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Re: cleaning very old dirty diamond rings

You don't actually need the ultrasonic at this stage. Drop them in some plain old rubbing alcohol, leave them overnight, and then try scrubbing them gently with a very soft brush (baby tooth brushes work fairly well). That should loosen enough of the crud to let the ultrasonic do its job on whatever...

by Circe

August 29th, 2015, 7:55 pm

Forum: Antique and Vintage Jewelry

Topic: cleaning very old dirty diamond rings

Replies: 1

Views: 188
Re: Appraisers who also know about historical goldsmithing?

Fae, I suspect you might be looking for a jewelry historian rather than a straight-up appraiser. It sounds like it's as much wanting to know the history of your ring as its value, yes?

by Circe

August 19th, 2015, 1:19 pm

Forum: RockyTalky

Topic: Appraisers who also know about historical goldsmithing?

Replies: 5

Views: 286
Re: Help! Need technical/informed help with this James Meyer

That looks marvelous! FWIW, I wear an EGL S-T (so conceivably GIA U-V or lower) OMC on my right hand, and I can't say that it looks straight-up yellow in too many lighting situations. Creamy or steely, yes, but unless I wear it right next to a whiter stone or eternity (which I sometimes do on purpos...

by Circe

August 19th, 2015, 1:16 pm

Forum: RockyTalky

Topic: Help! Need technical/informed help with this James Meyer OEC

Replies: 39

Views: 1054
Re: my Jeff White teal sapphire ring

GL captured the lines of the peacocks grace perfectly! They're so difficult to bring to life, but they succeeded in spades. And the stone is perfect with it! Bravo! I'm going to be coming back to these pics to admire quite frequently. <3

by Circe

August 8th, 2015, 8:53 am

Forum: Show Me the Bling! (Rings,Earrings,Jewelry)

Topic: my Jeff White teal sapphire ring

Replies: 37

Views: 1090
Re: 5.4ctw studs!! Erika Winters/Jewels by Grace custom sett

YOU are the architect of the earrings I've been admiring on Instagram and FaceBook these last few weeks ... how wonderful! These are absolutely superb, and they look magnificent on you. I think I sense a tidal wave of resets a'coming ... ;)

by Circe

August 8th, 2015, 8:44 am

Forum: Show Me the Bling! (Rings,Earrings,Jewelry)

Topic: 5.4ctw studs!! Erika Winters/Jewels by Grace custom settings

Replies: 118

Views: 2705
Re: Impulse ebay find. Worth it?

Thank you all! I'm still am waiting anxiously for the ring. Naturally I'm skeptical of the seller's color/clarity "grade" so I made the purchase based on what I observed in the photos, because I think it'll be fun to wear. Stci, what do you mean about the table being near 45%? I believe s...

by Circe

June 23rd, 2015, 7:46 am

Forum: Show Me the Bling! (Rings,Earrings,Jewelry)

Topic: Impulse ebay find. Worth it?

Replies: 9

Views: 1290
Re: Finders.

Check behind the books on your shelves, and in the pockets of the clothes in your closet. Inside breast pockets, too.

by Circe

June 5th, 2015, 9:16 am

Forum: Hangout

Topic: Finders.

Replies: 51

Views: 1597
Re: Red, delicate ring

The stones & style make me think Bohemian garnet, so probably turn of the 20th century, or thereabouts ...

P.S. - Great thread rec, ISG!

by Circe

June 1st, 2015, 12:18 pm

Forum: Antique and Vintage Jewelry

Topic: Red, delicate ring

Replies: 2

Views: 396
Re: recent eternity band-- OEC?

Hi, Fel! It's hard to tell from the pics (any chance you can post macro?), but my best guess judging from the style of the band and the size of the stones would be single cuts. Diamantaires rarely cut tiny OECs back in the day - the smallest I've seen in person have been around .10 or .15 each - but...

by Circe

June 1st, 2015, 12:16 pm

Forum: Antique and Vintage Jewelry

Topic: recent eternity band-- OEC?

