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!

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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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: 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:
Light returned dispersing into fire (dispersed light) - Reference:
On a side note, if you are interested to learn more about diamonds, WhiteFlash has a whole lot of materials to educate consumers:

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:

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.

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 : 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. 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:
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!

Monday, 4 December 2017

A Fiery 1.043ct G VS1 ACA Diamond from WhiteFlash!

This great diamond really caught my eye. The small table, the high crown, the steep crown angle (within acceptable range) means it is returning a lot of fire!

1.043ct G VS1 WhiteFlash ACA
1.043ct G VS1 WhiteFlash ACA Hearts & Arrows
I have no complains for this beauty. However, if you noticed that there is some slight misalignment at the 6 o'clock position, I would say it is more like optical illusion. I tried to cover the missing "black" part of the arrow and the arrow looks great! You can further confirm this with the IdealScope and the ASET scope. So overall, I would say the Hearts & Arrows for this diamond is perfect! Update: 08/12/2017 Ok, maybe I will put some minor complain on the hearts at the 5 o'clock and 8 o'clock positions which show a very minor bending tip, but honestly, they look pretty negligible and that is really okay for me! You probably have to click on the image above to view it clearer. Note: Somehow the IdealScope and ASET looks too bright after I saved down the images, so for better representation of this diamond, please visit the actual diamond page.

1.043ct G VS1 WhiteFlash ACA IdealScope

1.043ct G VS1 WhiteFlash ACA ASET
1.043ct G VS1 WhiteFlash ACA ASET in Cert
Now, did you see the small contrast that is located around the ASET in the cert? I always think that high contrast diamonds will show better fire and we can see the overall beauty of the diamond much better. I learned this after observing the pattern exhibited by Black by Brian Gavin diamonds. From my perspective, although Brian Gavin will be the guru of Hearts & Arrows, but this year (2017) WhiteFlash has certainly improved their diamond's optical precision. In fact, recently, they have stepped up their game further, as what I have mentioned in another blog post. If you think that this extra fire will sacrifice on light return and the overall brightness, I can assure you that you will come to appreciate the fact that this extra fire enhance the overall beauty of the diamond itself! Super ideals itself have tight proportions and it is already returning a lot a lot of light! Therefore, I have no concern at all in terms of light return perspective. If you have been following this blog, you will notice that I am always concern about fire because this part is more tricky! ;) And I can say that this diamond I am blogging about, will be one of he best one this planet. That's how breathtaking it is to me. To add on the fact that this diamond has a 76% lower girdle facets, oh boy, the sparks will be bold! Not sold yet? Have a look at the diamond video on its respective page. To double confirm on such big purchase, feel free to ask the friendly sales consultants to pull this diamond out of the vault and request them to have a look at it. ;)

MoneyMatch rate at 4.085 now!
Now, MoneyMatch is yet again offering great rates. At 4.085, the RM equivalent should be RM 36634.28. However, it is showing RM 36633.99, which is cheaper by 29 cents - A figure which I think is negligible at this point, right? Anyway, the savings go to us, so, what's there not to love? Of course, sometimes, there can be a little extra as well, but again, it is negligible when we are talking about sum that is this large. So, as usual, remember to key in discount code REF637 to enjoy RM 15 off!

Now, what is M2U's equivalent rate? It is 4.1140. This means the price in RM for this diamond will be RM 36894.35, a difference of RM 260.07! If that is not enough, M2U will charge a flat rate of RM 10 per transaction. And since we are transferring over RM 30K, this means that the transaction will have to be performed on 2 different days. This probably means we will have to pay RM 10 x 2 = RM 20. Since MoneyMatch is offering zero transaction fee for anything from RM 5000 and above, this makes the difference between transferring via MoneyMatch and transferring via M2U even bigger - RM 280.07! Also, M2U probably will be using new rates for next day transfer, while MoneyMatch could possibly be using the same rate because you can create the order right now and make the transfer later! If you somehow found out that the rate for tomorrow's transfer is lower, then by all means create a new order and ignore the previous order. ;) Please note that this is just my own guess, for the final process, it will be best to check with MoneyMatch's helpdesk. Now, let's say what I said is true, so if you split the transfer into 2 different days, and apply the discount code REF637 to both transactions, you will save an additional RM 30 (RM 15 x 2)! Now, this means the final savings will be RM 310.07 compared to a typical bank's wire transfer service! And good news for the receiving party is that they do not need to absorb any bank fees, which can possibly cost above 3 digits in terms of Ringgit for amount this big.

