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As already said the colors of stones don''t seem to meet the market''s definition of good color for their respective species. Prongs holding the diamonds are way too big and obscure the view of those stones (reducing visible brilliance). It''s a strange choice of stones to combine in one piece,...

by ma re

May 25th, 2010, 7:41 am

Forum: Colored Stones

Topic: White Opal With Tsavorites

Replies: 22

Views: 575


It''s your call of course, but IMO the one with the baguettes would be better because: a) I prefer halos on larger stones, and by that I mean like 3-4 carats and above, and b) if you''d keep everything to scale as on this photo of a halo version, the diamonds would have to be incredibly small and th...

by ma re

May 25th, 2010, 7:26 am

Forum: Colored Stones

Topic: Poll: which setting for my mahenge spinel?

Replies: 81

Views: 1794


Might not be my personal cup of tea, but it sure is a pretty stone in a wonderfully done setting, and I always appreciate that!

by ma re

May 25th, 2010, 4:03 am

Forum: Colored Stones

Topic: WF Does it again: 5 ct Spess Reset

Replies: 89

Views: 2173


Red, glowy, natural and 7-8 mm is a really tough task for your budget, and I''d say the options are ruby, spinel, tourmaline and bixbite - but all would probably cost quite a bit more. Anything other than these is either not really red, or doesen''t glow. But since you mention no...

by ma re

May 23rd, 2010, 11:17 pm

Forum: Colored Stones

Topic: WHICH STONE DO I NEED?

Replies: 61

Views: 2125


Without lab equipment and expert knowledge I''d say your best bet in determining what these might be is the price being asked for the stones. Check out reputable vendors (preferably outside of Ebay) and find stones of comparable size, color, clarity etc. and see what they''re going for. If the ...

by ma re

May 23rd, 2010, 10:30 pm

Forum: Colored Stones

Topic: Real of Synthetic Sapphire

Replies: 45

Views: 1831


Interesting color, a bit unusual, but that might have to do with photos too. We don''t see many parcels around here. Do you have a jewellery project in mind for these, or you bought them just for the fun of it?

by ma re

May 23rd, 2010, 10:13 pm

Forum: Colored Stones

Topic: My new gemstone parcel... Thoughts please

Replies: 16

Views: 600


It''s a great setting and the pendant looks beautiful even with a chip!

by ma re

May 23rd, 2010, 3:54 am

Forum: Colored Stones

Topic: I should have known better - set BB supernova pink tourmaline at Intergem :(

Replies: 54

Views: 1320


It''s great! And not because it''s a market''s norm for fine aquas, but because:  - you love it  - it''s exactly what you were looking for and what inspired you  - you''re looking at the whole project and this fits it perfectly  - you love it...ooops, I already said that, but rea...

by ma re

May 23rd, 2010, 3:23 am

Forum: Colored Stones

Topic: My Waterdrop Aqua!

Replies: 42

Views: 878


Some nice new pieces there! Have you been buying in bulk?! Any discounts if you send a dozen rings/stones for setting at once?Image

P. S. Love the backdrop used for these!

by ma re

May 23rd, 2010, 2:46 am

Forum: Colored Stones

Topic: My New Yummies - 9 New Rings

Replies: 73

Views: 2565


Lovely color, generous size, you did very well for a newbie!

by ma re

May 23rd, 2010, 2:37 am

Forum: Colored Stones

Topic: My BB malaya garnet

Replies: 28

Views: 739


Date: 5/22/2010 8:36:46 PM Author: crasru But I was really unhappy with twin peaks amethyst. I mean, I heard these stones were very good. This one, although well-cut, is bleak and pale. JXR that I bought from Amguy is much better! Also, sorry for poor quality of photos but this is the only one whic...

by ma re

May 23rd, 2010, 2:33 am

Forum: Colored Stones

Topic: more headache

Replies: 13

Views: 469


Date: 5/22/2010 8:22:41 AM Author: MAC-W Thanks Mr Ma Re. Liking the second stone (as you know I have a weakness for long skinny stones, so thats a definate possiblity and the colour is nice as well) I think I definately like a bluer tone, (which your second stone seems to have or at least on my sc...

by ma re

May 22nd, 2010, 4:49 am

Forum: Colored Stones

Topic: Tsavorite Lovers

Replies: 16

Views: 485


Multicolour has some in that category: http://www.multicolour.com/detail/?/details/single/tsavorite/ts10186aa/&930512007 http://www.multicolour.com/detail/?/details/single/tsavorite/ts1426ab/&930512007 or something a little cheaper... http://www.multicolour.com/detail/?/details/single/tsavor...

by ma re

May 22nd, 2010, 1:58 am

Forum: Colored Stones

Topic: Tsavorite Lovers

Replies: 16

Views: 485


Oh that''s a beautiful ring, I love amber for it''s availability and an array of colors that it comes in!

by ma re

May 22nd, 2010, 1:13 am

Forum: Colored Stones

Topic: Jegem 3 days sale

Replies: 12

Views: 348


I find it nice eventhough it looks more like a good rhodolite than a ruby, but that''s probably because I love rhodolites... smile Anyway, expect it to darken at least slightly once it''s bezeled, but IMO this stone could look really beautiful in a ri...

by ma re

May 22nd, 2010, 1:07 am

Forum: Colored Stones

Topic: this a good ruby for a bezel or too dark?

