ODBA Reader From Singapore Buys A Brian Gavin Diamond

Q:

Hi Liz,

I wonder if you would like to help? I am buying an engagement ring (budget of SGD 16 for the diamond). I’m looking at Blue Nile website and have picked the setting. I just need to pick the diamond, carat 1.16 – 1.25 – she want over 1.2 but I want quality. The question is which one? Most don’t have an AGSL report. I’m refining my search to Cut = ideal+. cut Ideal / sign ideal, clarity VVS2+, colour g+, flouresence none, culet none. Now I’m trying to find the right table, depth and angles…I think I’ve read so much I am now confused – basically I want it to sparkle up close and at a distance. She wants it big, beautiful and white. I like what you have written on your site and you say not to be shy. So, any chance of helping a complete stranger pick the perfect diamond online??

Cheers, Rob (UK/ NZL expat in Singapore)

A:

Hello Rob,

Of course I would love to help you! I help people out all over the world, everyday. 😉

Ok, so your budget for the diamond is 16,000 SGD or roughly 13,000 USD, is that right? What kind of setting are you thinking about?

Please confirm and I’ll start looking for you ASAP.

Kind Regards,

Liz

Q:

Hi Liz

Yes, I’m still sitting on the fence on the stone. I’ve seen a few options on Blue Nile and I’ve asked the sales team (live chat) and they seemed to feel all I selected were as good as each other. I then match this with your comments and other comments suggesting Blue Nile use GIA ratings which are lower and diamonds may not have such great brilliance. I’m not sure if GCAL reports improve things.

One of the reps suggested LD00902999, LD03309669. They suggested a stone with a 55-57% table and 60.1-61.9% depth for max sparkle. Also that Signature ideal all fall into the range of AGS 000 stones. This seems to contradict other measurements and feedback.

I’m interested to hear your thoughts. Thanks for your help

Cheers, Rob

A:

Hi Rob,

It is not that GIA is any less of a reputable gem lab, it is just that buying a diamond strictly off of a diamond grading report is very limiting. If you take a look at BrianGavinDiamonds.com, for example, you’ll see that they offer a lot more information about a given diamond. It is simply impossible to buy a diamond off of paper alone and be guaranteed it’s beauty.

HOWEVER, the reason I suggest purchasing an AGS graded stone from Blue Nile is because the ideal cut stones that come with a Platinum Grading report show what is called an ASET image. This is a computerized image of the diamond, which is meant to show the level of light reflection that the diamond will exude. This is your safest bet in purchasing a diamond from Blue Nile, site unseen.

So, given this information I like this diamond for you:

http://www.bluenile.com/round-diamond-1-carat-ideal-cut-h-color-if-clarity_LD03122812

Not only is this graded triple 0 ideal by AGS (ideal light performance, polish, and symmetry) but this diamond is INTERNALLY FLAWLESS! It also is below your budget at SG$ 13,402. It checks all your boxes and is also guaranteed to sparkle brilliantly given the ASET (Angular Spectrum Evaluation Tool) computerized image.

Let me know if you have any questions.

Kind Regards,

Liz

Q:

Hi Liz

Thanks for the recommendation – based on what I’ve read that is a fantastic diamond. I checked out a few diamonds over the weekend to compare colours and then searched Blue Nile for other diamonds with an AGS report. After my real life search I think I will go for a slightly less coloured diamond.

Last question is how valid is the GCAL report in terms of brilliance? ie as used on Signature Blue Nile? I’ve read that GCAL is part of GIA, but I’ve not found anything to suggest how GCAL compares to AGS in measuring brilliance.

Sorry for being a little difficult on this.

Thanks for you help, Rob

A:

Hi Rob,

A true H colored diamond should face-up nice and white. There wouldn’t be any noticeable yellow when looking at it face-up.

GCAL is a 3rd party lab that simply verifies the accuracy of the original AGS or GIA report/certificate. They have absolutely nothing to do with either lab. It is a way for a business (like Blue Nile) to white-label, or brand a diamond. GCAL’s main objective is to guarantee a diamond’s overall grading (as opposed to a grading report from GIA or AGS, which only serves to give you information about the diamond). However, this is largely unnecessary, as the industry readily accepts GIA or AGS graded diamonds without any issue. My Blue Nile Review also goes into detail about GCAL. I don’t give them much credence.

You aren’t being difficult at all! I hope what I’ve said makes sense and doesn’t confuse you. Let me know if you have anymore questions. 🙂

Liz

Q:

Hi Liz

Thanks for your reply. I will check out your review of GCAL to get a better understanding. Lastly, I notice recommendations on many sites are to have an online diamond appraised. I think this is probably a wise decision?? Ideally I’d like it appraised locally but given the timing it may not be feasible inside the return policy. Any thoughts on the best approach. I see many appraiser offering to have diamonds sent to them in the US.

I really appreciate your support.

Regards, Rob

A:

Hi Rob,

Yes, you should have your diamond appraised and then covered under your insurance policy. An appraisal can be done in about an hour, while you wait. Many professional appraisers work in tandem with other jewelry stores or work independently. The 30 day return policy starts when the diamond is actually shipped to you, so I’m sure you will be able to get this done before your 30 day return period expires.

Let me know if you have any questions in the meantime,…

Kind Regards,

Liz

Q:

Hi Liz

I’ve just returned from a weeks holiday. I completely forgot about import tax into Singapore. I had decided on this diamond from Brian Gavin:  http://www.briangavindiamonds.com/diamonds/diamond-details/1.231-f-vs2-round-diamond-ags-104063255027.  I am also over shopping for diamonds!!

Any major concerns you see on this diamond?  When I look at the AGS report it looks like there are a few blemishes but I expect these are completely invisible to the naked eye right.

Regards, Rob

A:

Hi Rob,

I’m sure you are ready to call it a day on your diamond purchase. You definitely won’t be disappointed. This diamond is perfectly eye-clean is a perfect hearts and arrows precision cut diamond.

I have no major concerns and think the diamond is a perfect choice for you.

You’re almost there!

Liz

Q:

Hi Liz

Thanks for your help in selecting the ring. I’ve decided to go with this diamond and have it set in the SHOLDT “Minnie” platinum ring. I’ve appreciated your help!

Regards, Rob

Brian Gavin Diamond with Sholdt's Minnie engagement ring

Rob’s gorgeous 1.231ct, F-color, VS-2 clarity diamond will be set in Sholdt’s “Minnie” platinum engagement ring. (Click image for more information on setting)

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