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Re: Seeking CAR thoughts

First of all, hi there :wavey: Second of all, you asked for car love stories, so here goes. After 12 years of urban living without a car, DH and bought one this spring. We've used Zipcar for ages and so had driven pretty much everything we might be interested in. I assumed we'd get something smallis...

by mercoledi

July 25th, 2013, 8:48 am

Forum: Hangout

Topic: Seeking CAR thoughts

Replies: 57

Views: 766
Re: Going to Montreal Need Hotel Help!!!!

Le Saint Sulpice. Really lovely, great staff and location and they offer discounts if you book through their website. We honeymooned there and would be back in an instant. I've also stayed at the Fairmont and a few places in the Plateau, but would rather return to the Saint Sulpice. http://www.lesai...

by mercoledi

July 25th, 2013, 8:35 am

Forum: Hangout

Topic: Going to Montreal Need Hotel Help!!!!

Replies: 20

Views: 272

by mercoledi

July 24th, 2013, 12:00 pm

Forum: RockyTalky

Topic: Yay! Looking for my fbil engagement ring on a mega budget

Replies: 66

Views: 1776
Re: The De Beers Consumer Settlement Cks are in the mail!

My husband got a check yesterday even though neither of us recalls his having entered the suit. It was for $37.77, but I don't know what he claimed for cost of goods.

by mercoledi

June 14th, 2013, 11:30 am

Forum: Hangout

Topic: The De Beers Consumer Settlement Cks are in the mail!

Replies: 82

Views: 1776
Re: Is this dress too young looking?

ponder|1370311367|3458569 wrote:I don't know if they still make them, but I used to buy toeless panty hose. Doesn't work with strappy sandals, but it's fabulous for peep toes.


Donna Karan makes them, and they're perfect for peep toes. I would suggest this route if you can find them!

by mercoledi

June 4th, 2013, 8:24 am

Forum: Hangout

Topic: Is this dress too young looking?

Replies: 43

Views: 869
Re: Is this dress too young looking?

It's a lovely dress, and totally age appropriate as long as it fits properly. In my experience, it's less about what you wear than how you wear it. I work with women who are well into their sixties and still sporting 'on trend' looks that veer away from the too short/too tight trap that most of us f...

by mercoledi

June 3rd, 2013, 2:00 pm

Forum: Hangout

Topic: Is this dress too young looking?

Replies: 43

Views: 869
Re: Help me find an asscher CS

If you're willing to compromise on size, there's a lovely Jeff White pink spinel in pre-loved: http://www.pricescope.com/forum/preloved-ps-jewels/help-selling-my-gemstone-collection-t189674.html

by mercoledi

May 29th, 2013, 2:11 pm

Forum: Colored Stones

Topic: Help me find an asscher CS

Replies: 10

Views: 502
Re: Help on finding a place to buy?

EricaR of Erica Grace has posted a pave setting on the preloved page: http://www.pricescope.com/forum/preloved-ps-jewels/two-wg-settings-for-sale-t189474.html http://loupetroop.com/listings/settings/gorgeous-swoopy-pave-setting It takes a 6.5mm stone which is a pretty common size. It's a nice deal o...

by mercoledi

May 28th, 2013, 2:13 pm

Forum: Colored Stones

Topic: Help on finding a place to buy?

Replies: 11

Views: 469
Re: wedding dress help!

Ann Taylor has some simple, classic dresses well below that price point. The silk content varies, but there are some: http://www.anntaylor.com/ann/catalog/category.jsp?trail=&pageSize=101&gridSize=md&catid=cata000034&goToPage=1&viewAll=viewAll&fRequest= BCBG has some edgier s...

by mercoledi

April 16th, 2013, 12:45 pm

Forum: Bride World Wide & Grooms Grooves

Topic: wedding dress help!

Replies: 12

Views: 1027
Re: Diamond is not only fluorescent but phosphorescent...

That is very cool. What kind of UV emitter are you using? This is common in some other types of gemstones (tenebresecent scapolite, sodalite,hackmanite) but requires a pretty strong UV activation, and can be particular to a particular wavelength. My scapolite won't charge with a little led UV, but w...

by mercoledi

March 6th, 2013, 10:53 am

Forum: RockyTalky

Topic: Diamond is not only fluorescent but phosphorescent...

