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Re: Looking for a durable apatite alternative

Sorry haven't read the above so don't know if I'm repeating but ...........

Blue zircon is very very very soft and so not everybody will set it. It's a great colour though.

Topaz is of course another option (Swiss blue not London blue) and you'll get a much bigger stone for your money.

by LD

June 29th, 2015, 3:09 pm

Forum: Colored Stones

Topic: Looking for a durable apatite alternative

Replies: 13

Views: 403
Re: Opinions wanted on this Padparadscha

Gallant: you have a lot of really good experience seeing stones in person. Please use that as your guide. IMO, you are starting to get too caught up in getting a good deal. If I were you, for one second, I would let myself think about the stone that stole my heart, rather than one you like a lot an...

by LD

June 28th, 2015, 5:37 am

Forum: Colored Stones

Topic: Opinions wanted on this Padparadscha

Replies: 49

Views: 1049
Re: 10k gold watch band pieces with emeralds on both pieces

They could be highly treated/dyed Emeralds. You sometimes see huge slabs like this.

Take it to your local jeweller and ask them to test them for you.

by LD

June 28th, 2015, 5:31 am

Forum: Colored Stones

Topic: 10k gold watch band pieces with emeralds on both pieces

Replies: 3

Views: 214
Jewelryhere09?????

Has anybody used them and if yes, did you upgrade the diamonds please?

I suspect this may be one of the names used by one of the vendors we use quite a lot but just wanted to check. I'm interested in buying one of their mounts as a temporary setting but don't want H, SI1-3 diamonds.

by LD

June 24th, 2015, 4:47 am

Forum: Colored Stones

Topic: Jewelryhere09?????

Replies: 4

Views: 285
Re: Barry's drop

TL|1434546981|3890244 wrote:
Acinom|1433481221|3885414 wrote:Congrats TL!!! Cannot wait to see your pics.


I didn't get anything from Barry's drop, I never do, but congrats to whomever did! :naughty: :appl:

Mochiko, lovely gems! Enjoy!



+1 his drops are always in the middle of the night for UK peeps so I gave up bothering years ago!

by LD

June 24th, 2015, 3:37 am

Forum: Colored Stones

Topic: Barry's drop

Replies: 36

Views: 1249
Re: Black Opal

I'm surprised at how many replies have said that it's difficult to find as that's not my experience. However, you do need to be careful where you buy from. This auction site specialises in only opals and the Vendors are subject to quite a bit of scrutiny. It's worth having a look to see if you like ...

by LD

June 23rd, 2015, 11:41 am

Forum: Colored Stones

Topic: Black Opal

Replies: 19

Views: 679
Re: best way to sell preloved

If you're selling a ring with a very rare stone then a jeweller may be the way forward but honestly I think you could sell your rings just as easily on LT DB etc. Plenty of our members do and have some good success.

by LD

June 21st, 2015, 5:24 pm

Forum: Colored Stones

Topic: best way to sell preloved

Replies: 4

Views: 206

by LD

June 21st, 2015, 5:21 pm

Forum: Colored Stones

Topic: Picking a setting for my Spinel

Replies: 14

Views: 497
Re: Picking a setting for my Spinel

I would be worried about the solitaire settings you've chosen. They very rare make a stone look bigger and I'd be worried that you wouldn't be pleased with the end result. How about tension setting it with a piece of metal over the top and bottom. That would give width to the ring and allow maximum ...

by LD

June 21st, 2015, 5:20 pm

Forum: Colored Stones

Topic: Picking a setting for my Spinel

Replies: 14

Views: 497
Re: Engaged!!

Many congratulations on your engagement and lovely ring.

Now stop chewing those nails because you've got a ring to show off to everybody ;))

by LD

June 21st, 2015, 1:26 pm

Forum: Colored Stones

Topic: Engaged!!

