Pry it out of my cold dead hands

Discuss all other types of natural gemstones. No pearls. Post pics of your favorite gemstones and favorite cutting styles.




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Re: Pry it out of my cold dead hands

Post by athenaworth » May 25th, 2012, 1:22 am
Gotta say, it makes me really sad that some of you aren't selling some of yours because I've just been waiting with baited breath for some of them. ;-)
Re: Pry it out of my cold dead hands

Post by colorluvr » May 25th, 2012, 5:45 am
Actually, I don't think I'd ever let go of a jade ring that I inherited from my mom, that was her mother's. The ring is over 100 yrs old now.

It was originally all 22k gold,with peacocks carved in the gold on each side of the marquise jade stone. Because of the softness of the gold, my mom had to have the shank redone in 14k and the jade shows wear plus the peacocks are worn enough that a lot of the detail is gone, but the feelings I get every time I see this ring couldn't be replaced. I doubt that it would bring much money anyway, so it's not like it's potential cash sitting in my jewelry box. My mom wore the ring a lot until her knuckles wouldn't allow it and she didn't want to have it sized up again. It's too big for my ring fingers, but most days I can get it on my pointer finger.

I'll try to get some good photos and post them.

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Re: Pry it out of my cold dead hands

Post by Kismet » May 25th, 2012, 5:51 am
Written by NKOTB » May 24th, 2012, 9:56 pm:Kismet, can you please explain the floating pendant to me? It is gorgeous!


The finished piece thread on it is here. And the in process/discussion thread is here.

It's a blue tourmaline bezel set in white gold which is set in a synthetic sapphire disc (actually a watch crystal) with a halo of bead set diamonds.
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Re: Pry it out of my cold dead hands

Post by MakingTheGrade » May 25th, 2012, 7:24 am
Written by athenaworth » May 25th, 2012, 1:22 am:Gotta say, it makes me really sad that some of you aren't selling some of yours because I've just been waiting with baited breath for some of them. ;-)


Seriously!
On the other hand... think of all the goodies they DIDN'T list.. Like say...Arketia's gorgeous spinel ring from Hunt. :naughty:
Re: Pry it out of my cold dead hands

Post by Lady_Disdain » May 25th, 2012, 10:03 am
Now, THAT is a sapphire. It looks so blue it almost hurts.
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Re: Pry it out of my cold dead hands

Post by Arkteia » May 25th, 2012, 11:50 pm
Thank you, Rae, MTG and Lady Disdain!

Rae, the alexandrite shows strong color shift, but for many of these stones, octagon cut does not work well. In my whole life, I saw only one Brazilian stone that was cushion-cut and the effect was fantastic.

MTG, you are so nice, as usual. Thank you for your kindness and support.

Lady Disdain, the color is very good, and the stone holds its color in different lights. For this color, I had to do with not-so-great cut and a crystal inclusion on the side. Hopefully, with help and advises from my fellows, I shall finally be able to set it.
Re: Pry it out of my cold dead hands

Post by NKOTB » May 26th, 2012, 7:51 am
Written by Kismet » May 25th, 2012, 5:51 am:
Written by NKOTB » May 24th, 2012, 9:56 pm:Kismet, can you please explain the floating pendant to me? It is gorgeous!


The finished piece thread on it is here. And the in process/discussion thread is here.

It's a blue tourmaline bezel set in white gold which is set in a synthetic sapphire disc (actually a watch crystal) with a halo of bead set diamonds.


Thank you! It is a really great piece. :appl:
Re: Pry it out of my cold dead hands

Post by Enerchi » May 26th, 2012, 9:28 am
Thanks Kismet for posting your threads - that is so cool! I love the use of the watch face to give it that magical floating look...very beautiful! (and the stone and diamonds aren't too shabby either!!!)
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Re: Pry it out of my cold dead hands

Post by minousbijoux » May 26th, 2012, 9:44 am
Kismet: you have two of my most favorite - the emerald and the seven fingers? eight fingers? stunning metalwork and opal - simply my all time favorite.
Re: Pry it out of my cold dead hands

Post by IndyLady » May 26th, 2012, 10:58 am
Loving this thread!

