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Are all ACA/Signature diamonds top class?

spon88

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Hi,

I recently purchased a Whiteflash ACA diamond and imported it to the UK. I was extremely pleased with both the service and the stone and a UK valuer concurred that it was a sound deal. So much so that I'm now thinking of purchasing another stone of a similar type.

My question is just really trying to confirm that all WF ACA diamonds (or indeed the similar ranges from any of the other "top" online vendors) are indeed top drawer? So, for the inexperienced, if we are prepared to pay the slight premium, we can expect the purchase to be as near risk-free as purchasing remotely on the web can be? So for me I'd take a look at where the inclusions were relative to the table, head for G/VS2 or thereabouts in the ACA range and go for it if the various images of the stones looked good.

Is that sufficient for any of the retailers offering their pre-selected "signature" stones please, or should we be looking more closely? Has anyone ever heard or seen one of these types of pre-selected stones from any of the main vendors fall short please?

Thanks for any insights,
Dave
 

kenny

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spon88|1446490108|3944812 said:
Hi,

I recently purchased a Whiteflash ACA diamond and imported it to the UK. I was extremely pleased with both the service and the stone and a UK valuer concurred that it was a sound deal. So much so that I'm now thinking of purchasing another stone of a similar type.

My question is just really trying to confirm that all WF ACA diamonds (or indeed the similar ranges from any of the other "top" online vendors) are indeed top drawer? So, for the inexperienced, if we are prepared to pay the slight premium, we can expect the purchase to be as near risk-free as purchasing remotely on the web can be? So for me I'd take a look at where the inclusions were relative to the table, head for G/VS2 or thereabouts in the ACA range and go for it if the various images of the stones looked good.

Is that sufficient for any of the retailers offering their pre-selected "signature" stones please, or should we be looking more closely? Has anyone ever heard or seen one of these types of pre-selected stones from any of the main vendors fall short please?

Thanks for any insights,
Dave

IMO, yes.
A diamond has to meet tight standards to qualify as an ACA from Whiteflash.

What you're doing is a bullet-proof way to get a diamond with superb light performance at decent pricing.
 

spon88

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Thanks folks, that's reassuring and worth the slight premium, particularly if you are purchasing remotely.

Many thanks
Dave
 

Rockdiamond

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HI Dave,
You've had a great experience with one company, and based on their reputation they are very likely to repeat that:)
But in your question you mentioned "other top online vendors"
It would be a mistake to assume any vendor claiming to have a top drawer brand is actually that. Unfortunately some of the larger online vendors are a bit loose with cut grades.
 

gm89uk

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Hey spon88,

From my experience of browsing around, there are generally two types of signature stones.

Venders such as CBI, GOG, WF, and Brian Gavin have their stones cut and faceted especially for their premium line, guaranteeing perfect hearts and arrows and ideal light performance.

Other venders such as James Allen have the True Hearts range, which are normal stones that just happen to be excellent performers and usually have a near perfect H&A range, but not always. These stones are then picked up by JA and marketed as True Hearts. Sometimes though the perfectionists wouldn't classify them as true H&A but they will still be excellent performers in most cases.

I have to be honest that I'm not overly familiar with Blue Niles signature diamonds.
 

spon88

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Hi,

Thanks for the feedback. Late here so apologies for brevity. My own research also seems to tally i.e. the 2 or 3 smaller specialists mentioned above do seem to be able to guarantee a really good stone and for me it's worth the premium.

Thanks for the feedback,
Dave
 
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