“Do you know how to get ASET scope images for James Allen True Hearts diamonds? From what I’ve read on your website, I need an ASET scope image to determine whether a diamond is good or not. James Allen only provides an Ideal scope and a photograph of the hearts pattern for James Allen True Hearts diamonds. One of the articles I read on your site indicated that you might be able to get ASET scope images for James Allen diamonds. Can you see whether you can get ASET scope images for the four James Allen True Hearts diamonds that I’m considering and help me pick the best one? Thanks in advance, I really appreciate all that you do.”
As it so happens, it was pretty easy to find the ASET Scope images for the James Allen True Hearts diamonds that you’re considering. It was so easy in fact, that you’re not going to believe it.
It’s actually kind of funny how often people overlook the obvious when searching for ASET Scope images for James Allen True Hearts diamonds. It’s not your fault really, so don’t waste any time beating yourself up over this. It’s a point often overlooked because James Allen hides the ASET Scope image for their True Hearts diamonds in plain sight. Are you ready for this?
The ASET Scope image for the 1.035 carat, H-color, VS-1 clarity, James Allen True Hearts diamond is hidden on the diamond grading report. It’s difficult to believe, right? The ASET Scope image for James Allen True Hearts diamonds is practically staring you right in the face. It’s like that time you lost your keys and they were sitting right in front of you. You know what that’s like, right?
Look. Don’t feel bad about it. Earlier today my girlfriend was sitting next to me and frantically searching through her purse for her glasses. Which were tucked into her sweater by the arm of the glasses, right beneath her face. This sort of thing happens all the time, right? After all, we’re only human.
As a matter of fact, this sort of thing happens so often that psychologists have a name for it. When people fail to see things that are staring them right in the face, it is known as a psychological scotoma.
In essence, we tend not to see something like an ASET Scope image if we don’t expect it to be there. This phenomenon is also known as “Male Refrigerator Blindness” (apparently, at least in our house).
The reason why people aren’t able to find ASET Scope images for James Allen True Hearts diamonds is that JA doesn’t provide them in the usual format. I know what you’re thinking. The ASET Scope image for this 1.035 carat, H-color, VS-1 clarity, James Allen True Hearts diamond should be sitting right there next to the photograph of the hearts pattern and the Ideal Scope image. Am I right?
After all, other vendors of hearts and arrows diamonds like Brian Gavin, High Performance Diamonds, and Victor Canera make it easy to find the ASET Scope images for their diamonds. As you might imagine, this is something that I’ve discussed with James Allen Schultz on more than one occasion. At the same time, the reality is that you got lucky here. All the James Allen True Hearts diamonds you’re considering are graded by the AGS Laboratory on the Platinum Light Performance grading platform.
If these James Allen True Hearts diamonds had been graded by the GIA or by the AGS on their standard grading platform, then ASET Scope images would not be readily available. Although this may be true, I might be able to find ASET Scope images for the diamonds if the supplier provides them on the multiple listing services that we use to trade diamonds globally. Other times, we’ve been able to get them within a few days by asking James Allen for ASET Scope images.
People often ask me whether ASET Scope images are necessary for James Allen True Hearts diamonds. After all, James Allen does provide a photograph of the hearts pattern and an Ideal Scope image. Consequently, most people probably don’t think they need an ASET Scope image to make an informed decision.
However, the fact of the matter is that each reflector scope is designed for a different purpose. We use a hearts and arrows scope to judge the degree of optical precision. When we look at a diamond through an H&A Scope, we’re looking to see whether the hearts pattern is uniform in size and shape. An Ideal Scope image like the one to the left helps us to identify the extent to which a diamond is leaking light. The Ideal Scope image for this 1.035 carat, H-color, VS-1 clarity, James Allen True Hearts diamond looks great.
Although this may be true, just because a diamond looks good in the Ideal Scope image does not mean that the ASET Scope image will also be good (and vice versa) because the scopes are designed for different purposes.
The purpose of an ASET Scope image is to determine where in the room a diamond is gathering light from. In other words, an ASET Scope image will tell you how effectively a diamond is making use of the light that is available to it from within the room. In addition, you can use an ASET Scope image to determine how evenly light is reflecting within a diamond.
Take a look at the Ideal Scope image for this 1.046 carat, H-color, VS-2 clarity, James Allen True Hearts diamond. Do you see the light pink areas? What do you think the light pink areas represent in an Ideal Scope image? And while we’re on the subject, why does the Ideal Scope image for this James Allen True Hearts diamond look so different from the one above?
Enquiring minds want to know (or so the saying goes) because those light pink translucent areas look a lot like light leakage to me. As a matter of fact, all diamonds leak light to some degree and ideal cut diamonds are not immune to this phenomena. With this in mind, the goal from my perspective is to pick the ideal cut diamonds that exhibit the least amount of light leakage. To put this another way, I focus on finding diamonds that exhibit the highest volume of light return.
That’s right Padwan, but try to remember that ASET Scope images are not the same thing as Ideal Scope images. Each type of reflector scope is designed for a specific purpose and you can’t use the scope images interchangeably. The ASET Scope image provided on the AGS Diamond Quality Document (report) for this 1.046 carat, H-color, VS-2 clarity, James Allen True Hearts diamond indicates that the diamond is gathering light from all the right places.