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Re: Pry it out of my cold dead hands

Post by iLander » May 26th, 2012, 3:08 pm
Ugh, I was going to post, but I'm too superstitious . . . ::)

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Re: Pry it out of my cold dead hands

Post by Kunzite » May 27th, 2012, 2:03 pm
Written by athenaworth » May 25th, 2012, 1:22 am:Gotta say, it makes me really sad that some of you aren't selling some of yours because I've just been waiting with baited breath for some of them. ;-)


Same here! Is it wrong to say that I've always been waiting for Freke's peridot necklace? :naughty: Sad to see it in the "keep" pile but I understand why!
Re: Pry it out of my cold dead hands

Post by jenncent » May 29th, 2012, 3:29 pm
WOW Freke!! You have the most amazing collection! All of those lavender stones are gorgeous!!! :love:
Re: Pry it out of my cold dead hands

Post by Rowan » May 29th, 2012, 8:35 pm
I'm pretty sad because I have literally just lost some of the pieces I never wanted to part with due to not being able to get them out of hock before time ran out. I lost my high school class ring my mother bought me, my awesome yellow sapphire and diamond rhr I bought myself a few years ago, the heart-shaped citrine and diamond halo ring I got for a birthday present 7 years ago, and the platinum and diamond wedding band I was planning to sell for way more than I got for everything together. These were all (except the wedding band) things I only pawned as a last resort. It's really sad. What a waste. But I did manage to hang on to a white gold white zircon ring my grandmother made, a yellow gold bow ring I bought when my daughter started kindergarten many years ago, my grandmother's tiny wedding band from 1934, and a couple of other very sentimental pieces. I'm sad but it's only stuff, right? One day I will get more.
Re: Pry it out of my cold dead hands

Post by Arkteia » May 29th, 2012, 11:49 pm
Oh, Rowan, so sad. I sincerely wish that fortune turns its face to you, that things look better for you. Best of luck, it must be hard, and I wish you all the best.
Re: Pry it out of my cold dead hands

Post by Enerchi » May 30th, 2012, 4:14 am
Rowan! that is so sad to hear of your pawn shop story. I'm sorry that life took such a turn that you had to sell your items --- I guess you are right, it is all just 'stuff' and hopefully whatever caused the pawn shop event, has resolved. Hoping the best for you!
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Re: Pry it out of my cold dead hands

Post by Chrono » May 30th, 2012, 5:23 am
I am so sorry Rowan. ;( I hope things will improve for you and your family.
Sometimes the mind ignores what is logical because the person cannot accept the reality of what it is.
Re: Pry it out of my cold dead hands

Post by canuk-gal » June 1st, 2012, 2:42 pm
HI:

My emeralds.

cheers--Sharon
"People who possess great qualities, do not need to show off".
Re: Pry it out of my cold dead hands

Post by athenaworth » June 1st, 2012, 3:01 pm
I *think* this is my list - but for the right price, I'll sell anything (get yer minds outta the gutter!)
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My Gene Mahenge. I love this puppy!
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And of course this one - although there's no telling if i'm done resetting ;-)
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Re: Pry it out of my cold dead hands

Post by diamondrnglover » June 1st, 2012, 3:54 pm
I really only have a couple of pieces that I would never sell, one is my 5 stone wedding band, my pink tourmaline (i freaking love the color of this thing) and my russian lab alex and oh yea a glass birthstone ring my Mom bought for me when I was 12 and I guess 1 more, my original wedding band, other then that all the rest of my stuff is fair game to sell.
Re: Pry it out of my cold dead hands

Post by ChrisA222 » June 1st, 2012, 4:27 pm
Its funny, the only piece I would never sell..is probably the one with the least amount of value. My Mother gave me her College Graduation ring...and, some other ring that my Grandmother had given her. I had the stone taken out of her ring, we used some gold from the extra ring, and my local jeweler created this ring for me to wear with an Onyx cab. This was my first piece, and right when I started getting interested in gemstones. So it has sentimental value. Now that I am "into" gemstones, I keep thinking of how I want to take that Onyx out and replace it with something more interesting. I actually thought of trying to incorporate either her birthstone (garnet) or use Dad's birthstone (emerald) in her ring as a way to honor them both. So I have a cabbed Emerald in the back of my head, but Im thinking even a cabbed Emerald willl be out of my price range for this ring, as the Onyx is something like 14x10 or something like that...forget the dimensions and Im not wearing it now to check.

