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Re: 5th Annual Pricescope GTG in Las Vegas!

I'm a little curious about the diamond test, because I honestly could NOT tell the difference between the two stones! Don't think I impressed the tester. lol Put me in front of two Mahenge spinels, or violet sapphires, mint garnets, etc., I could probably point out the differences 'til the cows com...

by jstarfireb

July 23rd, 2015, 10:20 pm

Forum: RockyTalky

Topic: 5th Annual Pricescope GTG in Las Vegas!

Replies: 113

Views: 8195
Re: Princess Cut - Need Help!

Congrats! I think you did a great job picking out the diamond - good luck with the rest!

by jstarfireb

June 25th, 2015, 10:07 pm

Forum: RockyTalky

Topic: Princess Cut - Need Help!

Replies: 9

Views: 340
Re: Princess Cut - Need Help!

Hard to tell from one static photo, but it certainly looks promising. It's a 4-chevron stone and I personally prefer a 3-chevron princess, but I don't see any major problems with it. Since you liked it in person and said it has good scintillation (and especially considering the costs of buying inter...

by jstarfireb

June 24th, 2015, 11:14 pm

Forum: RockyTalky

Topic: Princess Cut - Need Help!

Replies: 9

Views: 340
Re: Poll: Which is the AGS Ideal?

How interesting! I voted both 1 and 2.

by jstarfireb

June 19th, 2015, 7:32 pm

Forum: RockyTalky

Topic: Poll: Which is the AGS Ideal?

Replies: 37

Views: 1493
Re: Opinion on Color v. Carat in RB

I would prefer a smaller stone with whiter color. 2.5ct is huge to me, so anything bigger is just gravy. And after owning an I color princess and a J color round, I became more color sensitive over time and can now perceive the warmth in my stone that I did not see before. If I were buying a diamond...

by jstarfireb

June 19th, 2015, 7:28 pm

Forum: RockyTalky

Topic: Opinion on Color v. Carat in RB

Replies: 18

Views: 499
Re: Marquise diamond from James Allen

I'm not an expert on marquise cuts, but I really like the look of this one: http://www.jamesallen.com/loose-diamonds/marquise-cut/1.07-carat-d-color-si1-clarity-sku-299715 It seems to have minimal bow-tie, good spread, and a nice facet pattern. Medium blue fluor is a bonus for me (some people dislik...

by jstarfireb

June 19th, 2015, 7:25 pm

Forum: RockyTalky

Topic: Marquise diamond from James Allen

Replies: 121

Views: 1990
Re: On a budget but not wanting to sacrifice quality, prince

Definitely look into ID Jewelers - as tyty mentioned, they might have some of those exact settings.

by jstarfireb

June 19th, 2015, 7:13 pm

Forum: RockyTalky

Topic: On a budget but not wanting to sacrifice quality, princess

Replies: 4

Views: 302
Re: Newbie - Looking for a 1.5ct Princess

Wow, 10% is pretty steep. I know of one good vendor in Australia - Jogia Diamonds. They provide ASETs, and you should be able to order online and have it shipped if you're nowhere near Perth.

by jstarfireb

June 19th, 2015, 7:11 pm

Forum: RockyTalky

Topic: Newbie - Looking for a 1.5ct Princess

Replies: 9

Views: 391
Re: Princess Cut - Need Help!

Unfortunately I can't really tell if that diamond will be pretty without seeing images. Price seems about right though. There's a 0.74 G/VVS1 on JA for $3330, for example. However, you can save quite a bit by going with VS or SI1 clarity instead of VVS, and JA and WF will both be able to confirm tha...

by jstarfireb

June 19th, 2015, 7:04 pm

Forum: RockyTalky

Topic: Princess Cut - Need Help!

Replies: 9

Views: 340
Re: On a budget but not wanting to sacrifice quality, prince

1) Your budget and expectations sound reasonable, but unfortunately judging princess cut quality is much more complicated than table < depth. One way to virtually guarantee a beautiful cut is to look at AGS0 princesses, since AGS is the only lab that grades princesses on cut quality. However, these ...

by jstarfireb

June 14th, 2015, 11:42 pm

Forum: RockyTalky

Topic: On a budget but not wanting to sacrifice quality, princess

Replies: 4

Views: 302
Re: Princess Cut - Need Help!

