Monday, 19 February 2018

Brian Gavin Diamonds' President's Day Sale!

For those who wish to purchase a super ideal diamond from Brian Gavin Diamonds, don't miss out this chance! There is a President's Day promotion going on today - Feb 19! Although this promotion does not include Black by Brian Gavin diamonds, but there are certainly some H colour diamonds (or lower colour grades) that are cut to Black by Brian Gavin standard up for purchase! Action must be fast because it is limited to this day only!

Please note that discount already include the 3% wire discount.

Tuesday, 6 February 2018

A Promising 0.40 ct E VVS1 WhiteFlash ACA Diamond!

This 0.40 ct E VVS1 WhiteFlash ACA Diamond looks gorgeous. The proportions looks great and it should return very excellent fire! On top of that, the very red IdealScope image indicates that this diamond is returning a great amount of light! This diamond is surely a performer and since it falls within the the colourless range (D-F colours) and very very slight included (VVS) clarity range, WhiteFlash has bestowed this diamond with the Collection Series title.

Now, the only thing I would want to complain about is the very very slight bending tip at the circled area (yellow colour) in the Hearts & Arrows image of this diamond shown below. But then again, this is not really a deal breaker for me as it is very minor as far as I am concerned. In fact, if you take a camera and a hearts & arrows viewer and shoot the Hearts & Arrows diamond, there is a possibility that you may even get a perfect Hearts & Arrows. What I am trying to say here that sometimes, a slight tilt in angle can cause different effect. There may be a possibility that this diamond could look better (or worse) in another Hearts & Arrows photo. But since WhiteFlash has put this image as the Hearts & Arrows image, let's just take it as it is and let the bending tip to be there because I am pretty sure it won't bring any negative impact to the diamond at such small scale. In fact, there are diamonds that have worse Hearts & Arrows that can perform pretty well against a typical GIA Triple Excllent! Overall, this diamond is already considered a diamond with high cutting precision. I will shortlist this if I am looking for a high colour & high clarity diamond! However, if you want a slightly better Hearts & Arrows, perhaps you should consider Black by Brian Gavin instead. However, the downside of it is they are considered pricier for slightly lower specs. For example, this stunning 0.405ct E VS1 Black by Brian Gavin is selling at USD 1366. Of course, it is slightly bigger, but at 0.03mm max difference, I think it is hardly noticeable. Also, they do not provide free shipping. So, this is a give and take situation.

Anyway, I always think - what if WhiteFlash's diamonds are shoot using Brian Gavin Diamond's camera, and vice-versa, will the outcome be similar? Guess we won't find out until they use similar technology to capture the photos!

Oh, btw, the calculated ideal weight for this diamond is 4.72 x 4.73 x 2.92 x 0.0061 = 0.398ct. A difference of 0.002ct compared to the weight of 0.40ct, which is negligible. Again, if you are particular about this - that the stone did not meet the 0.40ct calculated ideal weight, then this stone is not for you. But do note that this is already considered a 0.40ct for GIA standard. Personally, I will consider this 0.40ct myself as well.
0.40 ct E VVS1 A CUT ABOVE® Hearts and Arrows Diamond Actual Diamond Image

0.40 ct E VVS1 A CUT ABOVE® Hearts and Arrows Diamond ASET Image

0.40 ct E VVS1 A CUT ABOVE® Hearts and Arrows Diamond IdealScope Image
0.40 ct E VVS1 A CUT ABOVE® Hearts and Arrows Diamond H&A Image

Now, transferring via MoneyMatch will cost you RM 5436.66. Add 6% GST will make the diamond cost to become RM 5762.86. Round up to RM 5800.00 to cover all misc. charges, such as GST on freight and GST on insurance, and other misc. charges. FYI, both freight and insurance are provided by WhiteFlash but you still need to cover for the GST.

Remember to transfer using discount code REF637 to enjoy RM 15 off!

MoneyMatch - Transfer with Discount Code REF637 to Enjoy RM 15 off!

Now, that's all I got to share for now. Stay tune for more future posts!

Thank you for reading and have a great day ahead! :)

Monday, 5 February 2018

MoneyMatch Revised Transaction Fee

MoneyMatch will charge a transaction fee of RM 8 for all transactions regardless of the amount transferred starting from February 19, 2018. This means that those who are transferring RM 5000 and above can no longer enjoy the free transaction.

Nonetheless, always remember to key in the discount code REF637 to enjoy RM 15 discount!

Monday, 1 January 2018

James Allen Partnership

JamesAllen Rings

My Engagement Ring Experience is now affiliated with James Allen.

I am now checking with them whether they are willing to ship to Malaysia or not, but they do ship to Singapore. So for Malaysians who are working in Singapore, you have an alternate option. Anyway, they may review the policy again and see if Malaysia is one of their destination in 2018.

Friday, 22 December 2017

Friday, 15 December 2017

WhiteFlash ACA 40-Pointers Recommendations

One of the thing I would like to do in 2018 is to create different category of diamonds based on size for my readers to pick from. The purpose of doing this is to provide easier consolidation of diamonds that I will recommend to my dear readers. I choose 40-pointers to start with because it is one of the more popular size in Malaysia. I will keep this post updated from time-to-time and hopefully you will find it beneficial. I would probably have to find a way to pin this post on the main page of this blog.