All of the red that you see indicates that the diamond should be very bright because it is gathering light from the brightest light source in the room and reflecting it back evenly.
At the same time, the Ideal Scope image provided on the diamond details page indicates that the diamond is leaking a little bit of light under the table facet. Therefore we could say that while the diamond is gathering light from all the right places, but it’s also leaking light to some extent.
Does that mean that this is not a good diamond? Not necessarily because you have to realize that the proportions and overall cut grade of this diamond place it in the Top 1% of the annual production for round diamonds. At the same time, the ASET and Ideal Scope images for the 1.035 carat, H-color, VS-1 clarity, James Allen True Hearts diamond look better and thus I’m more inclined to choose that diamond over this one. That only makes sense, does it not?
I imagine that you’re getting the hang of this now, so tell me what you think of the ASET and Ideal Scope images for this 1.05 carat, H-color, VS-2 clarity, James Allen True Hearts diamond.
It seems to me that the degree of hue and saturation of red is very consistent throughout this diamond, correct? The Ideal Scope image for this James Allen True Hearts diamond looks a lot like the Ideal Scope image for the 1.03 carat diamond that I like from above. Which means that this diamond might very well be another contender. That’s good because it’s always nice to have more than one diamond to choose from and there isn’t any reason to spend more to buy a VS-1 clarity diamond since a VS-2 clarity diamond is also going to face-up eye clean (unless you just prefer the higher clarity for peace of mind).
I know what you’re thinking. Just because the Ideal Scope image for this James Allen diamond looks good, doesn’t mean that the ASET Scope image is going to look good. You were thinking that, right? Good Padwan, that’s good, real good. I’m proud of you. You’re getting this. We’ll make a professional diamond buyer out of you yet. Just imagine the havoc you can wreak upon your local jeweler with just the knowledge you now possess.
No. Seriously. I’m not kidding. The reality is that there are a lot of retail jewelers who have no idea how to interpret and ASET or Ideal Scope image. As a matter of fact, many of them don’t understand the in’s and out’s of diamond cut quality. They don’t know the first thing about light performance either. Don’t take my word for it. Put them to the test. Go into your local jewelry store and start asking them questions (but don’t blame me if you get thrown out). And for G-d’s sake, please don’t tell them that your one of my disciples because Nice Ice is not a cult (or is it?) and we’ve already been sued for disclosure of proprietary information to the public by a trade organization.
#TrueStory screw those guys, we won! Apparently, they had never heard of the First Amendment of the United States which protects freedom of speech (and sarcastic wit) but I digress. Let’s get back to this James Allen True Hearts diamond. It looks spectacular, right? Right. Which means now you have two James Allen True Hearts diamond to choose from.
One look at the ASET/Ideal Scope images for this 1.07 carat, H-color, VS-2 clarity, James Allen True Hearts diamond and you’ll know that there is not a correlation between ASET/Ideal Scope images. The answer to the question posed above is a resounding NO. You can not use ASET/Ideal Scope images interchangeably because why? “They are designed to be used for completely different purposes!” That’s right.
Once again, this James Allen True Hearts diamond is showing a hint of light leakage under the table facet as indicated by the light pink areas in the Ideal Scope image. At the same time, it is important to note that this is not full-blown leakage which would show up as more of a translucent window.
The ASET Scope image for this James Allen True Hearts diamond shows no trace of light leakage under the table facet. If this isn’t confirmation that ASET/Ideal Scope images cannot be used interchangeably, then I don’t know what is. Obviously, the two reflector scopes are designed to be used for completely different purposes and an experienced diamond buyer like yourself is going to insist on having both before making a purchase. Right?
Because now you know that a photograph of the hearts pattern and an Ideal Scope image is not sufficient to make an informed decision. Of course, the reality is that you just happened to luck out in this particular situation because you’re only considering James Allen True Hearts diamonds graded by the AGS Laboratory.
If you look at James Allen True Hearts diamonds graded by the GIA Laboratory, you will quickly discover that ASET Scope images are not provided on the diamond grading report.
That’s because only the AGS Laboratory uses Angular Spectrum Evaluation Technology (ASET) to evaluate the light performance of a diamond. The technology is proprietary and the GIA Laboratory does not have access to it.
Which means that if you’re considering James Allen True Hearts diamonds graded by the GIA Laboratory, you will need to ask James Allen to provide you with an ASET Scope image. When I’ve requested ASET Scope images for James Allen True Hearts diamonds in the past, I was told by the big man himself that “we don’t provide ASET Scope images for round diamonds.”
What to do? What to do? The answer is obvious, isn’t it? Stick with James Allen True Hearts diamonds graded by the AGS Laboratory on the Platinum Light Performance grading platform which provides the ASET Scope image on the diamond grading report. Nothing else will do, right? Let me know if I can help you further.
Todd Gray is a professional diamond buyer with 30+ years of trade experience. He loves to teach people how to buy diamonds that exhibit incredible light performance! In addition to writing for Nice Ice, Todd "ghost writes" blogs and educational content for other diamond sites. When Todd isn't chained to a desk, or consulting for the trade, he enjoys Freediving! (that's like scuba diving, but without air tanks)
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