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$40,000 For This? I Just Don’t Get It.

Horsegirl76

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I don’t know why my post disappearedbut anyway, a few of the diamonds we saw in the exhibit looked just like the OP’s picture. My mother and I both commented that it was funny they cut some diamonds to look like like glass.

After reading @mathews1127 article it is more understandable. The clarity IS impressive.
 

Matthews1127

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I believe static photos lead one to believe these cuts are lifeless.
Quite the contrary.
“FLASHY“ is more the term, rather than “sparkly”. These are specially designed versions of step cut diamonds, intended to “frame” a portrait, or photo.
I’d wear one completely void of a photo....just to see the intense flash fly off the stone!
 

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:knockout::knockout::knockout: What a waste of $$$.
 
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I see the appeal in some of these videos! They’re beautiful in a different way. But I wouldn’t pay $40k for them - maybe 1/3rd-1/4th that at most for the 3ct in the original post and frankly even that would be a hard sell with a burgeoning wishlist that will absolutely take precedence. I would only buy this if I had a lot of money to burn and an absolutely enviable collection of “too many diamonds” otherwise.
 

LightBright

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This one isn’t a portrait cut. It’s a very shallow “old cut hybrid” with a culet. I almost purchased one like this before, it was antique. But the cut was so usual (mine had a puffy crown and a very shallow pavilion, I chickened out (I wasn’t sure I’d be able to re-sell easily if I did decide to re-sell). The flashes of colored light on that one was stunning. And I was certain it was antique (bruted girdle, etc,). I regret returning that diamond to this day! In contrast I don’t think a true portrait cut would have so much life as this example.
 
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The first large diamond I have handled was a window - formerly used in an accelerator or some such, extremely perfect - flawless, colourless to begin with, polished to absurd standards, obviously not a shard of anything common & there is no way I will ever NOT want one.

Other stones in slab form? Yes. I do not quite have a story for why & how. At least there be precedent - www
 
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The first large diamond I have handled was a window - formerly used in an accelerator or some such, extremely perfect - flawless, colourless to begin with, polished to absurd standards, obviously not a shard of anything common & there is no way I will ever NOT want one.

Other stones in slab form? Yes. I do not quite have a story for why & how. At least there be precedent - www
The concept of a “historically cut” slab (or plate like, or geometric) gem is something I didn’t know existed until your post. How extraordinary! I’m an instant convert.
 
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a “historically cut” slab (or plate like, or geometric) gem is something I didn’t know existed
I have heard of a revival of the point cut www called the 'Context' cut - not near natural octahedrons, but polished at different angles for optical properties - I am not sure they are still made, the prices were terrifying, so is the so called yield, since the desired planes are - very - far from any esulting from natural growth (rant).

I suspect the simple historical cuts are still everywhere - in the earlier stages of cutting modern models, but, I am not sure if this statement is quite right - eg. a 'table cut' as a stage toward a French (or something else).

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I like these very simple cuts & small they are also impressive because of the larger facets flickering broadly - or so I see them.
 

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a “historically cut” slab (or plate like, or geometric) gem is something I didn’t know existed
I have heard of a revival of the point cut (www , www ) called the 'Context' cut - not near natural octahedrons, but polished at different angles very far from the facets of natural octahedra (yield ,( & prices!) toward some optical properties or others, I am not sure this cut is still made.

I suspect the simple historical cuts are still everywhere - in the earlier stages of cutting modern models, but, I am not sure if this statement is quite right, e.g. would this www be a 'table cut' by & large (not the historical proportions of octahedrons with their tips taken off, just the layout of facets.)

ramble


I like these very simple cuts & find them more impressive in small sizes, because the large facets flicker broadly; large, are so rare, I am not thinking through their details anymore; the window I mentioned is the exception.
 

naroo_11

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I have seen a couple portrait stones used in a way that I would gladly wear them. I would not spend that amount on one though, and this one is quite large so the price is understandable.
 
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