Author Topic: CONTEST! Guess finished weight of 5.28 rough diamond Prize? $500 Stud earrings.  (Read 36017 times)

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<a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZCQEIJCY7A8" target="_blank">http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZCQEIJCY7A8</a>

Hi ALL!
Time for our newest CONTEST!!!
The winner gets  a pair of 1/4ct TW Natural Yellow Princess Cut Diamond Studs in 18kt Yellow Gold ( $499 on the site).


The video and photos were shot today, July 25 2007.

ABOUT DIAMOND CUTTING
This is a rough diamond, as it came out of the ground.


We will put this diamond into the hands of a master diamond cutter.
This guy's a genius. He will put it on diamond cutting wheels, and start polishing


The photo above shows a cutting wheel.
Before we get the diamond all dirty, we use the most modern technology to asses the rough diamond.  We need to finish up with the most beautiful diamond because that's going to bring the highest price.
As the same time we have to save as much of the original weight as we can- after all diamonds are sold by weight. A very delicate balance to achieve indeed.
SO we use all the latest technology, but......
As great as the technology is, none of the diamonds I know give a hoot about a machine.

Looking at this rough diamond, please notice that it's translucent.

That means that our best guesses - made while looking at the diamond now , might not be correct.

As the cutter starts polishing away the rough- we'll get an even clearer picture of what is best.

for example, I can see a few spots- of course if you could plan the diamond so that those spots were part of the diamond you polished off, that would be a good thing. Sometimes we can't see the imperfection till we actually get further into the cutting- requiring further "re-plotting"
More on the actual cutting as we go along in the process.

THE CONTEST

AS the video shows, contestants will need to guess the weight of the polished diamond we get out of this 5.28carat rough

Contestants will need to also guess what shape the diamond will be cut into.

The third part of the guess: What color will GIA call the finished gem?


The winner is the one who gets the first part right.

The second is to be used in the event of a tie.
Say there's multiple winners on the weight- and no one- or multiple contestants- guess the shape correctly. In that event the person who's initial answer was posted first wins.
The third part is just for fun.......

AS in our last contest, each contestant will be granted 2 guesses.

A word about the "two guess" system.....

My thought was that the first guess could actually be used as a.....tool?? You know, like raising a flag to see which way the wind's blowing.....
I mean, I'd have expected a lot of folks to wait till just before the end to place their second guess....
This would give them the advantage of seeing everyone else's first guess......
If we did use this system, it would also allow us the possibility of showing the diamond part way, if that's possible- without giving unfair advantage to those who had already expended their only guess.....
it would probably mean a lot of last minute second guessing- but that's ok. We'll plan the end as we get closer so that everyone will have a chance to place their final guess.


In any event, this contest will run for at least one month.
The cutter needs time to do their job properly.
We will announce the end date of the contest within 30 days- it should be no later than September 19.
RULES
1) Open to members of the forum only. If you'd like to join for the purpose of entering, so be it.
New members are welcome too.
2) If two ( or more) contestants guess the exact total weight, the contestant guessing the correct shape wins. If that does not break the tie, the contestant who made the first guess takes them.
3) No editing of posts containing a guess
4) void where prohibited
5) if the winner is outside the US, shipping charges may apply
6) not open to DBL/CDI employees
7) these rules are subject to change if I screwed the pooch and forgot something vital







« Last Edit: July 26, 2007, 07:18:47 PM by Diamondsbylauren »
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Offline IhaveaDiamondproblem

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Yahoooooooo!  Another contest!!!!!! THANK YOU DAVID!!!!!!!!!! :bliss:

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YEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEHAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA!

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Woo hoo!  Bring on the guesses folks! 
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Offline BigRed

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Now I have got to win these!!!!!!! Putting on my thinking cap as we speak!!!! hmmmmmmmmm??????????????????????
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Offline diamondjunkie

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Oh gosh how much fun is this?!  Can I resign and join in?!  Er, you know I'm kidding right David!   ;D

Bring on the guesses!  I'm gonna love watching this one!

Offline RedRaider

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Here are my guesses --

1.  2.45 carats
2.  Radiant
3.  Fancy Light Yellow

I'm sure I'm totally off base, but we do get a second guess!  This is so much fun!

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Brave lady RedRaider!   
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YEAH! Red Raider popped the contest's cherry!

Great point Red Raider- you'll have another chance.
Everyone will get two chances to guess- we encourage people to wait till the very end to post the final guess- as we may have some "hints" along the way.
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Offline khrystal1968

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Oh this one is going to be interesting....... :radiant:
Obsessed with sparklies since birth...

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I don't know the complex diamond colors name in english.......


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I don't know the complex diamond colors name in english.......



Thanks WM- good page for stci- but stci- there's no need to worry- the guess of the color is not really part of the contest- guessing the color is just for fun!
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Offline greeneyedbass

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What fun! My guess: 2.90 carats, radiant cut, Y-Z color.

Offline sassisuki

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This is fantastic, thank you so much David for providing such rewards for being a member of your forum!
My guess #1 is

1. It will weigh 3.24 carats after cutting.

2. It will be a cushion cut.

3. It will be Y-Z Light Yellow in color.
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My #1 guess:

1. It will weigh 2.69 carats after cutting.

2. It will be a radiant

3. It will be W-X

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My #1 guess:

1. It will weigh 3.75 carats after cutting.

2. It will be a radiant

3. It will be U-V

Offline GracefulLion

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Thanks for the contest David!!  LOVE that there is education involved!

Offline kleinkath

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Great contest David!  Good luck you guys!!!  :D
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Offline luvnjewelry

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3.72
Cushion
U-V   

Good luck everyone!  Thanks again David! :th_AWA123112: :th_AWA123112: :th_AWA123112:

P.S.   I am sooooo glad that you aren't making us guess the clarity!! ;D

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Thank you webmistress!



 

Offline WM

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You're welcome. Even if it's not part of the contest officially, It's a fun page to look at.

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YES ANOTHER CONTEST!!!!!!!!!!!!!! THANKS DAVID i SHOULD START THINKING FIRST.....

Offline chellip

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Here goes mine.....this is so much fun!

1.85ct
radiant cut
U-V color!

Can't wait to see the finished product....it sure would be cool to see it in the different stages of cutting! :)

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Hi everyone!  This is my first time on this website thanks to DiamondJunkie!  My guesstimate on the rough would be:  3.14 Carats
                                                           Pear shape
                                                           Fancy Yellow
Now I am hoping that I have "beginners luck!", although good luck to all!
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