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Re: Do pears face up smaller?

If a stone is a deep one, it loses size face on compared to one that is shallow or average cut. Pears can differ wildly in appearance in the same carat weight. For example a long thin pointy pear will look like a polar opposite to a squat fat chunky pear! Both may weigh the same but look incredibly ...

by LD

April 2nd, 2014, 7:23 pm

Forum: Colored Stones

Topic: Do pears face up smaller?

Replies: 12

Views: 294
Re: Which gems are closest to becoming impossible to find?

If we ever find a way to collect them, we can find some amazing gemstones in space. Some are a bit big to wear , perhaps.... As we develop technologies to recover minerals from the deep ocean, I would not be surprised if we see some incredible deep sea gemstones. I didnt even think of that^. They m...

by LD

April 2nd, 2014, 5:18 am

Forum: Colored Stones

Topic: Which gems are closest to becoming impossible to find?

Replies: 13

Views: 534
Re: My new e-ring!

Beautiful and congratulations on your engagement.

by LD

April 2nd, 2014, 5:14 am

Forum: Colored Stones

Topic: My new e-ring!

Replies: 16

Views: 507
Re: Ever heard of UV garnet?

So these stones can be called Merelani mint garnets, mint garnets, and grossular garnets? And now UV garnet...or at least here in Japan. Lol. I don't think it's a gimmick, but it looks like these stones go by a lot of names. 1001smiles, were yours all mined from the same place? Or some in one place...

by LD

April 2nd, 2014, 5:13 am

Forum: Colored Stones

Topic: Ever heard of UV garnet?

Replies: 29

Views: 452
Re: Check Out My New RUBY :)

Ilander I was SERIOUSLY worried there for a moment!

I nearly fell for that until I looked at the date :D

by LD

April 1st, 2014, 3:53 pm

Forum: Colored Stones

Topic: Check Out My New RUBY :)

Replies: 16

Views: 540
Re: Ever heard of UV garnet?

Many gemstones exhibit fluorescence - which is what yours do. However, I've never seen them marketed as UV anything and to be honest it sounds like a silly gimmick to fool people into thinking they are buying something rare (shopping telly channels are the worse for this)! Your pendant is very prett...

by LD

April 1st, 2014, 12:21 pm

Forum: Colored Stones

Topic: Ever heard of UV garnet?

Replies: 29

Views: 452
Re: Which gems are closest to becoming impossible to find?

1. Bixbite. The mine in Utah closed years ago and although it's believed there may still be some left in the deposit, I believe it's not cost effective to re-open. Typically the Bixbite (not to be confused with Pezzottaite) on the market is small and highly included. 2. Paraiba Tourmaline (Brazilian...

by LD

April 1st, 2014, 12:16 pm

Forum: Colored Stones

Topic: Which gems are closest to becoming impossible to find?

Replies: 13

Views: 534
Re: 218 carats Unheated Burmese Sapphire. Price comment plea

I recently had to speak with both Sotheby's and Christies in London and they were exceptionally helpful. They will either deal with the item themselves or if they feel that the market is more buoyant in Hong Kong, may well ask their colleagues to take over the transaction. It's worth a phone call an...

by LD

April 1st, 2014, 9:15 am

Forum: Colored Stones

Topic: 218 carats Unheated Burmese Sapphire. Price comment please

Replies: 31

Views: 1311
Re: RUBY Without Strong Fluorescent Good or Bad?

This is mine and it has strong fluor - I, personally, look for fluor in gemstones,

by LD

April 1st, 2014, 9:11 am

Forum: Colored Stones

Topic: RUBY Without Strong Fluorescent Good or Bad?

Replies: 9

Views: 249
Re: Clueless ring owner trying to figure out what kind of ge

Your pictures probably won't be conclusive anyway but from your description there are several options:- 1. Colour change sapphire 2. Colour change garnet (unlikely) 3. A high probability that it's a synthetic corundum laced with vanadium to give the colour change. These were fairly common in jewelle...

by LD

February 13th, 2014, 1:52 pm

Forum: Colored Stones

Topic: Clueless ring owner trying to figure out what kind of gem

Replies: 16

Views: 441
Re: What is the gemstone size to finger size ratio?

