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Re: Mastercut beauties

Oh wow, I should stalk his site more often! These are all amazing.

by jstarfireb

June 23rd, 2014, 9:47 pm

Forum: Colored Stones

Topic: Mastercut beauties

Replies: 16

Views: 674
Re: 4th Annual Pricescope GTG in Las Vegas!

I didn't take any, but I'm sure others will chime in. Prizes off the top of my head...I got $250 from Dave Atlas to spend at any PS vendor, and so did Hudson Hawk. Athenaworth got the JBEG earrings. I think YT got another $250 (but from someone else, not Dave). Yssie got the AVC earrings. MiraclesR...

by jstarfireb

June 5th, 2014, 1:30 am
Global announcement: 4th Annual Pricescope GTG in Las Vegas!

Replies: 184

Views: 9040
Re: 4th Annual Pricescope GTG in Las Vegas!

I didn't take any, but I'm sure others will chime in. Prizes off the top of my head...I got $250 from Dave Atlas to spend at any PS vendor, and so did Hudson Hawk. Athenaworth got the JBEG earrings. I think YT got another $250 (but from someone else, not Dave). Yssie got the AVC earrings. MiraclesRu...

by jstarfireb

June 2nd, 2014, 10:40 am
Global announcement: 4th Annual Pricescope GTG in Las Vegas!

Replies: 184

Views: 9040
Re:

One of my favorite pics on all of the Interwebz...

by jstarfireb

June 2nd, 2014, 10:37 am

Forum: Hangout

Topic: "Are you pregnant?"

Replies: 68

Views: 1335
Re: 4th Annual Pricescope GTG in Las Vegas!

Thanks a million to everyone who made this happen! We had a blast!

by jstarfireb

June 1st, 2014, 11:56 am
Global announcement: 4th Annual Pricescope GTG in Las Vegas!

Replies: 184

Views: 9040
Re: 4th Annual Pricescope GTG in Las Vegas!

A little late to the party on this thread, but I'm going. See you all in a few days!

by jstarfireb

May 29th, 2014, 8:14 pm
Global announcement: 4th Annual Pricescope GTG in Las Vegas!

Replies: 184

Views: 9040
Re: Question about hospital patient advocacy for my mom...

That definitely sounds frustrating. I hope she gets home soon!

by jstarfireb

May 20th, 2014, 1:58 am

Forum: Family, Home & Health

Topic: Question about hospital patient advocacy for my mom...

Replies: 3

Views: 319
Re: Question about hospital patient advocacy for my mom...

It's hard to tell since it's not a first-hand account, but it sounds like faulty information somehow got into her chart, or the X-rays were ordered on the wrong patient. A shunt (more specifically, a VP or ventriculoperitoneal shunt) goes from the fluid-filled spaces inside the brain and drains the ...

by jstarfireb

May 19th, 2014, 8:56 pm

Forum: Family, Home & Health

Topic: Question about hospital patient advocacy for my mom...

Replies: 3

Views: 319
Re: Arg! What do you do when you're only 90% on a ring?

Hard to say. If the stone were loose, I'd advocate a recut, since I'm a precision-cut freak. But since it's set, I'd keep it in the beautiful custom setting you had made for it and continue loving it 90% of the time, or sell it to someone who wants the whole package, because I think it would be a sh...

by jstarfireb

May 12th, 2014, 7:00 pm

Forum: Colored Stones

Topic: Arg! What do you do when you're only 90% on a ring?

Replies: 12

Views: 595
Re: Somebody's Gotta Buy This Stone!

From Brad's drop today. Cat's eye & nice color. I'd nab this if I hadn't just bought an emerald cab. Was tempted anyway, but err... self-discipline, Laur! Cat's Eye Emerald, 4.86 cts, 10.4 x 8.2 may14ceemeraldi.gif I fell for this same stone! And I thought it totally belongs in this thread! Gre...

by jstarfireb

May 12th, 2014, 2:55 pm

Forum: Colored Stones

Topic: Somebody's Gotta Buy This Stone!

Replies: 1831

Views: 75195
Re: 4th Annual Pricescope GTG in Las Vegas!

