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Re: Losing my engagment ring and finding hope.

Big hugs. We're here for you. I'm not surprised that someone as selfless as you can find the positive in all of this. Love to you, husband, and kitties.

by jstarfireb

November 14th, 2016, 6:52 pm

Forum: Hangout

Topic: Losing my engagment ring and finding hope.

Replies: 167

Views: 5334
Re: Help Me find Ultra High Qualtiy Princess 1.2-1.5 Ct

What's your budget? For maximum sparkle, you want to focus on getting the best possible cut. Also you may not need such expensive color and clarity. A VS or eye clean SI1 will look exactly the same to the naked eye as an IF. And be sure to see some well cut D-G princesses in person. It's extremely d...

by jstarfireb

June 8th, 2016, 9:01 am

Forum: RockyTalky

Topic: Help Me find Ultra High Qualtiy Princess 1.2-1.5 Ct

Replies: 22

Views: 802
Re: Show me your Yvonne Raley and Cecile Raley Designs!

These are all so pretty. I would love to have one of her designs, but I prefer to source my own stones from precision cutters. I reached out to her for a custom project once, and she told me she doesn't set customer's stones. Too bad!

by jstarfireb

June 7th, 2016, 7:57 pm

Forum: Colored Stones

Topic: Show me your Yvonne Raley and Cecile Raley Designs!

Replies: 112

Views: 5580
Re: 6th Annual PriceScope GTG in Las Vegas

I started a little thread in SMTB for my prize. There aren't very many pics yet, but I'll add to it. If any of you have neckshots you took at the event, please feel free to post them! http://www.pricescope.com/forum/show-me-the-ring/my-new-high-performance-diamonds-infinity-bev-k-necklace-t223463.html

by jstarfireb

June 7th, 2016, 6:58 pm

Forum: RockyTalky

Topic: 6th Annual PriceScope GTG in Las Vegas

Replies: 93

Views: 7455
Re: My New High Performance Diamonds/Infinity/Bev K Necklace

Beautiful necklace... Some day, I hope to have occasion to buy (or win!) a CBI diamond! Love the Kermit pic, too! :mrgreen: Thanks! I've been admiring them for a while. Their cut precision is remarkable! I wonder if I can get a pic under my IS...will have to play around with that later. I don't hav...
Re: My New High Performance Diamonds/Infinity/Bev K Necklace

I'm not sure why everything is posting sideways because some of them are vertical on my computer! Anyway, that's what I have for now. If any of you took neckshots during the event and want to post them, feel free!
Re: My New High Performance Diamonds/Infinity/Bev K Necklace

My attempt at being slightly artistic. And a "neckshot." Kermit wanted to feel pretty today.
My New High Performance Diamonds/Infinity/Bev K Necklace!

Allow me to introduce Lady Luck, my amazing door prize necklace from High Performance Diamonds and Crafted by Infinity. So named for her slight resemblance to a 4-leaf clover and the fact that I was unbelievably lucky to have won her. The moment that Wink called my ticket number was absolutely surre...
Re: Catch all thread - talk or better yet show us

I think I only have pics of 3 of the 4 The arrow shaped leuco garnet will be one ring I'm setting the Tsav and opal together in one ring And then I sent her a crystal opal that I don't have a photo of for another ring. Can't wait to see them! I haven't sent anything to Sally in a while and am tryin...

by jstarfireb

June 7th, 2016, 3:36 pm

Forum: Colored Stones

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

Replies: 5359

Views: 154759
Re: New fancy cut tsavorite

MTG, I've just been catching up on your latest stuff and I absolutely love this! What a cool shape!

by jstarfireb

June 7th, 2016, 3:29 pm

Forum: Colored Stones

Topic: New fancy cut tsavorite

Replies: 18

Views: 839
Re: Antique baby dragon demantoid ruby stickpin conversion

This is so cute! Now I want a baby dragon ring too!

by jstarfireb

June 7th, 2016, 2:42 pm

Forum: Colored Stones

Topic: Antique baby dragon demantoid ruby stickpin conversion ring

Replies: 16

Views: 664
Re: 6th Annual PriceScope GTG in Las Vegas

It was indeed a very fun night. I feel terrible that I had to sneak out early (tix to see Ka), but Gem Queen, we need to stay in touch. Would love to tag along to one of those jewelry shows! I loved meeting you and your fellow sparkle mates. Thank you to Andrey and Linh and all the sponsors for mak...

by jstarfireb

June 6th, 2016, 12:49 pm

Forum: RockyTalky

Topic: 6th Annual PriceScope GTG in Las Vegas

Replies: 93

Views: 7455
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: 38

Views: 2187
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: 38

Views: 2187
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: 32

Views: 1468
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: 367
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: 32

Views: 1468
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: 32

Views: 1468
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: 460
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: 460
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: 32

Views: 1468
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: 32

Views: 1468
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: 32

Views: 1468
Re: Gem Silica

Very helpful info - thanks!

by jstarfireb

September 30th, 2015, 9:51 pm

Forum: Colored Stones

Topic: Gem Silica

Replies: 32

Views: 1468
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: 32

Views: 1468
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: 32

Views: 1468
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: 730
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: 32

Views: 1468
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: 32

Views: 1468