Replies: 27

Views: 609
Re: really really REALLY fun Jewelry pieces

I really like the bee bracelet!

by LD

June 21st, 2015, 8:44 am

Forum: Colored Stones

Topic: really really REALLY fun Jewelry pieces

Replies: 23

Views: 702
Re: A small alexandrite

Mmmmmm the vendor's photos are very misleading :(sad Also, this looks like Indian material, not Brazilian. Did it come with a lab report Marlow? I had a 1ct princess cut but I sold it because I didn't feel it did justice to the colour change unfortunately (in my stone that is). I very much like the ...

by LD

June 21st, 2015, 8:32 am

Forum: Colored Stones

Topic: A small alexandrite

Replies: 8

Views: 301
Re: Ooooops new Paraiba!

In my defence, I don't have a Paraiba cab :errrr: LD, There's actually something you don't have! :eek: :o Sorry, you just have such a huge amazing collection, I had to get in a joke :lol: I hope you love it, post pics when you get it. :-) Hahahahaha TL! I'm sure there must be a stone I don't have! ...

by LD

June 19th, 2015, 12:23 pm

Forum: Colored Stones

Topic: Ooooops new Paraiba!

Replies: 23

Views: 798
Re: Painite mens ring - am I being too ambitious here?

I am also interested in seeing the Painite specimens you have in your collection LD! :) I've posted them on Pricescope before but am hopeless with the search facility. The problem I have is that I've lost most of my photos due to a laptop breakdown/virus. Hopefully the search brings up the results!

by LD

June 19th, 2015, 6:27 am

Forum: Colored Stones

Topic: Painite mens ring - am I being too ambitious here?

Replies: 18

Views: 541
Re: Ooooops new Paraiba!

How exciting! I came across a halo setting- just in case you haven't ruled that type of setting completely out. http://www.pricescope.com/files/images/ld.jpg Thanks for the suggestion Lisa. I'm not sure about a halo though - I have too many of those! I think I need something sleek and modern lookin...

by LD

June 19th, 2015, 5:03 am

Forum: Colored Stones

Topic: Ooooops new Paraiba!

Replies: 23

Views: 798
Re: Ooooops new Paraiba!

Arcadian|1434668306|3891077 wrote:ooops? uh huh? It just kind of happened right? (I tell myself this often :lol: )

So how are you going to set it?



No idea yet! lol

by LD

June 19th, 2015, 5:02 am

Forum: Colored Stones

Topic: Ooooops new Paraiba!

Replies: 23

Views: 798
Re: Ooooops new Paraiba!

Wow, by Paraiba standards, that is pretty darn big! Your eye is about as good as they get - certainly the most experienced - when it comes to Paraibas, so I imagine you've done quite well. I will look forward to the glorious creation you make with it. :)) I do love you Minou. You're one of the nice...

by LD

June 19th, 2015, 5:01 am

Forum: Colored Stones

Topic: Ooooops new Paraiba!

Replies: 23

Views: 798
Re: Ooooops new Paraiba!

laughing..I don't know why but I saw the title and thought "omg...they found a new mine!" :doh: Given your beautiful collection, I bet this is a killer for you to bite...but understand addiction, lol. Can't wait to see more photos so I can dream :love: (I too have a couple of small paraib...

by LD

June 19th, 2015, 5:00 am

Forum: Colored Stones

Topic: Ooooops new Paraiba!

Replies: 23

Views: 798
Re: Are your favourite gemstones precision cut? (incl poll)

The color is first and foremost to me. I rather wear a gem with a huge gaping window and terrible cutting if the color is amazing, then a gem with good to poor color with top notch precision cutting. For example, I get more compliments on one paraiba I wear with the worst cutting ever, because the ...

by LD

June 18th, 2015, 5:07 pm

Forum: Colored Stones

Topic: Are your favourite gemstones precision cut? (incl poll)

Replies: 33

Views: 686
Re: Ooooops new Paraiba!

smitcompton|1434655245|3890992 wrote:Hi LD,

So happy for you. I too, hope its everything you hope it to be and will joining your Paraiba Clan soon.


Annette



Oooooo Annette spill the beans!!!!!

by LD

June 18th, 2015, 4:39 pm

Forum: Colored Stones

Topic: Ooooops new Paraiba!

