amount of risk riding on their decisions, and it takes nearly a decade of rigorous training to even begin to understand how...
  24. TreeScientist

    a heart broken experience with Blue Nile, please help

    Perhaps whether a company wants to build a long term relationship with a client is dependent on the reasonableness and fairness of said client.
  25. TreeScientist

    USAA / stolen ring update

    As @the_mother_thing already said, it's not a bad diamond per se, but the inclusions are worrying to me. Agreed we need to see the original report or have the original report # to know if this is indeed "like-kind." However, "like-kind" should at least entail similar clarity and fluorescence...
  26. TreeScientist

    Shallower Crown - .9 HCA

    Glad to hear you're happy with it! Congrats! Definitely post pics either here or the SMTB sub.
  27. TreeScientist

    a heart broken experience with Blue Nile, please help

    Good idea. You can get plain sterling silver wedding bands for $20-30 on Amazon/Berricle. Pick up one of those and wait a year to see what happens. Your finger may very well go down to a 6.5 in the next year (in which case Blue Nile could resize it) so no need to rush into anything.
  28. TreeScientist

    a heart broken experience with Blue Nile, please help

    Yep. Most pave rings can be sized a max of one size. 5.75 to 7.5 is almost 2 full sizes. If they sized it that much, they would compromise the structural integrity of the ring as they would likely not be able to get all of the diamonds completely tight in the prongs. As @elizat already asked...
  29. TreeScientist

    USAA / stolen ring update

    I'm glad you'e decided to move on. That's the best thing to do in this situation: Get the best possible replacement from them. :) Regarding the center stone: If you don't like the first suggestion they send, then consider looking on rarecarat.com (search within your specs) to try and find...
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