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Re: Setting Help

I'm not a fan of belcher settings because (to me) they look very manly. With a 9x9 ring it's going to be a whopper as well! Also, the shape of your tourmaline would (again, to me) look strange in a belcher which typically use rounds. I love your inspiration photo of JewelFreak's shank. In fact I lik...

by LD

September 29th, 2014, 11:14 am

Forum: Colored Stones

Topic: Setting Help

Replies: 14

Views: 239
Re: THIS !!! is an alexandrite!!!!!

This is what I would call a "muddy" change. alxj186-alex-muddy-change.jpg This is what I would call "muddy." http://www.multicolour.com/detail/?/details/alexandrite/xax335ac/&930512007 I just call it a horrible greenie brown! I definitely wouldn't call this muddy because it'...

by LD

September 29th, 2014, 4:11 am

Forum: Colored Stones

Topic: THIS !!! is an alexandrite!!!!!

Replies: 34

Views: 675
Re: THIS !!! is an alexandrite!!!!!

We seem to have missed Mineral Miners in our hunt and I've learned a new term - cymophane (chrysoberyl cats-eye). Marlow you will be pleased that at MM they class alex as chrysoberyl and actually have three pages under chrysoberyl, cymophane and alexandrite but I've linked to the page which include...

by LD

September 29th, 2014, 4:10 am

Forum: Colored Stones

Topic: THIS !!! is an alexandrite!!!!!

Replies: 34

Views: 675
Re: Alexandrite Ring Professional Advice?

http://www.starruby.in/store/faceted-alexandrite/1-87-carat-breathtaking-deep-green-alexandrite-from-russia Color Change: 35 % ----- Alexandrite : NO This is a faint to weak CC - so a very low quality for an alex - a nice overpriced green Chrysoberyl - source : India, Orissa. Russian material is no...

by LD

September 27th, 2014, 8:09 am

Forum: Colored Stones

Topic: Alexandrite Ring Professional Advice?

Replies: 35

Views: 828
Re: IGL Lab Reports

A couple of mine aren't far off that too TL. :D

by LD

September 26th, 2014, 3:28 pm

Forum: Colored Stones

Topic: IGL Lab Reports

Replies: 8

Views: 191
Re: THIS !!! is an alexandrite!!!!!

Funnily enough I'm not as keen on the blue/green stones from Brazil. I agree with TL about that one Marlow that it's too dark. Mind you if somebody bought it for me, I wouldn't mind :lol: I'd love to see the pear from AJS to see what it's like though but hubby has banned me from buying any more lol

by LD

September 26th, 2014, 3:19 pm

Forum: Colored Stones

Topic: THIS !!! is an alexandrite!!!!!

Replies: 34

Views: 675
Re: IGL Lab Reports

Thanks LD, That's very disconcerting. Let us know if you hear back from IGL. BTW, this is a very famous photo of a true Russian alexandrite, as an example of what the material looks like. That photo is of the Timo Hammid Alex isn't it? Apparently very few people have seen it in real life. I'd love ...

by LD

September 26th, 2014, 3:15 pm

Forum: Colored Stones

Topic: IGL Lab Reports

Replies: 8

Views: 191
IGL Lab Reports

I have recently seen an item of jewellery for sale with an IGL lab report of a 14k ring containing an Alexandrite which purported to be from the Ural Mountains, Russia. This disturbed me greatly because there is virtually no Russian material on the market and if anybody has the book about Russian Al...

by LD

September 26th, 2014, 11:24 am

Forum: Colored Stones

Topic: IGL Lab Reports

Replies: 8

Views: 191
Re: Alexandrite Ring Professional Advice?

Aaaaah ok - I think my definition of muddy is brown and not able to see through it (ie mud)! ;))

by LD

September 26th, 2014, 10:56 am

Forum: Colored Stones

Topic: Alexandrite Ring Professional Advice?

Replies: 35

Views: 828
Re: Alexandrite Ring Professional Advice?

Acording to the IGL Report it's a Russian Alexexandrite Ring: "origin: RUSSIA URAL MOUNTAINS" attached image reference to confirm: http://www.ebay.com/itm/221558833858 Even if the stone was Russian, that alone doesn't make it valuable. Poor quality alexandrite stones can be found there as...

by LD

September 26th, 2014, 8:14 am

Forum: Colored Stones

Topic: Alexandrite Ring Professional Advice?

Replies: 35

Views: 828
Re: Alexandrite Ring Professional Advice?

