Category Archives for Featured Diamonds

James Allen True Hearts 1.33 carat, F, VS-1

I’m always on the lookout for well cut diamonds in the range of 1.33 carats because it’s a very popular size which tends to be difficult to come by… One of the reasons why I like diamonds in this range of carat weight is because I feel that if you’re going to pay the premium […]

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Cushion Cut Diamond Sets World Record Auction Price

A Cushion cut diamond weighing 76.02 carats, known as the Archduke Joseph Diamond was sold by Christies Auction House of Geneva on Tuesday, according to Rapaport Diamond News.  The diamond is from the Golconda region of India and is graded as being of D color and Internally Flawless clarity, it sold to an anonymous buyer […]

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Perception of Diamond Carat Weight

Timothy B. writes: “I am looking to purchase a round brilliant diamond engagement ring. I want to get the Ferrari of Cut – either Brian Gavin Signature or Crafted by Infinity (is one better than the other – i like the Infinity “story” but is it just a sales gimmick ). I am also open to James Allen True […]

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Face Off: Brian Gavin Blue vs. Hearts & Arrows

“Hello Todd, I just got done reading your article for the 3rd time about a Brian Gavin Blue diamond you reviewed for a gentleman back in August. I am very enlightened by your analysis and have tried to since replicate your analytic skills in my search for my future fiancee’s (hopefully) engagement diamond. I have […]

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Does Size Matter?

Sometimes you just have to accept the fact that in a woman’s eyes, size does matter… sure, we can talk about the importance of Diamond Cut Quality, Visual Performance and Optical Precision and how these factors control how visually pleasing the diamond will be in terms of how much brilliance, dispersion and scintillation are being […]

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Diamond Earrings 101

So I’m on a quest to find a matched pair of ideal cut diamonds for an old client of Nice Ice and thought I’d share my thought process with you since the holidays are just around the corner and diamond earrings are always a popular gift. Today’s search brought me through the online diamond inventories […]

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Diamond Review by Request: Brian Gavin Blue 0.77 carat, J, VS-1, Signature Ideal Cut Round

“Todd, Thanks for the ultra-informative website. As a geek and a doctor I crave knowledge and you certainly provide it. I would value your opinion on a diamond. My wife has her eye on a 18kt white gold mounting for a 6mm round. I’m looking at Brian Gavin Blue: BLAGS-104060183023, a 0.770 J VS1 Signature Blue round. I […]

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“Little Boy Blue” 1.016 H, VS-2

Little Boy Blue seemed like the perfect name for this handsome puppy because of the medium blue fluorescence which is a strong indicator of his brilliant personality! As a diamond buyer, I’ve always selected diamonds for myself which exhibit medium to strong blue fluorescence because I love the slight edge that fluorescence gives a stone […]

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0.75 carat, F, SI-1 True Hearts

So I thought it would be fun to dig around the James Allen Diamonds web site today and see what they had to offer in the range of three quarters of a carat… something that would spark my interest in terms of visual performance and deliver outstanding value.  To be honest, I sifted through about […]

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