by lodestar » Aug 10, 2001 Hello folks,I have to say that I find your discussions intriguing, and so I'm asking your advice on a recent find. I spent 7-8 months self-educating and looking for a diamond in the Toronto area, and my quest has brought me to the following stone:It's a G, SI-1, 1.59 carats with the following proportions:7.63 diameter (7.57-7.6 depth 4.54 (59.5%) crown 33.5 degrees (13.1%) pavillion 41.2 degrees (43.6%) table 4.62 (60.6%) culet 0.8% (very small) girdle 2.8% (medium)Yes, it's a little spread, but when I held it and looked down into it, I was positively stunned by the intensity of the reflections from deep within out through the table. From everything I've learned, it seems to have very good proportions, with a bit of a wide table (but well within limits of tolerance). I ran the numbers through the Holloway Cut advisor and it yielded a 3.6 (very good brilliance, good fire and scintillation, excellent spread - which my fiancee will love). I'm dying to hear some expert opinions regarding the cut, however.My biggest question is regarding the table. Just how much does a table of 60.6% detract from the beauty of a diamond, and in what way? It seems to me that the Europeans appreciate the wider tables, and that this stone would have fetched a far greater price over there.Incidentally, I found the experience at Spence a great start. I have lots of good things to say about them, but for those with the time and inclination, prowling the shops of the independent jewellers is just too profitable a venture to pass up.