LD, as far I can see the GIA certificates shows different serial numbers,different dates and different sizes of the center alexandrite stones, the model however looks the same, but looks like these are 2 different rings lol - yes have just realised that also BUT the photos are of the same ring aren...

by LD

September 26th, 2014, 6:05 am

Forum: Colored Stones

Topic: Alexandrite Ring Professional Advice?

Replies: 35

Views: 828
Re: Alexandrite Ring Professional Advice?

Hang on a minute! So, this is the original listing and the ring "sold" apparently on 9 July for $3,050. Carat weight of the Alex was listed at 0.92ct and overall 2.05ct. http://www.ebay.com/itm/Estate-2-05-ct-GIA-Certified-UNTREATED-Natural-Alexandrite-Diamond-14k-Gold-Ring-/221480101914?n...

by LD

September 26th, 2014, 5:15 am

Forum: Colored Stones

Topic: Alexandrite Ring Professional Advice?

Replies: 35

Views: 828
Re: Alexandrite Ring Professional Advice?

That is highly suspect. I would phone IGL and ask them how they tested for origin. Sorry but I don't believe it and this now throws the whole thing into question. The seller has a very very very low feedback score and whilst they could be genuine, there are far too many red flags here for me to risk...

by LD

September 26th, 2014, 4:49 am

Forum: Colored Stones

Topic: Alexandrite Ring Professional Advice?

Replies: 35

Views: 828
Re: Marks on the gold from resizing. .

Those marks are very poor workmanship. You shouldn't be able to see this. It looks like a final polish and re-plating has been omitted.

by LD

September 25th, 2014, 10:48 am

Forum: Colored Stones

Topic: Marks on the gold from resizing. .

Replies: 11

Views: 296
Re: FCD CAD assistance request

Chrono I haven't commented because there are PAGES to wade through but I've just seen the wax you've posted and it's absolutely stunning. It reminds me of a French royal piece. Gorgeous and can't wait to see it.

by LD

September 25th, 2014, 9:41 am

Forum: Colored Stones

Topic: FCD CAD assistance request

Replies: 533

Views: 7124
Re: How do ring stones actually hold up for everyday wear?

The key question here is not how durable the stone is but how heavy you are on your rings? Are you prone to knocking them against things? I ask that because I am a firm believe that any stone can and should be worn as an everyday ring IF and only IF you are a careful wearer. If you're not, there are...

by LD

September 25th, 2014, 9:18 am

Forum: Colored Stones

Topic: How do ring stones actually hold up for everyday wear?

Replies: 45

Views: 1098
Re: Opinion of a mint tourmaline

Just so you are aware, regular forumites will know where to find this stone because the photography is very distinctive! That's why I said I was sure the photography wasn't changed to deceive. However, I don't think the photographs represent the colour of the stone well (for all the reasons I stated...

by LD

September 25th, 2014, 9:12 am

Forum: Colored Stones

Topic: Opinion of a mint tourmaline

Replies: 24

Views: 613
Re: Opinion of a mint tourmaline

I'm going to be very honest - I love the stone and I think it meets your brief APART from the blue modifier. If you look at the handshot, the background is almost the same colour as the stone - this could be just coincidence and just the lighting the photo was taken in (I'm not suggesting any manipu...

by LD

September 25th, 2014, 5:28 am

Forum: Colored Stones

Topic: Opinion of a mint tourmaline

Replies: 24

Views: 613
Re: From purple rhapsody to black hole, a literal killer bez

Oh no what a disappointment. :(sad On a more positive note, I have to say that I can still see it's purple in the photo and I'm being honest when I say that. What I'm wondering is what the basket is like at the sides? I wonder if this could be rectified by piercing the basket (if it's an enclosed on...

by LD

September 25th, 2014, 5:25 am

Forum: Colored Stones

Topic: From purple rhapsody to black hole, a literal killer bezel

Replies: 42

Views: 883
Re: Glass filled rubies or not? Please help!

It's impossible to tell from your photos but if you took them into a jeweller - one who has experience of coloured gemstones and not just diamonds - they should be able to tell you. The red flags are that they were cheap and they do have the look of a glass filled (and perhaps even dyed) Ruby but th...

by LD

September 24th, 2014, 6:27 pm

Forum: Colored Stones

Topic: Glass filled rubies or not? Please help!

Replies: 3

Views: 262
Re: Choosing a sapphire....online?! Help!