Below is the list of 40-pointers that I deem worthy to become a stunning engagement ring:

0.408ct G VS1 A CUT ABOVE® Hearts and Arrows Diamond
USD 1238
Calculated ideal weight: 0.409ct
Remark: This diamond is a fiery one. The table at 55% and the crown height at 15.6% provides the a lot of room for the light return to be fully dispersed into colourful fire. The 76% lower girdle facet percentage further improves the beauty of this diamond by returning very bold sparks to the viewer.
IdealScope is showing great light return, as expected from an excellent quality WhiteFlash ACA, while the ASET image is showing great contrast that can make the diamond look more alive than just looking brilliantly white due to the great light return. Lastly, the Hearts & Arrows are simply top-notch and it will be one of the best diamond money can buy.

Update 16 January 2018
While reviewing back this stone after a forumer  asked me about it,  I found that there is some minor bending tip at the heart between 1 o'clock and 3 o'clock positions. It is nothing too major, but if you are a perfectionist, perhaps you may want to reconsider it. Anyway, I still like the proportions and performance of this stone a lot. ;)

Overall, this diamond has all the proportions and precision I desire. And at VS1, this diamond definitely provides eye-clean and mind-clean factors, while at G colour, this diamond will definitely look like a colourless diamond thanks to its great light return. With all these factors combined, this diamond is certainly a good fit to become the ideal stone for an engagement ring.

0.411 ct G VS1 A CUT ABOVE® Hearts and Arrows Diamond
USD 1276
Calculated ideal weight: 0.411ct
Remark: This diamond is perfectly done (well, almost) . The table of 55.4% paired with the crown height of 15.5% and 34.8 crown angle allows a lot of fire to be returned to the observer. The amount of contrast is excellent as well. The Hearts & Arrows of this diamond is not bad, despite there seems to be a very tiny bending tip at the 7 o'clock heart. But rest assured, it is not obvious at all. With the lower girdle percentage at 77%, this diamond will return bold sparks to the observer as well. The light return of this diamond is simply excellent as well based on the IdealScope. This is as per expectation. Overall, this diamond is definitely a good buy.

0.411 ct F VS1 A CUT ABOVE® Hearts and Arrows Diamond
USD 1292
Calculated ideal weight: 0.409ct
Remark: This diamond is yet another one with good optical precision and great fire! There seem to be some minor bending tip of the hearts at 1 o'clock, 2 o'clock, 5 o'clock, and 7 o'clock positions. But those are again, not obvious. This is yet another diamond with great light return, great contrast, and great fire! A worthy contender I would say!

0.417 ct F VS2 A CUT ABOVE® Hearts and Arrows Diamond
USD 1298
Calculated ideal weight: 0.416ct
Remark: This diamond is bursting with fire. Although its lower girdle percentage is 78%, but it scintillates beautifully. The Hearts & Arrows is pretty good with the heart at 11 o'clock seem to be a bit smaller and there seem to be some very minor bending tip at its heart. There are also some small clefts in some of the hearts, but they are well within acceptable range. This is a fiery glittering darling.

0.404 ct G VS2 A CUT ABOVE® Hearts and Arrows Diamond
USD 1227
Calculated ideal weight: 0.408ct
Remark: This diamond will return a lot of fire and brightness! There is a minor bending tip at the heart at the 10 o'clock position but that is okay for me as it is not obvious and I consider it pretty negligible. As I moved the diamond around, I noticed that there is a lot of fire and brightness returned o the viewer. From the looks of this diamond, I think it is probably cut by the same group of cutters that cut the 0.411 ct G VS1 A CUT ABOVE® Hearts and Arrows Diamond I mentioned earlier above. In comparison to that diamond, this diamond seems brighter, but then, the 0.411ct G VS1 is returning a more vivid colour sparkles. I still prefer the 0.411ct G VS1 slightly more as it gives a better contrast overall by looking at the video. But don't get me wrong, both diamonds will be exceptional and they can become a matching pair for earrings as well. If you want better clarity, go with the VS1, if you want better contrast, go with the VS1, if you want better brightness, go with the VS2. Given that the colour is G colour, better brightness may make the diamond look whiter and colourless. Ultimately, the choice is entirely up to the purchaser/receiver.

Update 07 February 2018
0.40 ct E VVS1 A CUT ABOVE® Hearts and Arrows Diamond
USD 1382
Remark: Refer to

Ok, stay tuned for more options! Alternatively, drop an email to myengringexp at gmail dot com for assistance, which is not only limited to diamond companies that I am affiliated with!