Create a few orders and select the order with the lowest exchange rate. Each order will be valid for 24 hours (if not mistaken). Also, remember to apply the discount code REF637!
So, now, add 6% for GST. This will make the total to be RM 38832.03. Round it up to RM 38900.00 to include misc. charges. Now, what is the ideal weight for this diamond? Let's count: 6.47 x 6.49 x 4.02 x 0.0061 = 1.030 (round to nearest 3 decimal places). So, there is a difference of 0.013ct. Is this acceptable? I would say yes. Reason being because at this size, a little higher in terms of the difference of actual carat weight compared to the ideal weight seems to make more sense. Besides, I have randomly picked 2 GIA diamonds and the result is approximately the same:

6261693793 - 0.015ct difference
1263868873 - 0.013ct difference

Of course, there are 1 carat diamonds from WhiteFlash that have a difference below 0.01ct, such as this one. The difference is just 0.008ct. There are also some GIA diamonds that have a difference below 0.01ct as well. But when the cutter managed to cut the diamond for performance, I guess it really doesn't matter anyway. Oh, by the way, the cut for the 2 GIA diamonds above is not as good as the G VS1 I am recommending!And the price for the 2 diamonds are thousands cheaper than the G VS1 from WhiteFlash. For example, the 6261693793 can be RM 3000 cheaper, but you are not getting the best cut there is in the market! It is really up to individual preference whether you are willing to pay the extra for the best cut. And if you somehow don't prefer to pay the extra and only want a decent enough diamond, then I can help you to look for one in Zoara. Just let me know. In case you don't know about Zoara, it can actually offer the best possible price for your diamond. For example, the 6261693793 price in Zoara is actually USD 7034.87, which is equivalent to RM 30461.69 based on MoneyMatch's exchange rate and adding in 6% GST. Rounding it up to RM 30500.00 to include misc. charge, so it is approximately RM 5500 cheaper than what you can get locally! Yes, it is approximately RM 5500 difference! Read more about Zoara here. I always aim for diamond that has HCA score below 2.0 and an Enchanted Cut Score of 97% and above. This means I will get diamonds that are better than the 2 GIA diamonds listed above.

Now back to the actual topic.

Of course, since this is a 1 carat diamond, I thought the price for the ring setting will be more expensive, but Memory Jewellery informed me that the price for a simple 18k white gold 6 prongs solitaire will be approximately RM 1000 for ready-made ring settings and RM 1300 - RM 1500 for custom-made ones. Eh, really not bad right?

So, a high performing 1 carat G VS1 engagement ring at the price of approximately RM 41000 in grand total. :D

Thanks for reading!

Wednesday, 29 November 2017

WhiteFlash 18k White Gold Classic 4 Prong Soliatire Engagement Ring with Platinum Head

For those who know their other half's ring size, do consider this 18k White Gold Classic 4 Prong Soliatire Engagement Ring with Platinum Head.

WhiteFlash 18k White Gold Classic 4 Prong Soliatire Engagement Ring with Platinum Head

Now, this ring is certainly special because it has a platinum head! I have never come across a platinum head mixed with 18k white gold body ring before in Malaysia. The benefit of having a platinum head is definitely the added security of holding the diamond firmly in place. 

Not that 18k white gold won't hold the diamond firmly, but platinum is more malleable and less brittle when compared to 18k white gold, this means, if you ever knock your ring against something, the chances for the head to break off and loose the diamond is lower compared to 18k white gold.

The ring is pretty solid too, based on the information provided below:
WhiteFlash 18k White Gold Classic 4 Prong Soliatire Engagement Ring with Platinum Head Info
So with a width of at least 1.9mm, this ring is certainly a solid looking one. Just check with the brick-and-mortar jewellers and see what width they provide, I believe most of them cannot compete in terms of width. Of course, this is just my own opinion and my experience, so take it with a pinch of salt. If you ever come across a good jeweller that does solid rings, do share with us all! ;) Perhaps I should check with WhiteFlash team and see if their width is surely that thick. Get back to you guys again. ;)

Now, you are not able to buy this ring as a standalone setting so you need to pair it with a diamond. Also, don't be bothered by the carat size limitations because there are some actual pictures that are paired with 30-pointers (0.30 - 0.39 carat).