One of the things I look for in an ASET (aside from a predominance of red and lack of black/white depending on background) is a really nice symmetrical, geometric pattern. For that reason I like this ASET best: http://www.whiteflash.com/loose-diamonds/princess-cut-loose-diamond-3022051.htm Also the ...

by jstarfireb

June 12th, 2015, 8:32 pm

Forum: RockyTalky

Topic: Princess Cut - Need Help!

Replies: 9

Views: 340
Re: What is on your wish list?

I have almost everything I want right now. I'd love to add a mint green vanadium chrysoberyl and a pure medium blue spinel with no color shift, but neither of those would be within my reach.

by jstarfireb

June 11th, 2015, 9:42 pm

Forum: Colored Stones

Topic: What is on your wish list?

Replies: 43

Views: 985
Re: Rhapsody in Bespoke Gems Blues!!!

WOW! Those asschers are making me drool.

by jstarfireb

June 11th, 2015, 9:37 pm

Forum: Colored Stones

Topic: Rhapsody in Bespoke Gems Blues!!!

Replies: 255

Views: 4937
Re: Newbie - Looking for a 1.5ct Princess

The secondhand market is sometimes harder to buy from because you'll have less info about the diamonds, but you could find something beautiful for a very good price. Worth a look! How about something just slightly smaller than 1.5, like the 1.4-1.49 ct range? (Edit: There's a big price bump once you...

by jstarfireb

June 11th, 2015, 9:12 pm

Forum: RockyTalky

Topic: Newbie - Looking for a 1.5ct Princess

Replies: 9

Views: 391
Re: Somebody's Gotta Buy This Stone!

ricezo|1433563570|3885848 wrote:This Barry tourmaline! 1.19ct 6.5mm. $140.


http://loupetroop.com/listings/loose-stones-colored-gemstone/barry-green-tourmaline-1-dot-19ct


It's gorgeous. I would be all over that if I didn't already have something very similar.

by jstarfireb

June 5th, 2015, 10:11 pm

Forum: Colored Stones

Topic: Somebody's Gotta Buy This Stone!

Replies: 2849

Views: 126414
Re: Let's talk baby names

I mostly lurk in these parts, but I felt compelled to add a three-syllable name because it popped into my head and I really like it!

Eliza Valerie

I also like your ideas of Josephine and Caroline. They flow very nicely.

by jstarfireb

June 5th, 2015, 10:06 pm

Forum: Family, Home & Health

Topic: Let's talk baby names

Replies: 272

Views: 7335
Re: Help choosing a cushion cut. (Gypsy?)

Gypsy|1433313596|3884491 wrote:#3 has hidden depths. The video is a bad one. That's a REALLY NICE 8 main cushion set at an unflattering angle in the video. That's the pick of the litter IMO.


Good to know the ASET/video discrepancy was due to poor filming. I thought I was losing my touch at evaluating ASETs. :tongue:

by jstarfireb

June 5th, 2015, 9:54 pm

Forum: RockyTalky

Topic: Help choosing a cushion cut. (Gypsy?)

Replies: 25

Views: 905
Re: Help choosing a cushion cut. (Gypsy?)

:x ACK! I already ordered the setting and #1 stone! The pressure got to me and I pulled the trigger on it. I am still confident that she will love it, I just wanted to get something that the members here would have recommended. I will follow up with photos once it arrives. I probably should have he...

by jstarfireb

June 5th, 2015, 9:51 pm

Forum: RockyTalky

Topic: Help choosing a cushion cut. (Gypsy?)

Replies: 25

Views: 905

by jstarfireb

June 5th, 2015, 9:46 pm

Forum: RockyTalky

Topic: Beat this Diamond Part 2- Final Diamond Decision!!!

