(Closed) Show me your EGL graded diamonds!

posted 6 years ago in Rings
Post # 32
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Sugar bee

@peonyinlove:  My SO gave his ex an EGL graded stone and te card said it was colorless. We recently got it appraised and it said it was an I colored diamond lol

Post # 33
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: October 2013

@peonyinlove:  Thank you and thank you!! ๐Ÿ™‚ Sadly, I apparently have very narrow taste. I am setting it into a rose gold soliatire setting (very similar to my e-ring) to wear either instead of it sometimes or on my right hand. ๐Ÿ™‚ Will post pictures when it’s finished!!

Post # 34
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Newbee
  • Wedding: August 2011

@peonyinlove- Your question is a little more complicated than just the regular GIA/AGS versus EGL question. You added you are looking at old cuts. EGL tends to be the lab of choice for grading old cuts. The one benefit they actuallly have is actually LABELING them as an old cut. Due to rather strange and strict rules at GIA, very few old cuts receive the designation when graded by GIA, despite the fact they clearly are old stones. The GIA parameters are too limited on what they label “Old European” so to get a true old cut designation, many vendors use EGL for old cuts. You can’t go by the numbers (as you can in looking at the proportions of an ideal cut modern stone) and you have to have experienced eyes to know what you are looking at when you do look at the old cuts to make sure you aren’t dealing with too many problems (and most old cuts have at least SOME problems). You might consider asking on Pricescope for some information from the experts.

Seriously though- for anyone looking for a “nice stone” its those crown and pavilion angles you don’t feel like agonizing over that control it looking “nice”. Diamonds don’t come out of the ground making instant sparkle, it’s the way the person who cuts them actuually cuts them that makes them sparkle and look “nice” (not color or clarity).

Post # 37
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Sugar bee

@peonyinlove:  Yeah, I’m not really sure but I was like what the heck!!! Good thing you know to look out for it!

Post # 38
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: February 2014

My three stone heirloom has two EGL graded side stones (1940s stones) set into it and I cannot tell you how much I love those two .25 radiant cut side stones. L.O.V.E.  Those two side stones have my heart.  The center of that same heirloom is a GIA F/VVS1 laser inscribed, but for some reason the two sides outshine it.  Someone mentioned old cuts, and I think back when my grand aunt/grandmom consolidated their anniv rings for the final three stone I inherited, there was stronger standards across the board. But in my mid20s, I did have a bad experience with an EGL in a second engagement.  Ex and I found out it was egl graded with an undisclosed ‘enhancement’.  Can’t remember exactly, but whatever filler they used in a feather started to cloud.  Industry standards won’t allow that today thank goodness.  Notwithstanding, the EGLs in this thread are gorgeous, seriously!

 

Post # 39
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Blushing bee

@BlondeMissMolly:  Definitely not a G! Hmm, let me go check my post…I don’t think I’ve ever put stats in posts for it besides carat size…

Post # 40
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Blushing bee

@BlondeMissMolly:  Nope! Couldn’t find what you were thinking of. The only other thing I could think of is that I might have said it was a J. That’s what an independent appraiser called it. But again, I think I’ve only ever listed the carat size! How odd!

Post # 41
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Bee Keeper

@NathansAmy:  I must be thinking of something else then! Someone else recently posted a large oval and that must be what I was thinking. In any event, your diamond doesn’t look like a K at all! It’s gorgeous!

Post # 42
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Helper bee

I’ve always maintained that a diamond is as pretty as you think it is and worth as much as you’re willing to pay, regardless of a certification or laser inscribed number or grading. 

Here’s my EGL 2 carat radiant. It’s VVS2, I color. I think it’s beautiful, I wouldn’t trade it for anything, and  we paid for it exactly what we wanted to pay. 

 

Post # 43
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: February 2011

@wrkbrk:  SUCH a beautiful stone! I just love it, beautiful proportions! I’m so happy to see pics of it. Enjoy it in good health and happy birthday!

Post # 44
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: October 2013

@starla:  Thank you!!! I know — it;s a “chubby” heart ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ™‚ I can’t wait to see the finished product and I will come back and post more pics!

Post # 45
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2015

We bought my diamond from JewelsByEricaGrace! It’s not in the setting yet and I haven’t been proposed to yet, but I did get pictures of the diamond when it came in the mail today! I didn’t get very good ones, I will get better ones whenever the day comes! Here it is though:

Post # 46
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: March 2015

I have an EGL graded cushion!

 

I have the certificate posted below. We paid $4200US.. most 1 carat GIA stone, H in color and SI1 are still more than $4200, so we still got a deal either way. (bought from Union Diamonds)

 

When I took it to a gemologist she told me its closer to an H or I in color, and closer to a SI1 in clarity.. I did my research so I expected this. I loved it until I noticed the extra facet, its a faint black line only seen from a certain angle (no picture of this). For now I can look past it, but I can definitely see myself upgrading the quality of my stone in the future. I thought I would like the look of a warm stone… but suround by D-F diamonds in the halo, it looks dirty in the sunlight..

 

 

 

 

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