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Re: Mom said this was from a chunk of alexandrite from a fri

What did the gemologist say??? Think we are still interested? Well, good news and bad news... the bad news is that the giant stone in the ring is not alexandrite. It's almost certainly untreated color-change sapphire (I can live with that,) according to a GIA certified gemologist who examined it ea...

by LD

September 2nd, 2015, 3:13 pm

Forum: Colored Stones

Topic: Mom said this was from a chunk of alexandrite from a friend

Replies: 59

Views: 1380
Re: Tourmaline - halo or 3-stone?

I think 3 stone rings are dateless (especially with the shapes you're thinking of). I don't know why but I feel like halos are a bit outdated now (as everything seemed to have a halo a few years ago). I'm not convinced about teaming the gorgeous tourmaline with pink side stones though - but that's a...

by LD

September 2nd, 2015, 1:24 pm

Forum: Colored Stones

Topic: Tourmaline - halo or 3-stone?

Replies: 10

Views: 217
Re: Anyone buy from ebay seller siamgold78?

I bought some stones from this vendor several years ago and can confirm that the videos weren't accurate! I have no idea how you change a video but what I received was different to what the video showed and I was hugely disappointed. As has been pointed out, the still photos have clearly been manipu...

by LD

September 2nd, 2015, 11:46 am

Forum: Colored Stones

Topic: Anyone buy from ebay seller siamgold78?

Replies: 28

Views: 514
Re: Found my Alexandrite

Congrats on wanting something other than common carbon for an e-ring I looked at the certificate and also the ebay auction, VVS1 is not any grade issued by GIA for a CG, and no one that deals in major CG stones would say any CG was VVS1. So that's more dealer hype than anything in reality. But Alex...

by LD

September 2nd, 2015, 11:34 am

Forum: Colored Stones

Topic: Found my Alexandrite

Replies: 105

Views: 2869
Re: Chatham Alexandrite

Wolfman - I think most of the info on Alexandrites you've read on here are not about Chathams, they're about natural Alexandrite. Chathams look different to the natural stones but offer a good option if budget is limited and you don't mind a synthetic stone. Their daylight colour is typically much m...

by LD

September 2nd, 2015, 11:28 am

Forum: Colored Stones

Topic: Chatham Alexandrite

Replies: 6

Views: 222
Re: Found my Alexandrite

Congrats on wanting something other than common carbon for an e-ring I looked at the certificate and also the ebay auction, VVS1 is not any grade issued by GIA for a CG, and no one that deals in major CG stones would say any CG was VVS1. So that's more dealer hype than anything in reality. But Alex...

by LD

September 2nd, 2015, 6:39 am

Forum: Colored Stones

Topic: Found my Alexandrite

Replies: 105

Views: 2869
Re: Found my Alexandrite

Thanks for all the replies! Regarding Pala, I've been working with Carl (apparently the owner's son). He has told me he has a few stones and will be getting nice photos, but they just don't come. I've followed up on several occasions, and he has said he will check on the photographer. I sent a &quo...

by LD

September 2nd, 2015, 6:36 am

Forum: Colored Stones

Topic: Found my Alexandrite

Replies: 105

Views: 2869
Re: Mom said this was from a chunk of alexandrite from a fri

I think it is vanadium doped synthetic corundum - sorry! 100% correct. I'm afraid that your stone is highly unlikely to be an Alexandrite for the following reasons: - You've described the stone as "aqua blue" in some lights in your first post. Alexandrite is NEVER EVER this colour. - You'...

by LD

September 2nd, 2015, 6:26 am

Forum: Colored Stones

Topic: Mom said this was from a chunk of alexandrite from a friend

Replies: 59

Views: 1380
Re: Mom said this was from a chunk of alexandrite from a fri

Alexandrite is a rare gemstone and having one that is 16 carat is even rarer; they are most commonly available in 2 carats or less. To know if your stone is genuine, you can actually test the stone's colour- in daylight is will appear green and under incandescent light it will turn purplish-red. If...

by LD

September 2nd, 2015, 6:22 am

Forum: Colored Stones

Topic: Mom said this was from a chunk of alexandrite from a friend

Replies: 59

Views: 1380

by LD

September 2nd, 2015, 6:18 am

Forum: Colored Stones

Topic: Mom said this was from a chunk of alexandrite from a friend

Replies: 59

Views: 1380
Re: Please help with alexandrite e-ring

The keys words with the Brazilian Alex are "primary hue". This is not saying that you'll see only blue. It's saying that you MAY well see some blue in the stone in the daylight colour. Typically as Minous has already said, this will present itself as a teal colour. Unfortunately if you hav...

by LD

August 25th, 2015, 1:51 pm

Forum: Colored Stones

Topic: Please help with alexandrite e-ring

Replies: 4

Views: 345
Re: TGT sunstone iolite--help me choose!

I bought a Sunstone Iolite from Brad about a year ago - 3.13ct. One of the things I found I wanted was a very good balance between the Sunstone and Iolite. Too much Iolite and the stone can appear too dark. Have a chat with Brad about which he thinks has the best balance. They're a nightmare to phot...

by LD

August 25th, 2015, 12:48 pm

Forum: Colored Stones

Topic: TGT sunstone iolite--help me choose!

