RecallCue Dementia Day Clock – A true diamond!

I rarely go off topic on this blog but in honor of Alzheimer's Awareness Month 2017  I wanted to share a new product I came across. RecallCue is an application that turns any tablet into a connected day clock. Day Clocks are a valuable tool for people suffering from dementia or mild cognitive impairment (MCI). In addition to the current time, these clocks will typically display additional information such as day of week or Morning, Afternoon, Night,  to help orient the person using it. RecallCue builds on this and offers an accompanying app for family members and caregivers. With this app events, reminders, and photos can be sent to the tablet and will be displayed base don the schedule provided. It's great to see technology being used to help enrich the lives of those in need.  

By | 2018-04-20T22:37:13+00:00 June 28th, 2017|Home|0 Comments

New report shows jewelry sector favorite for scammers

Rapaport posted an article claiming that over 13% of online transactions resulted in fraudulent payments. This is a real issue for online retailers. The increase in the number of online retailers an the explosion of online purchase vs in store sales has led to some to enforce strong identification policy. This increases the burden on the purchase and can potentially be a barrier to some consumers. The traditional secrecy surrounding the industry is further hampering the fraud protection. "In addition, because there is strong competition in the industry for high-value clients, merchants are reluctant to share information about their customers and transactions, which hampers their ability to use advanced fraud-protection tools, the company explained.While these news don't necessarily affect every website, you might sometime notice that websites make purchasing process a bit more complex that you would on Amazon for example, while it's not so comfortable to websites to do so, it's becoming more of a serious problem, and they were forced to.As a trusted buyer, you won't find it much difficult to accommodate, websites also will be using some sort [...]

By | 2018-04-20T22:37:18+00:00 June 28th, 2017|Home|0 Comments

Is it possible to get the brilliance I want with a princess cut?

Randy,I am looking to get a diamond ring in the next month or so. I found a few I liked on the James Allen site which I have listed below. It looks like the princess cut are less expensive than the round. Basically I'd like something that is brilliant and .99 carat or more with good quality. Is it possible to get the brilliance I want with a princess cut? Can you recommend one or more of my selections or a better one that you find? Here is my list: 1) http://www.jamesallen.com/loose-diamonds/princess-cut/1.04-carat-g-color-vs1-clarity-sku-2518432) http://www.jamesallen.com/loose-diamonds/princess-cut/1.02-carat-g-color-vs1-clarity-sku-2403843)http://www.jamesallen.com/loose-diamonds/round-cut/1.00-carat-g-color-si1-clarity-excellent-cut-sku-2768324) http://www.jamesallen.com/loose-diamonds/round-cut/0.99-carat-h-color-si1-clarity-excellent-cut-sku-236139 Thanks for your help.Answer:You certainly can find a princess cut with the Brilliance you are looking for – but it may be higher than the budget range you are in. If you can give me a top line budget I would be happy to give you some options. From the list you sent I like this one – beautiful stone: http://www.jamesallen.com/loose-diamonds/round-cut/0.99-carat-h-color-si1-clarity-excellent-cut-sku-236139 For those who want to know what is Princess Cut, check the following two images, they can tell you exactly how the cut appears, and why it's called Princess [...]

By | 2018-04-21T00:00:57+00:00 April 6th, 2014|Home, Q&A|0 Comments

Purchasing an Antique Engagement Ring

Question:I recently received the following question from a reader: "I have a 14KWG ring VS2 SI1 HI 3.6G Circa 1920 could you explain the 4 c and estimate what it might be worth I was told it was worth $1,600.00 thank you"Answer:When it comes to buying an antique engagement ring the same rules of the 4C's apply as if it were a new one. You should separate the value of the setting and the value of the stone. Of course, if the diamond has sentimental value - there is no market price that can be placed or estimated. One distinction between the 2 would be cut- over the years newer types of cuts have been developed to maximize the brilliance of the diamond. In an antique diamond you may not have the same cut and therefore the brilliance will not be as great.In my experience if one is not talking about an inheritance or other diamond that has sentimental value most people like the antique look of the setting rather than the diamond. Feel free to try and negotiate a price [...]

By | 2018-04-21T00:09:54+00:00 April 3rd, 2014|Home, Q&A|0 Comments

Mother’s Day Gift Ideas

This coming Sunday, May 12th will mark the annual Mother’s Day celebration. Not surprisingly the millions of mothers across the country are not the only ones who look forward to this day. The Jewelry industry has seized this day as yet another excuse to market by playing on the emotions of their consumers. This year, according a recently published survey, the industry expects to see a jump of 11 percent in spending on jewelry related gifts during this mother’s day season.Diamonds.net quotes the National Retail Federation’s Mother’s Day Survey saying “The average amount shoppers expect to spend on jewelry was $100.55, up from $97.19 one year ago and the highest average so far. Those consumers who earn less than $50,000 per year expect to spend an average of $74.94 on jewelry, while those earning more than $50,000 plan to spend an average of $122.86 on their jewelry purchase for Mother's Day.”So if you are in the market for some nice gifts for mom check out some of these great gift ideas:14K WHITE GOLD 3MM TRADITIONAL SLIGHTLY CURVED WEDDING RING - [...]

