I probably shouldn’t be telling you this, but I’ve made peace with Enchanted Diamonds of New York City. I know, I know what you’re thinking… “Isn’t Enchanted Diamonds the company that YOU awarded an F minus in your Original review of Enchanted Diamonds just a little more than a year ago?!?! The online diamond vendor that YOU linked to and then proceeded to highlight the link address with the comment <==== Definitely NOT an Affiliate Link ====> to emphasize the fact that you weren’t recommending them as an online diamond vendor?” That is actual commentary from another affiliate who I work with. I can see why they are concerned about my recent alliance with Enchanted Diamonds, because I have no doubt that this change of opinion is going to affect their bottom line in terms of sales. But if it’s possible for a zebra to change its stripes, then it’s possible that Enchanted Diamonds has arose victoriously from the ashes of the fire that I set upon them one year ago.[separator]
If you’ve read my original review of the Enchanted Diamonds web site, then you might imagine that the nature of the conversations which followed that review were a bit heated… to say the least. I seem to recall “Bite me” being an actual response to their request for me to remove their review from this web site. I’m not exactly proud of that moment, but I’m a firm believer in the First Amendment of the United States which protects my right to express my personal opinion about a variety of things. I actually maintain a retainer with a leading legal firm who specializes in first amendment law. I pay them a lot to ensure that my articles are bulletproof and wrap the web site in a layer of good old American Constitution Grade Ballistic Kevlar! Level IIIA.[separator]
Thus while Enchanted Diamonds might not have appreciated my initial review of their web site, there wasn’t a lot that they could do about it. Except to ask me about what they could do to change my opinion of their web site. Asking me for advice on how the Enchanted Diamonds web site could be improved was a smart move on their part. It appealed to my Leo nature. It didn’t make me feel bad about ripping Enchanted Diamonds apart in my initial review, after all zebra meat can be quite tasty. But everybody deserves a second chance, so we talked, and we talked, and we talked. Throughout those conversations, I discovered that Joshua and Jonathan of Enchanted Diamonds shared a lot of my feelings about what makes a really nice looking diamond, and they were willing to improve their site and policies.[separator]
The first thing that Enchanted Diamonds did was gut their entire web site. They also fired the original web designer who had implemented a few “traffic generating ideas” that I happened to object to… Like I said in my initial review of their web site, it’s not that they were doing anything wrong per se, it’s just that I personally didn’t like the approach that they were taking to generate traffic and develop consumer trust…
The new Enchanted Diamonds web site is much easier to navigate. It is also much more visually appealing. More importantly, it is much easier to search for diamonds of all shapes and sizes. One of the things that I find quite helpful when conducting a search for diamonds on the Enchanted Diamonds web site, is the option to sort the results by Cut Score. The cut score is based upon the proportions of the diamonds. I have to admit that I was most pleasantly surprised to discover that the algorithm that Enchanted Diamonds uses to sort diamonds by Cut Score, seems to coincide with the same range of proportions that I base my own selection criteria upon. Thus I find the results to be quite accurate, although it should be noted that there range for what constitutes a Cut Score of 100% is a bit broader than my own. Refer to the article 15 Seconds to Diamond Buying Success for my recommended range of proportions and diamond selection criteria. Quick Reference: Total depth between 59 – 61.8%; Table diameter between 53 – 58%; Crown angle 34.3 – 34.9 degrees; Pavilion angle 40.6 – 40.9 degrees; thin to medium, or slightly thick girdle thickness; no culet.[separator]
The ability to rank search results by Cut Score make it much easier to select diamonds that are going to be top performers.Most of the diamonds offered by Enchanted Diamonds which score 100% fit within the scope of my preferred selection criteria. But you might still want to ask me to look over the details, because not all of them will. Just send me links to whichever diamonds are of interest, I’ll look them over and tell you which ones I’d recommend.
I only consider diamonds graded by either the GIA, AGS, or HRD gemological laboratories with overall cut grades of Excellent or Ideal. You can adjust the range of characteristics easily to conform to your desired range by clicking on the Additional Search Criteria tab that is located at the bottom of the column located to the left of the page.
