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Nervousintexas

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Hello all,
I just purchased a 1.67ct diamond solitaire on e-bay for $405. It almost seems too good to be true, but the seller is a "power seller" with a 99.5% aproval rating so it seems legit. I was wondering if some of you experts could take a look at it and tell me what you think. http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=2645494118

In addition, I need to have it re-set in white gold, any suggestions on how to handle this on a local level with out upsetting the jeweler since the diamond was purchaed elswhere? Finally, how much would you guess it would cost if I sold him the old setting?

I would greatly apreciate any help that anyone could give. Thanks, Nervous in Texas.
 

niceice

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You do realize that a I2/I3 clarity diamond is going to look like crushed rock quartz don't you? And J/K color is pretty yellow... Long story short, you just got what you paid for, we're afraid that there isn't any gentle way to break this to you so forgive us for being blunt... Most jewelers are going to refuse to touch the stone for fear of shattering it during the unsetting and setting process... I2/I3 is one step above industrial grade, we hope that the seller offers a return policy because we have a feeling that you're going to pass out when you open the box.
 

buyandselljewelry

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this diamond wont break upon setting, see if its pleasnt to the eye upon recieving, if so, your ok!
 

Giangi

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On 7/16/2003 1:24
5 AM buyandselljewelry wrote:

this diamond wont break upon setting
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Who says that? I'm sorry to say that an I 3 (cause that stone is I 3 and not I 2 to me) is very likely to break during resetting, if the jeweler won't be careful.

As soon as you receive the package, let us know how it looks.

BTW, they even have some ideal cut diamonds with very respectable HCA scores!
 

8*flash

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Oh my, that is indeed too good to be true. And I'm afraid you have little recourse since you are certainly getting what the seller advertised. I3? OUCH. Thankfully you are only out $400. It could have been alot worse.
 

niceice

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On 7/16/2003 1:24
5 AM buyandselljewelry wrote:

this diamond wont break upon setting, see if its pleasnt to the eye upon recieving, if so, your ok!

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We beg to differ! It is quite possible for a diamond to be damaged during the setting process and the odds increase substantially with heavily included stones which I2/I3 certainly qualify as "heavily included" and the pictures posted for that diamond show extensive feathering running through the stone so we think it's fair to say that the risk for damage during the unsetting and setting process is reasonably high... It is clear that you "buyandsell" but do you "buysellandset"?
 

mike04456

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Ditto to all of the above. You got what you paid for, and I'd say it was legit based on the photos and this line in the description:

"Clarity: I2/I3, obvious eye visible inclusions"

Frankly, I'd leave it in the existing setting. It's not worth the cost of resetting, and as niceice says, you never know what's going to happen with a stone that heavily included. Certainly no reputable jeweler is going to work on it without getting a release of liability first. In fact, I'm certain you're setting yourself up for a lecture about the risks of buying diamonds over the internet.
At least it was only $400.
 

Mexi

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Did you notice the large black inclusion in the left corner of the stone? Just a little too obvious for me. JMHO
 

dancingmelimel

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Nervous,

It appears your seller does have a return policy that is not contingent on them misrepresenting the item. But you have a very short time in which to return. When you get the ring, if you don't like the look of the stone IN ITS CURRENT SETTING, you'd better contact that seller immediately to preserve your rights! Presumably, he earned his high feedback by being true to his word, and if he lets you return it as advertised then he deserves more good feedback in fact! (The ring does appear to be accurately described.)

So you might only be out the cost of shipping, assuming, (as most of us are,) that you don't want the ring once you see it.


-Melissa
 

Giangi

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Furthermore... LOLOLOLOL
 

Kamuelamom

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On 7/16/2003 12
6:23 PM Furthermore wrote:

PS

"Appraised Value: $4840.00"

Who appraised it ? Ray Charles and Helen Keller ? ;-))

Well. $400 is $400 - and if it comes and you like it.... ;-)))) Hope you do. ;-)) But, er, $4840 appraised value ?

Furthermore ;-))
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Furthermore, LOL!!!!!!!!
 

Mara

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Oh my Furthermore...that made me laugh


It is very likely the diamond will be a serious eyesore, the symmetry looks really chopped in the picture, at least it was only $400! It could be a nice paperweight or a toy for the kids? Or you could just return it and call it a lesson learned.