Now, at the price of USD 460.75, this translates to 1893.75 on MoneyMatch's site:
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Now, add on 6% GST, the price will be RM 2007.28. There are also some slight misc. charges, which include GST on freight and insurance. The charges will be pretty small, so I will just round up the figure to RM 2020.00.

Now, at RM 2020.00, you will get a solid (to be confirmed) ring that is most likely made in US presumed.Not that made in Malaysia is no good, but if that is true, then made in US sounds not too bad either! ;) Moreover, you will get a platinum head!

Of course, there is a cheaper version that is crafted using 14k white gold instead, check it out here:

From what  know, 14k is pretty normal in the US and rings made out of this alloy should feel more solid than 18k white gold because less gold is used in the alloy. FYI, gold is a malleable material so using lesser may actually make the ring feel more solid. The downside of it is 14k white gold is more brittle, so it may be easier to crack compared to its 18k white gold sibling. But then, as long as the wearer takes good care of it, I think it is a pretty good alternative, right?

Oh, by the way, do you know that there is this 18k yellow gold mixed with platinum head as well?:

Not too bad, eh?

Sunday, 26 November 2017

A Promising 30-Pointer from Zoara!

This 0.3ct E VVS1 diamond that scores a 100% from Enchanted Cut Score Calculator and 0.9 for HCA looks pretty promising. The proportions are great and the arrows are very well-aligned.
Update 27/11/2017 It may very well be a Hearts & Arrows diamond, or at least It may be a near Hearts & Arrows diamond. I am guessing that the 5 o'clock area (the slightly brownish area) might be leaking some light (just a guess), but overall, this is still a good piece for its price.

GIA-2181768633 0.3ct E VVS1

GIA-2181768633 0.3ct E VVS1

Although I don't really prefer that has a table width that is as wide as 57% as smaller table has better fire, but this table size still make this diamond qualify to be a Hearts & Arrows Diamond. Besides, this diamond is one of the best there is to offer by Zoara in terms of 30-pointers. In fact, it is the best to me since I last checked. The 75% lower girdle percentage tells me that this diamond will return bold sparks and 35 degree crown angle may very well return a great amount of fire - probably enough to compensate for the loss of fire from the table's width. The 40.6 degree pavilion angle means this diamond will return a great amount of light. I think that it is paired well with the 35 degree crown angle which is tend towards the steeper side of things because 40.6 degree pavilion angle is tend towards the shallower side of things. The relationship between crown angle and pavilion angle should be inverse of each other, from what I have read so far.

At USD 716 + USD 30 (handling and insurance fee), the total price for this diamond will be USD 746. Given the recent strengthened Ringgit, I think this is a good time to buy diamonds because the exchange rate is already lower compared to a month before. MoneyMatch's USD to Ringgit rate is currently at 4.1563, and the converted amount is RM 3100.60 (MoneyMatch is showing 3100.58). Remember to apply discount code REF637 to enjoy RM 15 discount!

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Now, add 6% GST on the diamond's price of RM 3100.60 and the grand total will be RM 3286.64. Round it up to RM 3300.00 to include some misc. charges which consist of GST for freight and insurance. Adding in a setting from Memory Jewellery at a cost of RM 1500, and this makes the whole engagement ring to have a final price of RM 4800.00. Honestly, I think this is really one of the best deal there is. It will be one of the best GIA diamonds you can get if you don't mind to buy without any supporting images. All these are compensated by the lower price for such 4Cs and proportions. I believe you cannot get a similar deal from local vendors.

Please let me know if you need any help. All the best and good luck in your diamond hunting.

Thursday, 23 November 2017

Simple 4 Prong Design by Memory Jewellery

Recently I have been checking with Memory Jewellery for some of their designs. The cost of a simple design may range from RM 1300 to RM 1500.