One thing to keep in mind when shopping for ideal cut diamonds, is that they are produced in a range of proportions in an attempt to appeal to a wider range of people… I tend to prefer round brilliant ideal cut diamonds that produce a high volume of light return with a virtual balance of brilliance (white sparkle) and dispersion (colored sparkle) and flashes of light / sparkle which are larger in size, and very bold and bright. However there are a lot of people who prefer diamonds that exhibit a bit more brilliance or dispersion, or which exhibit smaller flashes of light which are more like pin-fire. This is where understanding which combinations of crown and pavilion angle, as well as the effect of different lower girdle facet lengths have upon the visual performance of a diamond.
Enchanted Diamonds offers ideal cut diamonds in a variety of proportions parameters in an attempt to be able to provide you with a diamond that fits your personal preferences… Feel free to take advantage of my free diamond concierge service if you would like help figuring out which of the diamonds offered by Enchanted Diamonds is the best option. There is no direct cost involved in using my diamond concierge service. The fees are paid by Enchanted Diamonds, and your price on the diamond does not change. In fact, I can even send you an exclusive coupon code that will provide you with some serious savings on any setting ordered from Enchanted Diamonds!
One of the things that I absolutely hated about Enchanted Diamonds when I first reviewed their web site, was that they featured a lot of diamonds which were being offered without a return policy. Read: All sales final! Which seemed absurd to me since I tend to be very detail oriented, and wouldn’t dream of buying something as substantial as a diamond without a return policy! Enchanted Diamonds now offers 30 day returns on the majority of diamonds![separator]
There is a small number of diamonds offered by Enchanted Diamonds that are not covered under their 30 day return policy, but you’ll only run across those if you happen to check the option box to include final sale diamonds in the search results.
Additional options available to fine tune your search results include the ability to only search for diamonds with photographs; diamonds which are available to be viewed in their New York office; diamonds which exhibit hearts and arrows patterns; diamonds which are accompanied by ASET scope images; and diamonds which are accompanied by Ideal Scope images. The challenge is that when I checked on all the boxes except for the one to include final sale diamonds in the search results, my my search of Enchanted Diamonds yielded no results.[separator]
When I adapted the search parameters and ran a search for Enchanted Diamonds which exhibited hearts and arrows patterns, and which were accompanied by ASET scope and Ideal scope images, but which were not available to be viewed at their New York office, several options were available… When I mentioned this to Joshua and Jonathan from Enchanted Diamonds, they indicated that more and more diamonds will be available within this new set of search parameters.
So the other day I was working with a client who lives in the United Kingdom. He indicated that he only wanted to buy a diamond from Blue Nile, because he felt that their U.K. division would reduce the hassle of importing a diamond into England. It’s not a valid concern from my perspective, but it was an important factor in the decision of who to buy from for him.
When I looked up the diamond details on Blue Nile, I noticed that it was not a Blue Nile Signature diamond. Therefore it should be available to other dealers via the Multiple Listing Service that is available to the trade by subscription. I looked the diamond up on the MLS and located it within a few seconds. The thing with Blue Nile is that a lot of the diamonds that they offer are from virtual inventory, but those diamonds do not appear on the inventory of other vendors like Enchanted Diamonds, because Blue Nile has negotiated the right to exclusive listing of the diamonds on their web site.
Anyway, that’s not really the point, it’s just a little background on how things work in the online world of diamonds… The point is that when I looked up the diamond on the MLS, I realized that the diamond company who owned the diamond was located just a few doors down from Enchanted Diamonds.
I sent Joshua from Enchanted Diamonds a message via Skype, and asked whether he’d be willing to do me a favor… I explained that I had a client who lived in the U.K., who was interested in buying a diamond from Blue Nile and only Blue Nile, and that there was no way they were going to be able to sell the diamond to my client. But that I would really appreciate it if he could walk down the hall and take a look at the diamond for me… Joshua said “no problem” and surprised me a few minutes later with a full set of photographs of the diamond, including a clarity photograph, an ASET image, an Ideal Scope image, and a photograph of the Hearts and Arrows pattern (which wasn’t so great).
