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There is so much information that could be covered on this thread.  Here are a just a few thoughts.  The home cleaners are ok if you look at them as a way to clean some of the jewelry, some of the time, and not expecting the results of having your jewelry cleaned by a jeweler.  Sort ...

by yowahking

November 13th, 2004, 7:11 am

Forum: RockyTalky

Topic: salton jewelry spa is awesome for cleaning

Replies: 99

Views: 9955


Radiants vary so much on shape, size, and look, you really just need to see few.  When we show radiants, we show at least 4 stones.  That way you see what is better about each of them.   Good to see them in sunlight and also under the counter where there is no spot light.  A...

by yowahking

November 13th, 2004, 6:46 am

Forum: RockyTalky

Topic: RADIANT advice- calling all radiant resident experts!

Replies: 49

Views: 5969


While it is true that an Ideal cut or very fine cutting can mask some of the body color of the gem, there are some other factors.  The stone may have some flourescence which often makes the stone look a grade better.  It may be that it was a stone closer to an I color and the grader was to...

by yowahking

November 4th, 2004, 3:47 pm

Forum: RockyTalky

Topic: J color diamond that issnt really yellow???

Replies: 10

Views: 1836


The simple answer is that honest jewelers will be honest.  Good  goldsmiths rarely damage stones.  Dishonest jewelers will find a way to cheat you, diamond switching is the rarest of cheated situations.  Price and quality are much more common.  If the appraiser suggested the...

by yowahking

October 30th, 2004, 6:44 am

Forum: RockyTalky

Topic: Custom setting: Does jeweler need actual diamond?

Replies: 11

Views: 943


Keith Foulke''s parents live next to our parents here in AZ, so we became RED SOX fans this year (as well as missing Schilling from our team).  Imagine betting when they were down 3-0 to the Yankees on not only beating them but sweeping the WS?  BIG BUCKS!

by yowahking

October 30th, 2004, 6:31 am

Forum: Hangout

Topic: RED SOX WON~!~!~!

Replies: 13

Views: 667


If you are looking for gems where the supply of rough is easy and crystals are large like amethyst, blue topaz, citrine, etc., you can find about 4 billion sites for 6mm stones.  If you are looking for more rare gems like ruby, sapphire, emerald, tzavorite, tanzanite, in nicer qualities, gems a...

by yowahking

October 30th, 2004, 6:24 am

Forum: Colored Stones

Topic: Calibrated Gemstones?

Replies: 3

Views: 997


Never a mockery, just that the smartass side of me comes out late at night after a hundred emails. I wish I could use a name like leggs, although I would have to put a disclaimer of "much too white" below.

by yowahking

October 26th, 2004, 8:07 pm

Forum: Colored Stones

Topic: Hey guys, gals, how''s my pair of gems look?

Replies: 8

Views: 992


Although colour change (ceylon spelling) or as we call color change is rare, the 1/2 ct size is not so rare in the paler color tones. If you paid between $50 and $150 you did fine as the stone looks pretty well cut. Keep it clean as hand lotion and soap will kill the paler stone when in a setting. Y...

by yowahking

October 26th, 2004, 7:59 pm

Forum: Colored Stones

Topic: Colour change Sapphire

Replies: 12

Views: 2405


Resized with a special machine????? Someone told you a very interesting story. Hope they are not selling some swamp land. Sizing the ring down takes a good jeweler. Some rings can not go from a size 8 to a 4 no matter how good the jeweler is. Some rings are not made very well and stones fall out not...

by yowahking

October 26th, 2004, 7:52 pm

Forum: Colored Stones

Topic: My Favorite Blues

Replies: 2

Views: 754


If it is truly sapphire, truly strong on the chatoyant eye, and truly the color that you show, very nice. I bet the Japanese market would snatch it up. I often get outbid by a Japanese guy on odd, fun gems. Looks much like chrysoberyl in the picture. I love Phenom gems, from cheap ones like chatoyan...

by yowahking

October 26th, 2004, 7:45 pm

Forum: Colored Stones

Topic: Chatoyancy sapphire, NEED HELP!!!

