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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: 114

Views: 3415
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: 102
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: 3722

Views: 90772
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: 143

Views: 3964
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: 143

Views: 3964

by jstarfireb

February 27th, 2014, 10:26 pm

Forum: Colored Stones

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

Replies: 74

Views: 1447
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: 3135

by jstarfireb

February 25th, 2014, 2:54 pm

Forum: Colored Stones

Topic: Somebody's Gotta Buy This Stone!

Replies: 1690

Views: 67640
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: 143

Views: 3964
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: 6936
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: 1442
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: 584
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: 1074
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: 2147
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: 807
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: 830
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: 1009
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: 830
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: 26

Views: 702
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: 248

Views: 12917
Re: Somebody's Gotta Buy This Stone!

I'm tired of looking at this and wanting to buy it. Someone needs to snap it up. It's a RICHARD HOMER concave cut spinel and it's a damn bargain for the stone AND a setting! http://loupetroop.com/listings/rings-colored-stone-center/richard-homer-concave-cut-purple-spinel-ring Richard Homer cut ston...

by jstarfireb

December 13th, 2013, 12:50 am

Forum: Colored Stones

Topic: Somebody's Gotta Buy This Stone!

Replies: 1690

Views: 67640
Re: Tinnitus

I also think the green garnets draw focus and the color changers probably won't change in exactly the same way at the same time, so it won't work.

Are the stone shapes mismatched like that, or do you have 2 pears and 2 cushions?

by jstarfireb

December 8th, 2013, 9:34 pm

Forum: Colored Stones

Topic: Tinnitus

Replies: 59

Views: 1218
Re: Somebody's Gotta Buy This Stone!

I think it's lovely, and I like grey stones. But I agree on the pricing. Maybe she'll negotiate?

by jstarfireb

December 6th, 2013, 12:25 pm

Forum: Colored Stones

Topic: Somebody's Gotta Buy This Stone!

Replies: 1690

Views: 67640
Re: Pls advise on durable round appr. 6 mm stone on a budget

For what it's worth, I've bought 2 stones from Gemrite, and the photos tend to show a little more blue than the stones actually have. These were both green garnets, though, and green garnets have a tendency to shift between more blue and more yellow depending on the lighting. I also don't know how t...

by jstarfireb

December 1st, 2013, 2:45 pm

Forum: Colored Stones

Topic: Pls advise on durable round appr. 6 mm stone on a budget

Replies: 25

Views: 776
Re: Pls advise on durable round appr. 6 mm stone on a budget

Wow, didn't realize pink spinels could be so affordable! The ones from Gemrite are a little different from the inspiration photos (not orangey pink, just straight-up pink), but they're beautiful and affordable. I think they're also close enough to 6mm to fit. Good luck!

by jstarfireb

November 30th, 2013, 10:42 pm

Forum: Colored Stones

Topic: Pls advise on durable round appr. 6 mm stone on a budget

Replies: 25

Views: 776
Re: Pls advise on durable round appr. 6 mm stone on a budget

I'm afraid the budget won't get you what you're looking for. Basically, if you want something durable in this color range, you're looking at spinels and sapphires. The orange pink color you're looking for is highly sought after in sapphires (padparadscha) and will be very expensive. Lavender/periwin...

by jstarfireb

November 30th, 2013, 10:56 am

Forum: Colored Stones

Topic: Pls advise on durable round appr. 6 mm stone on a budget

Replies: 25

Views: 776

by jstarfireb

November 28th, 2013, 3:25 pm

Forum: Colored Stones

Topic: $100 budget - what would you buy?

Replies: 19

Views: 526
Re: Make sure you get the ring size right with Brian Gavin!

I feel for you, but also agree that bad publicity shouldn't fall upon BGD because of this. Would you consider changing the thread title to simply "Make sure you get the ring size right?" You just have to hit the "message admin" button below. Good luck with your resize!

by jstarfireb

November 25th, 2013, 8:36 pm

Forum: RockyTalky

Topic: Make sure you get the ring size right with Brian Gavin!

Replies: 58

Views: 1960
Re: Wear Makeup If You Want To Get The Job...

I have a love/hate relationship with makeup. I love the way I look with just a little touch-up - some foundation, concealer, a little eye definition, pale lipstick, natural blush...usually light and neutral colors. And I love the concept that you can completely transform the face with the right make...

by jstarfireb

November 20th, 2013, 1:41 am

Forum: Hangout

Topic: Wear Makeup If You Want To Get The Job...

Replies: 94

Views: 1135
Re: If you could have just two more CS, what would they be?

A fancy intense or vivid blue or green diamond (if money is no object!).

by jstarfireb

November 18th, 2013, 12:28 pm

Forum: Colored Stones

Topic: If you could have just two more CS, what would they be?

Replies: 26

Views: 389