The seller probably has great feedback because he represents his items correctly (e.g. obvious inclusions). Also it looks like he sells some really nice stones besides this one. One interesting thing to note that gets negative marks for me is that he tilts all of his pictures of the stones so that you can't see straight down into the stone. Hard to find eye visible inclusions in a tilted stone in a picture.

Nice 3 and 4c stones *drool*...

Good luck!
 

mike04456

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On 7/16/2003 12:37
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One interesting thing to note that gets negative marks for me is that he tilts all of his pictures of the stones so that you can't see straight down into the stone. Hard to find eye visible inclusions in a tilted stone in a picture.

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Well, no amount of tilt is going to hide that huge black inclusion (probably magnetite, hematite or some other iron compound) up in the corner.


But he gets good marks from me for being honest and not overselling a chunk of boart like some ebayers do.
 

mike04456

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On 7/16/2003 12
6:23 PM Furthermore wrote:
Who appraised it ? Ray Charles and Helen Keller ? ;-))

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Unlikely since HK is dead.

But either them or a maul jeweler. It's actually not that far off for a low-end mall store. PS has a few stones in that range for around $1800. Add the setting, double the price for the mall venue, and add 50% for a mall "appraisal" and that would put you around $4800. So in a sense, Nervous got herself a deal after all.

 

Mara

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Definitely LG...but for the stones such as his better cut ones that seem to mostly be SI3...that is an EGL grade so it may even be borderline I1...it's hard to see the inclusions in some of these stones because of the tilt. Makes for a potential unhappy customer when they open they box to see SI3/borderline I1 inclusions in their expensive stone.
 

trichrome

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I've seen plenty of women out there wearing I2-3 stones...
it's not that uncommon here.

Trichrome.
 

guslik

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Hello everybody!
I understand that people who come to this forum get a lot of diamond knowledge eventually.
I live in Houston and believe me have many female friends that own e-ring. Things I noticed
1) they don’t have any idea about color / clarity/ cut etc.
2) they only know carat weight (not exact though)
3) they are not able to see OBVIOUS inclusions in their stones.
4) These e-ring were bought from local stores here in Houston which basically means they sell stones that are not any better than the stone Nervousintexas bought for $400, only these stores charge at least $1999 for I2/I3 stones.
I just wanted to calm down Nervousintexas , nothing bad happened to her , she can always return this stone if she does not like it and maybe this purchase from e-bay will get Nervousintexas to read more about diamonds and to became a pro one day
, after all, no one on this forum was born with a lot of knowledge about diamonds.
Just my 2 cents


 

mike04456

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On 7/17/2003 1:31:58 AM Furthermore wrote:
Helen Keller is dead ? Does she know ??

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She's been dead since 1968, so I hope so.
 

mike04456

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On 7/17/2003 11:14:53 AM guslik wrote:
I live in Houston and believe me have many female friends that own e-ring. Things I noticed
2) they only know carat weight (not exact though)

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I grew up in Houston during the '80s (showing my age here). Interesting to see that things haven't much changed. So much in Texas seems to be about size, i.e., the biggest truck, the biggest house, the biggest diamond, etc., without concern for anything else. Back then, during the Oil Bust years, the local blood sport was guessing which overextended developer was going to go bankrupt next because of some colossal office building he'd thrown up that was now at 10% occupancy. You'd think people would learn eventually.

 

Nate

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On 7/17/2003 11:36:20 AM LawGem wrote:
I grew up in Houston during the '80s (showing my age here)
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Wow, I was born in the 80s!
 

aljdewey

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On 7/17/2003 7:45:54 PM Nate wrote:

Wow, I was born in the 80s!

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Nate, thank you SO MUCH. I am now officially depressed.

SIGH.

 

Nate

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Hehe...


Too young? I'm turning 23 in 8 days! I'm getting old!!
But I found the most wonderful person so, what can I do?
Since this thread is totally hijacked anyway...



Such a smile!


Plus I'd have to wait another year for the old car insurance premium reduction, I hear getting married does that.
 

Mara

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Ahhhh the beauty of young love.....

23 is way too young to get married, you don't even know who you REALLY ARE yet (wait...that never changes...nevermind!!)

 
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