Replies: 20

Views: 725
Re: Finally my ring!! Round with straight baguettes

Beautiful! I love love love that setting!

Congratulations :appl:

by mercoledi

February 26th, 2013, 11:17 am

Forum: Show Me the Bling! (Rings,Earrings,Jewelry)

Topic: Finally my ring!! Round with straight baguettes

Replies: 25

Views: 1253
Re: old cut ladies willing to help me look for a beauty?

This is a long shot, but before Leon Mege relaunched his website, there was an old cut that was a very low color, maybe an O or P in a Leon halo setting for a very reasonable cost. I think at one point Maisie was considering it for her upgrade. I don't see it listed now, but it was a lovely stone in...

by mercoledi

February 25th, 2013, 3:52 pm

Forum: RockyTalky

Topic: old cut ladies willing to help me look for a beauty?

Replies: 33

Views: 672
Re: How rare is a MRB O?

I would check with Infinity Diamonds and Brian Gavin Diamonds. I have a 2 carat L/SI1 BGD Blue and it's gorgeous. It actually faces up white though-if you go for a super ideal cut they're going to face up pretty white even in lower colors. Ditto, Infinity often has low color stones in their ideal c...

by mercoledi

February 25th, 2013, 3:33 pm

Forum: RockyTalky

Topic: How rare is a MRB O?

Replies: 78

Views: 1434

by mercoledi

February 22nd, 2013, 2:23 pm

Forum: RockyTalky

Topic: Help Me Find A Great Diamond Band For Cheap!

Replies: 22

Views: 457
Re: Help Me Find A Great Diamond Band For Cheap!

This a 3 stone, but an unusual and lovely setting http://www.ebay.com/itm/14k-White-Gold-Diamond-3-Stone-UNIQUE-Twist-Wedding-Band-Ring-/121070968025?pt=US_Fine_Rings&hash=item1c30645cd9 And the DB 5 stone I linked earlier: http://www.pricescope.com/files/images/9863729_0.jpeg

by mercoledi

February 22nd, 2013, 1:13 pm

Forum: RockyTalky

Topic: Help Me Find A Great Diamond Band For Cheap!

Replies: 22

Views: 457
Re: Help Me Find A Great Diamond Band For Cheap!

mercoledi - The link didn't work for me. Can you post again? The DB site has been down most of today, I think that's what it is. If it comes back up, the ring is a lovely oec 5 stone in platinum and 18kyg. This is on ebay and Etsy; the diamonds might be so-so but it has nice presence: http://www.et...

by mercoledi

February 22nd, 2013, 10:28 am

Forum: RockyTalky

Topic: Help Me Find A Great Diamond Band For Cheap!

Replies: 22

Views: 457
Re: Help Me Find A Great Diamond Band For Cheap!

$575 http://diamondbistro.com/index.php?a=2&b=33484 and would have to be reshanked to get it up to a size 8, so probably at least $700 all together if you found a cheap bench to resize it.

There are a few things within budget on ebay, but with lousy photos,so it would be a big risk.

by mercoledi

February 22nd, 2013, 9:30 am

Forum: RockyTalky

Topic: Help Me Find A Great Diamond Band For Cheap!

Replies: 22

Views: 457
Re: WANTED: Pair of Eyes

Have you emailed Barry Bridgestock? He has (or had at one point) a lot of smaller stones that he doesn't list for sale. I know Freke once got a large parcel of them to pick through. Might be worth a try!

by mercoledi

February 20th, 2013, 4:17 pm

Forum: Colored Stones

Topic: WANTED: Pair of Eyes

Replies: 54

Views: 1005
Re: Too Many Choices....halp!

Oh boo, try these :) The ring is currently a 7.

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by mercoledi

February 13th, 2013, 2:11 pm

Forum: RockyTalky

Topic: Too Many Choices....halp!

Replies: 42

Views: 561
Re: Compare 2 GIAs. What you pick is what I buy. Please Help

In all honesty, it's impossible for any of us to know. We rely on pictures, ASET images and other quantitative indicators of performance to judge how a stone will perform in the real world without the benefit of actually laying eyes on it. Without those tools, our opinions are just opinions, not con...

by mercoledi

February 13th, 2013, 12:57 pm

Forum: RockyTalky

Topic: Compare 2 GIAs. What you pick is what I buy. Please Help

Replies: 11

Views: 164
Re: Too Many Choices....halp!

