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3 carat H SI1 MRB: should I buy an Idealscope?

Veltiesmom

Shiny_Rock
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Sep 18, 2015
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Hi all,

I am considering an MRB with the following specs:

3 carat H SI1 (9.5 mm)
GIA Ex Ex Ex
Table 56
Depth 61.2
CA: 34
PA: 40.8
Girdle: med-slightly thick (3.5%)
Lower halves 80%, 45% stars
HCA = 1.0 (TIC)

The main inclusions are a series of twinning wisps across the table which look scary on the cert but I'm told they cannot be seen without a loupe. (I will have to judge for myself, obviously.)

The vendor I'm working with does not use ASET or IS but is shipping the diamond to me for inspection so I can decide whether to purchase. (I know other vendors do offer these images but this vendor has been quite good to me, which is why I'm using him.) I do not own an IS or ASET. If you were me, would you purchase one for the purpose of looking at this one stone? I know there's no guarantee of light performance without one, but would I be at least relatively safe on the numbers alone?

If you think I should consider purchasing one, is there someone who would be so kind as to help me figure out which I should get? I see there's a beginner scope, a beginner kit with light, etc, an expert scope - I have no idea what I'd need and since I'm new to IS it's hard to tell from the website.

Any input would be very much appreciated. Thanks! :wavey:
 

Gypsy

Super_Ideal_Rock
Joined
Aug 8, 2005
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40,198
Where are you? You can just go to an apprasier with an ASET.

I'd buy an idealscope and the light box. That's all you need.
 

Veltiesmom

Shiny_Rock
Joined
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Messages
165
Thanks for the reply. I live in the SF Bay Area. Not sure if appraisers out here use IS or not. Assuming yes, though, I'd have to go through a full appraisal on the stone to get the images, I assume? Not sure how that would work.

Do you think skipping the IS images altogether is too risky?
 

Veltiesmom

Shiny_Rock
Joined
Sep 18, 2015
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Yes. In fact I won't even be purchasing it until I inspect and decide if I like it.
 
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