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Re: More alexandrite questions, with pictures

The most important thing with an Alex is the colour change. So whilst my favourite is bottom left and looks like it has good possibilities for a colour change (whereas the two on the right don't), I would want to see them in their incandescent colourway before deciding if it was a stone to purchase....

by LD

April 25th, 2015, 4:18 pm

Forum: Colored Stones

Topic: More alexandrite questions, with pictures

Replies: 7

Views: 315
Re: Mineral pieces

They are all real. There are some wonderful agates and jaspers. I have a piece of agate that looks like an undersea scene with floating coral - it's amazing. Good ones get snapped up quickly though.

The third picture is a mineral with a titanium coating (so it's not real in that sense).

by LD

April 13th, 2015, 11:51 am

Forum: Colored Stones

Topic: Mineral pieces

Replies: 5

Views: 216
Re: Pantone color of the year

I'll have a chicken tikka masala please - but hold the marsala coloured gemstones - thank you!

by LD

April 13th, 2015, 11:39 am

Forum: Colored Stones

Topic: Pantone color of the year

Replies: 29

Views: 574
Re: Found sapphire for E-Ring & need your opinion before I b

I agree with what everybody has said above but I have two things to throw into the mix:- 1. Have you actually seen a stone with a bow tie? A setting will never minimise a bow tie. In a light coloured stone it can be very obvious AND it can affect the general appearance. If the stone is refundable th...

by LD

April 13th, 2015, 11:37 am

Forum: Colored Stones

Topic: Found sapphire for E-Ring & need your opinion before I buy!

Replies: 31

Views: 703
Re: Pics for first time you fell in love with a CS?

I was about 5 or 6 years old when I realised my Mum had wonderful jewellery. I used to play with it and became totally hooked. The ring that started my love affair was an Emerald (emerald cut) with a single round brilliant cut diamond either side that my Mum had inherited from her Mum. I have the ri...

by LD

April 13th, 2015, 11:26 am

Forum: Colored Stones

Topic: Pics for first time you fell in love with a CS?

Replies: 33

Views: 742
Re: Thoughts on this Ruby?

I agree with everything that has already been said but I also understand the lure of owning a Ruby. For $500 it's not a bad buy but it's not a great Ruby. As has been mentioned, it's too dark, and don't forget when you set it, even with prongs, it'll appear slightly darker again. If you're stuck wit...

by LD

April 2nd, 2015, 1:08 pm

Forum: Colored Stones

Topic: Thoughts on this Ruby?

Replies: 31

Views: 615
Re: Advice on opal ring.. is this real?

This is a similar looking Ethiopian Opal that has the glitter you describe so there's a possibility the stones are real http://www.opalauctions.com/auctions/ethiopian-opals/item-402561

by LD

April 2nd, 2015, 11:39 am

Forum: Colored Stones

Topic: Advice on opal ring.. is this real?

Replies: 6

Views: 433
Re: Advice on opal ring.. is this real?

Okay well let me preface this by saying that there is no way to tell from a photo. Opals can be very difficult to photograph and what can look strange in a photo can be very different to what you see. I suspect this is the case because your written description doesn't match the photos. If I were you...

by LD

April 2nd, 2015, 7:51 am

Forum: Colored Stones

Topic: Advice on opal ring.. is this real?

Replies: 6

Views: 433
Re: Hi , my trade name is Moonstone....

TL this is a dyed lab. It's not a particularly good one but can you see what looks like blood in the veins? Some are very blue and it's more difficult to spot the dye. http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/45-00Cts-FANTASTIC-PINK-COLOR-LABRADORITE-CUSHION-CABOCHON-TREATED-TOP-GEMSTONE-/251879144714?pt=LH_Defaul...

by LD

March 23rd, 2015, 5:14 pm

Forum: Colored Stones

Topic: Hi , my trade name is Moonstone....

Replies: 85

Views: 1074
Re: Hi , my trade name is Moonstone....

It could TL. I've not seen a piece with those distinct colour bandings - the edges between colours are usually blended and merged. A dyed Labradorite typically looks and feels a bit waxy and may have what looks like blood in veins. I've got one and if I remember I'll take a photo tomorrow to show yo...

by LD

March 23rd, 2015, 5:01 pm

Forum: Colored Stones

Topic: Hi , my trade name is Moonstone....

Replies: 85

Views: 1074
Re: Hi , my trade name is Moonstone....

