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golden

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good morning! how is everyone today? it is freezing in NJ!!!!!!!

I am pretty new to this site and new to "knowing" about diamonds, I know I like them, that''s about it.

I wanted to know, what is the most important certificate to get when buying diamonds?

And lastly, Leon Mege, only has "by appointment" or can you go in an browse as you would a jewelry store?

thanx!
 

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belle

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Date: 1/20/2007 11:40:46 AM
Author:golden
good morning! how is everyone today? it is freezing in NJ!!!!!!!

I am pretty new to this site and new to ''knowing'' about diamonds, I know I like them, that''s about it.

I wanted to know, what is the most important certificate to get when buying diamonds?

And lastly, Leon Mege, only has ''by appointment'' or can you go in an browse as you would a jewelry store?

thanx!
good morning to you golden!

there is no ''most important'' certificate to get when buying diamonds. what''s most important is that you get a diamond that you LOVE!

i know, that''s not what you wanted to hear...but...well, it''s pretty much the truth. now, for the answer that you want to hear.... ags and gia are good labs to get grading reports from. ags tends to grade the more ''elite'' diamonds, while gia is kind of the ''industry standard'' either of them would be a good choice.

as for leon, i have no personal experience with him but i am almost certain that he only meets by appointment. he is a designer, not a jewelry store.
 

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Date: 1/20/2007 11:48:12 AM
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ags and gia are good labs to get grading reports from. ags tends to grade the more ''elite'' diamonds, while gia is kind of the ''industry standard'' either of them would be a good choice.
You''re kidding. And here I thought my GIA stone was pretty darn spiffy, now I find out it''s just, run of the mill?


Guess I didn''t get the memo.




 

Carlotta

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Yeah, Ellen...........your GIA looks pretty darn good......!!!!!!

I have a similar stone, and to be honest, I am really offended when people make statements that tend to degrade all GIA stones!!!!

That said, plenty of EGL stones are very beautiful....
 

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Date: 1/20/2007 12:02:33 PM
Author: Ellen


Date: 1/20/2007 11:48:12 AM
Author: belle
ags and gia are good labs to get grading reports from. ags tends to grade the more 'elite' diamonds, while gia is kind of the 'industry standard' either of them would be a good choice.
You're kidding. And here I thought my GIA stone was pretty darn spiffy, now I find out it's just, run of the mill?


Guess I didn't get the memo.




of course your stone is not run of the mill ellen! i said gia is the 'industry standard'... that is a good thing! that's why i said either would be a good choice.

besides, if yours is run of the mill, mine is too because mine is a gia 'very good'.
we know they're awesome.
 

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I also prefer either AGS0 or GIA Excellent cut, and as Belle mentioned, there can be nice stones that fall AGS1 or GIA vg. For internet shopping, it is pretty much easier to stick to the top grades just to make it less stressful. I don't do EGL due to the fact that I'd feel I had to get an independent appraisal everytime I looked at a stone, and that is too much of a hassle for me. I do think most of the better stones are sent to GIA and AGS. My ring diamond is GIA Ex. and my diamond studs are AGS0 and they all have virtually the same meaurements.
 

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Date: 1/20/2007 12:26:43 PM
Author: belle
of course your stone is not run of the mill ellen! i said gia is the ''industry standard''... that is a good thing! that''s why i said either would be a good choice.

besides, if yours is run of the mill, mine is too because mine is a gia ''very good''.
we know they''re awesome.
I knew what you meant, just razzing ya.



However, I would word it like this, especially because I know how people could read your statement, and take it that really only AGS are the best. Even though you didn''t say that, you used "elite" which many may want, and think they aren''t possible with GIA.


AGS takes the guess work out of a stone. You get all the (exact) info you need, and they grade light performance.

GIA, unfortunately (and it IS) only rounds numbers, and does not grade light performance. Therefore, it''s takes a bit more knowledge and digging (Aset, IS, etc.) to find stunning stones, of which there are many.
 

Ellen

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Date: 1/20/2007 12:16:23 PM
Author: Carlotta
Yeah, Ellen...........your GIA looks pretty darn good......!!!!!!
Forgot to say, thanks!
 
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