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Re: Art Deco Cartier emerald ring, french cut sides

Thank you all so much, ladies! (You can imagine this in Dmitri Martin voice, or not, as the spirit moves you.) This is a drive-by, but I wanted to post some pretty pics ... and there's no time like the present, right? :naughty: Four pretty sunlight shots from what's finally starting to feel like spr...

by Circe

April 20th, 2014, 9:02 pm

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

Topic: Art Deco Cartier emerald ring, french cut sides

Replies: 37

Views: 694
Re: How Long Do You Go Between Major Diamond Purchases? a ra

For me, I think it's less chronology and more opportunity that separates the purchases - I mean, sure, given endless funds, I'd find more opportunities, but since I'm an academic and a cheapskate (it's like the inverse of being an officer and a gentleman), it tends to be a case of my, a) finding a s...

by Circe

April 20th, 2014, 8:24 am

Forum: Hangout

Topic: How Long Do You Go Between Major Diamond Purchases? a ramble

Replies: 28

Views: 589
Re: Art Deco Cartier emerald ring, french cut sides

And here are the signature and French hallmarks ... I wish my eyes were better so I could interpret them precisely and maybe date it a bit better! But I'm happy to have the general period and the place-of-origin. Heck, I'm just happy, period. More pics to undoubtedly come .... :naughty:

by Circe

April 20th, 2014, 7:10 am

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

Topic: Art Deco Cartier emerald ring, french cut sides

Replies: 37

Views: 694
Re: Art Deco Cartier emerald ring, french cut sides

Thanks Ginger! Thanks Arkie! Looks like we cross-posted. :rodent: And here are a few shots in different lighting - dim restaurant, incandescently lit jewelry store, overcast sky - to show its moods, because though it definitely reacts to the lighting conditions in different ways, it's always drawing...

by Circe

April 20th, 2014, 7:05 am

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

Topic: Art Deco Cartier emerald ring, french cut sides

Replies: 37

Views: 694
Re: Art Deco Cartier emerald ring, french cut sides

Have I mentioned how much I love Art Deco era Cartier? It is the ne plus ultra for me. Don't get me wrong, as a Russian I love me some Faberge, as a Victorianist and a folklorist I flip for Lalique, but when it comes to just pure, sheer, IWOULDWEARTHATWHYISITNOTMINE ?!?!? Yeah, Cartier circa 1920 al...

by Circe

April 20th, 2014, 7:02 am

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

Topic: Art Deco Cartier emerald ring, french cut sides

Replies: 37

Views: 694

by Circe

April 20th, 2014, 6:45 am

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

Topic: Art Deco Cartier emerald ring, french cut sides

Replies: 37

Views: 694
Re: Milgrain, anyone?

I say do it - that's very nice for a "preview!" Already it looks much more defined. Who did you go to, if you don't mind my asking?

by Circe

April 16th, 2014, 4:57 am

Forum: Antique and Vintage Jewelry

Topic: Milgrain, anyone?

Replies: 10

Views: 243
Re: setting pear rose cut-- backing

Hmm, interesting! Well, if you're by a place like metaliferous - hobbyist jeweler supply store, basically - I recommend dropping by to drop it in some settings. If not, you can go low-tech by making a "bezel" out of tin foil, or higher-end by asking your jeweler if she could do a basic ste...

by Circe

April 15th, 2014, 6:23 pm

Forum: Antique and Vintage Jewelry

Topic: setting pear rose cut-- backing

Replies: 6

Views: 211
Re: setting pear rose cut-- backing

I would edit to add, but since that's not allowed ... now that I have more time, I'll just respond at more length! The point of the silver foil backing behind rose cuts (and, for that matter, pastes), was to increase the fire by substituting a highly reflective surface for cut and/or refractivity. I...

by Circe

April 15th, 2014, 3:44 pm

Forum: Antique and Vintage Jewelry

Topic: setting pear rose cut-- backing

Replies: 6

Views: 211
Re: Milgrain, anyone?