Ella - I remember filling out the original form for this but then never received a follow-up email from you. Perhaps it got spam filtered. :confused:

Are you able to send me the email requesting more info again, or is it too late?

by jstarfireb

April 6th, 2014, 2:31 pm
Global announcement: 4th Annual Pricescope GTG in Las Vegas!

Replies: 184

Views: 9040
Re: Between 2 Princesses

I'd take the H. I own an ACA princess that's I color, and I used to counsel people that I color was a great bargain. Well, after years of looking at diamonds, my color sensitivity has become much finer than when I started out, and now I wish I would have gone for a whiter stone. Since the cut is equ...

by jstarfireb

March 13th, 2014, 8:30 pm

Forum: RockyTalky

Topic: Between 2 Princesses

Replies: 3

Views: 110
Re: Catch all thread - talk or better yet show us

Ouch, VL! Best wishes for recovery. Your "inflammation pink" sapphire is lovely. :cheeky:

by jstarfireb

March 8th, 2014, 3:22 pm

Forum: Colored Stones

Topic: Catch all thread - talk or better yet show us

Replies: 3841

Views: 94328
Re: Moissanite and Asha (manmade) diamond vs real diamonds

I wait for two reasons. I still have to ask (tell) her dad, and she is currently going to school on the other side of the US, so there are reasons behind it. I just figured I would buy the ring so I am ready whenever I decide to do it. Thanks - that adds some insight! Before this, it just sounded t...

by jstarfireb

March 2nd, 2014, 2:08 pm

Forum: RockyTalky

Topic: Moissanite and Asha (manmade) diamond vs real diamonds

Replies: 154

Views: 5516
Re: Moissanite and Asha (manmade) diamond vs real diamonds

I would also caution against 3 stones of the same size. I think 5 small (0.25ct or so) same-sized stones look good across a band, but I don't like the look of 3 larger stones on a band, and I think most people agree that it's disproportionate. The larger center stone with smaller sides looks beautif...

by jstarfireb

February 27th, 2014, 11:19 pm

Forum: RockyTalky

Topic: Moissanite and Asha (manmade) diamond vs real diamonds

Replies: 154

Views: 5516

by jstarfireb

February 27th, 2014, 10:26 pm

Forum: Colored Stones

Topic: Finally, my dream Spess, now how to set it?

Replies: 74

Views: 1532
Re: How well do you see colour?

Digging up an old thread to raise an interesting point! I've often said that my color sensitivity has improved over time. In particular, I notice much more color in my AGS I diamond than I did when we bought it. I came across this test again. The first time, I scored somewhere in the 30s. This time ...

by jstarfireb

February 26th, 2014, 2:43 pm

Forum: Colored Stones

Topic: How well do you see colour?

Replies: 140

Views: 3171

by jstarfireb

February 25th, 2014, 2:54 pm

Forum: Colored Stones

Topic: Somebody's Gotta Buy This Stone!

Replies: 1831

Views: 75195
Re: Moissanite and Asha (manmade) diamond vs real diamonds

I think moissanite is actually a beautiful gem in its own right, but I wouldn't try to pass it off as a diamond. I know a couple who didn't want to get a diamond for philosophical reasons (conflict, artificial price inflation, etc.), but the woman still wanted a sparkly white stone, so she got a moi...

by jstarfireb

February 25th, 2014, 2:28 pm

Forum: RockyTalky

Topic: Moissanite and Asha (manmade) diamond vs real diamonds

Replies: 154

Views: 5516
Re: Heartbroken and confused, some insight please

Allycat, I've been reading but not posting because I don't think I can give you unbiased advice. Some of your situation resonates a little with me (the disagreement about children in particular). So all I can really offer is a virtual hug from a fellow MD who knows how much of a strain the training ...

by jstarfireb

February 10th, 2014, 1:51 am

Forum: Hangout

Topic: Heartbroken and confused, some insight please

Replies: 162

Views: 7044
Re: Are You Going to Pay for Your Kids' College?

Yes. We plan to cover their uni tuition (undergraduate) in full, wherever they want to go, if we are at all able. Our parents paid for ours and not leaving school and beginning our engagement saddled with student debt was the greatest, most generous gift they could've given us. This! I don't have k...

by jstarfireb

January 22nd, 2014, 8:29 pm

Forum: Hangout

Topic: Are You Going to Pay for Your Kids' College?

