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Hi Bunnyfoofoo,

Have a look at Roberto Coin's Cento collection. They have a ring with a "C" motif.

Hope this helps!


by dunndeal

September 25th, 2007, 3:37 am

Forum: RockyTalky

Topic: Help me find something like this--C de Cartier

Replies: 1

Views: 718


Lumpkin,

Thanks for the great report. The Jareds near us still only carries IGI from what I''ve heard. Maybe they are test marketing better goods like AGS ideals in their newer stores. This would be smart given how educated the consumer is nowadays. I''ll have to keep my eyes peeled!

Best,

by dunndeal

September 22nd, 2007, 9:13 am

Forum: RockyTalky

Topic: Trip to Jareds

Replies: 11

Views: 1244


Kudos for your sharp eye! Thats the feeling I get at some of the jewelry shows we attend!

by dunndeal

September 22nd, 2007, 7:47 am

Forum: RockyTalky

Topic: Duty Free Doody!

Replies: 8

Views: 780


Thats great news Olympia! The reason your probably not getting the answer quickly is that some of us carry Tacori and Tacori wouldn''t want us making that info public for the world to see. The easiest thing to do is to ask your family member "So if I see a ring that retails for $4,000, what would it...

by dunndeal

September 20th, 2007, 4:10 am

Forum: RockyTalky

Topic: Question about markup

Replies: 9

Views: 580


Hi Olympia, This is one of those question that could end up leading to an awkward situation with your family. Often times I hear one of my good friend in the business telling our mutual close friend that he'll give them stuff at cost. I always wondered how he could afford to do that and he finally e...

by dunndeal

September 20th, 2007, 3:45 am

Forum: RockyTalky

Topic: Question about markup

Replies: 9

Views: 580


"Diamond in the Rough" was worn by two of the best-dressed girls on the red carpet for the 2007 Emmy Awards. This is the first time natural, rough diamonds have been worn on the Emmy’s red carpet! Queen Latifah wore earrings and a bracelet from "Diamond in the Rough''s" new Iceberg Collection and ...

by dunndeal

September 18th, 2007, 3:52 am

Forum: RockyTalky

Topic: Diamonds in the VERY Rough

Replies: 29

Views: 1222


Is it just me or does Nicole''s bracelet look more like flat triangular shaped polished diamonds rather than rough? It reminds me of the look of certain rose cut pieces of jewelry; Anyways whatever it is it''s hot!

by dunndeal

September 16th, 2007, 4:17 am

Forum: RockyTalky

Topic: Diamonds in the VERY Rough

Replies: 29

Views: 1222


Hi AGBF, Tiffany, DeBeers and Neiman Marcus are all showing a lot of jewelry with uncut diamonds recently. I think this is consistent with the overall trend of fashion jewelry moving more toward more organic shapes and styles. We actually sat with the company that supplies Neimans rough diamond jewe...

by dunndeal

September 14th, 2007, 3:24 am

Forum: RockyTalky

Topic: Diamonds in the VERY Rough

Replies: 29

Views: 1222


Ditto


by dunndeal

September 8th, 2007, 12:27 pm

Forum: RockyTalky

Topic: Newbie 4c''s poll

Replies: 3

Views: 212


Barry and Judah love what they do and it shows! Congrats on your engagementImage

by dunndeal

September 4th, 2007, 5:33 pm

Forum: RockyTalky

Topic: ExcelDiamonds: Terrific Experience w/Barry

Replies: 5

Views: 1634


In my opinion there are two answers to your question. #1 Fashion Jewelry - Yellow gold is extremely fashionable right now. Rose gold too. It''s 80''s glam all the way with big gold hoops, stack bangles, long "linky" chains, you name it! High karatage gold like 22 or 24kt is especially hot with soft ...

by dunndeal

September 4th, 2007, 5:25 pm

Forum: RockyTalky

Topic: Is yellow gold out of style?

Replies: 18

Views: 2082


Wow I''m sorry to hear about the tough time your having. You certainly have some bitter jewelers in your local market! There has got to be someone out there that would have the vision to treat you kindly and earn you business for future occasions!


by dunndeal

August 30th, 2007, 3:06 am

Forum: RockyTalky

Topic: The nightmare continues!!

Replies: 8

Views: 792


Hi again, I agree with the other replies here. If you can''t live with it bring it back to the jeweler and let him try to fix it. There shouldn''t be any charge for that. Also since it is on the back of the cross you could go with a "rougher finish" and it might make the spots less noticeable and th...

by dunndeal

August 29th, 2007, 2:07 am

Forum: RockyTalky

Topic: porosity on gold what to do

Replies: 8

Views: 978


Hi Eddie, Yes you can have it done either way, just let the diamond setter know your preference. The main reason jewelers usually try to set the diamond lower is because of durability. The logic is the shorter the prong is relative to its diameter the harder it is to bend. If you chose to have it se...

by dunndeal

August 29th, 2007, 1:58 am

Forum: RockyTalky

Topic: Question on a high set diamond compared to low set

Replies: 2

Views: 543


Hi there, This is a tricky one! A laser is probably your best bet but there is no guarantee that it will be perfect. Polishing it further can actually make it worse. We have actually had to remake a few pieces entirely because of porosity. I would try to find the absolute best goldsmith or custom je...

by dunndeal

August 25th, 2007, 2:57 am

Forum: RockyTalky

Topic: porosity on gold what to do

Replies: 8

Views: 978


The problem with a lot of jewelers today is there fear of future when it comes to selling diamonds. Technology is advancing at such a rapid rate that it can be difficult to keep up. It''s kinda like when your parents asked you how to work the VCR and, now, the new thing is downloading movies from Am...

by dunndeal

August 8th, 2007, 4:28 am

Forum: RockyTalky

Topic: Jewelers TALKING DOWN Technology, HCA, Ideal-Scope, Etc??? Are they crooks?