Replies: 13

Views: 527
Re: Newbie - Looking for a 1.5ct Princess

It will be hard to narrow things down without some idea of your budget, but here are a few: http://www.briangavindiamonds.com/diamonds/diamond-details/1.543-h-vs2-princess-diamond-ags-104079103009 http://www.briangavindiamonds.com/diamonds/diamond-details/1.567-g-vs2-princess-diamond-ags-10407402700...

by jstarfireb

June 5th, 2015, 9:42 pm

Forum: RockyTalky

Topic: Newbie - Looking for a 1.5ct Princess

Replies: 9

Views: 391
Re: Color vs size; smaller G vs larger I

As far as the G color diamond is concerned, it is very white even in low lighting conditions, but I can clearly see the color from the side. The stone is not set yet so that may be why the color from the side is so noticeable. If you can see the color in a G from the side, I think it would be wiser...

by jstarfireb

June 5th, 2015, 9:12 pm

Forum: RockyTalky

Topic: Color vs size; smaller G vs larger I

Replies: 68

Views: 2511
Re: Barry's drop

I've given up on tracking these and trying to get anything. Luckily I've been pretty successful at finding what I want on the second-hand market. It just takes some patience. ;))

by jstarfireb

June 5th, 2015, 1:17 am

Forum: Colored Stones

Topic: Barry's drop

Replies: 36

Views: 1259
Re: Color vs size; smaller G vs larger I

As far as the G color diamond is concerned, it is very white even in low lighting conditions, but I can clearly see the color from the side. The stone is not set yet so that may be why the color from the side is so noticeable. If you can see the color in a G from the side, I think it would be wiser...

by jstarfireb

June 5th, 2015, 1:11 am

Forum: RockyTalky

Topic: Color vs size; smaller G vs larger I

Replies: 68

Views: 2511

by jstarfireb

June 2nd, 2015, 10:34 pm

Forum: Colored Stones

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

Replies: 4454

Views: 113101
Re: Help choosing a cushion cut. (Gypsy?)

I love the ASET on #3. Which diamond does that correspond to?

Edit: Looks like the H/SI1? Oddly enough, I like the ASET the most but the actual photo the least. I'll change my answer to #1/the G/SI1.

by jstarfireb

June 2nd, 2015, 10:30 pm

Forum: RockyTalky

Topic: Help choosing a cushion cut. (Gypsy?)

Replies: 25

Views: 905
Re: 5th Annual Pricescope GTG in Las Vegas!

Ditto - big thanks and hope to see you all again next year!

I also am really curious about the diamond test. My husband and I picked the same one, which we thought was a pretty clear winner. I'm really curious to see what the numbers on each were.

by jstarfireb

June 2nd, 2015, 10:27 pm

Forum: RockyTalky

Topic: 5th Annual Pricescope GTG in Las Vegas!

Replies: 113

Views: 8195
Re: 5th Annual Pricescope GTG in Las Vegas!

Can't wait to see all of you! The prizes all look amazing too!

by jstarfireb

May 18th, 2015, 7:47 pm

Forum: RockyTalky

Topic: 5th Annual Pricescope GTG in Las Vegas!

Replies: 113

Views: 8195
Re: Somebody's Gotta Buy This Stone!

Dear jeebus I hope it was me. I saw it as available, put it in my card and paid, but I know that doesn't always mean anything. It says out of stock now so that's promising, but I'll believe it when I hear from Gene. Fingers crossed! Keep us posted please. The ruby was sold fast as well Wasn't me. J...

by jstarfireb

May 8th, 2015, 6:32 pm

Forum: Colored Stones

Topic: Somebody's Gotta Buy This Stone!

Replies: 2849

Views: 126414
Re: Somebody's Gotta Buy This Stone!

Dear jeebus I hope it was me. I saw it as available, put it in my card and paid, but I know that doesn't always mean anything. It says out of stock now so that's promising, but I'll believe it when I hear from Gene.

by jstarfireb

May 8th, 2015, 5:03 pm

Forum: Colored Stones

Topic: Somebody's Gotta Buy This Stone!

Replies: 2849

Views: 126414
Re: What's going on with DanielM?

Really glad to hear people are getting their projects (or stones and refunds) back!

by jstarfireb

May 3rd, 2015, 2:57 pm

Forum: Colored Stones

Topic: What's going on with DanielM?

Replies: 388

Views: 18733