Absolutely personal preference and for a ring like Kate Middleton's you can get very different looks depending on the ratio between centre and surrounding stones. If you have large surrounding stones then it's more like to look like a flower - smaller and then the overall look becomes less flower li...

by LD

February 5th, 2014, 1:50 pm

Forum: Colored Stones

Topic: What is the gemstone size to finger size ratio?

Replies: 9

Views: 344
Re: PARAIBA TOURMALINE

Stanley's are a Jewellers who GemsTV recommend to carry out valuations for hardly any money. Their valuations are GROSSLY inflated. I'm afraid that the majority of "Paraiba" Tourmaline sold by GemsTV were not of the standard that would be considered to have the glow and neon quality of a t...

by LD

January 31st, 2014, 5:03 pm

Forum: Colored Stones

Topic: PARAIBA TOURMALINE

Replies: 11

Views: 544
Re: Emerald engagment ring?

You're in the UK aren't you? The Gok Wan reference was a big clue!!!!!

Be careful if buying stones/settings from abroad because you may have to pay huge import duties. Why not have a word with Diamond Geezer in Birmingham. As to speak to Luke and he'll help you find something.

by LD

January 22nd, 2014, 8:02 pm

Forum: Colored Stones

Topic: Emerald engagment ring?

Replies: 30

Views: 667
Re: More Alex Help, Please

Ok - just seen the video. Good points:- 1. Clarity is fantastic for an Alex of that size. 2. Cutting is good 3. Price for both clarity and cut. Negatives: 1. Colour in both ways is unappealing (to me) and doesn't look like a traditional Alex. 2. As both colours are very brown/yellow, the colour chan...

by LD

January 21st, 2014, 9:01 am

Forum: Colored Stones

Topic: More Alex Help, Please

Replies: 42

Views: 471
Re: More Alex Help, Please

MC seems to have a fairly large inventory for alexandrites and that's who I would go to if I wanted one as well. In terms of colour, it seems like this suits your wants very well. A video is the next step to confirm colouration since alexandrites don't photograph well. There's a video up now, can y...

by LD

January 21st, 2014, 8:50 am

Forum: Colored Stones

Topic: More Alex Help, Please

Replies: 42

Views: 471
Re: Emeralds...Show and Tell

Sarahbear has THE most beautiful emerald bracelet. I hope she pops in to share it with us again. I truly love her jewellery. BTW Freke, re-oiling emeralds can be done in various ways and it depends on what type of oiling is being undertaken. Years ago emeralds were simply place in cedar oil - I'm as...

by LD

January 20th, 2014, 5:27 pm

Forum: Colored Stones

Topic: Emeralds...Show and Tell

Replies: 84

Views: 1882
Re: From these photos, can you tell me which is the real one

LOL forget the blue - remember, some stones don't photograph accurately. There's no blue in either stone in real life. This is another case of the camera can lie!!!!! There was no manipulation with the colour, no fancy footwork with the camera - both were taken in my kitchen under artificial lights ...

by LD

January 20th, 2014, 7:39 am

Forum: Colored Stones

Topic: From these photos, can you tell me which is the real one?

Replies: 26

Views: 606
Re: From these photos, can you tell me which is the real one

The majority of you are wrong I'm afraid. The square is very much the real deal (see lab report below). I actually sold this stone a few years ago so I'm not the owner any more. The heart is synthetic BUT a very very good one. It was sent to one lab who had to send it to another to make sure. I kept...

by LD

January 19th, 2014, 8:23 am

Forum: Colored Stones

Topic: From these photos, can you tell me which is the real one?

Replies: 26

Views: 606
Re: Emeralds...Show and Tell

minousbijoux|1390071584|3595553 wrote:Don't forget the glow, the glow, the glow!

The only emeralds I own.


Stunning - just stunning.
:love:

by LD

January 18th, 2014, 7:07 pm

Forum: Colored Stones

Topic: Emeralds...Show and Tell

Replies: 84

Views: 1882
From these photos, can you tell me which is the real one?

I often see posts asking to identify gemstones and it's really good fun but ........ Gemstones can look similar and even if your camera and all of our monitors were all calibrated the same, it would still be difficult to tell. Nearly all gemstones have something that looks like them or maybe there's...

by LD

January 18th, 2014, 5:27 pm

Forum: Colored Stones

Topic: From these photos, can you tell me which is the real one?

