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ASET Reference Charts For Diamonds

In an effort to help you better understand what to look out for in an ASET image, I had compiled some images of diamonds with various levels of optical performances. Feel free to make comparisons of your diamond’s ASET against those listed below and you’ll quickly find out how well it returns light.

If you are buying online, vendors like Enchanted Diamonds, White Flash and Brian Gavin are all great places to start your shopping as they provide indepth information about their listings. On top of that, you also get a massive selection of AGS and GIA graded diamonds for you to cherry pick from.

ASET Reference Charts For Round Brilliant Cut Diamonds

Average – Mediocre

asets of poorly cut round diamonds


Above Average – Very Good

examples of good round brilliant cut ASETs


Best – Excellent

aset chart of round diamonds with excellent optics

If you need a second opinion about an ASET image, feel free to contact me personally via email. Do remember to include as much details as possible including the grading report, listing URL, images, videos and etc…

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8 Fantastic Sites For Awe-Inspiring Engagement Ring Ideas

Diamond rings have always been an integral part of modern day weddings. After all, they are a women’s best friend and a diamond is “forever”. Unfortunately, when it comes to selecting an engagement ring design for a loved one, most people have no clue where to start.

In this blog post, I had compiled a useful list of online resources to help you find inspiration and ideas for ring designs. Best of all, these websites provide real photographs (and even videos!) instead of generic “stock images” to help you better visualize things. (more…)

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Infographics: How to Be a Smart Diamond Shopper

When it comes to buying a diamond, first timers often find the experience to be intimidating and confusing. Speaking from the perspective of someone who had been through the process, I can empathize with the feeling of being lost and getting overwhelmed by information.

Besides the 4Cs (cut, clarity, color and carat), there are many other factors to take into consideration when you are choosing a diamond. A lack of knowledge or misinformation can easily turn your purchase into a big disappointment. (more…)

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Beautiful Diamond Photographs For Your Eyes

Just yesterday, I brought out my old Canon camera from the dry box and decided to shoot some images of loose diamonds. In total, I captured about 120 photographs and picked out some of my favorite and most beautiful diamond photographs below.

ant beside a diamond

My favorite shot occurred by accident when a curious ant happened to pass by…


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Searching For a 0.90 Carat Diamond, SI Clarity With A Budget Of Around $5,000

5000 dollar budget diamondHi Paul,

Thanks for the great site. I have read pretty much every page of your website and it has given me the confidence to buy a diamond online.

Now, I have a question on how to go about selecting a SI1 diamond with amazing sparkle. My budget is about $4800 without the setting. I want to stay at a G or better in color and I want the diamond to have an excellent cut.

What exactly should I look for in the blown up video and image? When I look at the following list of diamonds, they all are SI1s but look dramatically different in how their arrows appear. Should I request other images for them?

http://www.jamesallen.com/diamonds/F-SI1-Excellent-Cut-Round-Diamond-1520684.asp
http://www.jamesallen.com/diamonds/G-SI1-Excellent-Cut-Round-Diamond-1542585.asp
http://www.jamesallen.com/diamonds/F-SI1-Excellent-Cut-Round-Diamond-1525466.asp

I really just care about it being eye clean.

Thanks so much!
Ashish Patel (more…)

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