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Re: The show your Sally - Heart of Water - thread

jstarfireb : I can immediately see why you keep going back to Sally: all your pieces are stunning :love: :love: :love: All the beautiful feminine designs frame the stones so well and have such a fresh look! Sorry to hear about your pendant. Hopefully you will find a new pencil stone. Thanks for sha...

by jstarfireb

October 20th, 2015, 5:34 pm

Forum: Colored Stones

Topic: The show your Sally - Heart of Water - thread

Replies: 28

Views: 968
Re: The show your Sally - Heart of Water - thread

I have so much from Sally! I haven't used her in a while, but here are a few (all old pics)... Greenish blue tourmaline oval lotus (rose gold head): http://www.pricescope.com/forum/files/icp/il_89.jpg Bella ring with Multicolour Brazilian alexandrite. The color change on that alex is amazing: http:/...

by jstarfireb

October 20th, 2015, 11:18 am

Forum: Colored Stones

Topic: The show your Sally - Heart of Water - thread

Replies: 28

Views: 968
Re: Gem Silica

I had it made for either my left index finger or right middle finger, which are about the same size. Good thought!

It's almost finished, but I'm seeing if they can make one last tweak to the design before they send it out.

by jstarfireb

October 13th, 2015, 10:57 pm

Forum: Colored Stones

Topic: Gem Silica

Replies: 30

Views: 950
Re: Good place to buy settings online?

Great list from Chrono! I'd add My Diamond Zone to the eBay stores:

http://stores.ebay.com/MyDiamondZone

They have a more limited selection than some of the Chinese sellers, but being in Chicago, they're usually able to get things out a bit faster for those of us in the US.

by jstarfireb

October 7th, 2015, 9:46 am

Forum: Colored Stones

Topic: Good place to buy settings online?

Replies: 3

Views: 293
Re: Gem Silica

That's awesome! Can't wait to see how it turns out.

by jstarfireb

October 5th, 2015, 11:18 pm

Forum: Colored Stones

Topic: Gem Silica

Replies: 30

Views: 950
Re: Gem Silica

Who did you send yours to, Enerchi? And what kind of design are you going with? Would love to see pics when it's done!

by jstarfireb

October 4th, 2015, 10:08 am

Forum: Colored Stones

Topic: Gem Silica

Replies: 30

Views: 950
Re: Looking for a small green gemstone - need advice

I think jstarfireb gave you some great options! I have one additional one. This is the first one I thought of when I saw you mention "yellowy-green" -- scroll down to the 1.07 http://www.finewatergems.com/new-gemstones.html I went straight to the tourmaline page so I missed that! Nice one!

by jstarfireb

October 3rd, 2015, 1:09 pm

Forum: Colored Stones

Topic: Looking for a small green gemstone - need advice

Replies: 7

Views: 396
Re: Looking for a small green gemstone - need advice

Square shapes are often hard to find in colored stones. Luckily, the material you're looking for should be plentiful and not too expensive! I would email someone to see if they have something that's not posted online or could do something custom. Prima Gems USA would probably be my first choice to f...

by jstarfireb

October 3rd, 2015, 12:27 pm

Forum: Colored Stones

Topic: Looking for a small green gemstone - need advice

Replies: 7

Views: 396
Re: Gem Silica

It was part rock shop and part jeweler! They had some really cool specimens and a whole room full of rough. Cool stuff!

by jstarfireb

October 2nd, 2015, 1:40 pm

Forum: Colored Stones

Topic: Gem Silica

Replies: 30

Views: 950
Re: Gem Silica

Thanks Chrono and lovedogs - I'm excited! I should have taken a pic of the stone on a black background. That was what sold me on the oxidized silver.

