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Re: True Confessions

I was so happy to discover that there's an actual name for an intolerance of sounds - misophonia! For me it's when people make repeated kissy noises. Like ... kiss a baby once, it's adorable! Kiss the baby 17 times in a row and I am making a physical effort to keep from grabbing her away to make it ...

by Circe

February 28th, 2015, 8:48 am

Forum: Hangout

Topic: True Confessions

Replies: 77

Views: 1197
My new old cut pear!

What ArtDecoLover71 said. :)

Could you post pictures of it in its silver setting? I wanna see it in all of its beautiful incarnations!

ETA: d'oh, you did! Apologies, tapatalk eliminates some pictures for reasons known only to itself. That'll teach me to check the web view before I post!

by Circe

February 19th, 2015, 8:35 am

Forum: Antique and Vintage Jewelry

Topic: My new old cut pear!

Replies: 34

Views: 1276
Re: true or false?

He might - MIGHT - be referring to the fact that diamonds have a dominant body color. Diamonds from some mines are primarily yellowish, others brownish, others greenish (these last are associated with South Africa and at one remove, conflict diamonds). The thing is, it's not universally true: you'll...

by Circe

February 17th, 2015, 10:10 pm

Forum: RockyTalky

Topic: true or false?

Replies: 5

Views: 280
Re: My CvB French cut & OEC band

One of my absolute, all time, hands down, bar none favorites! It's the only one that's ever made me think of resetting my channel set band. Could you remind me how big your FCs are?

by Circe

February 12th, 2015, 3:06 pm

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

Topic: My CvB French cut & OEC band

Replies: 38

Views: 859
Re: Local jewelers warned me not to use my own loose diamond

Jeweler's Mutual will insure the stone during the setting process. Unfortunately I think they won't for Australian residents. I spent more than a decade as a setter so I think I'm pretty qualified to address this. The reason jewelers don't want to take the liability is the money. A 1% chance of chi...

by Circe

February 12th, 2015, 12:59 pm

Forum: RockyTalky

Topic: Local jewelers warned me not to use my own loose diamond!!!!

Replies: 8

Views: 476
Re: Why am I not seeing photos in posts? Any ideas?

ForumRunner is better on this front, though annoying in its own way because you can't stay signed in to your chosen forum, as far as I can tell ... you have to search for PriceScope every time. But I think there's something to Niel's theory: I follow another bling-related forum on there, and even th...

by Circe

February 12th, 2015, 12:34 pm

Forum: Hangout

Topic: Why am I not seeing photos in posts? Any ideas?

Replies: 9

Views: 195
Re: Local jewelers warned me not to use my own loose diamond

Jeweler's Mutual will insure the stone during the setting process.

by Circe

February 12th, 2015, 11:52 am

Forum: RockyTalky

Topic: Local jewelers warned me not to use my own loose diamond!!!!

Replies: 8

Views: 476
Re: Is Valentine's Day a "Hallmark holiday"?

Mother's Day now...I gave that man two amazing kids. If he can't give me a little extra appreciation for that, he can just un-appreciate himself right on out the damn door. :appl: :appl: :appl: I like Valentines. Any reason to get flowers... I love roses and tulips! :bigsmile: See I tell my husband...

by Circe

February 12th, 2015, 11:30 am

Forum: Hangout

Topic: Is Valentine's Day a "Hallmark holiday"?

Replies: 57

Views: 857
Re: Is Valentine's Day a "Hallmark holiday"?

I'm not Part Gypsy, but I'm going to guess it might be for the same reasons my husband does: it's a pure fun holiday. No obligations, familial, romantic, material, or otherwise; just costumes, candy, and fun. It's a holiday with literally no drawbacks.

by Circe

February 11th, 2015, 7:17 pm

Forum: Hangout

Topic: Is Valentine's Day a "Hallmark holiday"?

Replies: 57

Views: 857
Re: Why am I not seeing photos in posts? Any ideas?

Are you using TapaTalk? Same thing for me, I just click "web view" for every post I want to read. It's cut down on my participation fairly significantly. :wall:

by Circe

February 11th, 2015, 1:29 pm

Forum: Hangout

Topic: Why am I not seeing photos in posts? Any ideas?

Replies: 9

Views: 195
Re: Is Valentine's Day a "Hallmark holiday"?