One thing to highlight is that their 18k white gold contains nickel instead of palladium, which is my preferred choice of material. However, using nickel is pretty standard across the market, including a lot of brick-and-mortar jewellers. Most people do not have allergy against nickel, so if you are one of them, Memory Jewellery is one of the best option available as they have a strong team behind.

Now, take a look at one of their designs below. I am in the midst of getting more photos from them.

Some elegant design by Memory Jewellery

Tuesday, 21 November 2017

Monday, 20 November 2017

Another 2 Wonderful WhiteFlash ACA Collection Series Diamonds

Update 21 November 2017

0.406ct E VVS2 -

This diamond has tight proportions and it checks out well in all departments. The optical precision is excellent and there is no complain for it. The small table, high crown height, and the crown angle incline towards the steeper side means that this diamond has excellent fire! The ASET on the brand new certificate shows great contrast and there won't be a dull moment with this gem. Although I prefer 76% lower girdle percentage, but 77% will work just fine as well! There are also some variance in terms of arrow size, for example, the arrow at 10 o'clock position vs. the arrow at 4 o'clock position, but overall, they are pretty even and this diamond looks great!

The calculated weight based on its dimensions is close enough as well, indicating the cutter did not cheat: 4.75 x 4.78 x 2.94 x 0.0061 = 0.40719147ct.

WF ACA Collection Series 0.406ct E VVS2
WF ACA Collection Series 0.406ct E VVS2 IdealScope
WF ACA Collection Series 0.406ct E VVS2 ASET
WF ACA Collection Series 0.406ct E VVS2 H&A
Actual Diamond Video Tilted Right
Actual Diamond Video Center
Actual Diamond Video Tilted Left
WF ACA Collection Series 0.406ct E VVS2 ASET in Cert

The loose diamond price is USD 1346.

As usual, add 6% GST and the total will be RM 5982.23. Add misc. charges (GST on freight and insurance), the loose stone final price we round up to RM 6000.00.

Now, Memory Jewellery's setting will cost you between RM 1000 - RM 1500. So making the grand total to be around RM 7000.00 - RM 7500.00.

0.40ct F VVS2 -

This is another excellent piece! As its matching sibling above, this diamond's fire is fantastic as well. The minor complain I have for this diamond is that the ASET image is showing some minor weaker light return, but that is not detectable by the ASET in the certificate though. Nonetheless, that is so minor that it is probably impossible for our eyes to pick-up. My own ACA has even more obvious "green" under the table but its light return is like so strong and so powerful, so there is really nothing to worry about. This diamond has my preferred 76% lower girdle percentage, therefore it will return bold sparks! Although the arrow at the upper section of the stone is slightly shorter than the ones at the lower section of the stone, to me this is acceptable and it did not affect to overall beauty of the stone much.

The calculated weight based on its dimensions is close enough as well, indicating the cutter did not cheat: 4.73 x 4.74 x 2.92 x 0.0061 = 0.3993486024ct.

WF ACA Collection Series 0.40ct F VVS2
WF ACA Collection Series 0.40ct F VVS2 IdealScope
WF ACA Collection Series 0.40ct F VVS2 ASET
WF ACA Collection Series 0.40ct F VVS2 H&A
Actual Diamond Video Tilted Right
Actual Diamond Video Center
Actual Diamond Video Tilted Left

WF ACA Collection Series 0.40ct F VVS2 ASET in Cert
The loose diamond price is USD 1284.

As usual, add 6% GST and the total will be RM 5706.67. Add misc. charges (GST on freight and insurance), the loose stone final price we round up to RM 5750.00.

Now, Memory Jewellery's setting will cost you between RM 1000 - RM 1500. So making the grand total to be around RM 6750.00 - RM 7250.00.

You can't go wrong with either one, but at the end of the day, I think I will go with diamond 1. In fact, I am in a dilemma right now that if you ask me later, I could change to diamond 2!

Oh, by the way, if you are transferring using MoneyMatch, remember to key in coupon code "REF637" to enjoy RM 15 discount!

Overall, I have to say that WhiteFlash has outdone themselves recently and they are improving their core competencies.

I am currently writing this on my handphone, so it is not so convenient to write in detail, therefore do anticipate some pictures and content updates later.

All the best!