Replies: 4

Views: 452
Help me ID these beads (I know, I know)

They could be orange moonstone, though I'd need more pics to say. Otherwise, there's a kind of synthetic that was popular during the 50s and 60s called "moonglow." I'd say there's a safe chance that may be the substance if it is man made, though looking at the pic, if I had to guess, I wou...

by Circe

May 9th, 2015, 6:47 pm

Forum: Colored Stones

Topic: Help me ID these beads (I know, I know)

Replies: 13

Views: 330

by Circe

May 2nd, 2015, 9:39 am

Forum: Hangout

Topic: Get thee to the seashore, "trope"!

Replies: 23

Views: 570
Re: What pieces do you consider essential jewelery items?

Lady Disdain, agreed (on all counts, frankly!), but I meant the stones. Being pierced at both ends and more ... almond shaped than tear-drop shaped, for lack of a better term, it's clear that they're not briolettes, but I've yet to hear a specialized term for them. Drives me nuts when that happens! ...

by Circe

May 2nd, 2015, 9:33 am

Forum: Hangout

Topic: What pieces do you consider essential jewelery items?

Replies: 82

Views: 1861
Re: Mother's Day Sale 2015 - PICS!

I love all of these, but I'm an ignoramus when it comes to the good pearl sites ... who is POJ?

by Circe

May 1st, 2015, 8:25 am

Forum: Pearls

Topic: Mother's Day Sale 2015 - PICS!

Replies: 102

Views: 2039
Re: Apple Watch

I wonder if you can get one and just put a screensaver of a different famous diamond on it every day. THAT might make it somewhat more appealing to the bling-lovin' demographic ....

by Circe

April 22nd, 2015, 2:21 pm

Forum: Hangout

Topic: Apple Watch

Replies: 28

Views: 781
Re: Do you buy secondhand clothing/purses/shoes/accessories?

I have some ridiculous number of bespoke velvet opera coats and cloaks. You couldn't find them for love or money these days, and they probably cost more than most people paid for a month's housing back in the day ... mine have all cost between $25 and $100, and at those prices, there's no reason NOT...

by Circe

April 11th, 2015, 8:41 pm

Forum: Hangout

Topic: Do you buy secondhand clothing/purses/shoes/accessories?

Replies: 42

Views: 1174
Re: Words some people still use that most find offensive...

Interesting thread! I grew up in a verrrrry white, rural, rather old fashioned area with minimal experience with other cultures/nationalities so to be honest we didn't really officially learn what to call everyone else! :oops: Thankfully I've now spent many years in various major cities with broade...

by Circe

April 9th, 2015, 7:36 pm

Forum: Hangout

Topic: Words some people still use that most find offensive...

Replies: 125

Views: 2718
Re: What Syndromes Do You Have?

I have too small budgetitis and frugalitis. Severe and pearl limiting disorders of the pocketbook. One is the result of an under-filled purse; the other is an abnormal and spastic tightening of the purse strings despite adequate fillage, resulting in purchase-oriented cold feet, under-purchasing (a...

by Circe

April 8th, 2015, 9:59 pm

Forum: Pearls

Topic: What Syndromes Do You Have?

Replies: 29

Views: 489
Re: Words some people still use that most find offensive...

Academic question: I'm seeing some people in this thread who identify as Christian using dashes to avoid spelling the names of their deity. I'm used to seeing Jews do this, primarily with the name of the divine transliterated as YHWH or, by putting a dash in for the vowel in G-d, but I've never seen...

by Circe

April 8th, 2015, 9:47 am

Forum: Hangout

Topic: Words some people still use that most find offensive...

Replies: 125

Views: 2718
Re: Words some people still use that most find offensive...

Deb, that is AWESOME. FWIW, I had a similar moment the other day when I was talking to a friend about how we had to curb our tongues around our kids, lest they call their little friends some of the names we employed for people we didn't like on occasion (in our defense, we were talking about the rec...

by Circe

April 7th, 2015, 8:42 am

Forum: Hangout

Topic: Words some people still use that most find offensive...

Replies: 125

Views: 2718
LAD OEC in vintage-inspired CVB ring with ruby collar

A) congratulations on your Ph.D. ... it's a long road to hoe, but it's *such* a satisfying achievement! B) I'm immensely flattered to have had even an iota of a part to play in the creation of this ring, because .... C) IT'S GORGEOUS! Every single element is sheer perfection. I love the faceting on ...

by Circe

April 3rd, 2015, 7:07 pm

Forum: Show Me the Bling! (Rings,Earrings,Jewelry)

Topic: LAD OEC in vintage-inspired CVB ring with ruby collar

Replies: 59

Views: 1916
Re: Which is your favorite type of apple?