Since you mentioned a love of cushions and halos, I thought I'd throw this one out there. It's a branded cushion, smaller than what you're looking at, but it's A LOT of ring. The DAUSSI CUSHION CUT HALO RING about 4 down: http://jewelsbyericagrace.com/modern_and_estate_rings_page_2

by mercoledi

February 13th, 2013, 12:42 pm

Forum: RockyTalky

Topic: Too Many Choices....halp!

Replies: 42

Views: 561
Re: Compare 2 GIAs. What you pick is what I buy. Please Help

I'm not an expert, but short of being able to see both stones together in person I'd pick the GIA 2136284273 1.08ct. It will appear much larger (.1-.2mm!) and I prefer stones with smaller tables.

by mercoledi

February 13th, 2013, 12:28 pm

Forum: RockyTalky

Topic: Compare 2 GIAs. What you pick is what I buy. Please Help

Replies: 11

Views: 164
Re: If You Had to Pick one of These 3 ?

Only #3 is potentially ideal cut, but you would still want an ASET to confirm.

by mercoledi

February 11th, 2013, 4:04 pm

Forum: RockyTalky

Topic: If You Had to Pick one of These 3 ?

Replies: 3

Views: 82
Re: Looking for Opinions

This one from BN has VSBF. It's a risk as it scores exactly a 2 on the HCA hopefully some of the others will chime in on the cut since BN doesn't provide idealscope images or ASET. http://www.bluenile.com/diamond-search?track=NavDiaSea#diamonds_pid=LD03051843 Stock number: LD03051843 Price: $916 Ban...

by mercoledi

February 7th, 2013, 10:56 am

Forum: RockyTalky

Topic: Looking for Opinions

Replies: 44

Views: 485
Re: Looking for Opinions

If you're looking for strong blue fluorescence, Brian Gavin has a special line of ideal cuts with SBF. It looks like there are a few at/near your price range, though I don't know what his basic settings cost. http://www.briangavindiamonds.com/diamond/brian-gavin-blue-diamonds-with-fluorescence/ ETA:...

by mercoledi

February 7th, 2013, 10:41 am

Forum: RockyTalky

Topic: Looking for Opinions

Replies: 44

Views: 485
Re: Tapper Cut Diamond, anyone?

It looks like "Tapper Diamonds" is a Detroit retailer. Probably worth asking the seller if Tapper is the brand or the cut.
http://www.tappers.com

by mercoledi

February 6th, 2013, 1:59 pm

Forum: Hangout

Topic: Tapper Cut Diamond, anyone?

Replies: 8

Views: 331
Re: Eternity band for Asscher E-ring

The top band here is a little daintier, but is true baguettes: http://antiqueengagementrings.com/shopping/shopdisplayproducts.asp?page=3&id=47 I also love the LM Hamptons band with an undying passion. He has one in a 6 currently despite what the website says: http://www.micropave.com/index.php/w...

by mercoledi

February 5th, 2013, 11:35 am

Forum: RockyTalky

Topic: Eternity band for Asscher E-ring

Replies: 18

Views: 853
Re: What makes up a salary?

Generally no, even with government-funded faculty appointments like your example. The GS system (and the equivalent UK civil service and FCO pay grades) were designed to account for equivalent compensation within grades across highly variable cost of living regions. In the private sector some compan...

by mercoledi

February 4th, 2013, 1:57 pm

Forum: Hangout

Topic: What makes up a salary?

Replies: 33

Views: 500

by mercoledi

February 4th, 2013, 1:49 pm

Forum: Hangout

Topic: Programmable alarm?

Replies: 9

Views: 149
Re: What do you think of this I1 diamond from JA?

Ooh, I have two fancies from GOG that I've been watching. These are close to your budget, but maybe they'd have a basic setting that would help. Fat little pear (with a biiiig table) http://www.goodoldgold.com/diamond/5590/ Ocatagon radiant http://www.goodoldgold.com/diamond/9756/ ETA: just saw you...

by mercoledi

January 30th, 2013, 2:52 pm

Forum: RockyTalky

Topic: What do you think of this I1 diamond from JA?

Replies: 51

Views: 727