Came across this forum and would like to share my 2 cents worth. If u r planning to make a diamond purchase at D'meyson, i suggest u go for those wif GIA certs (not even IGI certs).
Recently i almost bought a diamond ring (row of 7 diamonds, each abt 10pts). Its specified as hearts & arrows F color, SIG certified. however when i make a comparison with my other pieces of jewelrey, I realised what they specified as F is actually G color. At first i tot it could be due to their color of the lighting in the showroom, but when they let me view under white light, the difference in color was even more obvious.
i suggest to be more cautious abt SIG certification, this is the gemology arm of meyson, but i'm not sure how well-known or stringent they grade their stones. Labs like GIA & AGS are very strict, if a color is a in-between, they wud usually certify it as the lower color grade.
Although hears & arrows is gd cut, but the tint of yellow is visible under white/normal light, more so for the bigger stones. Since we are spending so much on the purchase, its only right that we are paying for real gd value.
Singapore is a good Place to buy jewellery. this is coz the law here is rather strict. Besides, in Singapore, there is CASE (consumer's association) where they would seek redress on your behalf, if u have any greviences eg. over-paying for somethin u bought. if the company is registered LOCALLY, they would have to give u a full refund if found guilty. provided they misrepresented what is written on the receipt/invoice which thay claim the product to be. eg.4Cs. therefore, if they wrote, f colour, vvs1 and it was found not to be the case, u can get a refund.
in woo83fy_woo83fy's case, the diamonds is definately over priced based of the specs. And of cos, it depends on the setting. Is there lots of side diamonds in the design of the ring? is it handmade or patented? this is a few points that may be worth considering.
my point of view is if you want just a 0.3, go for a better colour and compromise on clarity. since i think normal people (i mean non-experts) won't be able to differentiate a VS and VVS diamond from naked eye..
if you can lower your criteria to VS, perhaps some places like SK, you can find one less than $1K
hihi... i have a celestial diamond ring and a celestial pendant from GoldHeart for sale for those who want to purchase from their celestial range! Comes with certificate as well.
Total value: $1866
Trade in Value: $1511
Selling at: $1300
By buying from me, you can directly get $211 off when you trade them in for the item you wanted! The full value trade in will be until Aug 2010 so there's plenty of time for u to wait for good promos or jewellery before making your purchase.
Please contact me at 9791 0115 for more details..I can go down to the shop together with you to verify the trade in value before we close the deal.
try the Soo Kee Brilliant Rose, my good friend got hers as her proposal ring at 0.42ct, F color, VVS clarity. Saw her ring sparkles like at Girrafe restaurant last night....wow. It looks bigger than a 0.42ct too...think her hubby pay no more than 6K for it...
i did a bit of research on diamond rings..
as I am more keen to buy a ring from international brands as the cut is much better than the local ones, i ve shortlisted laza** and gabriel**
A 0.53 f vs1 gab* diamond costs $9k+ while a laz* one costs $7k+ for similar size,colour and clarity.. as u can negotiate for a better deal at larry's..you can get the diamond at $6k+ if u succeed in bargaining
in terms of sparkle and brilliance, the sparkles of gab* is better due to the short flashes..but personally i think it is not worth paying $2k+ for this..nonetheless, the gab* is handcut thus for those who prefers something really different can consider gab*
my HTB bought me a 0.6 E VS1 lazare for $7K+...happy*happy*
Does anyone know what is "commercial grade" diamond? I am looking at a pair of earrings. The sales staff said it was commercial grade diamonds. Someone told me for a pair of earrings it doesn't really matter. Any thoughts?
jonald (astroboy 1977),
where u getting tis ring? the spec u have provided
you should not paid more than 3k for this ring range.
it will look slightly yellowish and not sparkle as brilliant...
i got mine for 0.70 D VS1 GIA for 3k plus only..
Amos >> I vaguely remember seeing this website on other forums but I think the more common ones are vivodiamonds, bluenile and whiteflash.. =) Online diamonds are priced more reasonably than retail shops like LH/SK because they actually infalte their diamonds by around 70% (read from some other forums)
BTW, to me, the cut is also the most important but u have to keep in mind that the depth and other stats of the diamond also affects the brilliance of the diamond.. =)
Ultimately, I think first u need to think of budget then from there you can place the others in ranking of importance like the carat size, the brand name, the cut, the colour, the certificate etc.. But if ur budget is very high or unlimited then of course u can look at the other factors first, ignoring budget.. =)
Amos >> I got a fren who got his diamond from whiteflash and set it @ Josi Gems (Park Mall)..
I've also been to a place called Yuen Tung (Wah Kee) Gems & Jewellery @ Tiong Bahru to look see.. They do setting and also sell wholesale diamonds that are GIA certified.. There is another forum where pple have talked abt them.. U can have a look..