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tuckie

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Hello pricescope friends -
I am looking to purchase a pair of studs, and hoping you can give some advice on how to maximize my $3500 budget

+ My priorities are cut and size - I'm very willing to be more flexible on color (to I or J) and clarity (SI will work well)
+ What size do you think I can reach with these parameters?
+ These are my only studs, so having upgrade eligible stones is probably important
+ Why would you prefer 4 prong or 3 prong martini settings?

Given these priorities, how would you proceed?

Thanks!

[I realize this is in the wrong forum - trying to get it moved to RockyTalky]
 

wildcat03

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I had a slightly smaller budget than you. I went with IDJ and ended up with 1.2 ct G/SI2 studs (eye clean). They are well cut but likely not super ideal, which doesn't bother me. IDJ has a good upgrade policy. I love my studs and get regular compliments on them.
 

ccuheartnurse

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Hi There,

Here are 4 stones from Blue Nile that will be available shortly. :sun: If you are interested in any of them, call customer service & ask for Laurie. ;)) Clarity is a bit overkill for studs but they're cheaper than some others that are lower clarity so why not buy the better clarity grades?! You'll have to cut & paste because the direct links don't work for Blue Nile (yes..is a total pain). Laurie can send you a pic of the VS-2. The crystal is off the table & is at the edge of the crown, which is a good spot for it. I was told it was eye clean.
Sorry...I've got to run & don't have time to list the details.

LD06669877

LD06733120

LD06710252

LD06209898

Best of Luck..
Judy
 

tuckie

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I've gotten the following suggestions from IDJ:

What do you think?

Diamond A: H VS1 .61 ct
HCA = 1.9
5.39 x 5.43
Depth: 62.3%
Table: 57%
Crown Angle: 36.0
Pavillion Angle: 40.6



Diamond 2: I VS2 .60 ct
HCA = 2.7
5.39 x 5.42
Depth: 62.0%
Table: 57%
Crown Angle: 35.5
Pavillion Angle: 40.8

26_hvs1_aset.jpg

26_hvs1_idealscope.jpg

84_ivs2_aset.jpg

84_ivs2_idealscope.jpg
 

wildcat03

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Not really loving those options. Both have leakage. Did you tell him you were looking for Pricescope-quality stones?
 

ccuheartnurse

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I don't like the 2 from ID either. Although I didn't have any images for the Blue Nile stones, I did run them through the HCA & they had great scores. Based on that, I would give them a chance. I had painstainingly gone through quite a few to get to those 4, which I think are well balanced between the numbers, clarity & colour. Nope, I'm not a vendor. Just an enthusiast. :sun:
 

PintoBean

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Ask IDJ if those 4 on BN are in NY. If they are, he can call them
In in a flash and take a look at them.
 

tuckie

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Thanks for your input!
Can you help me identify in the photos *where* the leakage is? I'd like to get better at reading the photos.

Also, can someone contextualize the feedback? Aka it's clear that these are not superideal stones.. but how "off" are they? Is this a good balance of value vs. performance, or do I certainly throw them back given they're poor performers?

What suggestions do you have for me in communicating with IDJ about what I want, given my last round resulted in these.

All but 1 of the Blue Nile stones suggested are no longer available.
 

PintoBean

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Yes, in my novice opinion, comparing the link with the images posted - too much green :)
 

wildcat03

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Did you specifically ask for Pricescope quality stones? If not, you need to.

Also, I only work with Yekutiel, so I would suggest talking to him.
 

PintoBean

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wildcat03|1457109051|3999746 said:
Did you specifically ask for Pricescope quality stones? If not, you need to.

Also, I only work with Yekutiel, so I would suggest talking to him.
Yes - work with Yekutiel and tell him that the feedback you got on the images was not favorable, and you want to explore more options.
 

tuckie

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Hi all -
Here are photos of a second, better, set? Would love input here

Stone A: 0.6 CT J SI1
HCA: 1.5
Depth: 62.4%
Table: 57%
Crown Angle: 35.5
Pavilion Angle: 40.6


Stone A: 0.6 CT I SI2
HCA: 1.3
Depth: 62.2%
Table: 56%
Crown Angle: 35.5
Pavilion Angle: 40.6

29_j_si1_aset.jpg

77_i_si1_aset.jpg
 
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