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Anyway, I doubt the vendor you went to is really losing on that stone. As I mentioned on the response to the comments, these kinds of stones are always listed for high prices on these industry wholesale sites because they know that if someone has that specific of a need, they’re going to end up paying for it. Also, these kinds of stones, because of their lack of high quantities in the market, can have a very wide range of wholesale prices.
For example, I just found a 3.01 H VS2 in Israel (where business isn’t focused on “call stones” but on buying and selling and making quick small profits on the trades) for 25,826 which comes out to -35%.
Also, I just checked an online retail site and found an I SI2 3ct Oval for $17K. Thats a big big savings over $25K and most likely you won’t be able to notice the difference in quality. The vendor has a great return policy, so if you aren’t happy after you receive it, you can always send it back. If you are interested, let me know and I’ll send you the link.
I have started offering a new diamond buying service where I will go into the diamond bourse in Ramat Gan (Israel’s diamond exchange) and buy the diamond for you for a 10% commission. But in your case, I wouldn’t necessarily recommend it because I also charge a non-refundable fee for my time which gets included in the commission if I end up buying something. Since there’s so few available diamonds fitting your specific needs, it’s not worth your risk in paying me the up-front time fee. It’s fairly likely I wouldn’t find a satisfactory diamond.