By | 2018-04-21T00:28:29+00:00 May 7th, 2013|Blog, Home|0 Comments

1.00 Carat Round Cut Pave Engagement Ring in Platinum for $6000

Carat Weight: 1.00Diamond Color: HDiamond Clarity: SI1Diamond Cut: IdealDiamond Price: $6005Measurements: 6.39*6.44*3.96Depth: 60.5Table: 59%Diamond Polish: Very Good Diamond Symmetry: ExcellentDiamond Fluorescence: NoneThis 1.00 carat Round Pave Round ring is featured on James Allen for $6005.Click here to see this GIA1.00 carat  Round ring on James Allen! 

By | 2018-04-21T09:34:51+00:00 April 17th, 2013|$6000 - $7000 Budget, Deals, Home|0 Comments

Thank You! Another Satsfied Customer

Randy,Just wanted to thank you again for your assistance in my quest for the perfect diamond. After carefully reviewing both of the recommendations you sent over I selected the 1.20 carat H VS2. Both me and my fiancé were just amazed at how beautiful it was and we were thrilled with the setting as well. When I found your site I was excepting to pay at least $1000 more than I ended up paying!You honestly took all the frustration out of the diamond buying process and made me confident that I was getting a great value for my money.  I will definitely recommend your service to my friends.Thanks again,Omar

By | 2018-04-21T09:41:59+00:00 December 23rd, 2012|Home|0 Comments

Q&A: Opinion on 1.03 Carat H/SI1 Diamond

Question:Can you let me know what you think of the following diamond? My fiancé picked it out but I wanted your opinion on it before I pull the trigger.http://www.jamesallen.com/diamonds/H-SI1-Excellent-Cut-Round-Diamond-4611033ThanksAnswer:I believe this diamond is priced a little high – probably because of the polish\symmetry.  If you look closely you will see a good number of inclusions which I am not convinced can be covered by prongs.  I would recommend you look at this one:http://www.jamesallen.com/diamonds/H-SI1-Excellent-Cut-Round-Diamond-4767628.aspIt’s much cleaner and a few hundred dollars cheaper. If you are willing to go down a bit in size you can get an even better value in the 0.90 to 0.92 range. See my Guide to Diamond pricing to understand why. You can save close to $1500 by doing this.Q: Thanks- I really like the 2nd diamond! My fiancé was happy with it to and she really didn’t want to go lower then 1 carat so this worked out great. Awesome site and thanks for the advice.

By | 2018-04-21T15:56:47+00:00 December 17th, 2012|Home, Q&A|1 Comment

Q&A: When is the best time to buy a diamond?

It’s that time of year when those planning on making holiday purchases start trying to predict when the “right” time to buy is.  Here is one question that I got just yesterday.Question:“Randy,I know I am going to be buying an engagement ring before Christmas and I am trying to time it right so that I don’t overpay and maybe even get a good discount. I read that diamond prices are down this year and was wondering if you thought I should buy now or hold out a little longer and see if prices drop further.Thanks,Mike”My answer to Mike is important and I wanted to share it with all of you:I never recommend trying to “play the market” on diamonds. There are so many variables that go into the pricing of diamonds that it makes it very difficult to predict where prices are headed. (see my page on diamond pricing)What I do sometime recommend is to look at the current price of diamonds and see if they are “high” or “Low” for the season. If they are low and you know [...]

By | 2018-04-21T18:02:17+00:00 November 12th, 2012|Home, Q&A|0 Comments

No, EGL Diamonds are NOT Cheaper!

One of the more frequent questions I get here on the site is about the differences in cert types. I have literally been asked about dozens of different certs from just about everywhere in the world.  If you have read through my page dedicated to this top you know that I am very clear on this- the only certs you should be looking at are GIA, IGI, AGS. Of the dozens of questions I get the most common by far is about EGL diamonds. This question is so common that I dedicated a page to it on its own. No matter how clear I try and be on this topic (for those who are in doubt let me clear – Don’t Buy EGL Diamonds!) I always find it hard to really convince people 100% on this. The fact is that without a clear understanding on how diamonds are graded and the differences between the labs it is very easy to fall trap and think that an EGL diamond is a bargain. The fact is they are more expensive. That’s right [...]

By | 2013-06-09T14:07:15+00:00 October 24th, 2012|Home, Q&A|0 Comments