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Re: What would you do with an extra room?

I love having extra space! I've converted one of the spare bedrooms into a walk-in closet. I adore it! Music room and/ or library would be a good idea, somewhere where you can relax and listen to music whilst reading a book or one where you can play an instrument and generally just chill out! I also...

by Phoenix

September 23rd, 2016, 10:36 pm

Forum: Hangout

Topic: What would you do with an extra room?

Replies: 17

Views: 413
Re: Black by Brian Gavin vs the Signature line

MissGotRocks|1474664502|4080090 wrote:If they are indeed better cut, how is that going to fly with all the folks that have bought their signature line to find that there is now an even better version?


Yep! :rolleyes:

by Phoenix

September 23rd, 2016, 10:27 pm

Forum: RockyTalky

Topic: Black by Brian Gavin vs the Signature line

Replies: 73

Views: 3245
Re: Value Old European Cut over 12ct

WOW!! :o Beautiful and HUGE diamonds! :love: :love: :love:

I'd not put the 12ct in a pendant, however. That'd be difficult to wear, it'd flip and might be uncomfortable...and also a bit unsafe, it'd just have a chain supporting it. I'd like to suggest a one-of-a-kind, special occasion ring.

by Phoenix

September 23rd, 2016, 12:30 am

Forum: RockyTalky

Topic: Value Old European Cut over 12ct

Replies: 57

Views: 2942
Re: Vendor w whom you have upgrade option has higher prices.

Phoenix, thank you for not being mad at me for expressing an opinion that was not in line with what you had already expressed that you wanted. I was kind of hoping I could save you some money. ;)) I have spent some time looking at pricing at several of the super-ideal cut vendors to see what prices...

by Phoenix

September 22nd, 2016, 11:04 pm

Forum: RockyTalky

Topic: Vendor w whom you have upgrade option has higher prices...

Replies: 55

Views: 2563
Re: Vendor w whom you have upgrade option has higher prices.

I didn't think any of the PS vendors did upgrades that weren't one stone for one stone. I remember clearly reading that in at least two policies. So unless it was by special arrangement, using 3 stones to get 2 stones would not have worked anyway. With respect, that's not true - at least not in my ...

by Phoenix

September 22nd, 2016, 8:19 am

Forum: RockyTalky

Topic: Vendor w whom you have upgrade option has higher prices...

Replies: 55

Views: 2563
Re: Vendor w whom you have upgrade option has higher prices.

Mrs B, YOU GO GIRL!! :appl:

I am a lover of 3-stone rings too, and used to have a couple and now miss having one. Maybe I'll do a 3-stone ring with my 2.656ct diamond.

I LOVE all your ideas! You've obviously thought everything out thoroughly. I can't wait to see your new pretties!

by Phoenix

September 22nd, 2016, 1:02 am

Forum: RockyTalky

Topic: Vendor w whom you have upgrade option has higher prices...

Replies: 55

Views: 2563
Re: Vendor w whom you have upgrade option has higher prices.

Phoenix, thank you for not being mad at me for expressing an opinion that was not in line with what you had already expressed that you wanted. I was kind of hoping I could save you some money. ;)) I have spent some time looking at pricing at several of the super-ideal cut vendors to see what prices...

by Phoenix

September 22nd, 2016, 12:42 am

Forum: RockyTalky

Topic: Vendor w whom you have upgrade option has higher prices...

Replies: 55

Views: 2563
Re: Vendor w whom you have upgrade option has higher prices.

PintoBean|1474514973|4079457 wrote:I'm dying, Phoenix! :lol: show me the little weights your lobes have been strength training with in preparation for 8 ctw! :lol:


Hahaha, my trainer has been torturing me with heavier and havier weights! My lobes must have gotten stronger too!! :lol:

by Phoenix

September 22nd, 2016, 12:22 am

Forum: RockyTalky

Topic: Vendor w whom you have upgrade option has higher prices...

