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yennyfire

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In my hunt for an OEC for picklecat, I came across this one...what do you think? .75 H/I SI2 (because of a chip in the girdle) for $350....

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yennyfire

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So do you think it's a dud or are you all out there trying to find it and bid on it??? :naughty:
 

kelpie

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I wouldn't necessarily say it's a bad deal but that is a huge chip...I can see it quite clearly. If I were going to buy it I would budget in the cost to recut as I wouldn't set or wear it with such major damage. Most old cuts will have some chips or abrasions but not usually ones that interfere with their appearance or stability but I worry that one could.
 

yennyfire

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Thanks Kelpie. I'd probably bezel the sucker as an earring or as part of a 3 stone ring...I think that would protect the girdle once the chip had been polished out. Still a bad idea?
 

Circe

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It's hard to tell given the angle of the photograph ... I don't suppose there are any other shots?

But assuming even a vaguely attractive stone, a .75 H for $350 would tempt me mightily: I would happily bezel that sucker in a VERY nice setting and spend what remained on the setting or what-have-you.
 

kelpie

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What I'm thinking is that if you just wanted a minor re-cut, it'll be lopsided because a huge chunk needs to be cut out leaving the culet and all the facets off center. To really do a nice job of it and keep it center you might lose a lot of weight making it not such a great deal.
 

yennyfire

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Here's the only other photo. I hear what you're saying about polishing it possibly making the faceting look off, but I figure for $350, in an earring, it might not be that noticable????

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coati

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That's a pretty big chip, and the clarity and cut are hard to determine from the pics. You're looking at a decent loss in girdle diameter with a recut. In this case, you'd likely get what you paid for.
 

Circe

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I would NOT buy it with the intention of a recut - between the cost of recutting and the weight loss, you'd wind up spending more than you would for a stone with higher clarity! But if it had the potential to just be bezeled outright, then it might be worth it ....
 

yennyfire

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Hmmm, I think I'll see if I can get a couple of better photos...I'd be happy to bezel it...that's my dream for an pair of earrings anyway...
 

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Hmmm. The price is right, the faceting looks nice, the chip is unfortunately pretty big. If you'd be cool with it as-is, and the chip wouldn't drive you bats, it's worth the price for sure. I have a ~.50 ct OEC with a chip that's a little smaller, which I spent $200 on. Fine for earrings or bezeled IMO. Pretty stone, really too bad it's so chipped!

ETA: I would *not* buy it intending to get it recut. IMO that chip is probably too drastic for a recut to fix easily- I think you'd lose a HECK of a lot of weight. I'd use it as it is, possibly spend the shipping to send it to BG, just to ask about fixing it, but I wouldn't expect a recut to leave much. Unfortunately.
 

yennyfire

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Thanks everyone! It's on it's way to me, so I guess we'll see when it arrives. It's my first ebay purchase of this kind, so I'm being realistic about what I may end up with. I'll take some photos asap....thanks for your opinions! If anyone comes across it's mate, please let me know! :naughty:
 
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