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m2001

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Found this diamond (.5 c) on a website for $750. They are charging extra $200 to set it in a pendant with 16 inch 18k gold chain. Is it worth paying $200 for the setting or will be cheaper getting it done at a local jeweller..
 

LesleyH

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m2001:

Welcome to Pricescope! Before you buy a .5 carat diamond for that price I would definitely get more information about it. Is it certified? What is the color/clarity/cut? $750 sounds a little too good to be true for a quality half carat diamond.

LesleyH
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pqcollectibles

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Hey M2001~

Mega dittos to Lesley on this one Bud. Definitely get more info on the diamond. Price sounds too good to be true for a quality .5 carat diamond. Check color and clarity ratings. If it's Certed, get that info too.

$200 is questionable. Are you just getting the pendant for that price, or does that include the chain as well?

You definitely need to ask a few more questions before making this purchase.


Well, forget the second question. I just saw 18K chain included in your original post. LOL What a ditz I can be sometimes.
 

m2001

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Thanks for the reply.

Here's the diamond info ...

EGL Certified (Mini-Cert)

EGL number laser inscribed on the Girdle of the diamond.

Cut & Shape : Round Brilliant
Carat Weight : 0.51 Cts. Flour: None
Color Grade : I
Clarity Grade: SI1

Graining: Nil

Dimensions: 5.01 - 4.94 x 3.23 mm.
Total Depth: 64.7 %
Crown Height: 15%
Table Width: 59%
Pavillion Depth: 44%

Gridle: SLightly Thick, Faceted

Polish: Good
Symmetry: Good
Culet : None

The loose diamond cost is $780

With the pendant and chain its $980..

Any suggestions ... I'm new to diamond buying.
 

m2001

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C'mon.. someone out there must have some good advice for me..
 

Caratz

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The cut is not so great. 64.7 is too deep.

If you are new to buying diamonds, I suggest you read the tutorial and experiment with the Cut Adviser, both linked to this site. Good luck.
 

Rank Amateur

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For $780 it's worth a shot - as long as they have a decent return policy if the thing turns out to be a real dog.
 

69gm

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personally i stay away from EGL certified diamonds. too much controversy. stick to the tried and true GIA/AGSL certs. much more reliable.

have you tried plugging in your numbers into pricescope? it might spit out to you some similar diamonds and their prices to give you a better idea.
 

69gm

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i plugged the numbers into the HCA...came out to 5.8, "Good - Only if price is your main criterion". nice way of saying it's probably not too good.
 

pqcollectibles

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It's a deep cut, more like a Maul store diamond. Because of the depth, the diameter is smaller than a well cut diamond, so it won't look like .5 carat. Also, EGL is not as strict or consistent in grading as AGS or GIA. Better EGL Certs are from the USA, and preferably LA. That I, SI1, could actually be a J or even K, SI2/I1. You wouldn't really know for sure until you got it checked out.

Also, I checked the Cut Advisor. Leonid, one of the experts on the forum, posted formulas to convert % into angle degrees. While the calculations are not completely accurate, they are close. The Cut Adviser says the "Crown angle is too steep and this diamond should not be considered for purchase."

I would suggest you read through the Tutorial and learn so you can make in informed buying decision.
It's great you found this forum. You've taken a step in the right direction.
 

m2001

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Thanks for all that replies...

One thing is for sure, I'll buy GIA certified diamond only.

Here's some quote that I got from one of the site..


Cts Lab Shp Clr Clar Total$ Dep Tbl Dim Fluor Pol Sym
.46 GIA RD H I1 646 61.8 58 4.95x4.99x3.07 None VG G

.47 GIA RD G SI2 677 63 60 4.87x4.90x3.12 None G V

.50 GIA RD G I1 768 59.1 62 5.15x5.20x3.06 None G G

Which one should I go for..
 
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