I'm filing Michael's idea away for the next cab I buy though! :Up_to_something: :naughty:

by jstarfireb

October 2nd, 2015, 10:04 am

Forum: Colored Stones

Topic: Gem Silica

Replies: 30

Views: 950
Re: Gem Silica

Thanks drusyquartz! I dropped it off yesterday at the gem store in Tucson. I met with their silversmith and went over a custom design. One of the things that he likes to do is a "shadowbox," which is a channel of oxidized silver between a fine inner bezel and a wider outer bezel. I looked ...

by jstarfireb

October 2nd, 2015, 9:24 am

Forum: Colored Stones

Topic: Gem Silica

Replies: 30

Views: 950
Re: Gem Silica

Very helpful info - thanks!

by jstarfireb

September 30th, 2015, 9:51 pm

Forum: Colored Stones

Topic: Gem Silica

Replies: 30

Views: 950
Re: Gem Silica

That's really cool - it reminds me of the gallery wire I have on my boulder opal earrings. The stone is only about 5mm wide though (~16x5) and not too high domed. I can't tell if that would be fine enough to avoid dwarfing the stone. Any thoughts on that? Does Stuller publish the dimensions of the l...

by jstarfireb

September 29th, 2015, 11:01 pm

Forum: Colored Stones

Topic: Gem Silica

Replies: 30

Views: 950
Re: Gem Silica

Thanks, all! A few musings... Cravingdiamonds, pinkgems, acinom, loves vintage - thanks; the color is so cool and I had no idea quartz could look like this! Lovedogs - I'm usually all about white metals, but I agree, this stone would look great in yellow gold. Or rose gold. Apacherose - it looks lik...

by jstarfireb

September 28th, 2015, 10:39 pm

Forum: Colored Stones

Topic: Gem Silica

Replies: 30

Views: 950
Re: Large Russian Alexandrite

Looks too good to be true. It's probably a synthetic color change stone (corundum or perhaps actual alexandrite, but not natural). A natural Russian alexandrite of this size, cut, and clarity would be worth hundreds of thousands or maybe even millions of dollars. Read LD's thread here for more info:...

by jstarfireb

September 27th, 2015, 11:43 pm

Forum: Colored Stones

Topic: Large Russian Alexandrite

Replies: 10

Views: 621
Re: Gem Silica

Ring ideas...I'm pretty sure I want it N/S if done the right way. If I can't find someone to do this kind of custom metal work, a simple E/W bezel would do too (pictured here as well). But I'd want the bezel to be open on the bottom.

What do you guys think?

by jstarfireb

September 27th, 2015, 11:26 pm

Forum: Colored Stones

Topic: Gem Silica

Replies: 30

Views: 950
Gem Silica

Inspired my mochiko42's amazing ring, I decided to pick up a piece of gem silica. Turns out that the stuff ain't cheap! Not seeing much else, online that combined good quality and reasonable prices, I picked this up from Chris A. The color and translucency are really awesome, but the elongated shape...

by jstarfireb

September 27th, 2015, 11:23 pm

Forum: Colored Stones

Topic: Gem Silica

Replies: 30

Views: 950
Re: TGT Drop!

I almost went for the benitoite pair since they would have made awesome earrings. Then decided I've been on too much of a spree lately, and it has to stop somewhere.

by jstarfireb

September 25th, 2015, 10:10 pm

Forum: Colored Stones

Topic: TGT Drop!

Replies: 36

Views: 1091
Re: Yellow, Rose, or White Gold for blue green tourmaline?

Lots of thoughtful responses here, thanks so much! Does anybody have experience with how a bezel might affect the brightness of a stone? Would a bezel be a better choice for accentuating those pretty cut corners? Would the double claw prongs "hide" them? This is going to be my (early) Chr...

by jstarfireb

September 21st, 2015, 12:36 am

Forum: Colored Stones

Topic: Yellow, Rose, or White Gold for blue green tourmaline?

