I am on a self-imposed diamond ban. But that does not mean I cannot window shop - and who knows, I may actually come across something I really want. And window shopping is a good way to get some sense of the diamond pricing in Singapore.
It is to my great surprise that I find that I could not find any F colour SI1 diamonds. They shops keep pushing to me E colour and G colour diamonds. And when I mentioned that I am looking for a SI stone, they looked as though I must be crazy. I have to listen to one 'amazing' lecture that lasted 20 minutes (the person did not even stop to swallow his saliva) that it is 'important' to look at the clarity because it 'affects how shiny the diamond looks'. I was so amazed by the load of rubbish that I have listened to the 'long lecture' while he kept pushing a G colour VVS2 diamond under my nose. Since I have been 'made' to listen to 20 minutes of rubbish, I spent the next 10 minutes 'ripping' the diamond he shoved under my nose apart. I told him that the colour bothers me (mind you, not that G colour is bad but it is just a personal preference and I TOLD him in the first instance that I am looking for a F colour)....and it is not really a good looking diamond. It is not a bad diamond but it just does not have the WOW factor.
I have long given up any hope of getting a decent F, SI1 stone which I have been looking for quite sometime before stumbling at Laurens from Diamonds. I don't particularly enjoy being 'belittled' because I find SI1 stone tolerable. I love VS2 and better clarity stone but if it is not within my budget, I would take a beautiful eye-clean SI1 stone anytime. I really find it quite difficult to pay a premium for something that I cannot see without my own eyes or at least without any aid (now there is this story where a lady in my office shows off her ring and some idiot actually try to improvise a loup by turning a glass upside down to look at the diamond).
What converted me to SI stone is that my friend managed to get a really beautiful D colour, SI2 diamond. One of the shop assistant knows that I love a bargain stone and quietly reserved the stone for me before the manager 'trashed' the stone and return to the suppliers. I loved it at first sight. I made the mistake of asking my friend to accompany to look at the diamond a second time and she bought it promptly! She is my BEST friend so I am happy for her. Now everytime I look at my friend's finger, it is with a tinge of envy and jealousy. Next time, no more asking my friend to go along when it comes to diamonds. I love my friend's diamond - after setting the stone, the SI2 flaw, a feather right at the edge is hidden and most jewellers who saw the stone was quite surprise when they were told that it is a SI2 stone.
It is not that I cannot find a F colour, SI1 stone in Singapore - but it is just that it is close to impossible to buy it at the size of 1 carat and above. Most 'bigger' stones (anything that is above 1 carat is consider big in Singapore) are at least VS2 or better. I do have a few friends who are jewellers and they could have helped me. But I could not do so without offending them since most jewellers are 'friendnemies'. I would buy gem stones but not diamonds if I treasure their friendships! And all my diamond pieces are from chain stores and since all my jeweller friend' businesses are family run businesses, they can criticize my diamonds to their hearts content since they all share a similar hatred for 'chain shops'. Anyway I would feel terrible imposing on them because most of their loose diamonds are in the range of 0.3 carat to 0.7 carat (most popular in Singapore - anything bigger, people would ask whether the diamond is real). They have a very small selection of diamonds above the 'norm' in Singapore and if they have, I could not really find anything that is within my budget (if it is of higer colour/clarity) or that I don't find the cut really fantastic.
I am hoping my mum would really get well soon and goes into a long, long remission so that I can remove my self-imposed diamond ban