If I were robbed and the robber only had enough time to take one ring, this one, or my 14K ring I had made with 3 bezel set diamonds....that diamond ring would go! haha. Can't put a price on Sentimental value.
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Re: Pry it out of my cold dead hands

Post by minousbijoux » June 1st, 2012, 5:59 pm
I love that sentimentality wins out almost every time! For me, its the two rings I remember from my Grandmother and Great Grandmother - there are pictures of them both around on PS somewhere; I'm too lazy to figure out where though!
Re: Pry it out of my cold dead hands

Post by toosamom » June 2nd, 2012, 10:28 pm
I am a small time collector that has gotten my husband interested in gemstones too. So, because we have just begun our adventure with gemstones, we don't have a lot of stones that we have gotten set. In addition, as you all know, it takes a lot of money to set everything, and there are some stones that you many not want to set. I would hold on to my wedding rings. I have a platinum Diamond and Sapphire ring that my grandparents gave me as a gift after graduation Grad School. I have one tanzanite that started my passion for gems. It is so beautiful. I do have one morganite that I really like because it reminds me somehow of water the way the light moves through it. It is so pretty. I'm sorry I don't have photos. I'm new to this forum. I hope you all will embrace me, and that I find a happy gem-loving home here! I have a lot to learn.
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Re: Pry it out of my cold dead hands

Post by toosamom » June 2nd, 2012, 10:30 pm
Athenaworth, I really love the aqua ring that you have. The cutting almost makes it looks like it has petals in it like a flower. I also love the setting on that and on the Mahenge spinal too. Who do you use to find semi-mounts or to get them set.? They are so beautiful! Where did you get your stones too?


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I also like this jeweljunke's yellow sapphire ring! Where did you find that setting?

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Lastly, I really like colorluvr's Mahenge spinel ring! It looks like I need to look into these Mahenge spinels! Where did you get your setting colorluvr?

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Re: Pry it out of my cold dead hands

Post by FrekeChild » June 2nd, 2012, 10:31 pm
Ah MB, I didn't even list my sentimental stuff. My ering, my mom's rings, my dad's wedding band, my mom's turquoise (I don't want to know how many carats there are total), my wedding band, my sapphire 3/4 eternity, my soon to arrive old cut half eternity (my 30th birthday present to myself), my birthstone ring from my 13th birthday (diamond chip!), my sapphire breast cancer ring, my mom's pink tourmaline ring, my mom's onyx and opal ring (gift from my dad's mom to my mom), my mom's college and high school rings...etc.

I figured this thread would bring out some of the most amazing jewelry around here. Glad to see I was right!

Some of my more sentimental pieces...
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Breast Cancer ring
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Re: Pry it out of my cold dead hands

Post by colorluvr » June 3rd, 2012, 8:35 am
Written by toosamom » June 2nd, 2012, 10:30 pm:

Lastly, I really like colorluvr's Mahenge spinel ring! It looks like I need to look into these Mahenge spinels! Where did you get your setting colorluvr?



Thank you! I got the setting from Andrew Sarosi. They usually have a booth at the larger Intergem shows. I've linked their site showing the shows they will be attending for the remainder of this year. My setting had a champagne diamond in it when I first saw it, but fortunately it was exactly the size I needed for my Mahenge so I didn't need to have another one made. http://www.andrewsarosi.com/

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Re: Pry it out of my cold dead hands

Post by catia » June 3rd, 2012, 10:38 am
****Makingthegrade***
Would you kindly post a link to your thread on the ring/setting in your avatar--the star sapphire?
I tried to search your posts & find it, but there are so many, & i can't find it. I really wanna see more pics.
Re: Pry it out of my cold dead hands

Post by FrekeChild » June 3rd, 2012, 11:27 am
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Re: Pry it out of my cold dead hands

Post by MakingTheGrade » June 3rd, 2012, 1:46 pm
Haha , thanks Freke.
Yeah...you can tell how much I like that stone based on how many threads/photos it has... Heh.
Re: Pry it out of my cold dead hands

Post by jstarfireb » June 4th, 2012, 9:14 pm
Dangit, I had a whole reply typed out with pictures, and my computer ate it. I don't have the time or energy to do it again, so I'll just list a few:
-wedding set
-0.5ct diamond bezel pendant
-all my JKT pieces (fat marquise zircon ring, asscher prasiolite ring with green gold accents, key with small tsavorite and first initials of myself and my husband, and amethyst/tourmaline pendant bought secondhand from Mariedtiger)
-4mm alexandrite lotus ring
-Barry mint garnet ring in rose gold
-Gene tsavorite iolani ring in silver and yellow gold
-Barry rhodolite ring in rose gold filigree
-Grey-blue spinel oval and Jeff White asscher mint tourmaline in LOGR rings, both originally owned by Sarahbear621

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