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
https://www.whiteflash.com/loose-diamonds/round-cut-loose-diamond-3855464.htm?a_aid=myengringexp
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. 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.

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: https://www.gia.edu/report-check?reportno=2267763222. 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!

Tuesday, 12 December 2017

Sunday, 10 December 2017

Black by Brian Gavin 30-Pointers


Here is a list of Black by Brian Gavin 30-pointers that I have picked out. Preference is from top to bottom, but ultimately, it is up to individual preference:

0.316ct D VS1
USD 931
Calculated weight: 4.37 x 4.39 x 2.71 x 0.0061 = 0.313ct
Actual weight: 0.316ct
https://black.briangavindiamonds.com/diamond-details/bkcags-104093587070?a_aid=myengexp
Remark: My favourite piece among all current 30-pointers. Why? Great colour, great clarity level, and 75% lower girdle facet makes me expect a lot of bold flashes from this diamond.

0.327ct E VS1
USD 890
Calculated weight: 4.44 x 4.46 x 2.73 x 0.0061 = 0.330ct
Actual weight: 0.327ct
https://black.briangavindiamonds.com/diamond-details/bkcags-104093587078?a_aid=myengexp
Remark: Value for money. Size also not bad. Proportions will return great fire as it small table and high crown height. Contrast level, clarity level, colour level is also great.

0.330ct F VS1
USD 881
Calculated weight: 4.44 x 4.45 x 2.74 x 0.0061 = 0.330ct
Actual weight: 0.330ct
https://black.briangavindiamonds.com/diamond-details/bkcags-104093587042?a_aid=myengexp
Remark: Not bad, but if USD 9 difference can have a better colour, then the 0.327ct E VS1 wins. There is also a small feather close to the edge of the diamond's pavilion at the 12 o'clock position, but this looks very safe to me. Besides, this is a VS1 diamond. roportions will return great fire as it small table and high crown height.

0.346ct F VS2
USD 891
Calculated weight: 4.52 x 4.54 x 2.78 x 0.0061 = 0.348ct
Actual weight: 0.346ct
https://black.briangavindiamonds.com/diamond-details/bkcags-104095881018?a_aid=myengexp
Remark: Not bad, can consider if want to go for size. Bigger than most stones here. Better value than the 0.345ct E VS2. Everything checks out pretty good. Prefer this over the 0.338ct F VS1.

0.338ct D VS2
USD 977
Calculated weight: 4.46 x 4.48 x 2.77 x 0.0061 = 0.338ct
Actual weight: 0.338ct
https://black.briangavindiamonds.com/diamond-details/bkcags-104093587074?a_aid=myengexp
Remark: This one looks like a high VS2, close to VS1, which is good. 34.4 degree crown angle may be the lowest among all but it can still return pretty great fire I believe. This is due to its small table and high crown height.

0.336ct E VS1
USD 966
Calculated weight: 4.43 x 4.45 x 2.75 x 0.0061 = 0.331ct
Actual weight: 0.336ct
https://black.briangavindiamonds.com/diamond-details/bkcags-104093587077?a_aid=myengexp
Remark: Not bad. But I prefer the 0.338ct D VS2 more, for better colour grade and perhaps slightly bigger size.

0.332ct E VVS1
USD 966
Calculated weight: 4.44 x 4.46 x 2.76 x 0.0061 = 0.333ct
Actual weight: 0.332ct
https://black.briangavindiamonds.com/diamond-details/bkcags-104093587075?a_aid=myengexp
Remark: The arrow head at the 10 o'clock position seems to be slightly titled to the right. The arrow shaft of the heart at the 11 o'clock position also looks smaller than the rest. But then, I am just being picky! If you want fire, colour, clarity, contrast, you won't be disappointed by this diamond. The 75% lower girdle facet will return bold sparks as well and this diamond seems to cut to maximum fire. The size of this diamond is also not bad!

0.338ct F VS1
USD 907
Calculated weight: 4.47 x 4.50 x 2.77 x 0.0061 = 0.340ct
Actual weight: 0.338ct
https://black.briangavindiamonds.com/diamond-details/bkcags-104095881001?a_aid=myengexp
Remark: The shafts of the hearts at the 3 o'clock region is a bit smaller than preferreed though. The arrow head on the ASET seems to be slighly tilted to the right as well. But overall, should return great fire based on proportions.

0.345ct E VS2
USD 929
Calculated weight: 4.52 x 4.54 x 2.78 x 0.0061 = 0.348ct
Actual weight: 0.345ct
https://black.briangavindiamonds.com/diamond-details/bkags-104095241035?a_aid=myengexp
Remark: Referring to the ASET image, the arrow head at the 11 o'clock position is very slightly moved to the right. 77% lower girdle facet, although is higher than the others here, but it can still return some seriously good sparks. Bigger than most stones here.

The price range is approximately between to RM 3900.00 - RM 4300.00, assuming the exchange rate from MoneyMatch is at 4.12.

