I had the same dilemma. I ended up buying 2 *loose* signature ideal diamonds, and examined both of them with my own H&A viewer and . Both lived up to my standards as far as hearts and arrows are concerned. You can see the images here:Date: 4/4/2009 7:08:43 PM
Which should I go with a Signature diamond or a H&A ideal? Are all Signature diamonds H&A diamonds? The budget is going to be pretty tight ,around $3,000. I''m hoping to get around .75 carats.
Yes, you definitely need to do so. Jon the owner is a great guy and you will have a wonderful time viewing diamonds!Date: 4/5/2009 9:03:13 PM
yes, they are based in Long Island. You will need to call them and make an appointment first, I think.
Date: 4/6/2009 2:56:22 PM
buying diamonds through or through are two different processes. if you feel you want the help of an expert right there with you to explain and guide, then a vendor like would be the way to go. but if you want to do the process by yourself and perhaps save a few bucks, you might want to try . if you decide to do the route, you might like to have your stone checked out by an appraiser if you want the extra images and info which doesn''t offer. expert info like can offer you comes at a price and only you can decide if that''s worth it to you and how much help you need.
both processes can be a lot of fun -good luck!
Date: 4/6/2009 4:31:30 AM
Oh and here''s ''s link that claims their signature ideal diamonds are all H&A:
So while initially a skeptic, I''ve come away quite satisfied with and would happily go back to them if I were to buy a diamond in the future. But just to satisfy my anal self, I would still buy the signature ideal diamond loose first and take H&A photographs before getting it set. A word of advice is you should purchase the Jeweler''s Mutual insurance on the loose diamond. It''s a quick click away from the site and all information gets populated automatically so it''s really easy. The cool thing is if you return the diamond within 30 days, you can cancel the insurance completely FREE of charge. That is, they reverse all insurance charges so you don''t pay a penny for the duration that you keep the diamond. And that also means that if you choose not to keep diamond and ship it back to , you can do it via UPS/Fedex and not pay any insurance becaues JM would cover it. I have email proof from their sales rep saying they cover shipping of loose diamonds. So it''s a bit of hassle to buy a loose diamond, but at least it won''t cost you much.