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Re: How Much Is It Worth?

Probably not a lot. For it to have any value, it has to have good crystal that can be cut. From the photos it doesn't look like it has - however, a rider here is that this is a photo. Most of the people on this forum specialise more in cut gemstones rather than rough (some of us purchase rough to be...

by LD

July 16th, 2014, 12:24 pm

Forum: Colored Stones

Topic: How Much Is It Worth?

Replies: 12

Views: 442
Re: Huge real amethyst?

Synthetic quartz is everywhere. For one that size, from Ebay, it's almost certainly synthetic (sorry).

by LD

July 16th, 2014, 12:20 pm

Forum: Colored Stones

Topic: Huge real amethyst?

Replies: 20

Views: 522
Re: Is There Such Thing As A Black Diamond???

Yes - this is my 4ct natural one (not irradiated).

Black diamonds with good cut and no pitting are favoured but most on the market have a ton of pitting.

by LD

July 16th, 2014, 12:18 pm

Forum: Colored Stones

Topic: Is There Such Thing As A Black Diamond???

Replies: 12

Views: 291
Re: Rare Gems

This is almost impossible to answer because there are so many rare gemstones. For example, years ago you could get Bixbite but now gems that have great clarity over 1ct are difficult to find. You can find poor specimens however. So, because you can still buy specimens commercially, does this make it...

by LD

July 16th, 2014, 12:15 pm

Forum: Colored Stones

Topic: Rare Gems

Replies: 13

Views: 355
Re: My Alexandrite ring ... A year+ in the making

Many many congratulations on your beautiful ring. I know it took a long time in the making but you gave it so much thought and the design really reflects what you said you liked in your "thinking through" posts. I'm so pleased for you and I'm also pleased that we have another Alex lover no...

by LD

July 16th, 2014, 8:17 am

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

Topic: My Alexandrite ring ... A year+ in the making

Replies: 55

Views: 1759
Re: Replace bezel Aqua??

Love the tourmaline and sapphire. They both make the ring look very rich BUT you go with what you like because you'll be the wearer!

by LD

July 13th, 2014, 1:33 pm

Forum: Colored Stones

Topic: Replace bezel Aqua??

Replies: 22

Views: 633
Re: Unheated Burma blue sapphire - AGL Prestige report help

AN, the ring with the pear on the side is just breathtaking. Since your stone is round, the finished product would look very different so why not take it as an inspiration picture to somebody to make something similar? I would favour adding in tiny leaves also.

by LD

July 13th, 2014, 9:36 am

Forum: Colored Stones

Topic: Unheated Burma blue sapphire - AGL Prestige report help

Replies: 45

Views: 1106
Re: Unheated Burma blue sapphire - AGL Prestige report help

LD: Thank you for your nice comments. It means a lot to me that you consider this a good quality sapphire. I bought the stone. I am usually a very careful buyer and takes a long time to make a decision. But this stone, I made up my mind on the spot. Just wish it faces up a little bigger, but I unde...

by LD

July 7th, 2014, 4:29 pm

Forum: Colored Stones

Topic: Unheated Burma blue sapphire - AGL Prestige report help

Replies: 45

Views: 1106
Re: help! my centre stone fell out!

Correct me if I'm wrong but the prongs actually don't look long enough in your first few pictures. I agree with Chrono - I've never had a cushion come loose. You must all be heavy duty ring wearers! :loopy:

by LD

July 7th, 2014, 9:49 am

Forum: Colored Stones

Topic: help! my centre stone fell out!

Replies: 16

Views: 661
Re: I've Made Some Mistakes! Please Help!

If you have a GIA report and your stone has come from a trusted supplier (and I think I know who it is from the photo), then I wouldn't bother getting it verified. In terms of putting a hole in the cup .......... not sure I would do that. Ask a jeweller for advice BUT I've never had a problem with a...

by LD

July 7th, 2014, 7:28 am

Forum: Colored Stones

Topic: I've Made Some Mistakes! Please Help!

Replies: 45

Views: 1206
Re: Alexandrite Ring Professional Advice?

This is NOT a Russian Alexandrite ring. Absolutely 100% certain of that. If it were, it would most definitely have an origin report and would never have been sent to GIA. In fact, this is very similar to rings made by David Weinberg from his Multicolour inventory. The photos look incredibly similar ...

by LD

July 7th, 2014, 7:17 am

Forum: Colored Stones

Topic: Alexandrite Ring Professional Advice?

