Grading the Light Behavior of Ideal Cushion Cuts

Recently I had the opportunity to use a Verigem® device, an objective light behavior tool specifically created for diamond light return grading, to examine two Branded Cushion cut diamonds which happen to have the AGSL blessing of Ideal make.  These are diamonds designed and marketed by one of many popular vendors on Pricescope.  When you […]

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Brillance, Sparkle and Intensity

We use three factors to determine LIGHT RETURN in a diamond: Brilliance, Sparkle and Intensity. Brilliance tells you how much light is coming back to your eye from the diamond.  The higher the brilliance measure, the higher is its light return.  A diamond with low brilliance will appear to be dull. Sparkle gives a diamond “life” or […]

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Divorce appraisals of jewelry. A necessary evil for many soon to be ex-couples.

  For many years I refused to do this kind of work preferring to let others handle this unfortunate, inconvenient and often somewhat ugly matter surrounding a divorce.   Maturity, more patience and understanding, has led me back into the fray in these contests.  Most of the time, it seems the wife intends to keep the […]

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