Labradorite is very distinct looking and nothing like Moonstone. The labradorescence in Labradorite is very distinct. I use a lot of it in my jewellery making but you have to be careful because dyed Labradorite is in abundance. It's reasonably easy to spot a dyed one - unlike some other stones. The ...

by LD

March 23rd, 2015, 3:45 pm

Forum: Colored Stones

Topic: Hi , my trade name is Moonstone....

Replies: 85

Views: 1074
Re: Pics of 8 x 6 ovals set? Oval size, setting question

Thanks, JoCoJenn for your reply! I wasn't sure I would get any responses because it is such a specific question. I really like how the stone looks in your setting. It complements the stone, and it looks really "right" on your hand. I get stressed out about setting stones because I feel un...

by LD

March 23rd, 2015, 1:37 pm

Forum: Colored Stones

Topic: Pics of 8 x 6 ovals set? Oval size, setting question

Replies: 47

Views: 1140
Re: Picking sidestones for red spinel

Preg I haven't read the whole thread so this may already have been mentioned (ignore me if it has)! I think you've got really tiny fingers haven't you? With that in mind, the thing I would worry about with a 5 stone ring is if I would be able to close my fingers and whether the end stones would get ...

by LD

March 23rd, 2015, 1:29 pm

Forum: Colored Stones

Topic: Picking sidestones for red spinel

Replies: 180

Views: 2349
Re: Can we talk cameras?

Thank you everybody for your input. Gene - there's no way I would use a flash for photographing jewellery but I need a camera I can take on holiday as well (hence the need for a built in flash). Anyway, I have discovered a phenomenal called a bridge camera :wall: and I'm sure you are all familiar wi...

by LD

March 23rd, 2015, 7:35 am

Forum: Colored Stones

Topic: Can we talk cameras?

Replies: 9

Views: 292
Re: Can we talk cameras?

Thanks for the suggestions Vapid. One thing I meant to add was that I need a built in flash!

BTW I really don't like how that Fuji one looks - it's like a 1970s throwback. I know that Fuji's are supposed to be great cameras but I also want one that looks good! :bigsmile:

by LD

March 21st, 2015, 11:27 am

Forum: Colored Stones

Topic: Can we talk cameras?

Replies: 9

Views: 292
Re: Acinom's colors

:love: :love: :love: :love: :love: :love: :love: :love:
The Amethyst cab ring is to die for! Love love love it x

by LD

March 21st, 2015, 5:54 am

Forum: Colored Stones

Topic: Acinom's colors

Replies: 274

Views: 2954
Can we talk cameras?

Hello lovely people! :wavey: My trusty Canon camera has just died on me and in truth was never the best at taking photos of jewellery and I now heavily rely on my iPhone. I've just had the honour of being asked to submit some of my handmade jewellery to a magazine and they want/need, good quality ph...

by LD

March 21st, 2015, 5:39 am

Forum: Colored Stones

Topic: Can we talk cameras?

Replies: 9

Views: 292
Re: Help Identifying stone please

There's no way to tell with absolute certainty from a photo. It could be an aquamarine, it could be glass - it could be anything. However if you take it into a jewellers they might be able to narrow it down slightly by testing the RI of the stone. It's a beautiful setting though and I can see why yo...

by LD

February 16th, 2015, 7:26 pm

Forum: Colored Stones

Topic: Help Identifying stone please

Replies: 24

Views: 612
Re: Need tanzanite advice, please

I'm also curious about how to clean tanzanite. There is a comment in this thread that says repeated contact with water can harm tanzanite and cause cloudiness. http://www.pricescope.com/forum/colored-stones/tanzanite-safe-in-a-safe-t158573.html I'm far from being a gem expert but perhaps it was the...

by LD

February 16th, 2015, 7:23 pm

Forum: Colored Stones

Topic: Need tanzanite advice, please

Replies: 17

Views: 533
Re: Need Help w Etsy Padparadscha

Hello, Fabulous PSers! I am a longtime lurker, first time poster. I have learned so much from this forum and am rgateful for the knowledge I've gained over the last 6 months. After much hemming and hawing, I finally bit the bullet and purchased a heat-treated 1.28 carat elongated cushion cut padpar...

by LD

February 1st, 2015, 2:51 pm

Forum: Colored Stones

Topic: Need Help w Etsy Padparadscha

Replies: 32

Views: 798
Re: Does anyone here own bixbite/red beryl?

Marlow I'm not sure why you're saying not to use the term Bixbite? It's well know as Bixbite was mined in Utah and the less common name is Red Beryl. I agree that years ago Pezzottaite was mis-sold as Bixbite but (to me) they look very different. I have a huge Pezz but only small Bixbites. I actuall...

by LD

February 1st, 2015, 2:40 pm

Forum: Colored Stones

Topic: Does anyone here own bixbite/red beryl?

