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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: 33

Views: 941
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: 546
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: 1321
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: 546
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: 546
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: 1321
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: 546
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: 1321
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: 1321
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: 33

Views: 941
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: 546
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: 14

Views: 624
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: 422
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: 1099
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: 217
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: 291
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: 1258
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: 689
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: 221

by LD

June 21st, 2015, 5:21 pm

Forum: Colored Stones

Topic: Picking a setting for my Spinel

Replies: 14

Views: 520
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: 520
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: 618
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: 24

Views: 853
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: 311
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: 39

Views: 1321
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: 548
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: 39

Views: 1321
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: 39

Views: 1321
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: 39

Views: 1321
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: 39

Views: 1321