Wednesday, 13 December 2017

1.014ct F VS1 WhiteFlash ACA

This 1.014ct carat diamond is beautiful. The proportions are definitely great! I always fall for smaller table size (<= 56%) diamonds because this will result in better fire. How I landed on 56% is because I observe my wife's other diamond that has a 55.9% table and that diamond is returning a lot of fire. Also, a lot of Black by BGDs are cut to around that average, as far as I am concerned, so I believe 56% is a good and safe number for better fire. You will tend to see that when the table has a smaller percentage, the crown height will usually be more than 15%, so there will be more room for the fire to disperse, which is good! The 34.8 degree crown angle will certainly make sure the fire of the diamond is very very good.

The hearts & arrows of this diamond is simply top notch. Very beautiful and well-cut. Nothing to complain there. Light return checks out very well based on the IdealScope so this diamond is going to return a lot of light, as expected from a diamond with 40.8 pavilion angle. Personally, I feel that too much brightness will tend to make the diamond less interesting, hence, I always look for the extra contrast which always come together with the smaller table and higher crown as mentioned in the paragraph above. Other than that, another important contributing factor will be the star length, which is at 53%. This will certainly improve the contrast level of this diamond and add more life to it. In general, diamonds above 50% star length seems to be returning good contrast level, based on the ASET image found in the respective diamond certificate.

Below are the images cut out from the respective diamond page. Please refer to that page for better representation of the images.

1.014ct F VS1 WhiteFlash ACA
1.014ct F VS1 WhiteFlash ACA Hearts & Arrows
1.014ct F VS1 WhiteFlash ACA IdealScope
1.014ct F VS1 WhiteFlash ACA ASET

1.014ct F VS1 WhiteFlash ACA ASET in Cert

The calculated ideal weight is 6.44 x 6.47 x 3.99 mm x 0.0061 = 1.014ct
The actual weight of this diamond is also 1.014ct. So, perfect!

Of course, quality comes at a price, at USD 9687, this is certainly not cheap in terms of Ringgit.

MoneyMatch shows this diamond costs RM 39782.34 before tax
So, RM 39782.34 add on 6% GST, the price will be RM 42169.28. The insurance cost is 1% of RM 42169.28, which means it will be RM 421.69. This insurance is included as part of the free shipment by WhiteFlash, however, you will still need to pay 6% GST for this insurance, so it will be RM 25.30. Now, you will also need to pay 6% GST for the freight charges, which I am not sure what the exact amount will be, but let's take RM 498.75, which is from my previous Brian Gavin Diamonds freight charges. I use this figure because both WhiteFlash and Brian Gavin Diamonds are based in Houston, Texas, so I figure the price might be the same. I will let you guys know again if I have an updated price in the future. So 6% of RM 498.75 will be RM 29.92. There is also one more charges known as Free Commercial Zone (FCZ) charges, which is at a flat rate of RM 5.00. So, I will call all these GST on insurance, GST on freight, and FCZ charges as misc. charges, which in this case, the total will be RM 60.22, a figure that pales in comparison to the total amount purchase! Now, you see why I usually don't focus on this amount and simply round up a the final diamond price (inclusive GST). So, the grand total for this diamond will be RM 42229.50.

So, the price is really not cheap, even if you compared with other options for 1 carat from another local vendor, for example this one: However, the price is pretty minimal, less than RM 3000 difference (for a price this big). Again, the price for this local vendor is actually RM 5000 more expensive than Zoara, for the exact same piece of diamond! So in actual fact, you can actually save up more than RM 8000 if you buy a normal GIA Triple Excellent diamond from Zoara.

Have a look at that GIA diamond:

1ct F VS1 GIA-2267763222
Honestly, the diamond above looks not bad. However, not all of the arrows are fully reflecting off the dark camera lens of the camera taking the picture. This means there is some cut inconsistencies there. Also, some of the arrows are also not that well-aligned - 11 o'clock, 12 o'clock, 1 o'clock, and 3 o'clock. This diamond will return a lot of fire if you view it under spot lighting thanks to its 36.5 crown angle, 55% table, and 16.5% crown height. However, from what I have learned by reading online, this diamond will be pretty lifeless under normal fluorescent light. Also, this diamond will probably be leaking light. Of course, I have not seen one, so take it with a pinch of salt. Anyway, one thing for sure is that you will find it easier to look for diamonds with such proportions, compare to diamonds within 34 - 35 degree crown angle and 40.6 - 40.9 pavilion angle. Now, why is that so??? Because those values in general, are considered as ideal cut proportions and diamonds with such proportions are either sold as top of the shelf diamonds or they are probably sold out pretty fast once they are listed on MLS.

Anyway, you have to know that when you are buying a super ideal cut such as this 1.014ct carat diamondwhat you are paying for is cut quality. You have to know that diamond cutters will spend more time to perfect the diamond compared to a similar carat diamond that has a worse cut or cut for weight retention only.

Of course, ultimately, the choice is up to you. If I can find a diamond with some slight misalignment or some minor cut inconsistencies but with decent proportions, I think I can live with it, since I will be saving over RM 8000! Of course, such diamonds are to hard come by, at least from my experience.

For ring setting, Memory Jewellery will be able to do loose stone settings from RM 1000 for existing designs and between RM 1300 - RM 1500 for custom designs. This is the latest price I have obtained from their staff. And yes, it is still this price even for a 1 carat diamond!