Replies: 55

Views: 2563
Re: Top 3 pictures of your lovelies?

I have top 4 faves:

1. VCA Lotus ring
2. BGD 2.3ct each G & H Si1 studs
3. Cartier WG pave with ceramic Love bracelet
4. 5.318ct H VS2 solitaire

by Phoenix

September 20th, 2016, 11:39 pm

Forum: Show Me the Bling! (Rings,Earrings,Jewelry)

Topic: Top 3 pictures of your lovelies?

Replies: 31

Views: 1161
Re: Vendor w whom you have upgrade option has higher prices.

Mrs B, OUCH!! That's painful! :blackeye: And wow! I can't wait to see your new 3-stone ring, that's gonna be EPIC!! :appl: Am I understanding it right though? 3.61ct centre stone with 1.4-1.5 each sides? Are you sure? I had a 3-stone ring made with 2.3ct centre and 1.5ct sides and it was sooooo unco...

by Phoenix

September 20th, 2016, 10:58 pm

Forum: RockyTalky

Topic: Vendor w whom you have upgrade option has higher prices...

Replies: 55

Views: 2563
Re: Vendor w whom you have upgrade option has higher prices.

Have you crunched the numbers? If the savings from going with a new vendor outweigh the loss from forgoing the discount, then the answer is clear. If not, start by looking at various cases. Look at stones you might want to buy. Would you upgrade twice? Is this a huge upgrade? Look at selling prices...

by Phoenix

September 18th, 2016, 1:52 am

Forum: RockyTalky

Topic: Vendor w whom you have upgrade option has higher prices...

Replies: 55

Views: 2563
Re: Vendor w whom you have upgrade option has higher prices.

If your vendor has much higher prices, then I think they have more room to discount. So I would try that first and foremost. I would encourage you to try to do this as soon as you can while prices are low, or you may find even higher prices in a year. But I neglected to mention another option, and ...

by Phoenix

September 18th, 2016, 1:39 am

Forum: RockyTalky

Topic: Vendor w whom you have upgrade option has higher prices...

Replies: 55

Views: 2563
Re: Vendor w whom you have upgrade option has higher prices.

Phoenix, my first suggestion is to show your vendor prices of similar stones to what you want to buy (other super ideal vendors). Ask them to match prices. Or just start by negotiating prices. You may not be able to negotiate at a vendor like Blue Nile, but you certainly can try most other places. ...

by Phoenix

September 17th, 2016, 2:17 am

Forum: RockyTalky

Topic: Vendor w whom you have upgrade option has higher prices...

Replies: 55

Views: 2563
Re: Vendor w whom you have upgrade option has higher prices.

Not sure if there's a good answer for you, Phoenix. It seems to me that the market is unwilling to absorb the premium of certain branded super ideal diamonds on resale, i.e. other vendors are unable to flip branded stones at a premium because their customers are unwilling to pay the markup on secon...

by Phoenix

September 17th, 2016, 2:01 am

Forum: RockyTalky

Topic: Vendor w whom you have upgrade option has higher prices...

Replies: 55

Views: 2563
Re: Vendor w whom you have upgrade option has higher prices.

This surprises you? It's the whole point of them offering an upgrade program in the first place. Neil, I think I wasn't being clear. The stones I'm looking at (potentially my upgraded stones, that's if I'm able to) are thousands, literally thousands of dollars more expensive - EACH - than very simi...

by Phoenix

September 17th, 2016, 1:52 am

Forum: RockyTalky

Topic: Vendor w whom you have upgrade option has higher prices...

Replies: 55

Views: 2563
Re: Vendor w whom you have upgrade option has higher prices.

Ugh, Phoenix! :wall: I had a similar situation myself. Over a few years, I traded in diamonds and tacked on a few thousand dollars here and there and then I hit a wall. The next upgrade would take minimum $10K more and what was in the inventory was significantly higher in price than the competitors...

by Phoenix

September 17th, 2016, 1:42 am

Forum: RockyTalky

Topic: Vendor w whom you have upgrade option has higher prices...