Replies: 18

Views: 436
Re: need morganite advice

Welcome! :wavey: It's so lovely to see a post about a gem that we don't often talk about. I love Morganite but it doesn't love me unfortunately - I am apparently morganite coloured so it fades into me! :lol: I would never ever recommend this route normally BUT in the UK jewellery tv shopping channel...

by LD

January 18th, 2015, 10:51 am

Forum: Colored Stones

Topic: need morganite advice

Replies: 28

Views: 823
Re: Padparadscha help

Susan-a The first one you posted (the lighter one) appears to have violet undertones. If that's the case, it's highly unlikely to be designated a Padparadscha. Unfortunately what you're looking for is a rare stone (as I'm sure you know) and it will be a case of keeping your eyes open and constantly ...

by LD

January 18th, 2015, 7:11 am

Forum: Colored Stones

Topic: Padparadscha help

Replies: 29

Views: 976
Re: Have you really got an Alexandrite? Read this first!

Thank you, Chrono! You dispelled my doubts about this halo ring. May I ask your opinion on this one Russian antique http://www.rubylane.com/item/750954-1000584/Antique-Alex78andrite-Diamond-Art-Nouveau-Flower ? I have been desperately dreaming about Russian alexandrite, but unfortunately when I dis...

by LD

January 14th, 2015, 7:05 am

Forum: Colored Stones

Topic: Have you really got an Alexandrite? Read this first!

Replies: 53

Views: 10628
Re: Have you really got an Alexandrite? Read this first!

Thank you... I appreciate your comments! I was able to take a closeup of it this morning. It is not as clear as it appears in the other photos. What type of jeweler should I be seeing to confirm? Any suggestions in Chicago area? Will update you later :) I'm so sorry Liz but this doesn't look like a...

by LD

January 14th, 2015, 7:03 am

Forum: Colored Stones

Topic: Have you really got an Alexandrite? Read this first!

Replies: 53

Views: 10628
Re: Paraiba Tourmaline help

I think I'm the "friend" being referred to here :bigsmile: It's true - the auction houses will not touch a Paraiba Tourmaline unless it's from Brazil. Also, one thing to note is that I don't see the top colour of PT in your stone (which is gorgeous btw) and it has the classic bowtie that y...

by LD

January 14th, 2015, 6:52 am

Forum: Colored Stones

Topic: Paraiba Tourmaline help

Replies: 52

Views: 1168
Re: Alexandrite Advice Please! Which stone would YOU choose?

A really really really quick look at MC has brought up this stone. I don't think you've linked to this one before. This is a really lovely stone. http://www.multicolour.com/detail/?/details/single/alexandrite/yax769aa/&930512007 What you can see in both this one and the oval one you posted as (1...

by LD

December 31st, 2014, 8:54 am

Forum: Colored Stones

Topic: Alexandrite Advice Please! Which stone would YOU choose?

Replies: 72

Views: 1290
Re: Alexandrite Advice Please! Which stone would YOU choose?

Just had a very quick look at his website. These two rings offer good quality Alex but all are sub 1ct but it might give you ideas on what you could do with that little pear linked to above. http://www.davidwein.com/jewelry/alexandrite-white-diamond-and-white-gold-ring-00103480/overview/181/10/8 htt...

by LD

December 31st, 2014, 8:46 am

Forum: Colored Stones

Topic: Alexandrite Advice Please! Which stone would YOU choose?

Replies: 72

Views: 1290
Re: Alexandrite Advice Please! Which stone would YOU choose?

LD, thanks for that information. That is very insightful! We're still on the search to find a stone. I believe I shall be sending DW another e-mail soon. While I have never seen an alex in person my girlfriend has. There is a jewelry store here with an alex listed on their website but it's not very...

by LD

December 31st, 2014, 8:35 am

Forum: Colored Stones

Topic: Alexandrite Advice Please! Which stone would YOU choose?

Replies: 72

Views: 1290
Re: How to reset my ruby diamond ring

I like the idea of a marquise shape and it would suit the shape of your fingers as well. It might be worth taking the ring into a jewellers and see if they can test what you think might be diamonds. I don't know why but I think they may be white sapphires. Whatever they are, I like the contrast with...

by LD

December 31st, 2014, 6:59 am

Forum: Colored Stones

Topic: How to reset my ruby diamond ring

Replies: 11

Views: 563