I love holidays. I love Circe's infinite wisdom. I love Cat Valente even though I'll probably immediately forget her name until this thread next year. I love the five love languages (I'm gifts too, no great surprise to me). And while we're at it, I love Pricescope! I love Niel and Woofmama who are ...

by Circe

February 11th, 2015, 12:45 pm

Forum: Hangout

Topic: Is Valentine's Day a "Hallmark holiday"?

Replies: 57

Views: 857
Re: Is Valentine's Day a "Hallmark holiday"?

Thanks Circe for posting this and it is really quite beautiful and how I see the world. Half of my family background is Greek, and MANY things are celebrated, heck even someone's funeral, yes there is the crying and the ritual but it is also a time for family to be together, hug the babies, have a ...

by Circe

February 11th, 2015, 11:51 am

Forum: Hangout

Topic: Is Valentine's Day a "Hallmark holiday"?

Replies: 57

Views: 857
Is Valentine's Day a "Hallmark holiday"?

And from my end ... I love Valentine's Day. And Halloween. And New Year's Eve. And St. Patrick's day, even if I'm not Irish, Cinco de Mayo, even if I'm not of Mexican descent, and, well, just about every other holiday out there that comes down to having a grand old time with friends and loved ones, ...

by Circe

February 11th, 2015, 10:54 am

Forum: Hangout

Topic: Is Valentine's Day a "Hallmark holiday"?

Replies: 57

Views: 857
Is Valentine's Day a "Hallmark holiday"?

I feel like I repost this almost every year, but I also continue to think it is AWESOME, so first I will repost it, and then I will provide my own perspective below. Essay by author Cat Valente , copied from a post to her blog lo these many years ago: "I have never understood the desire to stom...

by Circe

February 11th, 2015, 10:42 am

Forum: Hangout

Topic: Is Valentine's Day a "Hallmark holiday"?

Replies: 57

Views: 857
Re: TRADE MEMBERS: Show us the love! Fav. red, pink, or hear

What a great thread - thanks, Ella! Here's mine: it's an enormous heart of smokey quartz, custom cut for me by a lapidary from Ida Oberstein lo these many years ago ... almost 20 years, if I remember correctly! I set it in a simple silver bezel as a statement necklace, and it never fails to start a ...

by Circe

February 9th, 2015, 3:54 pm

Forum: RockyTalky

Topic: TRADE MEMBERS: Show us the love! Fav. red, pink, or heart!

Replies: 42

Views: 2147
Re: .90 faint pink diamond. Need a pro to look at it :)

It's not possible to be sure from the report, but there's a chance: the report mentions that clouds and surface graining are not shown, and I wouldn't think that the clarity characteristics noted in the diagram would be enough to merit an SI2 grade, especially as they're hard to spot in the macro ph...

by Circe

February 4th, 2015, 9:41 am

Forum: RockyTalky

Topic: .90 faint pink diamond. Need a pro to look at it :)

Replies: 20

Views: 825
Re: Would you pay extra for a Tiffany & Co. solitaire?

For a vintage piece from their heyday, yes. For a mass-produced modern piece ... no, probably not. Then I'd seek out whoever the modern counterpart might be. If we're talking about giving a premium to somebody for a six prong solitaire, Mark Morrell comes to mind ....

by Circe

February 3rd, 2015, 7:02 pm

Forum: Hangout

Topic: Would you pay extra for a Tiffany & Co. solitaire?

Replies: 46

Views: 1063
What time period are these earrings?

I'd say Victorian, possibly late Victorian (the main body looks stamped, which is why I make the distinction). The other possibility would be Victorian Revival from the 40s, for the same reason. But the seed pearls and the gold fringe are very period-correct ... beautiful earrings! Do they have any ...

by Circe

February 2nd, 2015, 8:57 am

Forum: Antique and Vintage Jewelry

Topic: What time period are these earrings?

Replies: 2

Views: 336
Re: Belle of the Ball

That baby needs a thread of her own - she's gorgeous!

by Circe

January 31st, 2015, 10:29 am

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

Topic: Belle of the Ball

Replies: 107

Views: 5067
Re: 8k jewelry budget - what would you buy?