Memory Jewellery solitaire ring setting is around RM 1000 for non-custom made setting, while between RM 1300 - RM 1500 for custom made setting. Taking the maximum RM 1500, the final ring price will be approximately RM 5400 - RM 5800.

For any assistance, you may look for me in Lowyat forum: https://forum.lowyat.net/topic/3224055. My username is kambingkoh. Alternatively, you may drop me a email at myengringexp at gmail dot com.

Friday, 8 December 2017

One of the Best 1 Carat Diamond Money Can Buy - 1.098ct D IF WhiteFlash ACA!

When I say this is one of the best diamond money can buy, I am not joking, as this diamond I am about to talk about is a 1.098 D IF WhiteFlash ACA diamond. So you see D and IF is the highest colour and clarity you can obtained from AGS respectively, and pairing it with a superb Hearts & Arrows and ideal proportions for maximum performance, this diamond will perform like crazy.

1.098ct D IF WhiteFlash ACA
1.098ct D IF WhiteFlash ACA IdealScope
1.098ct D IF WhiteFlash ACA ASET
1.098ct D IF WhiteFlash ACA Hearts & Arrows

1.098ct D IF WhiteFlash ACA ASET on Cert

To be honest, when I first looked at this diamond, I had the feeling "boy, what a waste!". This is mainly because of the star length at 49% and another minor reason will be the 34.4 degree crown angle. I sure hope this 2 parts can go beyond 50% and at least 34.5 degree respectively. But then, once I checked the ASET on the AGS certificate, it did not disappoint me at all. There is sufficient contrast to bring this diamond to life! And when you look at that video, wow wow wow, BEAUTIFUL!

Now, the main reason for the beautiful fire is because of the small table, tall crown height, and of course, the lower girdle facet percentage, which are 55.1%, 15.4%, and 76% respectively. If you have been reading my blog, you will know that I prefer smaller table these days as well as higher crown, and also lower girdle facet like this. 76% will return wide angle light that are bold enough to dispersed into beautiful fire when the light hits the crown because there is plenty of room for the light to split into 7 beautiful components of the white light - rainbow.

Below is an interesting picture depicting fire. It is pretty straight-forward. Reference: https://www.whiteflash.com/about-diamonds/diamond-education/diamond-fire-1568.htm?a_aid=myengringexp
Light returned dispersing into fire (dispersed light) - Reference: https://www.whiteflash.com/about-diamonds/diamond-education/diamond-fire-1568.htm?a_aid=myengringexp
On a side note, if you are interested to learn more about diamonds, WhiteFlash has a whole lot of materials to educate consumers: https://www.whiteflash.com/about-diamonds/diamond-education?a_aid=myengringexp

Now, let's take a look at some of the diamond's video images:

1.098ct D IF WhiteFlash ACA Video Right
1.098ct D IF WhiteFlash ACA Video Center
1.098ct D IF WhiteFlash ACA Video Left
Simply astonishing, right? :D

The calculated ideal weight will be: 6.65 x 6.67 x 4.10 x 0.0061 = 1.109ct (rounded to 3 decimal places). The actual weight for this diamond is 1.098ct. The calculated weight is actually heavier than the actual weight by 0.011ct. Why? I can only think of one possible reason - The cutter is sacrificing more carat (albeit just a little more) to achieve the maximum beauty possible for this diamond, which seems to be a fact to me, given how nice the diamond checks out in all aspects.

Now, let' see the price - a whopping USD 21447! So, what's that in terms of Ringgit? Let MoneyMatch tells you:
MoneyMatch says: A whopping RM 88331.96!
Given the fact that one day an individual can only transfer RM 30K out of Malaysia, this means you will need to perform 1 transaction on 3 different days! But don't worry, there are no charges for each transaction, in fact, entering in the discount code REF637 will entitle you to get RM 15 discount for each transaction! So there is a RM 45 savings.

So, let's add on 6% GST and the total becomes RM 93631.88. Wow. Amazingly expensive for an amazingly great diamond. That's like one year salary for a person that is earning more than RM 9000 gross salary per month! I guess if I am earning RM 100000 nett per month, this will be mine!

Anyway, if your affordability is there, and you really want best of the best - This is it. Alternatively, if you want something more value for money, you really can't go wrong another beautiful 1 carat WhiteFlash ACA diamond that I have blogged about: http://www.myengagementringexperience.com/2017/12/a-fiery-1043ct-g-vs1-aca-diamond-from.html

I hope you have enjoyed this blog post, until next time then. And good luck to those who are looking for a diamond ring! :)

Tuesday, 5 December 2017

Brian Gavin Coupons Explained

For those who has read my blog about the 12 days of gifting promotion and get confused, I have prepared a new blog post that describes the current available coupons from Brian Gavin Diamonds.

Before we begin, I have to stress that we cannot apply more than one coupon code at the same time.
You cannot apply more than one coupon at the same time.
Ok, let's start. First in the list will be FREESHIPPING17. This voucher will entitle the purchaser to get free FEDEX INTERNATIONAL PRIORITY for any purchases. Just apply the coupon code during checkout to enjoy the benefit.