Replies: 91

Views: 1508
Re: Horse head shaped FCD

Not something I'd buy myself, but it's cool! I also don't like the setting, although I do appreciate the use of gold over the stone to look like a bridle.

by jstarfireb

January 21st, 2014, 11:05 am

Forum: Colored Stones

Topic: Horse head shaped FCD

Replies: 35

Views: 708
Re: Eeek! Gave my DH the cold sore virus, he's super upset!

Going to echo everyone else here - although it sucks, it's not the end of the world for him, so basically just let him have a hissy-fit and he'll eventuallly move on. A very similar thing happened with us. I contracted the virus at the age of 3 and was breaking out about twice a year in my adult lif...

by jstarfireb

January 20th, 2014, 12:44 pm

Forum: Hangout

Topic: Eeek! Gave my DH the cold sore virus, he's super upset!

Replies: 38

Views: 1157
Re: Am I crazy for wanting a c-section?

You're not crazy at all! I've said for years that I want an elective C-section if I ever have a baby. I have hypermobility, which means that all the ligaments in my body are unusually loose, and that can lead to major pelvic issues when combined with pushing. I've gone so far as to say I wouldn't ev...

by jstarfireb

January 18th, 2014, 8:39 pm

Forum: Family, Home & Health

Topic: Am I crazy for wanting a c-section?

Replies: 57

Views: 2190
Re: Emerald or Green Coloured Gemstone?

Here are my thoughts... 1. Do you recommend on spending around £100 ($200) on a stimulated emerald ring, or something like this: http://www.argos.co.uk/static/Product/partNumber/2141596.htm http://www.hsamuel.co.uk/webstore/d/8038279/9ct+yellow+gold+created+emerald+%26+cubic+zirconia+ring/ OR... A '...

by jstarfireb

January 2nd, 2014, 2:06 am

Forum: Colored Stones

Topic: Emerald or Green Coloured Gemstone?

Replies: 26

Views: 991
Re: How to choose an ering design - hand holding needed, ple

Of these choices, I like the symbolic significance of the Moebius. And it looks like it wouldn't stretch the budget like the wide band would.

Sorry to hear about your mother, but I'm glad she's doing better!

by jstarfireb

December 25th, 2013, 9:40 pm

Forum: Colored Stones

Topic: How to choose an ering design - hand holding needed, please

Replies: 39

Views: 909
Re: Jerry Newman, Gemart Services: Hot Pink Mahenge Spinel R

Wow - he did an awesome job! No face-up size loss or color change. And no window too (which would have been my concern with cutting the pavilion more shallowly). Looks like it glows!

by jstarfireb

December 25th, 2013, 1:11 am

Forum: Colored Stones

Topic: Jerry Newman, Gemart Services: Hot Pink Mahenge Spinel Recut

Replies: 37

Views: 1138
Re: How to choose an ering design - hand holding needed, ple

Looking at your post and your website, I would choose your classic split-shank ring and maybe set your Gene ruby in it (would have to see the stone again - I can't remember what shape/cut it is). Probably with apricot gold. And just go with that one ring as your engagement/wedding/everyday ring. It ...

by jstarfireb

December 22nd, 2013, 9:54 pm

Forum: Colored Stones

Topic: How to choose an ering design - hand holding needed, please

Replies: 39

Views: 909
Re: Setting ideas for a 4 mm stone?

I know this style isn't everyone's cup of tea but I've always wanted this setting http://www.etsy.com/listing/41971367/bella-handforged-sterling-and-18k-gold?ref=shop_home_active&ga_search_query=bella I was just about to suggest this! It's my absolute favorite design for 3-4mm stones. The yello...

by jstarfireb

December 22nd, 2013, 9:33 pm

Forum: Colored Stones

Topic: Setting ideas for a 4 mm stone?

Replies: 39

Views: 1103
Re: Show me your Daniel M goodies!

I love their work and prices, but I've been choosing others lately because I've also been frustrated with the long wait times. Once they get started, they're quite fast, but they have a huge backlog from all the PS business, and I believe only get their work done on weekends.

by jstarfireb

December 15th, 2013, 10:55 am

Forum: Colored Stones

Topic: Show me your Daniel M goodies!

Replies: 257

Views: 13592