Pink Ladies! Tart, crisp, and a pleasant reminder of my eternal fondness for bad girls who are good at heart. :lol:

by Circe

March 31st, 2015, 1:55 pm

Forum: Hangout

Topic: Which is your favorite type of apple?

Replies: 50

Views: 531
Re: Survived a Pterional Craniotomy and a Brain tumor remova

Oh, my - what a thing to go through! You've been so strong and so brave ... I think you deserve the CBI, too! Sending you all my best wishes for a fast recovery .....

by Circe

March 16th, 2015, 6:18 pm

Forum: Hangout

Topic: Survived a Pterional Craniotomy and a Brain tumor removal.

Replies: 137

Views: 2623
Re: What Would Your Epitaph Be?

I've always aimed for Sulla's: no better friend, no worse enemy.

by Circe

March 13th, 2015, 6:54 pm

Forum: Hangout

Topic: What Would Your Epitaph Be?

Replies: 22

Views: 469
Re: Apple Watch: Alloy Edition

It does raise an interesting question about the functionality of "style" vs "luxury" ... would the stainless steel version be so different? I think MomHappy is totally right about the upper echelon of watch collectors ... but I'm curious about where the new collectors and the tec...

by Circe

March 10th, 2015, 12:01 pm

Forum: RockyTalky

Topic: Apple Watch: Alloy Edition

Replies: 11

Views: 422
Apple Watch: Alloy Edition

Fascinating article , not so much as concerns the watch itself, but on Apple's new, patented alloy, which uses ceramic particles in the alloy in place of copper, silver, etc. I'll be interested to see the other uses the industry will find! Apologies for the clumsy link, this is a pain in Tapatalk, u...

by Circe

March 9th, 2015, 5:43 pm

Forum: RockyTalky

Topic: Apple Watch: Alloy Edition

Replies: 11

Views: 422
Re: Bored out of my gourd, so I thought I would share

It's beautiful! That's one of my favorite styles. Great as a standalone or in a stack .... <3

by Circe

March 9th, 2015, 5:03 pm

Forum: Show Me the Bling! (Rings,Earrings,Jewelry)

Topic: Bored out of my gourd, so I thought I would share

Replies: 9

Views: 793
Looks for ideas/ stones for a new project mother/daughter

Ametrine, possibly ... you'd get both hues in one stone, and amethysts and citrines both wear fairly well. Just be sure to buy from a reputable cutter ... there is a surprising amount of synthetic amethyst and ametrine on the market. P.S. - all three pieces are lovely, but the pendant is sheer perfe...

by Circe

March 9th, 2015, 2:56 pm

Forum: Colored Stones

Topic: Looks for ideas/ stones for a new project mother/daughter

Replies: 7

Views: 262

by Circe

March 7th, 2015, 8:45 pm

Forum: RockyTalky

Topic: 1920's ArtDeco Old European Emerald Cut?

Replies: 14

Views: 615
Re: 1920's ArtDeco Old European Emerald Cut?

I'd call it a mixed cushion cut or a square cushion cut ... maybe a late table cut. I have a not dissimilar stone in a not dissimilar setting, with slightly more traditional faceting, and I spent a while looking for "cousins" and only managed to locate a few ... they were never very common...

by Circe

March 7th, 2015, 8:39 pm

Forum: RockyTalky

Topic: 1920's ArtDeco Old European Emerald Cut?

Replies: 14

Views: 615
Re: Getting back into "shape" after kids...

Elliptical machine at home. I hate being in close proximity to others when I work out, so ixnay on the hym-gay, and though I like the *idea*!of running ... honestly, it bores me to tears. Rollerblading is awesome, but you need decent weather for it ... so, the elliptical wins. It's boring, but I can...

by Circe

March 6th, 2015, 4:41 pm

Forum: Hangout

Topic: Getting back into "shape" after kids...

Replies: 11

Views: 306