NSC is not one of our go to vendors I'm afraid. Although I'm sure people have bought quite happily from them, over the years there's been more negativity than positivity from consumers. Having said that, the sapphire you're looking at is very affordable but that's because (a) it is dark (b) there ar...

by LD

September 24th, 2014, 1:07 pm

Forum: Colored Stones

Topic: Choosing a sapphire....online?! Help!

Replies: 20

Views: 621
Re: Have you really got an Alexandrite? Read this first!

Ella - apologies - I've reported this thread by accident as I wanted to ask whether it would be possible to have this as a sticky as it's a thread that is often referred and linked to?

So I'm not actually reporting myself but I will go and stand in the corner for 5 minutes! x

by LD

September 24th, 2014, 6:34 am

Forum: Colored Stones

Topic: Have you really got an Alexandrite? Read this first!

Replies: 32

Views: 5885
Re: Alexandrite or not? Opinions please!

Unlikely I'm afraid because (a) size. The ring alone (if Alex) would be around 6ct and these are very unusual - and you've got 3 matching gemstones which makes it even more unlikely and (b) the complete absence of inclusions in the ring stone and I would assume the earrings are the same. Alexandrite...

by LD

September 24th, 2014, 6:29 am

Forum: Colored Stones

Topic: Alexandrite or not? Opinions please!

Replies: 12

Views: 296
Re: please help me identify these colored gems..

These are guesses and anybody who comments on this thread will be guessing I'm afraid (some of course will be educated guesses) BUT the only way to be sure is to take them to a local jewellers and do a simple RI test (refractive index). This will give you a much better indication. My guesses are:- 1...

by LD

September 24th, 2014, 6:24 am

Forum: Colored Stones

Topic: please help me identify these colored gems..

Replies: 3

Views: 185
Re: window... :-(

I am a buyer not a vendor. If I don't ask the right questions then it's my fault. Whilst in an ideal world a vendor would tell you everything you could possibly need to know and provide numerous photos, in the real world this doesn't always happen. We have to be realistic here. If a vendor has a ret...

by LD

September 24th, 2014, 6:18 am

Forum: Colored Stones

Topic: window... :-(

Replies: 16

Views: 502
Re: window... :-(

It's very difficult to take an accurate photo face on and typically gems are photographed at an angle. I very rarely see vendors disclose windows - some do - but the "norm" is to ask the question I'm afraid. I realise being in a different country it's problematic to return but on principle...

by LD

September 23rd, 2014, 10:11 am

Forum: Colored Stones

Topic: window... :-(

Replies: 16

Views: 502
Re: Where can I get 4mmx2mm marquise sapphires?

Finding marquise sapphires in a uniform colour and a uniform depth will not be easy and honestly, you're better off not worrying about depth. I would contact the vendor and ask them to select a parcel for you and then have a look at it. If you don't like it you can always return

by LD

September 22nd, 2014, 1:42 pm

Forum: Colored Stones

Topic: Where can I get 4mmx2mm marquise sapphires?

Replies: 14

Views: 291
Re: Where can I get 4mmx2mm marquise sapphires?

There are lots of marquise sapphire lots here: http://www.gemselect.com/group/gemselect.php?pn_=&tg_=0&na_=0&cal_=&h_=0&g_=&match=&tt_=&tr_=&t_47=on&t_4=on&t_16=on&s_6=on&wt_min=&wt_max=&sort_wt=no&sz_wid=&sz_len=&sort_sz=no&...

by LD

September 22nd, 2014, 8:19 am

Forum: Colored Stones

Topic: Where can I get 4mmx2mm marquise sapphires?

Replies: 14

Views: 291
Re: "Topaz" question for a newb

Unfortunately Topaz can mimic other gemstones (in looks) to the uninitiated and therefore it's easy for unscrupulous sellers to call them Morganite, Kunzite, Sapphire to command a higher price etc. :nono:

by LD

September 22nd, 2014, 8:09 am

Forum: Colored Stones

Topic: "Topaz" question for a newb

Replies: 13

Views: 303
Re: What's going on with DanielM?

Welcome Crimson Queen :wavey: I just wanted to add to your post that a Paypal dispute or review is ONLY possible within quite short timeframes. Typically when one commissions a piece to be made it can take up to 3 months. This is the "norm" so you can see, most people would immediately be ...

by LD

September 22nd, 2014, 5:38 am

Forum: Colored Stones

Topic: What's going on with DanielM?

Replies: 211

Views: 9952