Replies: 5

Views: 1249


I think mistakes are relevant to scale. An employee of mine got in a hurry and tagged a wedding band at our cost. It was in the case for weeks till someone noticed the smoking deal and bought it. When the ticket was written up, I noticed it and told the customer that it was mismarked and the correct...

by yowahking

October 22nd, 2004, 5:29 am

Forum: RockyTalky

Topic: Blue Nile pricing error!!!!

Replies: 147

Views: 7837


Iceman, Your suggestion about white gold ring and plat head may be what you like, but it is often not the best solution. For someone who is rough on prongs and likes a 4 prong setting, and likes a taller prong, that is a bad combination. Plat prongs bend easier and with a taller head, the ratio is m...

by yowahking

October 22nd, 2004, 5:11 am

Forum: RockyTalky

Topic: Platinum vs. White Gold

Replies: 21

Views: 2927


Sorry Robin and Todd, you are quite wrong about white gold and platinum. You said that white gold is more pliable than platinum. You have it reversed. Plat is much softer which is why setters like to work with it. It also scratches and dents easier. You said it is more durable. That depends on wheth...

by yowahking

October 22nd, 2004, 5:02 am

Forum: RockyTalky

Topic: Platinum vs. White Gold

Replies: 21

Views: 2927


Very nice stone. My 21 year old son will be in today to help me post the pictures as I did it wrong. Better with stones than computer stuff. A request is for shapes of fire agate, you will see many shapes, but not shapes as you are used to seeing, more free form. Following where nature put the color...

by yowahking

October 20th, 2004, 7:43 am

Forum: Colored Stones

Topic: Agate

Replies: 45

Views: 4483


Price is fair, although there is a reason that a G VS 2 would be at $4000, the cut is not so hot, better to have a really pretty H SI 1 with a great cut than a below average cut. 8% crown angle is not great for princess cut. My bet is that it is a little dead through the middle of the stone. The oth...

by yowahking

October 20th, 2004, 7:36 am

Forum: RockyTalky

Topic: Another ring off the internet....

Replies: 7

Views: 892


Mayacamas, Kudos to you for finding a sapphire that you really like and learning some along the way. I try to help jewelers who think that their customers do not buy sapphires, usually either the jeweler knows very little about them or has very few to show. The more we have in stock, the more we sel...

by yowahking

October 19th, 2004, 7:14 pm

Forum: Colored Stones

Topic: Sapphire Engagement Ring - I need advice

Replies: 22

Views: 2838


As the previous person said, extra facets do not mean it is better. Someone once told me that 6 pair of earrings do not make her prettier. You should buy the bet looking diamond that you can afford, have an independent appraiser varify that you made a good choice, insure it and enjoy it. BBB is on o...

by yowahking

October 18th, 2004, 7:36 pm

Forum: RockyTalky

Topic: Bailey Banks & Biddle "Lineage" Diamond ring

Replies: 2

Views: 5205


Ok, I have let this go a few days. Is it just me or was anyone else expecting something else on this thread? Kidding......no hate mail.

by yowahking

October 18th, 2004, 7:25 pm

Forum: Colored Stones

Topic: Hey guys, gals, how''s my pair of gems look?

Replies: 8

Views: 992


Nice pictures Richard, and bravo for learning to cut fire agate. So many cab them like cheap quartz in calibrated ovals and miss the wonder of this gem. I am partial to the combination of green and purple. Working on a jewelry art piece of a 300 ct specimin. Not the best cutting, but the shape lends...

by yowahking

October 18th, 2004, 7:23 pm

Forum: Colored Stones

Topic: Agate

Replies: 45

Views: 4483


Many things, appraisal would be a start. Being not heated does not make it nice, or the right price, or the right cut, or the right shape, or the right brightness, or the right depth for your mounting choice. Sort of like picking a wife only on the criteria of being a virgin. I got lucky and found a...

by yowahking

October 18th, 2004, 5:38 am

Forum: RockyTalky

Topic: question re sapphire purchase

Replies: 2

Views: 730


diamondlil, The insurance company asking you whether you want to bump your coverage is a great way to get them more money. Most people never have a loss, think about if only 20% of those who are asked "bump" the coverage and only 1% ever have a loss. Pretty good yearly increase in business. My advis...

by yowahking

October 18th, 2004, 5:32 am

Forum: RockyTalky

Topic: Updating Appraisals?