Replies: 55

Views: 2563
Vendor w whom you have upgrade option has higher prices...

..than their competitor(s) for diamonds of similar or almost identical specs. What do you do? Other than selling your old/ existing diamonds bought from first vendor (most likely at a loss), and start over again?! If you do sell, I note that the losses incurred may even be greater than any savings g...

by Phoenix

September 16th, 2016, 3:42 am

Forum: RockyTalky

Topic: Vendor w whom you have upgrade option has higher prices...

Replies: 55

Views: 2563
Re: Sweet-an IDJ suite! 0.65 EVS2 MQ, 3.03ISI2 MRB, 0.75Jack

What a haul, PB! I love them all!! :love: :love: :love:

I also love your sense of humour...so infectious!! :appl: I always look fwd to reading your posts, they're so happy and make me chuckle each and every time.

Wear all your pretties in great health and happiness.
Re: Any Spaniards? Anyone familiar w Spain? Alicante vs Vale

I would suggest visiting the Fodor's Travel Forum for advice. We recently spent five weeks in France and Spain. Spain is beautiful but does have a very high rate of unemployment currently. I would probably take a minimalist approach to jewellery. That said, we experienced no issues. I think five da...

by Phoenix

August 16th, 2016, 11:02 pm

Forum: Hangout

Topic: Any Spaniards? Anyone familiar w Spain? Alicante vs Valencia

Replies: 7

Views: 300
Re: Any Spaniards? Anyone familiar w Spain? Alicante vs Vale

I jut reread your posting. If you love architecture and were thinking of going north to Valencia, why not go all the way to Barcelona? Unless, of course, you have already seen it. I think that everyone who sees the architecture there loves it and considers it unique. If that were not an interest of...

by Phoenix

August 16th, 2016, 10:57 pm

Forum: Hangout

Topic: Any Spaniards? Anyone familiar w Spain? Alicante vs Valencia

Replies: 7

Views: 300
Any Spaniards? Anyone familiar w Spain? Alicante vs Valencia

I'm going to Spain in a few weeks' time for a holiday and would like some suggestions please. This may be a stab in the dark, but would like to know if anyone would recommend Valencia or Alicante or both? I'll be in Marbella first, with friends (I've been before to Marbella and will be going back); ...

by Phoenix

August 14th, 2016, 10:50 pm

Forum: Hangout

Topic: Any Spaniards? Anyone familiar w Spain? Alicante vs Valencia

Replies: 7

Views: 300
Re: PHOENIX_Consolidated Collection (VCA, Cartier, BGD etc)

I adore the sweet pave bracelet, Phoenix! :love: But by itself or with another sweet! Your tennis bracelets will scratch it all up! ;( (I hope you know me well enough by now that I just tell you stuff like that! :lol: ) He he, DS! You're seriously going to admonish me! :blackeye:. I wore the Perles...

by Phoenix

August 14th, 2016, 9:41 pm

Forum: Show Me the Bling! (Rings,Earrings,Jewelry)

Topic: PHOENIX_Consolidated Collection (VCA, Cartier, BGD etc)

Replies: 151

Views: 5018
Re: Pinch me! I must be dreaming...Asscher SK Halo and AVCs

ETA: I just watched the GOG video sparkleaddict posted on her preloved thread. OMG!! What a stunning stunning diamond!! :love: :love: :love: :love:

by Phoenix

August 14th, 2016, 10:35 am

Forum: Show Me the Bling! (Rings,Earrings,Jewelry)

Topic: Pinch me! I must be dreaming...Asscher SK Halo and AVCs

Replies: 79

Views: 2672
Re: PHOENIX_Consolidated Collection (VCA, Cartier, BGD etc)