Consider me a thritto! I love milgrain, too, and that kind of restoration falls under the umbrella of "good maintenance" to me. :appl: When you do, would you post here what it runs? I realize one jeweler or even a handful of quotes is no yardstick, but it would be nice to have a baseline s...

by Circe

April 15th, 2014, 3:40 pm

Forum: Antique and Vintage Jewelry

Topic: Milgrain, anyone?

Replies: 10

Views: 243
Re: Do you oppose Google Glass for privacy reasons?

I oppose creepers. But ... the first rule of Creeper Club is apparently creepers be creepin'. I am 100% sure that right now, plenty of people are out there pretending to text a friend while they surreptitiously film someone. Google Glass will make that a wee bit easier ... but not by much, and I dou...

by Circe

April 15th, 2014, 3:25 pm

Forum: Hangout

Topic: Do you oppose Google Glass for privacy reasons?

Replies: 22

Views: 388
Re: setting pear rose cut-- backing

I wonder if hematite could give you the best of both worlds ....

by Circe

April 14th, 2014, 10:47 am

Forum: Antique and Vintage Jewelry

Topic: setting pear rose cut-- backing

Replies: 6

Views: 211
Re: I've misplaced my wedding band.

Aaaand tonight ... I found the BGD stud!!! Ironically enough, while looking for the wedding ring - which is still missing - it turned up IN MY JEWELRY BOX. But, a) on its lower level, which it is *impossible* for it to have fallen into, and,b), which I completely emptied out the first day I saw it w...

by Circe

April 11th, 2014, 4:54 pm

Forum: Hangout

Topic: I've misplaced my wedding band.

Replies: 36

Views: 1035
Re: Is it just me, or are these photos from the artists ....

Took a closer look before e-mailing, and, even weirder ... it's not photos, plural. It looks like one photo that's been flipped and rotated in a few different ways. Whaaaaaa ...?

by Circe

April 8th, 2014, 6:58 pm

Forum: RockyTalky

Topic: Is it just me, or are these photos from the artists ....

Replies: 10

Views: 381
Is it just me, or are these photos from the artists ....

... formerly known as JBEG? http://www.ebay.com/itm/2-04-Carat-Transitional-Mine-Cut-Solitaire-Engagement-Ring-Solid-18k-White-Gold-/201003079663?pt=Diamond_Solitaire_Rings&hash=item2eccb797ef Don't wanna jump the gun with a complaint if I'm imagining things, but I tend to have a fairly good vis...

by Circe

April 8th, 2014, 6:24 pm

Forum: RockyTalky

Topic: Is it just me, or are these photos from the artists ....

Replies: 10

Views: 381
Re: If you were to go "belly up" tomorrow ...

Outside of a few favored pieces, I'm leaving a list of good auction houses for him. I have too much stuff for it to be a joy and not a burden to any non-jewelry person, and the husband could make enough investing or for future generations to choose their own. And that way, less chance of people butc...

by Circe

April 8th, 2014, 7:09 am

Forum: Hangout

Topic: If you were to go "belly up" tomorrow ...

Replies: 38

Views: 689
Re: Do you expect a favor in return for a favor?

I do not expect favors or kindnesses or deeds to be returned, at least not by the recipient. It is important for me to give generously of whatever talents I have that are useful to those I know who need or are deserving. I give my time and experience and my labor freely. A kindness done today may c...

by Circe

April 7th, 2014, 10:00 pm

Forum: Hangout

Topic: Do you expect a favor in return for a favor?

Replies: 27

Views: 389
Re: Would you work in jewelry full time?

For myself, yes. In a traditional business environment, no. My dad was a colored stone dealer on 47th when I was growing up, and when I talked about maybe wanting to follow in his footsteps, he was adamantly opposed. Part of that was because he saw it as being an inherently sexist environment ( whi...

by Circe

April 7th, 2014, 7:41 pm

Forum: Hangout

Topic: Would you work in jewelry full time?

Replies: 42

Views: 696
Re: One text too many cost a man a $53,000 engagement ring

Ooof. Yeah, legally speaking, he did it to himself ....

by Circe

April 7th, 2014, 6:14 pm

Forum: Hangout

Topic: One text too many cost a man a $53,000 engagement ring

Replies: 23

Views: 988
Re: Do you expect a favor in return for a favor?