Replies: 26

Views: 606
Re: Emeralds...Show and Tell

I'm sure you're all bored with seeing this ring but this was my Mothers and my Grandmother's before that. I believe it's untreated and either Siberian or Colombian.

by LD

January 18th, 2014, 5:05 pm

Forum: Colored Stones

Topic: Emeralds...Show and Tell

Replies: 84

Views: 1882
Re: More Alex Help, Please

No I'm not saying it's worse. What I'm saying is that it possibly won't be an accurate photo BUT ask David for a video. I don't like to see brown in my gemstones and brown/yellow in an Alex is not for me. I need to see much more green. In terms of pricing, the more yellow/brown you see, the lower th...

by LD

January 18th, 2014, 3:44 pm

Forum: Colored Stones

Topic: More Alex Help, Please

Replies: 42

Views: 471
Re: More Alex Help, Please

No. Look at the first photo - it has 3 sections. The two photos on the black background are from David and if you look closely at the one showing the green colourway you'll see it's not accurate because you can already see the purple desperately trying to get through. IRL my stone is quite green an...

by LD

January 18th, 2014, 3:35 pm

Forum: Colored Stones

Topic: More Alex Help, Please

Replies: 42

Views: 471
Re: Bought Colour Change Sapphire From Jeff Davies

What you'll probably see if blue during the day and incandescent lighting it will be purple. It's a beautiful stone and if I'd seen it before you, it would have found a home with me! ;)

by LD

January 18th, 2014, 3:32 pm

Forum: Colored Stones

Topic: Bought Colour Change Sapphire From Jeff Davies

Replies: 53

Views: 1080
Re: More Alex Help, Please

Ok found this photo. This is typically the green that you'll see in daylight. Unfortunately this stone had very little colour change (which is why it was much more easy to capture the green on camera.

by LD

January 18th, 2014, 3:23 pm

Forum: Colored Stones

Topic: More Alex Help, Please

Replies: 42

Views: 471
Re: More Alex Help, Please

Just found some photos so you can compare accuracy. The incandescent colourway in David's photos is very accurate - as you can see from mine which matches it almost exactly. However look at the green. In the one with the black background you can see the red/purple desperately trying to get through ...

by LD

January 18th, 2014, 3:15 pm

Forum: Colored Stones

Topic: More Alex Help, Please

Replies: 42

Views: 471
Re: More Alex Help, Please

I looked up the stone Andelain before commenting so realised it was over 5ct which is why I said that for a stone that size and that clean it's priced very well. It depends what you're looking for. If you're looking for size rather than quality (and I don't mean that in a disrespectful way), then th...

by LD

January 18th, 2014, 3:12 pm

Forum: Colored Stones

Topic: More Alex Help, Please

Replies: 42

Views: 471
Re: Normal that my new Mahenge spinel does not fluoresce.

Fi Z I'm not sure that any of your stones are showing much fluor (in the photos at least). In fact the only one that looks like it may be showing something is the pear. It appears to have an orangey/red fluor which would be right for a spinel. If you love it then that's all that counts. Don't worry ...

by LD

January 18th, 2014, 2:59 pm

Forum: Colored Stones

Topic: Normal that my new Mahenge spinel does not fluoresce.

Replies: 12

Views: 399
Re: Jade versus Chrysoprase

Ignore what it's mounted in as that doesn't tell you anything (and please go and slap the person who told you that :naughty: ).

It actually could be a number of things including a man made stone. It appears to have some translucency so I wouldn't like to say what this is.

by LD

January 18th, 2014, 2:55 pm

Forum: Colored Stones

Topic: Jade versus Chrysoprase

Replies: 14

Views: 414
Re: More Alex Help, Please

Just found some photos so you can compare accuracy. The incandescent colourway in David's photos is very accurate - as you can see from mine which matches it almost exactly. However look at the green. In the one with the black background you can see the red/purple desperately trying to get through s...

by LD

January 18th, 2014, 2:50 pm

Forum: Colored Stones

Topic: More Alex Help, Please

Replies: 42

Views: 471