Replies: 7

Views: 292


Last year, similar color, five carats, 2.1 million per carat: http://www.artinfo.com/news/story/33356/vivid-pink-diamond-shatters-auction-record/  - that pretty much says it all. Two carats would probably cost much less than five, but even if it's 50k per carat... And here's how much real ...

by ma re

May 21st, 2010, 10:30 pm

Forum: Colored Stones

Topic: "natural" pink diamond..what do you think?

Replies: 48

Views: 1704


I really think you should see the stone in person, instead of deciding based on a few photos, especially because it''s for an e-ring. You want to observe how it handles light in different lighting conditions, and that''s best done in person (although many photos made under different lights and with ...

by ma re

May 21st, 2010, 10:15 pm

Forum: Colored Stones

Topic: Please help me choose! (Poll)

Replies: 11

Views: 322


Just wanted to say that the fact the diamonds are barely visible is the reason why many people wouldn''t consider buying this, especially more educated ones like many members of this forum. It''s obvious from the pics that diamonds are set in what''s called an "illusion setting" i.e. in a way that w...

by ma re

May 21st, 2010, 9:57 pm

Forum: Colored Stones

Topic: Spessartite Garnet Ring

Replies: 25

Views: 665


For a color blind guy looks like you''ve found a really nice looking stoneImage

by ma re

May 21st, 2010, 4:30 am

Forum: Colored Stones

Topic: my orange spess has arrived

Replies: 30

Views: 574


Date: 5/21/2010 8:29:23 AM Author: Treenbean why are cabs more durable? Cause they have a curved surface instead of all those small, flat, polished facets, and a curved surface is much more difficult to scratch than a flat one (that''s why on plain metal pieces, flat parts are the first o...

by ma re

May 21st, 2010, 4:24 am

Forum: Colored Stones

Topic: Fire opal or Sunstone question...

Replies: 11

Views: 329


Mhovingh, if you still haven''t I''d suggest you take a look at this website, as it has a lot of valuable info for people who are new to jewellery and want to learn more: www.gemstone.org There are many other websites dedicated to gemstones and jewellery, some better, some not as informative, but th...

by ma re

May 21st, 2010, 12:56 am

Forum: Colored Stones

Topic: Yellow Kunzite Necklace

Replies: 24

Views: 416


Some beautiful stones!

by ma re

May 20th, 2010, 11:25 pm

Forum: Colored Stones

Topic: Some Recent Purchases - Picture Heavy

Replies: 26

Views: 405


It all depends if you're buying or selling. If I'd be interested in buying this stone I'd use it's lessened saturation to my advantage and try to bring the price down as much as possible. That's what TL means by "brownish", when the color orange loses saturation i.e. strenght or vividness, it appear...

by ma re

May 20th, 2010, 11:19 pm

Forum: Colored Stones

Topic: Orange Sapphire

Replies: 15

Views: 440


If earrings are what you''re interested in making with these stones, I''d say go for it, as practically any gemstone is durable enough for earrings. But if you''d like rings...it''s a different story. These two are very close in hardness (which is just one aspect of durability of course), with ...

by ma re

May 20th, 2010, 10:37 pm

Forum: Colored Stones

Topic: Fire opal or Sunstone question...

Replies: 11

Views: 329


I already replied to this thread with a lenghty post, but due to technical difficulties experienced recently with the new version of the forum, it''s not shown here. So I''ll just add a few points I think are worth mentioning.  - BE treatment is beryllium treatment; the main issue with these ki...


Is it a great red spinel? No. Is it a nice stone? Only you can answer that, and that''s all that matters. I agree that it has flaws, but I too find myself sometimes admiring stones that the market wouldn''t consider all that great. We guys often gravitate towards those (overly) dark colors, eventhou...

by ma re

May 20th, 2010, 5:16 am

Forum: Colored Stones

Topic: opinions on this spinel?

Replies: 33

Views: 668


Very nice earrings and your stones look slightly lighter than many (most) chrome diopsides I see around, which is a good thing - they tend to be overly dark.

by ma re

May 20th, 2010, 5:00 am

Forum: Colored Stones

Topic: Chrome Diopside Earrings

Replies: 22

Views: 405


A really nice stone!

P. S. Yingh, wrote any good screenplays lately for those dolls/toys of yours?Image

by ma re

May 20th, 2010, 4:06 am

Forum: Colored Stones

Topic: Finaly got a sea foam green tourmaline to call my own...

Replies: 29

Views: 549


If only it were a cab, it''s got such a lovely shade of blue... I think that says it all.

by ma re

May 20th, 2010, 4:03 am

Forum: Colored Stones

Topic: opinions on this blue sapphire?

Replies: 27

Views: 622


If the shade of the spinel has a dark tone, the difference in size might be less noticable - cause our eyes perceive darker objects as smaller than light ones. Or if the design would permit, you might bezel the smaller one and leave the larger one in prongs, to make them seem more of the same size. ...

by ma re

May 20th, 2010, 3:55 am

Forum: Colored Stones

Topic: Two stone ring color combo?

Replies: 7

Views: 298