Yes I was going to suggest that! HPD purchased my diamond and I was able to upgrade. And you’ll have an amazing diamond in the end!It might be worth asking HPD (High Performance Diamonds) or Whiteflash if they would consider taking your diamond as a trade in.
I traded my diamond with HPD which was originally purchased at a store.
Nothing to lose by asking.
AGS000 with great light performance, going from the ASET image on the grading report.What do you guys think about this diamond?
I think it actually might be better!?
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Is it possible for you to run the HCA score on this one for me? I actually put the diamond on hold at JA. Wanting to get a few more opinions on this diamond but looks pretty good and they have a full refund policy if I don’t love it.AGS000 with great light performance, going from the ASET image on the grading report.
If it is eye-clean (or if it's not but you are still happy with it) it could be a good purchase.
Unfortunately, the employee at JA says they do not buy diamonds. The stone is $8100 but still need to factor in taxes. Like I mentioned in a previous post, I’ve had a couple of online vendors quote me at 2K-2800k. So I’m hoping I can sell it for around $2200. Then I just need to pay to have it set somewhere locally. I’m really hoping I love it! But like you said, if I don’t, I just send it back.Sorry just getting back, but looks like you've made some progress. That last JA stone with AGS0 is a worthwhile gamble. Proportions are great. Even the AGS1 was much better than either of the two previous stones.
I'd be willing to gamble on the AGS0 if I were in your shoes. The crystals look clear. If it's not eye clean, send it back and start over. Nothing lost really.
What was the price? It doesn't show now that you have reserved? I'm guessing around $8k. Has JA given you an answer on a trade in value? Even if they offered $1,000 you are at the same dollars as local jeweler and have a hell of a lot better stone.
Jewelers Mutual will insure when setting a stone. You will need the receipt from your stone and the receipt or a written statement from the jeweler about the cost of the setting. For your current ring you would get it appraised then insured.On a side note, if all goes well with this diamond, I’m going to have to have my current diamond removed and then reset with the new diamond. I’m somewhat concerned about liability issues. What if someone chips my current stone removing it (devaluing my trade-in) or chips the new stone when mounting it? What are questions I should ask upfront when going into local jewelry stores?
Unfortunately no, my current setting will not hold a 1.5 carat. Most local jewelers have quoted me around $200-300 to have it set. I’ve got somewhat a unique setting so I think the prongs need to be extended up.Jewelers Mutual will insure when setting a stone. You will need the receipt from your stone and the receipt or a written statement from the jeweler about the cost of the setting. For your current ring you would get it appraised then insured.
Some jewelers also have setting insurance - I would ask.
Is your setting going to be able to fit a stone this much bigger than your old one?
I feel like you are likely to need an entirely new "peg"/"head" thingy (that's what I think the thing the prong is attached to is called). When I put a bigger stone in my existing setting, that's what was required.Unfortunately no, my current setting will not hold a 1.5 carat. Most local jewelers have quoted me around $200-300 to have it set. I’ve got somewhat a unique setting so I think the prongs need to be extended up.
While I do prefer the AGS0 stone, you can see the proportions on the AGS1 stone are still complimentary as well.Can anyone run the HCA score on that 1.52carat diamond for me please.
I'm not buying this. I think you got a bad sales rep. Did you try speaking to someone else, or elevating the matter to a manager?Unfortunately, the employee at JA says they do not buy diamonds.
I'm guessing you are right. But it does assume she has a peg head style setting. An example of one is below.I feel like you are likely to need an entirely new "peg"/"head" thingy (that's what I think the thing the prong is attached to is called). When I put a bigger stone in my existing setting, that's what was required.
I think they were B&M placesHey @DTraina, who are the online vendors that made you an offer? It sounds like you got two of them, one for $2,000 and another for $2,800. Can you tell us which vendor for which amount?
My thoughts are we can search some alternate stones with those vendors, just in case JA really won't do anything with you on the trade.
1. JA does not demand expertise from their customer service staff. There are a couple - like, two - of representatives whose opinions I would trust, but on the whole I've found the "information" they provide to be meaningless at best and misguided at worst.Attached is the AGS report for the 1.52carat from JA. I’m not sure how to read AGS reports so I’d love to get some feedback about this stone. How would I know if it’s eye clean? I actually asked the customer service lady on their website and she responded, “There’s no way to tell if an SI2 will be clean.” I assumed I would be able to find this information out before making any sort of purchase but I guess not.
Also, from the little I’ve read, I thought a good AGS stone should have a rating of 0. This one is rated as a 1. Is that bad?
I would be surprised if this stone is eyeclean in-person. The crystal, though white, is close to the table - I am guessing it will be easily noticeable on somewhat close inspection from slight tilt angles. Given crystal location and stone size, it is not prongable. Diamonds of this carat/colour/clarity are priced individually... you can't "game the system" to get an awesome SI2 at rock-bottom price from a vendor with a large not-in-house inventory - SI2s that are almost-SI1s are going to command an almost-SI1 pricetag. It's a different story when you're purchasing a branded stone, of course - in those cases special care is taken to mask inclusions, and those sorts of SI2s may very well be eyeclean in larger sizes.Hi everyone, I purchased the 1.54 carat today. I’ll let everyone know how it turns out! Really hoping it’s eye clean. Thanks to everyone who helped! Im very excited about this stone and appreciate all “diamond education” I received from all the members here.
On a side not, I did ask JA about trading my diamond in but again, they said they only do this if the previous stone was purchased from them. Not sure if they their “rules” have recently changed but they flat out said no. I’m just going to try and sell my stone elsewhere.