Replies: 46

Views: 1547


Hi Rainee, There are some wonderful suggestions on this thread and they all have merit. The horseshoe will probably be your best bet in terms of comfort and versatility. For really bad knuckle problems I would consider a fingermate but it''s unlikely you need that since this is a relatively new prob...

by dunndeal

August 7th, 2007, 5:19 pm

Forum: RockyTalky

Topic: I can''t wear my diamonds -- fit problem (large knuckles)

Replies: 9

Views: 923


Hi there,

Scott Kay has some "sporty styles" like he mentioned. They won't totally match but Scott Kay's styling still should go nicely with your ring.  I hope this helps.

Good luck


by dunndeal

August 4th, 2007, 11:22 am

Forum: RockyTalky

Topic: What Type Of Mens'' Wedding Bands Would Match These?

Replies: 12

Views: 1099


Hi Robbie, Just to put your mind at ease, there is no way your ultrasonic did that! They usually crack from getting just the right hit during normal wear. This is more common if they are not supported properly form underneath or set too tight. So don''t feel too bad because you had nothing to do wit...

by dunndeal

August 4th, 2007, 2:58 am

Forum: RockyTalky

Topic: OMG! Cracked Baguette!

Replies: 4

Views: 741


You did the right thing by training your eye till you found just the right one! Congrats!  Looking forward to the pictures!

by dunndeal

August 3rd, 2007, 11:54 am

Forum: RockyTalky

Topic: Just bought my cushion

Replies: 4

Views: 1211


Hi sslkrissi, I usually try to keep them within one color and clarity grade. And our tolerance for the diameter meaurment is plus or minus 1.5% and the depth and table pertcentage variance can be plus or minus 3.5%.  (example: to match a 60% table we would all...

by dunndeal

August 2nd, 2007, 6:35 am

Forum: RockyTalky

Topic: How Closely do Diamonds have to Match for Studs???

Replies: 8

Views: 608


The article on Graff is great!  It is an inspiration and a great read.  It's very true that a lot of larger diamonds (5 carats and above) are sold at very slim margins for bragging rights. Even single digit percentage markups are not uncommon but I figure the ...

by dunndeal

August 2nd, 2007, 6:15 am

Forum: RockyTalky

Topic: Forbes article on Laurence Graff

Replies: 10

Views: 1044


Hi Petah, This is probably going to be a dynamite looking diamond. If you wanted to split hairs you probably could drop the depth percentage down a couple of points and aim for a thin to medium girdle to maximize size. The cut grade would not be affected negatively. The only reason I''m suggesting t...

by dunndeal

August 1st, 2007, 3:41 am

Forum: RockyTalky

Topic: Need advice, good looking rock??

Replies: 18

Views: 472


Hi Mr.Eric, In my opinion you are fine with white gold from a quality brand like Tacori. The big manufacturers have really stepped up to the plate when it comes to using good white alloys these days. There are even some fine swiss watch companies that don''t use rhodium to plate their white gold wat...

by dunndeal

July 30th, 2007, 1:26 pm

Forum: RockyTalky

Topic: Tacori ring platinum or white gold?

Replies: 13

Views: 1955


Hi Katiedid, The US is the best for tough jobs and can be used as often as you like. There is also another type of cleaner on the market called an ionic cleaner. It does a great job for "light work" on closed settings. It is smaller and quieter than a US. You put your ring on the metal wire and push...

by dunndeal

July 30th, 2007, 1:18 pm

Forum: RockyTalky

Topic: favorite cleaning method for less-open settings?

Replies: 14

Views: 1410


Hi Haven, K colors in cushions can look wonderful especially if its cut like an antique style cushion! In the modern styles I do think the color will show more (much like in a radiant). That being said I have seen some k color radiants and cushions look amazing with medium blue fluorescence. Happy H...

by dunndeal

July 26th, 2007, 12:31 am

Forum: RockyTalky

Topic: Cushion Specs--How Do They Look? K Color

Replies: 13

Views: 908


Hi Phiberoptik, I loved reading your post! Your experience highlights the need of every jewelry retailer who wants to stay in the diamond business to properly train their staff. I give Kudos to clients like you that come in having done a lot of homework. I hope it''s O.K. with you but I''m going to ...

by dunndeal

July 25th, 2007, 3:59 am

Forum: RockyTalky

Topic: Went to a B&M - please give me your opinion of my experience

Replies: 20

Views: 905


You did great! No WorriesImage

by dunndeal

July 24th, 2007, 3:00 pm

Forum: RockyTalky

Topic: Looking for a professional opinion

Replies: 8

Views: 457


Hi DMcD,

It is true you can find EGL diamonds that are graded correctly but my first reaction is stick with a GIA cert. It is nice that he is showing you a few side by side so you can judge the color grade for yourself if EGL is the route you want to take.

Good luck,

Sean

by dunndeal

July 24th, 2007, 6:59 am

Forum: RockyTalky

Topic: I''ve been shopping, need some help

Replies: 21

Views: 583


Hi Magnolia,

There is a lot of hidden weight in that girdle. What are the rest of the specs? It probably is a good idea to compare it against a few others before you make your final decision.

Best

by dunndeal

July 23rd, 2007, 10:26 am

Forum: RockyTalky

Topic: Princess girdle?

Replies: 2

Views: 396