Coupon Code: FREESHIPPING17
Next, for any purchase from USD 750 or above, you are entitled for a free gem which you can choose from this list here, or you can refer to the Free Gem Options image below. Just key in the coupon code FREEGEM17 during checkout.
Coupon Code: FREEGEM17
Free Gem Options
Lastly, it will be the coupon code 12DAYS17DIA0506. This is probably the best available option because there will be more savings compared to both free shipping and free gem. As you can see from the image right below, this coupon code is not applicable to Black by Brian Gavin, but it is applicable to its other signature lines, such as Brian Gavin Signature, Brian Gavin Blue, and Brian Gavin Cape.
Coupon Code: 12DAYS17DIA0506
To be honest, the diamonds within Brian Gavin Signature that is between D-G colour and IF-VS2 clarity fails to enter the realm of Black by Brian Gavin because some of them seem to be weaker light return detected by the ASET that is shown in the certificate. However, they still exhibit high optical precision and should perform pretty decently as well. As mentioned before, super ideals tend to exhibit strong light return so even if there is some slightly weaker light return detected, it should not be a problem. Black by Brian Gavin is just being "more perfect" and it is best for those who are looking for the best of the best.

There are some that shows no weak light return at all, such as this 0.534 G VS1 : https://www.briangavindiamonds.com/diamonds/diamond-details/0.534-g-vs1-round-diamond-ags-104091064031?a_aid=myengexp. I can't be sure why it is not in the Black by Brian Gavin collection, but my guess is:
1. The diamond could be sold before that can upgrade its status to Black and then this diamond is now returned to them probably for an upgrade by the customer.

2. They already issued the certificate before Black is fully ready and they do not wish to upgrade the cert again to prevent incurring additional cost. You can still see that the diamond video is captured using older technology.

3. It did not meet the strict standards Brian Gavin is looking for, even if the difference is just a little and probably not noticeable.

In fact, I find this diamond very value for money - A 0.541 H VS2.
https://www.briangavindiamonds.com/diamonds/diamond-details/0.541-h-vs2-round-diamond-ags-bl-104092069010?a_aid=myengexp. This diamond has a lower price because it has strong blue fluorescence but again, each of this diamond is personally vetted by Brian Gavin himself and this fluorescence does not bring any negative impact to the beauty of the diamond. In fact, some even said strong fluorescence may improve the whiteness of the diamond, but I can't be sure. If it is true, then why not? The H colour may look like a colourless range diamond, but without that a price tag with extra premium attached to it. The proportions of this diamond look great to me and with this promotion, this diamond only cost me USD 1526.48, so after factoring in shipping and GST, it will be around USD 1674.28 (Remember, free shipping does not apply here because only one voucher can be used a time). Therefore, I would say the price is pretty value for money!

Let's use MoneyMatch, I just round up the figure to USD 1700 to cover up any misc. cost and allocate some buffer:
MoneyMatch
As you can see, the price now is RM 6981.52, again, let's round it up to RM 7000.00.

Now, a custom solitaire setting from Memory Jewellery will cost me an addtional RM 1500.

So, the grand total for a complete 50-pointer super ideal engagement ring will be RM 8500.00! Not too bad I would say.

Thanks for reading.

Wow! 12 Days of Gifting from Brian Gavin Diamonds!

Brian Gavin Diamonds is now having its 12 Days of Gifting promotion! Best is the diamonds between 0.5ct to 0.69ct will have a discount of 12%! So, let's say a 0.5ct will cost you USD 2000, so now it will be USD 1760! A whopping USD 240 discount! Of course, I doubt this offer will be applicable together with the worldwide free shipping promo, but USD 240 alone is more than enough to cover the shipping fees which you need to pay yourself, so why not? ;)

Just key in the discount code 12DAYS17DIA0506 during checkout!

The catch is that the wire transfer needs to be in within 3 days after purchase. Fair enough! And you should have sufficient time to do so if you act quickly!

Update 6 December 2017
Apparently 12DAYS17DIA0506 is not applicable for Black by Brian Gavin diamonds. Sorry for the wrong info.
12 Days of Gifting Banner

Take advantage of the promotion to get 0.5ct - 0.69 diamonds at a decent price!

Update 6 December 2017
Apparently FREEGEM17 is not applicable for diamonds purchase. Sorry for the wrong info.

You can probably get a piece of free silver colour gemstone jewelry because every purchase of USD 750 or more is entitled to it, but I am not too sure whether multiple coupons will stack or not. My guess is probably not, but no harm trying. Just key in the code FREEGEM17. If it is not applicable or overwrites the existing voucher that provides 12% discount, then simply key in back the discount code 12DAYS17DIA0506 again!

So, what are you waiting for? Go on and search for your dream diamond at Brian Gavin Diamonds now!

Good luck!