Replies: 27

Views: 530
Re: Found my Alexandrite

So... today I received my Alex from Multicolour, and I have to admit I am disappointed. I will post pictures later, but I think part of the problem is that I'm having a hard time capturing accurate pictures with my iPhone. In natural light, the new stone has more "dark" shades black or de...

by LD

July 27th, 2015, 2:28 pm

Forum: Colored Stones

Topic: Found my Alexandrite

Replies: 105

Views: 2869
Re: 4.01ct Brazilian Paraiba Tourmaline

WOW! :shock: That's just gorgeous! :love: :love: I think a foiled stone would be so awesome, I love seeing them in antique jewelry! They are so glowy and cool. You're really lucky that you get to make one that's new and fresh. Fantastic! I envy you your future "foiled" gem. =) If it were ...

by LD

July 27th, 2015, 10:55 am

Forum: Colored Stones

Topic: 4.01ct Brazilian Paraiba Tourmaline

Replies: 21

Views: 660
Re: Ooooops new Paraiba!

Wow, that is awful. I do not like it when my friends are on the cutting edge of medical guinea pighood. :nono: :(sad Super scary but so happy you are okay! Thank you Lilmosun and Minous. To be honest it was awful but I was blissfully unaware of the danger I was in, even when I was whisked into the ...

by LD

July 25th, 2015, 2:05 pm

Forum: Colored Stones

Topic: Ooooops new Paraiba!

Replies: 39

Views: 1377
Re: 4.01ct Brazilian Paraiba Tourmaline

Anyway, here it is! The inclusions are not as obvious as the photos/video on Jerry's website (as I suspected) and all you really see is colour. In terms of colour (surprisingly) it's the same as a couple of the very good ones I own from Mozambique. It has the same glow and neon quality as them - it...

by LD

July 25th, 2015, 2:01 pm

Forum: Colored Stones

Topic: 4.01ct Brazilian Paraiba Tourmaline

Replies: 21

Views: 660
Re: 4.01ct Brazilian Paraiba Tourmaline

Anyway, here it is! The inclusions are not as obvious as the photos/video on Jerry's website (as I suspected) and all you really see is colour. In terms of colour (surprisingly) it's the same as a couple of the very good ones I own from Mozambique. It has the same glow and neon quality as them - it...

by LD

July 25th, 2015, 1:53 pm

Forum: Colored Stones

Topic: 4.01ct Brazilian Paraiba Tourmaline

Replies: 21

Views: 660
Re: Ooooops new Paraiba!

It got lost and found by Fedex! For some reason Jerry didn't take it off his website for ages (even though it was in transit to me by snail mail)! Anyway, it arrived last week but I had an unexpected visit to hospital but I'm out now and have taken photos! I've started a new thread for it so you ca...

by LD

July 25th, 2015, 1:02 pm

Forum: Colored Stones

Topic: Ooooops new Paraiba!

Replies: 39

Views: 1377
Re: 4.01ct Brazilian Paraiba Tourmaline

Acinom|1437847211|3907358 wrote:Oh my! Glad Fedex found your package. It has been lost for quite a while.

I am so glad it's a keeper! Your stone looks stunning. Thanks for sharing your pics.


When the package turned up I was convinced the stone wouldn't be inside but it was! It certainly had it's own little road trip!

by LD

July 25th, 2015, 12:52 pm

Forum: Colored Stones

Topic: 4.01ct Brazilian Paraiba Tourmaline

Replies: 21

Views: 660
Re: Ooooops new Paraiba!

It got lost and found by Fedex! For some reason Jerry didn't take it off his website for ages (even though it was in transit to me by snail mail)! Anyway, it arrived last week but I had an unexpected visit to hospital but I'm out now and have taken photos! I've started a new thread for it so you can...

by LD

July 25th, 2015, 11:42 am

Forum: Colored Stones

Topic: Ooooops new Paraiba!

Replies: 39

Views: 1377
Re: Ooooops new Paraiba!

Fantastic stone! Envious I am. It has the look. I don't mind the inclusions at all. Inclusions like that give it character and help to show it's a real stone and not a piece of glass or something. I love it! Hey LD..Long time, no see.....I hope you have been doing good over there across the pond. I...

by LD

July 25th, 2015, 11:40 am

Forum: Colored Stones

Topic: Ooooops new Paraiba!

Replies: 39

Views: 1377
Re: Found my Alexandrite

After searching for a long while for a stone for an e-ring (started with emeralds, then tsavorite, and now I've settled on my stone: http://www.ebay.com/itm/281752380298 I was pretty nervous buying from eBay, but I received the stone today and love it. The video definitely uses strong lighting, but...

by LD

July 25th, 2015, 11:28 am

Forum: Colored Stones

Topic: Found my Alexandrite

Replies: 105

Views: 2869
4.01ct Brazilian Paraiba Tourmaline

Sorry this has taken so long to post but believe it or not, Fedex lost this stone temporarily! It took 5 or 6 weeks to get from Jerry at Paraiba International in New York to me in England! This was a first for me and him and we couldn't believe it when Fedex found the package. Anyway, here it is! Th...

by LD

July 25th, 2015, 11:20 am

Forum: Colored Stones

Topic: 4.01ct Brazilian Paraiba Tourmaline

Replies: 21

Views: 660
Re: Alex from Multicolorgems - Worth 20k?

I collect Alexandrite and I very rarely disagree with David at Multicolour. However, in this instance, I really don't like that stone (or the price tag) because the daylight colour is dark and too close to the incandescent colour (which is also dark). I'd love to see a video of this stone because Da...

by LD

July 25th, 2015, 10:19 am

Forum: Colored Stones

Topic: Alex from Multicolorgems - Worth 20k?

Replies: 17

Views: 895
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: 432
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: 1110
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: 220
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: 295
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: 1280
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: 700