I suspect in the Reuters video , the color is enhanced in the middle of that video. The first view of that stone in the video appears to be more of the true color of a blue diamond. I could be wrong. They made it look like a tanzanite in the latter portions of that video.kenny|1310498162|2967425 said:More views of TL's 7 ct flawless Fancy Vivid Blue diamond ...
If you don't mind me asking- How much did you pay for the Fancy Vivid blue diamond and the fancy intense one?kenny|1310486749|2967300 said:What do you mean by the best possible cut?
The shape you prefer best?
The shape the public prefers best?
The shape most plentiful?
Or the shape that results in the strongest color?
The fancy colored diamond industry, like all businesses, is for profit.
Like Chrono said FCDs are cut to make the color as strong as possible, and waste minimal rough, because it maximizes profits.
Shapes like emerald cut, asscher and round don't do that.
Ideally they cause most of the light to reflect only twice before exiting back out the top, like this . . .
Other shapes, radiant, pear, cushion etc. position their facets to force more of the light to bounce around more times before exiting out the top.
This means the light travels through the colored material longer so it gets more strongly tinted.
A stronger color grade sells for a lot more money.
This explains why we see so many radiant and pear FCDs and so few emerald and asscher cuts.
Surprisingly, rounds are well represented in the FCD market, perhaps because round is the most popular shape.
But just because the industry favors radiants and pears doesn't mean YOU have to.
If you are patient you can hold out for an emerald cut blue diamond.
Since they are more rare they will cost more than an equivalent radiant.
You'd think only super saturated rough capable of Deep or Vivid grades would be cut into step cuts, but not so.
It is possible to find step cuts that are not deep or vivid.
I recently bought a blue emerald cut diamond.
It's in the pic below with two of its siblings.
I fell in love with it the instant I saw it.
Even though it is "only" a Fancy Intense Blue I traded my Fancy Vivid blue for it.
There is just something about the emerald shape that resonates with me.
I bring this up because my decision was contrary to conventional FCD wisdom (rather, the marketplace), which dictates that stronger color is more desirable.
PS educates people about the FCD industry and market, but that doesn't mean you have to march lockstep with them.
Learn all you can, but then think for yourself and do your own thing.
If you love blue emerald cut diamonds I hope you buy one and post pics here.
They are dreamy.
These tiny diamonds ain't Sotheby's or Christie's goods, I ain't no sultan, and they live in a bank vault so I don't mind answering because in this Internet age price is practically pubic record anyway.DiamondTiara|1310502069|2967471 said:If you don't mind me asking- How much did you pay for the Fancy Vivid blue diamond and the fancy intense one?
I know, some people get incredibly upset if you ask prices etc. so I'm always very careful about that.kenny|1310502989|2967483 said:These tiny diamonds ain't Sotheby's or Christie's goods, I ain't no sultan, and they live in a bank vault so I don't mind answering because in this Internet age price is practically pubic record anyway.DiamondTiara|1310502069|2967471 said:If you don't mind me asking- How much did you pay for the Fancy Vivid blue diamond and the fancy intense one?
Even the recent buyer of that flawless 7-ct Fancy Vivid Blue at Sotheby's got no price-privacy.
Sure people vary, but I have no clue why people are sensitive and coy about prices. Whatev!
Here is the current listing for the 0.16 ct Fancy Vivid Blue I spent a very short time with. http://www.fancydiamonds.net/view_diamonds/3722.htm
It was never set or worn.
As such it has not absorbed any of my juju.
Even then, when people divorce or die their diamonds are not exactly thrown away.
There's no way to know if your "new" diamond was owned or worn by others in the past.
Unless it enhances the value, like being owned by Marie Antoinette or Liz Taylor, provenance conveniently vanishes when vendors sell most diamonds.
The 0.28 ct. Fancy Intense Blue emerald cut pictured above is larger but since it is "only" Fancy Intense was only a couple bucks cheaper than the 0.16 Fancy Vivid Blue.
FWIW, here are all my kids.
Yes, you're right.DiamondTiara|1310541731|2967878 said:I know, some people get incredibly upset if you ask prices etc. so I'm always very careful about that.