Replies: 15

Views: 442
Re: 1.5 carat mahenge set

Love it. I can imagine this has lots of personality in terms of colour differences as the light bounces around it.

by LD

July 7th, 2014, 7:04 am

Forum: Colored Stones

Topic: 1.5 carat mahenge set

Replies: 48

Views: 1061
Re: Unheated Burma blue sapphire - AGL Prestige report help

BUY IT! BUY IT NOW!

Seriously, it's beautiful. It reminds me of my 1ct one - it has the exact same colour/glow. It's one of my "precious" gemstones. Don't pass it up.

Phew, I'm exhausted now! :lol:

by LD

July 7th, 2014, 7:00 am

Forum: Colored Stones

Topic: Unheated Burma blue sapphire - AGL Prestige report help

Replies: 45

Views: 1106
Re: What's going on with DanielM?

Irrespective of what is going on or whether this is a side business/hobby etc., if you have a business where you are taking money, the best thing to do is to have an announcement on your page that there are delays due to health issues (or something pertinent). Silence isn't the answer. By letting ev...

by LD

July 7th, 2014, 6:55 am

Forum: Colored Stones

Topic: What's going on with DanielM?

Replies: 78

Views: 3111
Re: Anyone seen any nice purple sapphires out there for sale

I don't think I ever posted it's own thread but I have posted photos here (scroll down to the end of the page)

http://www.pricescope.com/forum/colored-stones/what-is-your-signature-stone-t184296.html

by LD

June 20th, 2014, 5:38 pm

Forum: Colored Stones

Topic: Anyone seen any nice purple sapphires out there for sale?

Replies: 73

Views: 1434
Re: Anyone seen any nice purple sapphires out there for sale

Purple sapphires are my absolute favourites and actually quite difficult to find. Mine is a chameleon and has lots of pink, red and blue in it but it's always breathtaking. Well done on finding one that makes you smile. Don't let it go!

by LD

June 20th, 2014, 7:04 am

Forum: Colored Stones

Topic: Anyone seen any nice purple sapphires out there for sale?

Replies: 73

Views: 1434
Re: Line color pattern in sapphires

It sounds like zoning. Did it look like the photo below?

by LD

June 20th, 2014, 6:00 am

Forum: Colored Stones

Topic: Line color pattern in sapphires

Replies: 16

Views: 500
Re: GIA Report vs. GIA Report

If I had bought that stone for $22k and then found out about the original report I would be exceptionally unhappy. I'm with Marlow on this and highly suspect radiation. The stone is definitely the same one (you can see the facet placement/light reaction is the same in both photos) and the measuremen...

by LD

June 19th, 2014, 3:25 pm

Forum: Colored Stones

Topic: GIA Report vs. GIA Report

Replies: 35

Views: 434
Re: Is this Tiffany Gold Infinity Ring Real?

Well then it sounds like there could be hope Justin. I don't doubt it's gold btw - the problem is getting it authenticated. I believe only Tiffany can do that and I seem to recall that they won't assess a piece unless it's with the original owner??? I'm not sure why. I don't know how you would get t...

by LD

June 18th, 2014, 12:17 pm

Forum: Jewelry Pieces

Topic: Is this Tiffany Gold Infinity Ring Real?

Replies: 33

Views: 812
Re: Is this Tiffany Gold Infinity Ring Real?

A real quickie before I go out. I can't find a Tiffany hallmark with AU on it. However, the 750 is commonly used in Europe to denote 18k jewellery so the AU might represent Australia OR AU is the chemical symbol for gold! I'd be surprised if Tiffany would put that on their hallmark though. One thing...

by LD

June 18th, 2014, 9:46 am

Forum: Jewelry Pieces

Topic: Is this Tiffany Gold Infinity Ring Real?

Replies: 33

Views: 812
Re: Is this Tiffany Gold Infinity Ring Real?

IMHO the pouch is a fake. Can you see the rough finishing off of the fabric just below the drawstring on the inside? An authentic is not like that. It has a single row of stitching with the "raw" edge tucked under so it appears to be straight and flat. Also the edge of your pouch has been ...

by LD

June 18th, 2014, 9:31 am

Forum: Jewelry Pieces

Topic: Is this Tiffany Gold Infinity Ring Real?