I don't think expecting to be paid back is equivalent to expecting quid pro quo favors. And I say this as someone who probably has around 10k of free-floating loans to friends and family that I'm not expecting to see in this lifetime (our economy has sucked more or less since the day I graduated, an...

by Circe

April 7th, 2014, 11:07 am

Forum: Hangout

Topic: Do you expect a favor in return for a favor?

Replies: 27

Views: 389
Re: French cut rainbow ....

I'm so jealous! I thought I'd found the perfect French cut ruby eternity about a month ago, but the seller got the size wrong and I had to return it. I cried, really cried. And here they are nearly falling on your lap! You have the perfect set! Congratulations on your great finds! Oy, Rhea, that su...

by Circe

April 7th, 2014, 8:09 am

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

Topic: French cut rainbow ....

Replies: 34

Views: 1187
Re: Would you work in jewelry full time?

For myself, yes. In a traditional business environment, no. My dad was a colored stone dealer on 47th when I was growing up, and when I talked about maybe wanting to follow in his footsteps, he was adamantly opposed. Part of that was because he saw it as being an inherently sexist environment (which...

by Circe

April 7th, 2014, 7:51 am

Forum: Hangout

Topic: Would you work in jewelry full time?

Replies: 42

Views: 696
Re: French cut rainbow ....

Dear LAWD!! :shock: Those are flippin' amaaaaazzzzziiing!!! :love: :cheeky: :appl: I'm so envious. 8) Thanks MSOP! I am really happy about them - I feel sort of like I won the Pokemon championships! The emerald one is so fabulous. Love them all, though. :love: Thank you! I do find myself looking do...

by Circe

April 4th, 2014, 11:54 am

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

Topic: French cut rainbow ....

Replies: 34

Views: 1187

by Circe

April 3rd, 2014, 6:01 pm

Forum: Hangout

Topic: How much 'honestly' do you drink?

Replies: 88

Views: 1890
Re: Show us your Bez Ambar pieces

I have no pics, alas, but I really love the BA pieces I've seen: his Blaze cuts are as close to french cuts as I've seen from any modern designer. If you do order from him, I hope you'll tell us a lot about it!

by Circe

April 3rd, 2014, 5:45 pm

Forum: RockyTalky

Topic: Show us your Bez Ambar pieces

Replies: 8

Views: 280
Re: French cut rainbow ....

Love the different widths of the bands together! All gorgeous. Thank you, Harper! Wow, all your bling is gorgeous :love: Thank you TC! damn, yo. :love: Hee. The highest praise! Thanks, Ame. You have such a yummy collection! I especially like the Russian Odthodox combo :love: Circe,you have such gor...

by Circe

April 3rd, 2014, 12:58 pm

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

Topic: French cut rainbow ....

Replies: 34

Views: 1187
Re: Tiny home movement

.... As for the second bolded comment--I would get the advantage of living in an expensive area without the cost of buying a real home there. Home prices start near $800,000. The area is not urban, but still really expensive. A tiny house would save me $$ if I actually stay in it for more than a fe...

by Circe

April 3rd, 2014, 12:35 pm

Forum: Hangout

Topic: Tiny home movement

Replies: 40

Views: 598
Re: French cut rainbow ....

And that's pretty much all for now. :) Though I do also have a watch I've been meaning to start a thread on ... :naughty:

by Circe

April 3rd, 2014, 7:57 am

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

Topic: French cut rainbow ....

Replies: 34

Views: 1187
Re: French cut rainbow ....

The blue band I also love ... but it's a little tight on me. ;( It was advertised as a size 5.25, but it was more of a 5 when it came, so when I choose to wear it, I am committing to it for at least a couple of days ... but it's such a pretty color, it's hard to mind. I've never seen another one thi...

by Circe

April 3rd, 2014, 7:54 am

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

Topic: French cut rainbow ....

Replies: 34

Views: 1187
Re: French cut rainbow ....

The emerald band by itself - I LOVE this one so much. Emerald bands are impossible to find, and this one is authentic 1920s, and in mint condition. And that color is positively edible ....

by Circe

April 3rd, 2014, 7:50 am

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

Topic: French cut rainbow ....

Replies: 34

Views: 1187