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  1. om5200
    Rough_Rock

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    by om5200 » Mar 2, 2002
    I have got 2 ideal cut diamonds. Which one do you think is more value for money? Or are both stones on the expensive side ?

    Diamond A:
    0.74ct, D, VVS2, polish and symmetry both EX, GIA. Sarin's report:-
    depth 61.3%
    crown angle 34.1 or 15%
    pavillion angle 40.9 or 43%
    table of 55%
    culet 0.7%
    girdle 1.0 thin - 1.9 sl. thick or 1.5%
    Flour None
    Holloway cut adviser rated it as 1.0

    Internet price from Blue Nile: $5033 (from my previous post, it was said to be expensive)
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    Diamond B:
    0.7ct, E, VVS1,polish and symmetry both EX, EGL.
    depth 62.1%
    crown height 15%
    Pavilion depth 43%
    table of 56%
    culet none
    girdle medium faceted
    Flour None
    Holloway cut adviser rated it as 0.8

    Internet price fgrom DiamondSafe: $4016

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    What is the main factor in the price difference, approx $1000? Is it the difference in colour between D and E? Do diamond prices defer for certicate issuers (i.e GIA and EGL) ?
     
    


    


  2. lawmax
    Brilliant_Rock

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    by lawmax » Mar 2, 2002
    Diamonds with an EGL cert need to be verified for accurate grading. Experts have indicated that some of their labs are more reliable than others. You may be paying less, but if the color and clarity grades are inaccurate, you don't even know what you're paying for. You could be paying $4000 for a diamond that GIA or AGS would grade an F or G, VVS2 or VS1 or worse.

    You can see if a dealer will send the stone to an independent appraiser for you. Some will send stones before you even pay for them, though not too many.

    You can also ask a dealer to send the stone to GIA, with the arrangement that if the stone comes back with the same grade as the EGL report, you pay the dealer's cost of the GIA fee. If the stone comes back with different grading, you can decide if you still want the diamond and see if you can negotiate a price.

    Also, when you use the cut adviser, make sure you are using crown and pavilion *angles*. This is more accurate than using percentages.

    If you are looking to save some money, come down a bit in color and clarity and use the pricescope search to find dealers who price more competitively. Some even give a special discount for pricescope shoppers.

    Good luck :)
     
  3. lawmax
    Brilliant_Rock

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    by lawmax » Mar 2, 2002
    Try the search by visual performance on the right side of the pricescope search page. You will find well-cut diamonds at good prices from reliable vendors.

    :)
     
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