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Re: sell me on CS solitaires!

I'd say probably 90% of my colored stones are set in solitaires. I think that diamonds draw the eye away from the beautiful colored stone and prefer the CS to be the focal point. Here are some of my more recent pieces... http://www.pricescope.com/forum/files/icp/il_89.jpg http://www.pricescope.com/f...

by jstarfireb

August 18th, 2014, 9:47 pm

Forum: Colored Stones

Topic: sell me on CS solitaires!

Replies: 64

Views: 1329
Re: Purple rhapsody/Sapphire from Finewater

Gorgeous sapphire! I hope it fits perfectly in your ring! What are you going to do with the old spinel, since that has so much sentimental value?

by jstarfireb

August 14th, 2014, 12:57 pm

Forum: Colored Stones

Topic: Purple rhapsody/Sapphire from Finewater

Replies: 63

Views: 952
Re: Moonstone necklace

I would wear it as is - as others have said, it's a gorgeous statement piece. But if it's not "you," I'd have a very competent jeweler do 2 things: 1) Take off the large focal piece and turn it into a pendant you could wear on any simple chain 2) Take off the moonstone that's at the end of...

by jstarfireb

August 12th, 2014, 8:44 pm

Forum: Colored Stones

Topic: Moonstone necklace

Replies: 22

Views: 567
Re: What's going on with DanielM?

Kelli, sorry to hear you're having such problems getting your project done. :(( As a repeat customer of theirs (I've done maybe 5-6 projects with them), but not a close personal friend, here's my take on the situation. It's awful to hear they're having health problems, and I wouldn't wish that on an...

by jstarfireb

August 11th, 2014, 1:27 am

Forum: Colored Stones

Topic: What's going on with DanielM?

Replies: 160

Views: 6834
Re: silver smith and colouredstones

Kyleannemetals on Etsy for simple bezels (I don't think she does any prong work). Otherwise, you've already hit my go-to people (Daniel M and Sally). I've also heard good things about yvonneraley (also on Etsy), though I haven't used her.

by jstarfireb

August 4th, 2014, 11:03 pm

Forum: Colored Stones

Topic: silver smith and colouredstones

Replies: 14

Views: 469
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: 691
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: 9882
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: 9882
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: 86

Views: 1834
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: 9882
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: 9882
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: 330
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: 330
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: 603
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: 1896

Views: 79285
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: 9882
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: 113
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: 3890

Views: 96088
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: 158

Views: 6154
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: 158

Views: 6154

by jstarfireb

February 27th, 2014, 10:26 pm

Forum: Colored Stones

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

Replies: 74

Views: 1552
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: 3189

by jstarfireb

February 25th, 2014, 2:54 pm

Forum: Colored Stones

Topic: Somebody's Gotta Buy This Stone!

Replies: 1896

Views: 79285
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: 158

Views: 6154
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: 7094
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: 1540
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: 764
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: 1210
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: 2208
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: 1083