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Poll: What is most important in your ONLINE diamond shopping experience?

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Price
 
193
55%
Selection
 
23
7%
Reputation
 
95
27%
Information
 
17
5%
Addons (warranties, trade up policies, free cleanings)
 
4
1%
Location (Canada, U.S.)
 
3
1%
Customer Service, purchase assistance
 
13
4%
[OP]
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Veritate wrote:
Sep 29th, 2017 10:41 am
Dear OP,

I have a diamond I would like to sell. It is GIA certified and has a Birks appraisal report as well. Two questions...

1. Where should I go to sell this diamond for the best price possible?
2. If the appraisal report says 100k for example, how much should I aim to sell it for?

Thanks!
In my opinion I would try to sell to another buyer and not to some one in the trade. Odds are having purchased the ring form birks you paid a very big premium for it having been purchased there and you would not recoup any of that selling to some one in the trade.
With an appraisal value it is almost impossible to link it to an actual value as the appraisals are subjective, as most are done at retail replacement value which of course depends on the store it was purchased or assumed purchased from. I can give you a rough Idea of what some one in the trade would pay for it if you can send me the details like the GIA report and the birks appraisal.
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Sep 28, 2017
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Long time reader on here. thediamondshopper, what is best way to contact you to speak about an engagement ring purchase?

Thank you
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amadeo13 wrote:
Sep 29th, 2017 3:37 pm
Long time reader on here. thediamondshopper, what is best way to contact you to speak about an engagement ring purchase?

Thank you
Very happy to hear the thread has been useful. To keep with the intention of unbiased advice as well as staying within the rules of RFD I prefer not to go into details on our business through the thread.
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hagitran wrote:
Oct 1st, 2017 1:27 pm
Hi @thediamondshopper,

I have a family heirloom diamond that I’d like to get graded. Do you have any places you suggest? Thanks!
Unfortunately the appraisers I work with most are not open to the public. I would look for some one who is a graduate gemologist in the area where you are and are independent ie they dont own or work at a store. If your intention is to sell it down the road you may want to consider sending it to a major grading lab as this would aid greatly in your ability to sell it for a fair price. GIA (Gemological Institute of America) is by far the most well known and has one of the best reputations. They are only located in the USA.
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ah_long wrote:
Oct 3rd, 2017 10:23 pm
Hi @diamondshopper , wondering if you can give some insights on this

GIA 6201803502
Hi,

A couple things stand out about this diamond. First is that it is from september 2015 as per the GIA report. This isnt necessarily a deal breaker but would give you cause to wonder why it hasnt sold in 2 years. Its not quite an old enough report to be a trade in, this would be a question I would ask whom every you are considering buying it from. Its not a diamond I have access to so I cant find out. Best case scenario it is inventory in a smaller store where slow turnover might have had it sitting around for a few years.

The other thing I should point out is that the face up size or girdle diameter is on the small side for a 1ct diamond. It is more what you would find for a mid .9ct that was very well cut, and seeing that it is exactly 1ct might indicate that it was forced up in weight to hit a higher price point which would mean things like girdle painting/digging or other weight saving techniques that negatively impact the light performance of the diamond.

All in all I would say there are much better 1ct diamonds out there that dont have these red flags so I would keep looking.
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QadiymS818 wrote:
Oct 16th, 2017 8:53 pm
Hi @diamondshopper what's your take on
https://www.jamesallen.com/mobile/loose ... 8cd4e21a11
For the most part I would say it is a nice diamond. It is a cushion modified brilliant cut and not a cushion brilliant but is on the better side of modified brilliant because the pavilion faceting goes edge to edge. So it would look in between a run of the mill modified brilliant and a brilliant. Clarity looks good, some times clouds can look much worse on the grading reports than in actuality. In this case it is a good example of the clarity plot way overstating the inclusions. This is mainly because symbols are used for the inclusions rather than showing how they actually look. Price wise James Allen has it priced on the high side but not unreasonable considering it is coming from over seas. I would double check that there are no issues like brown tinge or milkyness just to be certain but nothing I can see from the video. Face up size or girdle diameter is also above average with most modified brilliants around 5.75mm. So the diamond will look larger for its carat weight
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Sep 2, 2017
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Hey, have been reading through this thread slowly but surely.

What are your opinions on cushion cuts? They seem to be much cheaper compared to their round counterparts but I'm sure there's a reason why. Is it because they're just not as popular or something?

Also if you could tell me what you think about these 3 diamonds I'd appreciate it:

https://www.bluenile.com/ca/diamond-details/LD09177955
https://www.bluenile.com/ca/diamond-details/LD09111414
https://www.bluenile.com/ca/diamond-details/LD09526377

I have a budget of around <4k for the diamond + setting if that helps or if you could recommend something else. Thanks for keeping this thread alive for so long!
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Apr 15, 2013
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Hi,
Thank you for all the amazing information and I've basically read through the entire thread and applied what I believe are the most important traits to a great diamond (i.e. ideal cut, depth, table, angles, etc.). Would you be able to take a look at this diamond and let me know what you think?

AGS-104093581017
https://www.whiteflash.com/loose-diamon ... 839988.htm

Thanks!!

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