Archive Monthly Archives: March 2013

Should I buy a diamond online from James Allen?

I received an email today asking me “should I buy a diamond online from James Allen?” and I had to chuckle because my first thought was “Well I suppose that it depends on the diamond!” because a specific diamond was not referenced in the email.  It might have something to do with my experience as […]

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“Jane and the Giant Diamond” 4.610 carat, G-color, VS-1 clarity, Signature Hearts and Arrows Ideal Cut Diamond`

Forget about James and the Giant Peach, let’s talk about Jane and the Giant Diamond!  I have no idea who took this picture, it was sitting in my inbox this morning within a viral email containing a bunch of cool pictures and somehow it just seemed appropriate as a launching platform to talk about this 4.610 […]

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Going Head to Head with Brian Gavin ~ Signature Hearts and Arrows Diamond Comparison

Ladies and Gentlemen, Welcome to the Event! This promises to be a Heavy Weight Competition unlike any other held in this arena thus far… In this corner we have a Round Brilliant Hearts and Arrows Diamond trained by Brian Gavin, weighing in at 2.264 carats, G-color and VS-2 in clarity and in that corner we […]

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Can You Say YUMMY? Delicious 2.801 carat, I-color, SI-1 Hearts and Arrows Diamond from BGD

So I was chatting with diamond cutter Brian Gavin last night about the current state of the diamond market and the reduced availability of diamond rough and the apparent shortage of truly beautiful large diamonds and it triggers one of those a-ha-moments and he says “Did you happen to see the 2.801 carat, I-color, SI-1 […]

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Understanding the AGS Light Performance Diamond Quality Document

The Light Performance Diamond Quality Document (DQD) available from the American Gem Society Laboratory (AGSL) is the most complete diamond grading report available at this time.  This tutorial describes the various sections of the DQD and provides detailed insight which will help you make a better diamond buying decision.  The Light Performance DQD pictured above is […]

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Is the Holloway Cut Adviser Accurate?

Selecting a diamond online can seem like a daunting task because it is practically impossible to get an accurate feel for the sparkle factor of a diamond on a computer monitor… so people are always looking for decisive ways to narrow down the field of options and reduce the risk of buying a diamond which […]

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In Search of Mental Clarity as it pertains to choosing Diamond Clarity

“I have begun my search for a diamond for an engagement ring. I started at the traditional jewelry store but realized their mark up was pretty steep.  I then talked to a diamond wholesaler, but still felt I could find a better deal, then I found online diamonds at places like Blue Nile and James […]

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Exploring for Diamonds in the Land Down Under

A customer who I’ve been chatting with for a few weeks sent me an email today asking whether I would take a look at a diamond which she located in Australia, here is what she wrote: “Jogia is a company in Perth here in Australia. They advertise a lot on the web. They sell a […]

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