It was at this point that I realized that Joshua and Jonathan of Enchanted Diamonds are truly great guys, who I’m pleased to have developed an excellent working relationship with. They’re the type of guys who seem willing to go the extra mile to do what it takes to provide for the needs of my clients, regardless of whether they are going to benefit from that specific sale or not. It’s the same approach that I try to take with the people who contact me for diamond buying advice via my diamond concierge service, so I’m happy to be able to recommend them to you.
As mentioned earlier, I’ve arranged for a special discount on settings ordered from Enchanted Diamonds for clients of Nice Ice, so be sure to contact me for the Enchanted Diamonds discount code and coupon if you are shopping for a diamond engagement ring. Of course, you can simply try telling them that you want the Nice Ice Discount on the setting when you place the order. Telling them that “niceice” sent you should be enough to invoke the coupon code. You figured that last part out, right? Note that the coupon is not valid towards custom work, but it will provide you with savings on mountings from their online catalog of engagement rings.
I also recommend that you work with me to select the best diamond from the extensive inventory of diamonds offered by Enchanted Diamonds, because I can look over the diamond grading reports and reflector scope images in a matter of minutes, and explain the differences between the available options, so that you can decide which diamond best suits your needs and preferences.
Of course you can also work with Joshua and Jonathan from Enchanted Diamonds directly, they’ve got a pretty good handle on the type of diamonds that I recommend to my clients and can help you select those options from their inventory. While I haven’t had an opportunity to work with her directly, I’ve received several very nice comments from clients who have worked with Meredith from Enchanted Diamonds, who is their on staff gemologist. So you should feel free to reach out to her directly as well if you have questions about a diamond.
While my initial review of Enchanted Diamonds was not exactly complimentary, I feel that it did accurately reflect the nature of their web site at that particular point in time. However, I measure the nature of a company and the people who stand behind it, by their ability to learn from their mistakes and correct the problem.
I find the people at Enchanted Diamonds to be extremely easy to work with, and eager to provide my clients with an exceptional level of customer service… they’ve told me about several exciting new features that they are developing for the web site, which will make it much easier to shop for fancy shape diamonds.
I’m so excited about one of the new features being beta tested by Enchanted Diamonds that I’m really looking forward to helping my clients search for fancy shape diamonds from Enchanted Diamonds, because it gives me an excuse to play with it… possibly break it… and help them fine tune it so that it provides you with an exceptional search engine for fancy shape diamonds in the very near future!
They are also in the process of making it easier and faster to view high resolution diamond grading reports of the diamonds which are reflected as part of their inventory. It drives me nuts to have to download a copy of a diamond grading report when I should just be able to click a link and have it pop up on my screen… I expect they’ll have that issue sorted out shortly.
So whereas I gave the Enchanted Diamonds web site an F- just a little more than one year ago, I’m happy to report that Enchanted Diamonds has shown dramatic improvement and I rank them in the A- category at the moment… I was almost inclined to give them a B+ just to see how much further I could push them to develop cool tools for my clients to use, but that would be synonymous to playing with my food in an endless game of cat and mouse.[separator]
Knowing full well that the moment I publish this Enchanted Diamonds review, that I’m going to receive a phone call from Joshua and Jonathan of Enchanted Diamonds asking me what it’s going to take to push their web site into the A+ category, this is what it is going to take for Enchanted Diamonds to become one of the all time greats of online diamond sales:
Now I happen to know that Enchanted Diamonds is already in the process of eliminating EGL International graded diamonds from their inventory listing, but I’d really like to see them focus their efforts on diamonds which are graded by either the GIA Gem Trade Laboratory, the American Gem Society (AGS) Laboratory, or the HRD Belgium gemological laboratory. Since I find the grading standards of those three gemological laboratories to be consistent for diamond carat weight, diamond clarity, diamond color, diamond fluorescence, diamond polish and diamond symmetry grades. While the proportions criteria for each laboratory differs slightly, all of them provide the data required for me to develop an accurate assessment of the probable visual performance and sparkle factor of each diamond.
I don’t think that it will take much effort for Enchanted Diamonds to add the clarity photographs and scope images to their diamond details pages, because they’ve managed to quickly provide those images for me upon request… I’m really looking forward to watching Enchanted Diamonds grow into one of the power players of the online diamond industry. Please be sure to share your experience of buying a diamond from Enchanted Diamonds with me.