Replies: 33

Views: 812

by LD

June 18th, 2014, 7:12 am

Forum: Colored Stones

Topic: JF, LD and others who can differentiate real/fake Tiffanys.

Replies: 1

Views: 209
Re: Is this Tiffany Gold Infinity Ring Real?

The easiest way to check is to look at the hallmark more closely. Can you take a close up photo please? In the meantime, let's look at the packaging. One of the giveaways between fake and authentic is the packaging it comes in. So if we look at the size of the pouch bag. With Tiffany's the measureme...

by LD

June 18th, 2014, 7:09 am

Forum: Jewelry Pieces

Topic: Is this Tiffany Gold Infinity Ring Real?

Replies: 33

Views: 812
Re: Spinel or Tourmaline and Palladium Wedding Ring on a Bud

I'm sorry if this has already been mentioned but I just wanted to give you my experience of Palladium. I honestly thought I would love it and I was very very very clear with my jeweller that I needed it to be white as possible. However, even though it was made as white as Palladium can be, to my eye...

by LD

June 18th, 2014, 4:44 am

Forum: Colored Stones

Topic: Spinel or Tourmaline and Palladium Wedding Ring on a Budget

Replies: 107

Views: 2547
Re: I know I know. .me again.. engagment ring hell.

Sorry - I didn't see the part about durability and your concerns. You're right, it's not a stone I would wear as an engagement ring (and I wear Sphenes and lots of other soft stones)! Alternatives would of course be sapphire but actually the colour you like would probably command a premium or Spinel...

by LD

June 17th, 2014, 6:52 pm

Forum: Colored Stones

Topic: I know I know. .me again.. engagment ring hell.

Replies: 37

Views: 982
Re: Color shifting chrysoberyl or alex?

@ LD I talked to Dr. Schmetzer. It is possible that a low Cr content produces a Color change. In his opinion judging from the pics: No V-Chrysoberyl. My question: Do you have a refractometer and are there inclusions ( negative crystals, apatite..) Otherwise I would send it to a Lab. There are Kyoce...

by LD

June 17th, 2014, 6:28 pm

Forum: Colored Stones

Topic: Color shifting chrysoberyl or alex?

Replies: 28

Views: 444
Re: Advice regarding what to do with a natural Alexandrite

I think you misread my post LD. The stone was appraised loose when it was given its RI reading of 1.76, its in the pictures of the appraisals for you and he didn't call it an Alex as you can see ( this appraisal started this whole process ) My point with the Safeguard appraisal saying " modera...

by LD

June 17th, 2014, 4:30 pm

Forum: Colored Stones

Topic: Advice regarding what to do with a natural Alexandrite

Replies: 70

Views: 1349
Re: Color shifting chrysoberyl or alex?

Color in daylight says V- Chryso but incandescent light and LWUV Alexandrite - my six Vanadium Chrysoberyl don't react on LWUV and Chelsea Filter. In my opinion yourstone is an Alex with low iron but I don't understand the good colorchange with these pastell color. :confused: Yes, although I bought...

by LD

June 17th, 2014, 2:41 pm

Forum: Colored Stones

Topic: Color shifting chrysoberyl or alex?

Replies: 28

Views: 444
Re: Advice regarding what to do with a natural Alexandrite

Hi LD & Chrono, as soon as I get the results I will post them for you all to see. Fingers crossed time I suppose. I have been trying to piece together the info that I have into 1 package, maybe this will help ( or hinder ) The Safeguard appraisal states " moderate colour change " Both...

by LD

June 17th, 2014, 2:36 pm

Forum: Colored Stones

Topic: Advice regarding what to do with a natural Alexandrite

Replies: 70

Views: 1349
Re: I've Made Some Mistakes! Please Help!

This is the setting I chose for the FYD: Is it being custom made for your radiant because that's a setting for an oval and if it's not being custom made you're going to have problems because of where the claws are in relation to the basket shape and where the basket curves (top and bottom) this may...

by LD

June 17th, 2014, 2:26 pm

Forum: Colored Stones

Topic: I've Made Some Mistakes! Please Help!

Replies: 45

Views: 1206