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HCA 3.1 VS AGS 0 in Light Performance-Pics & IS image

mdessouki

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I just purchased a stone with a HCA of 3.1 (attached), however it has a zero in light performance graded by AGS. I realized HCA is only a model, but the board really seems to use it as a yes/no too with no exceptions. I receive a lot of comfort in AGS's assessment of light performance. I hope that wasn't a mistake... Can some of you cut nuts take a look below and let me know what you think? Thanks again guys, Mike

1.5ct
H
VS2
Table- 57.6
Depth- 61.6
Crown- 33.4
Pav- 41.4
HCA 3.1 (Very good on all four criteria)
AGS 0, including a 0 in light performance

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CaprineSun

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HCA is a rejection tool, yes, but not for known excellent light performers, which you have with this diamond that is an AGS 0 and good IS. image.

I made the same mistake is disregarding a stone- BGD signature, AGS0 because it scored a 5 on HCA. :nono:

Once you have IS image & AGS 0 ideal, HCA becomes obsolete.
 

yssie

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mdessouki|1314480545|3002026 said:
I just purchased a stone with a HCA of 3.1 (attached), however it has a zero in light performance graded by AGS. I realized HCA is only a model, but the board really seems to use it as a yes/no too with no exceptions. I receive a lot of comfort in AGS's assessment of light performance. I hope that wasn't a mistake... Can some of you cut nuts take a look below and let me know what you think? Thanks again guys, Mike

1.5ct
H
VS2
Table- 57.6
Depth- 61.6
Crown- 33.4
Pav- 41.4
HCA 3.1 (Very good on all four criteria)
AGS 0, including a 0 in light performance
Stone looks fine.

Ditto Twinkle - HCA is by no means considered the end of the story, and anyone who uses it as bolded is simply misusing it. HCA helps you determine whether a stone is "likely worth further investigation" - it's a blunt weeding tool, and when you use it to help you narrow down an inventory of a hundred stones, you know that you are letting some slip through the cracks - but you've got to start somewhere.
 

Gypsy

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*Twinkle*twinkle*|1314480849|3002036 said:
HCA is a rejection tool, yes, but not for known excellent light performers, which you have with this diamond that is an AGS 0 and good IS. image.

I made the same mistake is disregarding a stone- BGD signature, AGS0 because it scored a 5 on HCA. :nono:


Once you have IS image & AGS 0 ideal, HCA becomes obsolete.
I agree. I think the stone looks like a winner. How are you planning on setting it?
 

mdessouki

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Thinking of the Harmony set at WF. Maybe just a traditional solitaire setting and the Harmony band...

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Gypsy

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mdessouki|1314482320|3002082 said:
Thinking of the Harmony set at WF. Maybe just a traditional solitaire setting and the Harmony band...
Oh I love the Harmony. I personally would ask for the 'original' Harmony, it had an integrated head and was even more beautiful than the catalog version.

I think the Harmony set is a great choice. Plain Solitaires are lovely too, but I'd go for the set, personally.
 

CaprineSun

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Gypsy|1314485761|3002167 said:
http://jewelsbyericagrace.smugmug.com/JbEG-Signature-Settings-and/Plain-and-Pave-Solitaires/The-Julia-Solitaire/12794553_T9nUz#821505627_UGdN2 Okay I couldn't help it... I had to post this one for you since you are considering a solitaire but also want bling... I love this setting.
I love this setting as well. This is the one I have my eye on!
 

Gypsy

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*Twinkle*twinkle*|1314489784|3002363 said:
Gypsy|1314485761|3002167 said:
http://jewelsbyericagrace.smugmug.com/JbEG-Signature-Settings-and/Plain-and-Pave-Solitaires/The-Julia-Solitaire/12794553_T9nUz#821505627_UGdN2 Okay I couldn't help it... I had to post this one for you since you are considering a solitaire but also want bling... I love this setting.
I love this setting as well. This is the one I have my eye on!
It's gorgeous. Period. I mean just flat out fabulousness. Great choice Twinkle.
 

CaprineSun

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Thanks Gypsy! I have it bookmarked and stare at the different Julias many times a day, every day. LOL. I daydream about it on my finger. Can't wait! :appl:
 

Gypsy

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*Twinkle*twinkle*|1314490425|3002402 said:
Thanks Gypsy! I have it bookmarked and stare at the different Julias many times a day, every day. LOL. I daydream about it on my finger. Can't wait! :appl:
That's how you know it's the one. YAY! Now I can't wait either!
 
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