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A directly quoted comment from a consumer / purchaser of an ASET and Ideal-Scope. April 2017

“I used the ASET, Ideal-Scope, and LED loupe and what a difference it made in my evaluation of diamonds at a local retailer I’ve already visited a few times. None of the diamonds they were trying to sell me, a few being Forevermark black labels H&A’s, came close to ideal light performance. In fact, the […]

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Best Practices in Selling Estate Jewelry, Diamonds and Gems

 A definitive guide to doing the job right, without regret, and without making costly mistakes. For over 40 years of my even longer career in the jewelry industry, I bought and sold estate jewelry, diamonds and gems. There is nothing like daily experience over decades to give someone a unique and wonderful insight into the […]

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How luck we really are….

Some good things to consider before you complain that things are not exactly right. Click to enable presentation: How Lucky We Really Are

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1946 end of year photo of the Sansom St. Business Association Meeting.

My young father is in the upper right of the photo with the arrow pointing to him.  He had just come back to the family business from WWII and was only married in June of 1946.   There sure are many more women in the working world of jewelry these days.  

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Why hire an Independent appraiser?

A professional, independent appraiser ties up all the loose ends of an important purchase. The appraiser makes certain that the diamond is in the condition listed on the report at the time of delivery to you rather than months or even years later.  If there is anything wrong, the only time to know it is right […]

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Using the Ideal-Scope

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The Diamond Report Card and DFS Cut Grade, Historical article from 2008

By David Atlas, GG (GIA), Certified Senior member, NAJA  Article from the Rapaport Magazine – February 2008 In the late 1970s, diamonds were rapidly rising in value. But stones with similar characteristics, as measured by the traditional 4Cs, had quite a wide value spread. Dealers were aware of the issue, but no one in particular […]

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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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