One solution to the bracelet-banging-keyboard problem is to get bracelets very closely fitted ... I have a new Art Deco one (sort of like the emerald one posted above, only all-diamond), made for a 6" wrist, and it fits like a glove. I barely notice it's on, unless I automatically check my wris...

by Circe

January 31st, 2015, 10:18 am

Forum: RockyTalky

Topic: 8k jewelry budget - what would you buy?

Replies: 27

Views: 556
Re: 8k jewelry budget - what would you buy?

If you put your pendant on a long enough chain (for me, 20" will do it), you get the best of both worlds! It's nice to see one's bling but it's also nice not to have to worry about banging it up ....

by Circe

January 30th, 2015, 8:54 pm

Forum: RockyTalky

Topic: 8k jewelry budget - what would you buy?

Replies: 27

Views: 556
Re: 3+ ct LM inspired EW double halo

This is UTTERLY magnificent.

by Circe

January 30th, 2015, 2:25 pm

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

Topic: 3+ ct LM inspired EW double halo

Replies: 129

Views: 4710
Re: HELP! DSS has set in less than 3 months of being engaged

Interesting discussion, here's another male point of view. Bottom line, if my gf wants a bigger rock, she'll get a bigger rock since we can afford it. But I wouldn't want my gf walking around with a huge rock on her hand everyday basically telling someone to mug her. Anything over 2.5ct to me says,...

by Circe

January 26th, 2015, 10:22 am

Forum: RockyTalky

Topic: HELP! DSS has set in less than 3 months of being engaged!!!

Replies: 154

Views: 4809
Re: Comparing two 3+ carat diamonds - thoughts?

Excellent choice - I like #2 very much.

by Circe

January 24th, 2015, 10:52 am

Forum: RockyTalky

Topic: Comparing two 3+ carat diamonds - thoughts?

Replies: 18

Views: 733
Re: Leon Mege: IS images are BS?

I'd say it's a matter of perspective. For a jeweler with 20+years of experience (ballpark - never worked with Mege, just going off the sense I've gotten from seeing him mentioned here), it probably won't tell them much more than their own eyes will concerning the beauty, performance, salability, etc...

by Circe

January 23rd, 2015, 4:55 pm

Forum: RockyTalky

Topic: Leon Mege: IS images are BS?

Replies: 15

Views: 932
Re: Mangagement rings

Love the concept, hate the neologism - we can just call it *his* engagement ring, no need to perform some weird linguistic masculinization! (On a grammar geek side note: it is very interesting to me that our defaults are so thoroughly preset that though we can feminize most things with suffixes - po...

by Circe

January 23rd, 2015, 11:56 am

Forum: Hangout

Topic: Mangagement rings

Replies: 25

Views: 714
Re: HELP! DSS has set in less than 3 months of being engaged

Congratulations on your engagement! You guys are beautiful together - love the pics! You know the saying, "It's the thought that counts"? Ever since I got a crappy Secret Santa gift in the fourth grade (looking at you, Josh Schneider!), I've always thought that ought to mean it's worth thi...

by Circe

January 23rd, 2015, 9:54 am

Forum: RockyTalky

Topic: HELP! DSS has set in less than 3 months of being engaged!!!

Replies: 154

Views: 4809
Re: After you kick the bucket...

When I kick it, I'm hoping to leave an itemized list behind ticking off values and preferred recipients. If they want to trade amongst themselves, great ... and if one of them is Just Not a Jewelry Person, hopefully there'll be enough in the way of cash for a family member who loves bling (please le...

by Circe

January 22nd, 2015, 6:57 pm

Forum: Hangout

Topic: After you kick the bucket...

Replies: 37

Views: 702
Re: Your Maximum Size for Round Engagement Diamond

Hey, I'm glad that wasn't just me being weirdly OCD! The fingernail thing was me. Glad others found it helpful! ;)

by Circe

January 22nd, 2015, 5:25 pm

Forum: RockyTalky

Topic: Your Maximum Size for Round Engagement Diamond

Replies: 63

Views: 1888
Re: Metal Detectors in Hospitals

I know gun control is a hot button topic here as in our general society. But can I just say ... there is something deeply bizarre about our go-to on this issue being to up the ante on security as opposed to, say, restricting access to firearms. I went to a high school with metal detectors on all the...

by Circe

January 22nd, 2015, 1:40 pm

Forum: Hangout

Topic: Metal Detectors in Hospitals

Replies: 18

Views: 372