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so now we are in the year 2017, technology in all areas is advancing and its hard to say how much more advanced it can go BUT now that the world has come to a point where human-kind can create DIAMONDS that are chemically, physically and optically the same as ones that earth took 150-odd million years to complete...one would say we have advanced very far, maybe too far???

okay, so that human-kind has now toyed with an ancient rock that has captivated the world since forever by its dazzling array of fire and sparkle, which no other mineral on the planet compares too, how do we feel about this?

some people will think its amazing that human kind has been able to compact 150 million-odd years into a few weeks, how long it takes to grow these Diamonds made of carbon, others will be horrified that its seems almost sinful to create something that took so long to create within earth and yet oh we can make that in a few weeks if thats what you want :)

from my point of view i think it is quite exciting that human-kind can grow a real Diamond over a few days or week but at the same time i am horrified that it seems to make real Diamonds seem like they were inefficient and a waste of time  ;D

sooooo, what this probably means is that the real earth-mined Diamonds will hold an ever more special place in a thoughts as they are something so old and not created in a lab by man or woman in a few days or weeks or will this mean that we no longer value the real earth-mined one and think more of the Lab created...

the whole selling point of the lab one's seems mainly to that earth was not harmed during the mining of these...as a green alternative...or a cheaper alternative.


we now have a choice...the Diamond that man or woman created for us in a few days or weeks or a Diamond that was created by chance and took many, many millions of years to form deep within the earth...we are spoilt for choice  ;D ;D
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Forum Chit Chat / Re: Do you have a dream tiara?
« Last post by malt80 on November 28, 2016, 05:49:13 AM »
once again thank you!!!
there are diamonds but small, and at the back is with gold..
thank you so much for your time!!!!
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Forum Chit Chat / Re: Do you have a dream tiara?
« Last post by oldmancoyote on November 28, 2016, 05:28:53 AM »
Ah... OK. Thank you for posting a much better quality second image. To my embarrassment I have to change my tune completely: I think it's a late 19th century "bright cut" tiara. No stones - only sharp polished metal surfaces that in the first photo looked like gem facets. This makes life easier in one sense: no need to worry about stone species, quality and size. On the other hand, the material value is definitely negligible (at best it's silver, and silver is currently trading for about $0.55/gram of pure silver), and the fashion for this kind of thing is long gone... so I don't think it's worth much, unfortunately.
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Forum Chit Chat / Re: Do you have a dream tiara?
« Last post by malt80 on November 27, 2016, 08:28:53 PM »
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Forum Chit Chat / Re: Do you have a dream tiara?
« Last post by malt80 on November 27, 2016, 08:24:51 PM »
thank you so much for the reply!!
the original form of the tiara is this
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Forum Chit Chat / Re: Do you have a dream tiara?
« Last post by oldmancoyote on November 27, 2016, 12:12:15 PM »
From the single, low-res photo it looks modern (1970s ->). If you have more images, especially of the back, we may be able to say something more.

In terms of estimate (for which I assume you mean value"), it's impossible to even guess without having the item in hand - the metal could be silver or could be platinum. The stones could be diamonds or could be CZ (or could be quartz). They could be good colour, cut and quality or they could be mediocre in all three respects - from the photo it's impossible to establish even a rough size...
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Forum Chit Chat / Re: Do you have a dream tiara?
« Last post by malt80 on November 27, 2016, 10:00:11 AM »
does anyone know something about this tiara????
period??estimation???
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Colored Diamonds / Re: Auction prices
« Last post by basuja on November 07, 2016, 07:54:57 PM »
Thanks for the feedback oldmancoyote.

Cheers,
Danny
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Colored Diamonds / Re: Auction prices
« Last post by oldmancoyote on November 07, 2016, 05:21:14 AM »
Depending on how large/important your collection is, I would consider the following:

1. Go to the main auction houses and ask them for estimates and reserve prices (and commission rates)
2. Find one (or more) expert appraisers that can help you scour the market for references and comparables. Usually standardised valuations from places like IGL are aimed at replacement/insurance value, which has nothing to do with the price you may be able to get when selling
3. Talk to people like David (the owner of Diamonds by Lauren). They may or may not be interested in buying themselves, but they can point you in the direction of people who can and can also give you interesting pointers in terms of prices/values
4. Sites like the one that Peo is asking about on the first post of this thread also can help - however as David mentioned above there is no strong link between results at one specific auction and what a similar piece may do tomorrow.

Perhaps obvious, but worth mentioning that the 4 suggestions above are not mutually exclusive.

Good luck!!!
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Colored Diamonds / Re: Auction prices
« Last post by basuja on November 06, 2016, 09:57:18 PM »
Hi All,

I've finally decided to sell my collection after  20 years.  A collection of 13 plus pieces of argyle pink and white diamond jewelry.

I've completed valuations last year from IGL but I understand these valuations to be rather conservative.  How best can I set my expectation on sell price ? I want to be realistic on market value since I dont want my emotional attachment to this colection to play a part in my decision.

Thank you.

Kind regards,

Danny
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