Replies: 13

Views: 1107


I will post some pictures of my fire agates, if you like opal and amololite, you should become a big fan of fire agate. There are only two sources for it, AZ and Mexico, although I see dealers selling it in Germany, HK, etc. Like many things, once you like it, you search the world for it. I feel sor...

by yowahking

October 18th, 2004, 5:19 am

Forum: Colored Stones

Topic: Agate

Replies: 45

Views: 4483


My guess is that the diamond was not owned by the jeweler and only had a copy of the cert for you. That is pretty typical so the certs do not get lost till they are sold. If that is the case, the jeweler should have the original in a few days. If there is no original, GIA can issue another one for a...

by yowahking

October 17th, 2004, 7:07 pm

Forum: RockyTalky

Topic: Original GIA dossier

Replies: 5

Views: 886


You have started several questions that can be long discussions. I would look back to see some of the answers that are already given on these topics. There are many advantages about each metal, much misinformation about each metal, many people who do not know how to work with each metal, and some me...

by yowahking

October 17th, 2004, 7:00 pm

Forum: RockyTalky

Topic: White Gold differences?

Replies: 1

Views: 978


window shopper, The answer is neither or both. No one has the best prices all the time on every stone. As a rule, you can find better prices at independent stores than malls. You can find better prices on PS than on Ebay. You can find better prices in a small pawn shop than a large one. Your neighbo...

by yowahking

October 17th, 2004, 7:41 am

Forum: RockyTalky

Topic: where to get the best diamond prices

Replies: 6

Views: 1375


Something to keep in mind. Ideal cut is a broad term. What was the original Ideal cut from Lazzare Kaplan is still a nice diamond, but looks different from what is now the AGS triple 0 cut that most are using for the Ideal standard. You can line up 5 AGS 000 cuts of all the same size and grade and o...

by yowahking

October 17th, 2004, 7:31 am

Forum: RockyTalky

Topic: Is this diamond considered an IDEAL cut?

Replies: 50

Views: 2061


Assuming that the dark spot in the picture is a small diamond flush set into the head. You did not mention wg or platinum? In wg you should be able to buy that ring for around $1400-$1700, in Plat from $1600 to $1900. For $8100? What am I missing? Honeymoon trip included?

by yowahking

October 17th, 2004, 7:09 am

Forum: RockyTalky

Topic: Birks Blue Knife Edge Band

Replies: 12

Views: 2310


The price is the the right range for that type material. Not a screaming deal but not overpriced. You may find that the stone has a slight color change from the yellowish lights in your bathroom vanity to the sunlight. It will look more purple in the bathroom, more blue in sunlight. If it is not hea...

by yowahking

October 17th, 2004, 7:03 am

Forum: Colored Stones

Topic: Picture of my New Sapphire

Replies: 14

Views: 1187


I agree with many issues of how Rap is misused. I agree with Gary that Rap is much more complicated than most people use it for. Those of us who buy large quantities of diamonds for many years learn the ways to look at stones in a paper with a quick glance and know which ones "pop" and which do not....

by yowahking

October 16th, 2004, 6:31 pm

Forum: RockyTalky

Topic: Pricing question...Rapp report in B&M vs online vendor

Replies: 40

Views: 8017


Looks like you got a nice stone, that chain in Vegas is known for using some far out, whacky appraisals, to go along with the jewelry. I suggest a real appraisal just to make sure you did ok. Only insure for real appraised value, not 5 times selling price.

by yowahking

October 16th, 2004, 12:49 am

Forum: RockyTalky

Topic: OK I''m Ready to Tell My Story

Replies: 14

Views: 1758