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*user error on last two postings...*LINEAGE DIAMOND/LAZARE/LINZ/IDEAL from Bailey Banks Biddle *plea

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extremeskigal

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main interest: Lineage and Linz
contenders: Lazare and the loose 'ideal' cut diamonds

bottom line: will be stretching budget and looking at this purchase as an investment... my heart isn't set on one particular cut or store. seeking adivce on how to make and educated decision on purchasing.

Lineage- i've found the color (E-G/H) to be good but the clarity (generally SI1-SI2) to be so-so... however with the 160+ facets on this diamond it appears better than what it's really worth... do all the facets hide the SI1-2 clarity? Is this worth the $$? 1CT-7,800-7,900/1.5CT=$15,000
line given at store: was designed by scott kay for 168th year anniversary(therefore 168 facets) for BaileyBanksBiddle in the industry...

Linz- i'm attracted to the cut and lower setting of the Linz. although a little more expensive, are there any reveiws out there about this cut? my concern is the shallowness of the cut and essentially, a mediocre cut being passed off as a rooty-tooty kind of diamond.
line given at store: has look of a princess cut but the brilliance of a round.

Lazare: pretty much double the cost per CT of the Linz and Lineage... any thoughts on this one? is it really worth the $$?
line given at store: methodology of cut is mathematically based for the 'perfect' cut to maximize brilliance... what's the difference b/n this cut and the Lineage? Although Lineage has almost twice as many facets, it appears to reflect a lot of light

Ideal cut/loose diamonds- i like the idea of being able to pick the center stone and setting separately... 1.2CT/VS2/F-G was $12,000 - a little more budget friendly. In this case would it be better to just look w/ wholesalers and importers if i'm to go this route? i'd rather not pay a higher profit margin if it will all be the same...

desperately seeking advice,

extremeskigal
 

oldminer

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"bottom line: will be stretching budget and looking at this purchase as an investment"

No, no no! Do not buy luxury items as "investments"

Buy them because you want one, you can afford one, you need one, you'd love one. Do not buy one to make money with because it is very unlikely to happen. Diamonds are not the equivalent of the stock market or real estate.
 

extremeskigal

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ok, perhaps word selection could have been better... i would love/like/want one... the purchase would not exactly break my bank account, but in my opinion a fairly large purchase nonetheless.

investment not to turn a profit in the future, instead an investment in something i will be more than happy to wear and look at for the next 50+ years. as i don't plan in excercising the 'trade-in' options out there.

it's more than just money changing hands. since i'm not independently wealthy. it will be something i've worked hard to attain. just trying to maximize knowledge in the efforts to prevent the pooch from being screwed.
 

oldminer

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Why not search for a simple AGA 1A or a well made version of the AGS 0, A Cut Above, A superCert, or one of very many finely cut stones that do not command crazy premiums.

NBo extra facerts are necessary. No "names" make the stone better. A fine cut is simply what you will find the best. No pooch screwing allowed!
 

student

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Sorry, didn't see this other thread, so my other post was redundant. I see what you mean now: you want something that is sure to have value to YOU in the future, not necessarily to the market. This is, of course, wise.
 
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