Hi Nola and welcome.
When I first joined CDI I did exactly the same and posted on an outdated thread. Don`t worry about it and it`s always nice to have subjects resurrected now and again and to take what people believe to be diamond facts and then show people they aren`t facts at all, they are just statements We do it in a nice way of course. It`s what we do well !
So grab a chair, sit down, relax and join in. I`m sure you`ve browsed other threads too and you`ll have seen many people`s diamond dreams come true here on CDI. If it weren`t for blowing what many people presume to be hard and fast rules about diamonds out of the water then many of those dreams could not have come true.
Lots of folks believe lots of things because they`re told they`re facts. Not so.
Take the belief that hearts and arrows is the only cut to own, take the belief that anything less than VVS clarity isn`t worth having, take the belief that anything less than a K colour isn`t beautiful and we`ll prove it wrong and in doing so we`ll open up people`s minds.
Here at CDI we`re lucky to have David who runs a small family business and who picks every single diamond himself. He looks through parcels and parcels of stones, something which larger companies either can`t or won`t do and by doing this David`s able to find us those hidden gems ( pardon the pun ) and the diamonds which might break all the rules on paper but which once bought and set, show the supposed rules to be rubbish.
Of course David doesn`t do it all alone, there`s a lot of swapping ideas amongst us, people have some wonderful visions and we all love seeing each other`s dreams come true. We all learn a lot too and none of us are ever tired of learning more or sharing what we`ve learned with others.
Set a brownish pinkish diamond in pink gold and she`ll sing like a candyfloss, take a warmer coloured diamond and set her in a white gold halo and she`ll resemble snow white, take an I1 and put her into a ring and be blowed you can barely see the inclusion. Diamonds are like people, many of us have what other folks consider to be flaws but dammit most of us are still beautiful.
Without bending what a lot of companies say are diamond facts and proving they are just diamond statements, many people would never afford their dreams. Afterall when you`re wearing a piece of jewellery people exclaim WOW at what they see and yet on paper the piece they say WOW at, might break every fact they think they know.
I took a ring to a local jeweller to be sized and the centre stone is an L colour. When I went to collect it the jeweller told me he thought the ring was stunning , especially the centre stone which is an L coloured heart shape. When I told him it was an L he refused to believe it. If I`ve learned nothing else on here, the one thing I have learned is to trust my own judgement and my own eyes. Folks have nothing to lose, keep an open mind, judge by what you see on here, not by what you`ve been told and always be prepared to learn more and at times be proven wrong. If we`re all honest, before we joined CDI I bet each and every one of us had preconceived ideas of what we thought was " good " diamond. I for one am happy to say I had it wrong and I`ve since learned otherwise. So enjoy and don`t be afraid of asking questions or helping us to help you to look beyond the boundaries.