Replies: 23

Views: 798
Re: Are your favourite gemstones precision cut? (incl poll)

The color is first and foremost to me. I rather wear a gem with a huge gaping window and terrible cutting if the color is amazing, then a gem with good to poor color with top notch precision cutting. For example, I get more compliments on one paraiba I wear with the worst cutting ever, because the ...

by LD

June 18th, 2015, 8:34 am

Forum: Colored Stones

Topic: Are your favourite gemstones precision cut? (incl poll)

Replies: 33

Views: 686
Re: Ooooops new Paraiba!

I hope it's everything you hope it to be. I don't think the glow will be anywhere near what you currently have though. :)) I think it will Chrono. I have a highly included blue Paraiba (oval) and it's amazing the glow on that one). I know that Jerry's photos (and videos) really don't do stones just...

by LD

June 18th, 2015, 8:31 am

Forum: Colored Stones

Topic: Ooooops new Paraiba!

Replies: 23

Views: 798
Ooooops new Paraiba!

In my defence, I don't have a Paraiba cab :errrr: So when I saw this on Paraiba International, I had to have it. I've worked with Jerry over the last year and I mentioned this stone to him and he said it's really neon with a wonderful glow. Of course, I would have liked less inclusions but it's got ...

by LD

June 18th, 2015, 8:18 am

Forum: Colored Stones

Topic: Ooooops new Paraiba!

Replies: 23

Views: 798
Re: Painite mens ring - am I being too ambitious here?

I have two Painite stones. Honestly? They're unremarkable looking as Marlow has said. I only bought them for their rarity!

by LD

June 18th, 2015, 8:12 am

Forum: Colored Stones

Topic: Painite mens ring - am I being too ambitious here?

Replies: 18

Views: 541
Re: slighty used blue sapphire from Era gems

What a gorgeous colour - lucky you!

by LD

June 16th, 2015, 3:29 pm

Forum: Colored Stones

Topic: slighty used blue sapphire from Era gems

Replies: 20

Views: 618
Re: Thoughts on spinel sourced from Las Vegas show

Bottom line - if you don't LOVE the stone then you're really wasting your money. I've done it in the past and ended up regretting it because it's not exactly what I want. Don't forget, once set it will look darker. What I would say is that although prices may be on the increase, there are always pla...

by LD

June 16th, 2015, 12:52 pm

Forum: Colored Stones

Topic: Thoughts on spinel sourced from Las Vegas show

Replies: 66

Views: 1801
Re: The jewler broke my stone....

Hi all, Thanks for the responses. Sorry I haven't been around to reply quicker. I agree with both Minous Bijoux and LD. While you are both too classy to say it, I will say it flat out: This jeweler was unscrupulous and dishonest. There is no doubt in my mind that the junk on the back of my stone wa...

by LD

June 12th, 2015, 6:40 am

Forum: Colored Stones

Topic: The jewler broke my stone....

Replies: 21

Views: 1073
Re: New to coloured gemstone buying? Read this first!

Hi, I'm new to the world of coloured stones. During recent travels been exposed to tourmaline and emerald and decided I will learn and maybe create opportunity out of what has presented itself to me... Learnt a fair bit already in a short space of time... Abzurd - I'm glad to hear that you're enjoy...

by LD

June 12th, 2015, 6:31 am

Forum: Colored Stones

Topic: New to coloured gemstone buying? Read this first!

Replies: 72

Views: 21619
Re: questions about Alexandrite

Is that a natural alexandrite? Didn't know they could be that vivid........what is a stone like valued at? That is absolutely gorgeous! And what kind of camera took that perfect pic? I have been watching videos about taking pictures of my for sale items, lighting, etc. You cannot get a crisper shot...

by LD

June 12th, 2015, 6:19 am

Forum: Colored Stones

Topic: questions about Alexandrite

Replies: 30

Views: 665
Re: Sapphire engagement ring help! Is the window too large?

If you're read around the forum, you'll know that a window should only be evaluated straight on while looking at the stone. Your face on picture is at a slight angle and so you can see a slightly lighter area at 2 o'clock but I suspect that's because (a) the stone is not straight on and (b) the cule...

by LD

June 12th, 2015, 6:07 am

Forum: Colored Stones

Topic: Sapphire engagement ring help! Is the window too large?

Replies: 9

Views: 473