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Re: SLP Gem Laboratory

Hang on a sec - isn't Odyssey gems owned by Tan? If so, he was very very very reliable and accurate and nearly everything I bought from him was backed up by a lab report (AGL/AIGS) if I wanted it. He also was very good about accepting things back if I didn't like the gem when it arrived. I know he w...

by LD

August 24th, 2014, 9:24 am

Forum: Colored Stones

Topic: SLP Gem Laboratory

Replies: 39

Views: 827
Re: is this an AQUA/TOURM or TOPAZ ?

I'd put money on that being a Mozambique Tourmaline. I've seen so many like that that if I'm wrong I will eat my laptop! :dance: Will be interested to find out.

If you take it to a jeweller who can test the RI it'll be an easy identification.

by LD

August 24th, 2014, 9:11 am

Forum: Colored Stones

Topic: is this an AQUA/TOURM or TOPAZ ?

Replies: 30

Views: 670
Re: Pics of my 3 favorite stones

Oh Preg they're lovely and the fluor photo really tugs at my heart strings! I do love a bit of fluor! xxx

by LD

August 24th, 2014, 9:09 am

Forum: Colored Stones

Topic: Pics of my 3 favorite stones

Replies: 32

Views: 1047
Re: Pezzottaite

Thank you all - I will not recut the cab - it is aperfect round 9mm and looks like a candy - would be a shame!! The cateye is only weak but clarity is fine!! LD - yes - I saw them 2003 the first time and was shocked about the price the mostly french vendors wanted. I bought the cab around 2009 - th...

by LD

August 24th, 2014, 9:07 am

Forum: Colored Stones

Topic: Pezzottaite

Replies: 14

Views: 301
Re: Pezzottaite

I love Pezzottaite. I've got a 4ct ring and somewhere a 6ct one! Both are clarity challenged but are very pretty. Years ago, the unscrupulous sellers were trying to pass it off as Bixbite and it can look similar. Mind you, as you struggle to buy Pezz now, it's probably going to be tipping the rarity...

by LD

August 24th, 2014, 6:40 am

Forum: Colored Stones

Topic: Pezzottaite

Replies: 14

Views: 301
Re: Please advise on this Montana sapphire - window?

TL - do you think that's a window? I'm positive it's a huge tilt window because (a) it's not seen head on. When I looked at the video there's a point where you can't see through it at all and it appeared to be head on and (b) only one side of the stone appears windowed in your still from the video (...

by LD

August 3rd, 2014, 9:37 am

Forum: Colored Stones

Topic: Please advise on this Montana sapphire - window?

Replies: 51

Views: 1048
Re: Best way to suss if a stone is the right size?

It's sold in the UK (where I suspect the OP is from) and is used primarily to put posters and things on walls without leaving a mark. It's soft of like a putty that doesn't leave any marks. Does that make sense?

by LD

August 3rd, 2014, 7:45 am

Forum: Colored Stones

Topic: Best way to suss if a stone is the right size?

Replies: 18

Views: 396
Re: Best way to suss if a stone is the right size?

Don't forget that bluetac is solid and your stone will have facets so it will be a little less "in yer face" than the bluetac! I think the size works well on your hand but you'll need a simple(ish) design because your fingers are short (like mine) and a wide ring may look stumpy - I hope y...

by LD

August 3rd, 2014, 6:38 am

Forum: Colored Stones

Topic: Best way to suss if a stone is the right size?

Replies: 18

Views: 396
Re: Please advise on this Montana sapphire - window?

Actually that's a poorly cut stone because the very large flat table mirrors the huge tilt window issues - oh and she's right, this stone doesn't have a window when you look directly at it but her cutting has accentuated enormous tilt windows on all sides. Perhaps you should point her to this forum ...

by LD

August 3rd, 2014, 6:16 am

Forum: Colored Stones

Topic: Please advise on this Montana sapphire - window?

Replies: 51

Views: 1048
Re: Would love paraiba tourmaline, but shall I buy lotto? Ch

I thought you might like to see the difference between Apatite and Tourmaline. The Apatite is on the left. I have quite a lot of these stones and they are incredibly soft. Some jewellers won't touch them! As a risk taker I wear them in ring but draw the line at a bracelet (although I do have one :D )

by LD

July 28th, 2014, 2:08 pm

Forum: Colored Stones

Topic: Would love paraiba tourmaline, but shall I buy lotto? Check

Replies: 54

Views: 1056
Re: Pls Help with a spinel

I've just looked at your photobucket photos. One big red flag with all the stones is the size -v- lack of inclusions. IF they were natural rubies you would expect to see some inclusions. In yours there are virtually none. :(sad

by LD

July 28th, 2014, 12:59 pm

Forum: Colored Stones

Topic: Pls Help with a spinel

Replies: 14

Views: 502
Re: Pls Help with a spinel

Stones are valued by:- 1. Colour 2. Cut 3. Clarity 4. Rarity 5. Location (for some gemstones) 6. Size 7. Treatment (preferably lack of) Unfortunately parcels of "genuine gemstones" are often sold as natural and turn out to be synthetic or highly treated. This is common. So, if you look at ...

by LD

July 28th, 2014, 12:55 pm

Forum: Colored Stones

Topic: Pls Help with a spinel

Replies: 14

Views: 502
Re: Impulse Buy on eBay...Green/blue sapphire earrings

If you look at what you've paid for, you've got 2 x heated sapphires (probably BE diffused) set into 14k white gold with a GIA report. At the end of the day, the price is reasonable for that if the sapphires turn out to have the nice colour as in the photo. As you say, you have a 14 day return perio...

by LD

July 28th, 2014, 12:43 pm

Forum: Colored Stones

Topic: Impulse Buy on eBay...Green/blue sapphire earrings

Replies: 22

Views: 735
Re: a suitable cut for these uncut colour diamonds (green, b

I suspect these have been irradiated to get the colour - it may be worth getting that checked as well.

by LD

July 28th, 2014, 12:06 pm

Forum: Colored Stones

Topic: a suitable cut for these uncut colour diamonds (green, blue)

Replies: 20

Views: 507
Re: Ruby? Pink Sapphire? Beautiful!

What a lovely gem but like you I'm not sure whether I would classify that as a Ruby or a sapphire. I think I'm leaning more towards sapphire. Great colour, cut and clarity though whatever it is! :love:

by LD

July 25th, 2014, 5:34 pm

Forum: Colored Stones

Topic: Ruby? Pink Sapphire? Beautiful!

Replies: 3

Views: 376
Re: Question about rubellite value

Unfortunately selling jewellery/stones on the second hand market is hit and miss and certainly you're unlikely to recoup the actual cost of the ring. :( What this ring has going for it is that it looks to have a good gold weight so that would be a selling point. Rubellites are not terribly sought af...

by LD

July 25th, 2014, 10:20 am

Forum: Colored Stones

Topic: Question about rubellite value

Replies: 28

Views: 858
Re: Tilt/Windowed area for this pear shaped FCD?

When I looked at the first picture of the pear and then clicked on the first video linked to, my thoughts were that it appears to have a hollow central area that gives an effect of looking into a pool (ie a rim and then looking deeper into the stone before the facets start). I'm sorry that's not a t...

by LD

July 25th, 2014, 7:50 am

Forum: Colored Stones

Topic: Tilt/Windowed area for this pear shaped FCD?

Replies: 7

Views: 332
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: 460
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: 24

Views: 681
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: 312
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: 389
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: 57

Views: 1979
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: 27

Views: 787
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: 1167
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: 1167
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: 675
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: 1228
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: 475
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: 1129
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: 1167