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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: 578
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: 494
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: 747
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: 406
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: 772
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: 948
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: 9220
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: 9220
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: 1126
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: 1219
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: 1219
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: 1219
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: 548
Re: New sapphire and possible project

I absolutely love your stone but can I plead with you not to put it with the other sapphires? It's so scrumptious it needs to stand alone and be the star of the show! Lilac/lavender sapphires can look blue in some lighting conditions and therefore it might look a bit too much like the blue sapphire ...

by LD

December 31st, 2014, 6:55 am

Forum: Colored Stones

Topic: New sapphire and possible project

Replies: 11

Views: 755
Re: Think I found my chrysoberyl!

Oh I didn't notice the price. Mmmmm that is high. I'd be tempted to shop around a bit more.

by LD

December 30th, 2014, 8:05 pm

Forum: Colored Stones

Topic: Think I found my chrysoberyl!

Replies: 41

Views: 978
Re: Emerald ring!

A lovely ring and it suits your hand - not too big and definitely not too small either! Beautiful. One thing you can do to make the shank white is to coat it with a silver plating solution. You can buy it quite easily and you paint it or apply it with a small artist's paintbrush or a soft cloth. As ...

by LD

December 30th, 2014, 3:23 pm

Forum: Colored Stones

Topic: Emerald ring!

Replies: 41

Views: 1229
Re: Think I found my chrysoberyl!

The video really shows a lovely stone - bright yellow with only a small amount of brown.

I would be tempted to get it on approval BUT as TL has wisely said, please ask for a video of the same stone indoors because I suspect it may look a bit different.

by LD

December 30th, 2014, 3:12 pm

Forum: Colored Stones

Topic: Think I found my chrysoberyl!

Replies: 41

Views: 978
Re: Show Us Your NOT Blue Sapphires!

A few more - can you tell I'm just a bit obsessed with colour change sapphires? lol Bracelet with 12ct of colour change sapphires - I can't capture this at all. It's phenomenal but looks yuck in the photos! One of the stones in the bracelet is not only a colour changer but it's also bi-colour! I lov...

by LD

December 30th, 2014, 2:58 pm

Forum: Colored Stones

Topic: Show Us Your NOT Blue Sapphires!

Replies: 51

Views: 1627
Re: Show Us Your NOT Blue Sapphires!

Yeah - brilliant thread iLander!

Here are some of mine!

Colour change sapphire
Purple sapphire (one of my very favourite stones because it has so much personality)
Another colour change sapphire
Padparadscha sapphire

by LD

December 30th, 2014, 2:44 pm

Forum: Colored Stones

Topic: Show Us Your NOT Blue Sapphires!

Replies: 51

Views: 1627
Re: GRS Alert: Warnings of Some Mozambique Rubies

I agree that photos won't help. :(sad The difference can be minor and difficult to detect from a photo and we all know how bad some photos are! What a shame that people are being duped like this :(sad

by LD

December 30th, 2014, 2:38 pm

Forum: Colored Stones

Topic: GRS Alert: Warnings of Some Mozambique Rubies

Replies: 15

Views: 525

by LD

December 27th, 2014, 7:59 pm

Forum: Colored Stones

Topic: Is the sapphire on the left considered cornflower blue?

Replies: 5

Views: 480
Re: Alexandrite Advice Please! Which stone would YOU choose?

Oh and numbers 1, 3 and 7 from your first post are ones that I would consider. I can't see them well enough in the small photo but they all look to be promising. The cut of 3 attracts me - and the size - but I'd like to see a bigger photo of the daylight colour! If you can get over 1ct it's always m...

by LD

December 27th, 2014, 7:54 pm

Forum: Colored Stones

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

Replies: 72

Views: 1219
Re: Alexandrite Advice Please! Which stone would YOU choose?

I hope you don't mind but I'd like to add more to this thread because some of the information has been a little difficult to decipher if one hasn't seen an Alex in person. The primary consideration when buying an Alex is the strength and percentage of colour change. Not many dealers will tell you th...

by LD

December 27th, 2014, 7:44 pm

Forum: Colored Stones

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

Replies: 72

Views: 1219
Re: Where to buy treated sapphires?

Diffused sapphires can actually be more beautiful than their natural counterparts $ for $ so they're a good bet on a limited budget. Ebay is littered with treated sapphires and I'm sure you could even get ready made earrings there to. If you want heat only then some of the vendors in the sticky at t...

by LD

December 26th, 2014, 3:06 pm

Forum: Colored Stones

Topic: Where to buy treated sapphires?

Replies: 13

Views: 406
Re: 6.34ct Alexandrite Sri Lankan

6ct is a good size for an Alex which is a big plus but the disadvantages are (1) the daylight colour - yellowish/green is not desirable in an Alex and (2) the cut which looks to be a reasonably good native cut which will put some people off. Unfortunately if people are paying top dollar they want ev...

by LD

December 26th, 2014, 10:55 am

Forum: Colored Stones

Topic: 6.34ct Alexandrite Sri Lankan

Replies: 42

Views: 1146
Re: Liao is a liar!!

Being an infrequent visitor to PS now, I've missed all the drama but honestly the mind boggles at why people do this? It's not the first time on PS (and I doubt will be the last) but you have to wonder about the sanity of somebody who does this! Hey ho! Well done Marlow

by LD

December 26th, 2014, 10:39 am

Forum: Colored Stones

Topic: Liao is a liar!!

Replies: 37

Views: 2457
Re: help me choose a setting for this alex

This is the "alexandrite" from the "TheGemtrader december drop"!!! Per (faked imo) GRS certificate "vivid bluish green" as you can see in the first pic :D - I think it is a CCG - the incandescent light color is typical to many CCG I owe - the daylight too. If you zoom ...

by LD

December 26th, 2014, 10:32 am

Forum: Colored Stones

Topic: help me choose a setting for this alex

Replies: 15

Views: 692
Re: How much for this 2.12 ct. Emerald?

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by LD

November 14th, 2014, 11:50 am

Forum: Colored Stones

Topic: How much for this 2.12 ct. Emerald?

Replies: 14

Views: 425
Re: Thoughts on this sapphire?

I'm sure you've noticed but I thought I'd point out that the Ebay seller in the first two links only has 36 feedback (all positive) and the first sapphire is one of the most expensive he/she has had for sale. I would try to avoid Ebay for a relatively expensive purchase unless it's with a well known...

by LD

November 14th, 2014, 11:48 am

Forum: Colored Stones

Topic: Thoughts on this sapphire?

Replies: 41

Views: 646
Re: I dropped my loose sapphire! Scared! Please help!

I'm sure you all remember when I was photographing my natural pink diamond marquise (about .20ct) outside and a gust of wind blew it away?!

Lesson learned the hard way!

by LD

October 6th, 2014, 5:57 pm

Forum: Colored Stones

Topic: I dropped my loose sapphire! Scared! Please help!

Replies: 26

Views: 926