Replies: 24

Views: 744
Re: 3 new rings (chrysoberyl, gem silica & Afghan tourmaline

Will do! When I googled "buy gem silica in Tucson," they were the only link that had any real info, so I'll check them out. Also, if anyone wants another lead, I had AJS send me a backlit pic of an inexpensive trillion on their site. I don't think I'll buy it since I have the one coming fr...

by jstarfireb

September 20th, 2015, 9:26 pm

Forum: Colored Stones

Topic: 3 new rings (chrysoberyl, gem silica & Afghan tourmaline)

Replies: 37

Views: 1072
Re: 3 new rings (chrysoberyl, gem silica & Afghan tourmaline

jstarfireb I like those inspiration ideas! haha, by the time Chris posted the inspiration pics it was already sold :) But I am almost positive I still wouldn't really pull off a ring that long anyway. But if you have long fingers it will be perfect, especially in a style like that. Totally agree ab...

by jstarfireb

September 20th, 2015, 7:33 pm

Forum: Colored Stones

Topic: 3 new rings (chrysoberyl, gem silica & Afghan tourmaline)

Replies: 37

Views: 1072
Re: 3 new rings (chrysoberyl, gem silica & Afghan tourmaline

I had reservations about the shape until Chris A posed some ring setting ideas (and reduced the price...I'd be lying if I said that weren't a factor!), and I realized I could pull it off. I have very long fingers and actually really like long north/south rings. I need to add some metal embellishment...

by jstarfireb

September 19th, 2015, 7:42 pm

Forum: Colored Stones

Topic: 3 new rings (chrysoberyl, gem silica & Afghan tourmaline)

Replies: 37

Views: 1072
Re: 3 new rings (chrysoberyl, gem silica & Afghan tourmaline

Your ring inspired me to buy my own gem silica. It's on its way to me as we speak! I had to wrap my mind about the elongated shape, but I think I can still make a ring work.

by jstarfireb

September 19th, 2015, 2:35 pm

Forum: Colored Stones

Topic: 3 new rings (chrysoberyl, gem silica & Afghan tourmaline)

Replies: 37

Views: 1072
Re: Yellow, Rose, or White Gold for blue green tourmaline?

Can't go wrong with any choice, but to me it really pops in rose gold.

by jstarfireb

September 18th, 2015, 11:53 pm

Forum: Colored Stones

Topic: Yellow, Rose, or White Gold for blue green tourmaline?

Replies: 24

Views: 744
Re: 3 new rings (chrysoberyl, gem silica & Afghan tourmaline

I know nothing about gem silica but now I want one! That's really stunning.

by jstarfireb

September 15th, 2015, 2:57 pm

Forum: Colored Stones

Topic: 3 new rings (chrysoberyl, gem silica & Afghan tourmaline)

Replies: 37

Views: 1072
Re: Catch all thread - talk or better yet show us

Managed to get a clearer shot of the demantoid when I was wearing it earlier today!

by jstarfireb

September 14th, 2015, 6:24 pm

Forum: Colored Stones

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

Replies: 5036

Views: 135753
Re: Catch all thread - talk or better yet show us

Thanks all! The settings are all online purchases. The malaya setting was from DB, spinel setting was like $16 for silver and CZ from some Thai eBay seller, and demantoid setting was from MyDiamondZone on eBay.

by jstarfireb

September 14th, 2015, 1:06 pm

Forum: Colored Stones

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

Replies: 5036

Views: 135753
Re: It's Electric... and Blue! - Electric Blue Topaz stories

I felt the same about treated topaz (that they were fun stones but really not collectors' items) until I saw Barry's electric blues. With those stones, there was a convergence of color, size, cut, and affordability, and I had to have one. I don't mind irradiation because the treatment is stable and ...

by jstarfireb

September 14th, 2015, 12:26 am

Forum: Colored Stones

Topic: It's Electric... and Blue! - Electric Blue Topaz stories

Replies: 153

Views: 4061
Re: Show us your green garnets!

Hi Jstarfireb, I love your collection of greens, they are so pretty. May I ask where you got the setting for Gene's Tsav-2nd from the left-is it from Sally at Heart of Water? I think it is a really lovely setting;) Thank You! I just saw this now - thanks! Yes, it's from Sally (her Iolani setting). ...

by jstarfireb

September 14th, 2015, 12:18 am

Forum: Colored Stones

Topic: Show us your green garnets!

Replies: 62

Views: 1852
Re: Show us your green garnets!

That Roger Dery trillion makes me swoon every time.

by jstarfireb

September 14th, 2015, 12:15 am

Forum: Colored Stones

Topic: Show us your green garnets!

Replies: 62

Views: 1852