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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: 26

Views: 625
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: 903
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: 8611
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: 8611
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: 1086
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: 1174
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: 1174
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: 1174
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: 532
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: 747
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: 967
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: 37

Views: 957
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: 967
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: 1596
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: 1596
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: 515

by LD

December 27th, 2014, 7:59 pm

Forum: Colored Stones

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

Replies: 5

Views: 472
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: 1174
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: 1174
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: 401
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: 1130
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: 2445
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: 688
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: 420
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: 640
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: 914
Re: A few opals (for TL)

Starzin Are you sure it's the glue that has caused the crack? The only reason I say this is because opals can crack quite easily if they're not hydrated. In an old opal this could easily happen. You're supposed to let them be near (not in) water or be worn, to allow them to absorb moisture and remai...

by LD

October 6th, 2014, 5:54 pm

Forum: Colored Stones

Topic: A few opals (for TL)

Replies: 38

Views: 530
Re: Best way to complete this transaction?

You're in the UK aren't you? Where are you sending the item to? If it's in the UK you can send by next day special delivery (for a small package it's around £60) and you can insure it for up to £500 (I think if memory serves). If you're shipping abroad, Royal Mail has several "signed for" ...

by LD

October 6th, 2014, 5:46 pm

Forum: Colored Stones

Topic: Best way to complete this transaction?

Replies: 7

Views: 314
Re: A few opals (for TL)

Here's my 12x10 cabochon white opal. It's hard to photograph. Not sure if it's a good one, but it has a pleasant colorplay with patches of purple, green, orange, etc. . . TL it's a pretty stone but has areas that don't have colourplay. Having said that, I like the positioning of the colour. It woul...

by LD

October 5th, 2014, 12:41 pm

Forum: Colored Stones

Topic: A few opals (for TL)

Replies: 38

Views: 530
Re: A few opals (for TL)

Love your black opal LD, but aren't you terrified every time you wear it? Its so big and gorgeous. This opal is fantastic!!! But - minousbijoux - they are only for TL !!!!! :naughty: :bigsmile: That came out wrong didn't it!???? I only tagged TL because she had asked to see them! :bigsmile: :bigsmi...

by LD

October 5th, 2014, 12:40 pm

Forum: Colored Stones

Topic: A few opals (for TL)

Replies: 38

Views: 530