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Re: Gene's newest stones (precision gem)

Well whaddya know, I got the malaya! I never get anything from Gene's drops so I'm excited!

by jstarfireb

August 26th, 2015, 3:06 pm

Forum: Colored Stones

Topic: Gene's newest stones (precision gem)

Replies: 27

Views: 967
Re: Gene's newest stones (precision gem)

I tried for the malaya garnet but haven't gotten a confirmation email. I'm assuming that means I'm due for a refund.

by jstarfireb

August 26th, 2015, 12:30 pm

Forum: Colored Stones

Topic: Gene's newest stones (precision gem)

Replies: 27

Views: 967
Re: My CS Year 2015

I also have a sunstone iolite, but I don't know what to do with it! Not to mention the rest of the unset stones here and a few more that aren't in this gem box...I should get on that. Any ideas?

by jstarfireb

August 18th, 2015, 5:00 pm

Forum: Colored Stones

Topic: My CS Year 2015

Replies: 334

Views: 5943
Re: Jeff White's The Gem Scoop

These are all "after" pictures. I swear the blue is much more perceptible IRL! It's like a light aquamarine to my eyes. The picture of the side of the stone is the closest to what I actually see in the first few seconds after turning the light on, but still appears washed out here.

by jstarfireb

August 18th, 2015, 4:27 pm

Forum: Colored Stones

Topic: Jeff White's The Gem Scoop

Replies: 52

Views: 1579
Re: Jeff White's The Gem Scoop

The scapolite is SO COOL! As I predicted, the tenebrescence is incredibly hard to photograph. It's a truly colorless stone before, and a light blue after I "charge" it with my UV penlight. The medium blue color in Jeff's photos and description requires short-wave UV light and I only have a...

by jstarfireb

August 18th, 2015, 4:12 pm

Forum: Colored Stones

Topic: Jeff White's The Gem Scoop

Replies: 52

Views: 1579
Re: Jeff White's The Gem Scoop

That tourmaline looks incredible!

I got a post office notice of a missed package when I got home from work, which I assume is the scapolite. Luckily I'm off tomorrow, so I should be able to pick it up in the morning.

by jstarfireb

August 17th, 2015, 9:17 pm

Forum: Colored Stones

Topic: Jeff White's The Gem Scoop

Replies: 52

Views: 1579
Re: Jeff White's The Gem Scoop

My pics won't be anywhere near the quality of Jeff's, but I'll do what I can!

by jstarfireb

August 15th, 2015, 1:16 pm

Forum: Colored Stones

Topic: Jeff White's The Gem Scoop

Replies: 52

Views: 1579
Re: Shapes you like in CS but not in diamonds

Trillions, ovals, marquises, and pears. I really only like square, rectangular, and round shapes in diamonds, but for CS anything is fair game.

by jstarfireb

August 15th, 2015, 1:12 pm

Forum: Colored Stones

Topic: Shapes you like in CS but not in diamonds

Replies: 25

Views: 501
Re: Jeff White's The Gem Scoop

I got the scapolite! I'm never the first to these things (and they're usually nowhere near my budget), so I'm excited that it finally happened.

The benitoite is absolutely phenomenal but far out of my price range. I also liked the tourmaline but didn't try for it.

by jstarfireb

August 13th, 2015, 4:10 pm

Forum: Colored Stones

Topic: Jeff White's The Gem Scoop

Replies: 52

Views: 1579
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: 8239
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: 342
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: 342
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: 1527
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: 500
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: 2017
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: 303
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: 392
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: 342
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: 303
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: 342
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: 989
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: 282

Views: 5710
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: 392
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: 2888

Views: 128709
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: 284

Views: 7687
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: 922
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: 922

by jstarfireb

June 5th, 2015, 9:46 pm

Forum: RockyTalky

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

Replies: 13

Views: 529
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: 392
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: 2558