Internally Flawless Diamonds – and shaneco

posted 3 years ago in Rings
Post # 3
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1625 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

@Bexx:  ShaneCo is really a glorified B&M.. a step up from Zales, maybe, but definitely not the mom&pop, biggest bang for your buck, your FRIEND in the diamond business!, they pretend they are. 

IF is definitely rarer than some of the lower clarities, but when we were searching for diamonds I found it easy to find IFs in our price range! They were usually H-I in color, but still.

Flawless (as opposed to Internally Flawless) is a lot more rare.

ShaneCo just doesn’t have as big of an inventory as places like Blue Nile, James Allen, Ritani, etc do. It’s definitely weird that the “master” jeweler has never seen one, but I think maybe his title was liberally applied 😉

Post # 4
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5483 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: October 2013

@jessicadarling:  +1

 

I’m sorry but that guy was just lying. Of course IF diamonds exist. I have had several not just bad but dishonest experiences at Shane Co when talking to their “diamond experts.” I believe they are instructed to shall we say fudge the truth when “explaining” diamonds to customers that they assume are largely uninformed.

 

Post # 5
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1157 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

GIA grades under 10x magnification. Often loupes can magnify up to 40x, so maybe that’s what he’s referring to- I guess there is the potential that an IF diamond might have flaws that are so small they aren’t visible under 10x. 

But honestly, it’s ridiculous to say that IF diamonds don’t exist. There are even FL diamonds- flawless internally and on the surface. 

Post # 6
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3265 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: February 2014

Yeahhh… GIA says my IF stone definitely exists. Hah.

Post # 7
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5697 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: August 2012

Well… nothing againnst Shane Co but, that guy works for Shane Co. They exist, but Shane probably doesn’t carry them (I mean, every retailer has a price point and a demographic, and a flawless diamond is probably outside the scope of their typical market). I bet you anything you can walk into tiffany’s and ask to see a Flawless diamond. 

I got my ring and diamond at Ben Bridge and I doubt they have any IF’s either.

Post # 8
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432 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2014

They definitely exist! I have a gia graded internally flawless diamond.  I can imagine that they are more rare the larger you go though, but still, they definitely exist. I’ve looked at mine under 60x and although you can see some slight strategies on the outside, which is why it’s not flawless, there is absolutely nothing on the inside of the diamond. It sparkles way more than other stones I’ve had. I love it. When we were shopping we had sales associates telling us all kinda of things so that they could sell what they had in their inventory. I would be sceptical of what anyone says who profits when you purchase from them, especially diamond when it is so hard to know what is good or bad and if it even matters. I had an amazing experience purchasing loose diamonds from blue nile. They helped me find exactly what I wanted and when the stone we selected had missing ink in the laser inscription helped me pick another diamond. Easiest return I’ve made, even though I’m in Canada, and they are based in the USA!

Post # 9
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432 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2014

@franklyn:   Typo. Stratches, not strategies. I’m typing on my phone. 

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