Oh! You have such an amazing collections! Love all your magnificent pieces. I have a question dear if you don't mind, who made the jacket of your stud earrings? I asked because i have exactly same specs of your earring from BGD i bought 5 years ago. Is it comfortable to wear them with the jacket? C...

by Phoenix

August 14th, 2016, 9:30 am

Forum: Show Me the Bling! (Rings,Earrings,Jewelry)

Topic: PHOENIX_Consolidated Collection (VCA, Cartier, BGD etc)

Replies: 151

Views: 5018
Re: PHOENIX_Consolidated Collection (VCA, Cartier, BGD etc)

hathalove, Sharon, too funny! :lol:

Thank you, DF.

by Phoenix

August 14th, 2016, 9:27 am

Forum: Show Me the Bling! (Rings,Earrings,Jewelry)

Topic: PHOENIX_Consolidated Collection (VCA, Cartier, BGD etc)

Replies: 151

Views: 5018
Re: Pinch me! I must be dreaming...Asscher SK Halo and AVCs

Gorgeous ring, hathalove!! :love: :love: :love: :love: I love asschers and SK's work.

This is a much better purchase than a bracelet. Sooo happy for you!! :appl:

by Phoenix

August 14th, 2016, 9:25 am

Forum: Show Me the Bling! (Rings,Earrings,Jewelry)

Topic: Pinch me! I must be dreaming...Asscher SK Halo and AVCs

Replies: 79

Views: 2672
Re: On the "lighter" side of news---sapphire blue lobster!

I wonder if the blues are considered sexy and get lots of mates. I also wonder if, as kids in school, they are teased for being different. I think they should get this guy, or gal, into a breeding program and cyro the eggs/sperm. Haha, too funny, Kenny! :lol: I agree this guy should def be admired!...

by Phoenix

August 11th, 2016, 10:03 pm

Forum: Hangout

Topic: On the "lighter" side of news---sapphire blue lobster!

Replies: 12

Views: 355
Re: PHOENIX_Consolidated Collection (VCA, Cartier, BGD etc)

Gorgeous!!! Stunning on you! My dream VCA bracelet. Thank you, LLJsmom! I hope you get it too, so we can be bracelet twins! :twirl: Btw, I'm now dreaming of a turquoise butterfly Sweet. I know it'd stack beautifully with my pave Sweet. Alas, DH has told me no more jewellery; which I agree with, at ...

by Phoenix

August 11th, 2016, 9:56 pm

Forum: Show Me the Bling! (Rings,Earrings,Jewelry)

Topic: PHOENIX_Consolidated Collection (VCA, Cartier, BGD etc)

Replies: 151

Views: 5018
Re: PHOENIX_Consolidated Collection (VCA, Cartier, BGD etc)

I completely understand why you do! I do have something in the works but it's not a bracelet after all that questioning. Lol. I don't want to say yet because it's not really a done deal. Working out the details. Always have to be aware of the lurkers. Adoring my AVCs except that the ring is away be...

by Phoenix

August 11th, 2016, 9:51 pm

Forum: Show Me the Bling! (Rings,Earrings,Jewelry)

Topic: PHOENIX_Consolidated Collection (VCA, Cartier, BGD etc)

Replies: 151

Views: 5018
Re: PHOENIX_Consolidated Collection (VCA, Cartier, BGD etc)

CareBear|1470809516|4064176 wrote:
Phoenix|1470799847|4064143 wrote:My new Sweet Alhambra in WG pave. LOVE this!! :love: :love: :love:

I LOVE it too!!! Looks awesome with the tennis bracelet!


Thank you so much, CareBear. That's also my fave combo.

by Phoenix

August 10th, 2016, 11:18 pm

Forum: Show Me the Bling! (Rings,Earrings,Jewelry)

Topic: PHOENIX_Consolidated Collection (VCA, Cartier, BGD etc)

Replies: 151

Views: 5018