Written by Aeolianarpa » October 29th, 2011, 3:12 pm:DS, indeed they did. Though I'd say they were bought without selling themselves hehe! They managed to keep their apprentice system in place and only lost one or two people (what a woeful inconvenience that Sara is gone, she made a great office manager!). Prices went up quite a bit before the takeover (too little, too late) and soaring metal pricing didn't help either. On the positive side, it's a great relief for Larry to be able to operate without such crushing financial concerns. Silver lining and all that!Glad you like the prongs, back I go to silent willing
Written by diamondseeker2006 » November 1st, 2011, 5:41 pm:MtG...oh gosh, the pendant prices are through the roof. They were higher than the ring prices a year ago! I'd be afraid to hear current prices!
Written by diamondseeker2006 » November 1st, 2011, 7:00 pm:Sharon, the little ring that I like is $1000 more than the quote exactly a year ago!!! My fault for waiting...but at the same time, I didn't know they were getting bought out. I am still thinking about it depending on what diamond or diamonds I end up with. Larry Van Craeynest is so nice. He has called me a couple of times since our conversation a few weeks ago to check and see if I was ready to order! I think knowing him (by distance in my case) adds a little charm to the setting.
Written by diamondseeker2006 » February 8th, 2012, 11:00 pm:That is beautiful, MTG!!! I think that was a great decision to set the .9 in that setting and use the Lazare for a pendant! I am impressed with Victor's engraving as well. Those two would actually work well together if they were the same color metal.
Written by stepcutnut » February 9th, 2012, 3:34 pm:I am in love with all these pieces!!! I was wondering if anyone has a pic of the VC makers mark??? Am pretty positive I just purchased an 812 in 18kt WG with 5 small sapphires and one larger blue sapphire center stone---will keep my fingers crossed!
Written by stepcutnut » February 9th, 2012, 4:41 pm:Thanks so much for the pic MTG! Your ring is fabulous! I saw you sent it back into have it gone over and it looks like they did a really lovely job!!! May I ask how you proceeded with that?
Written by MakingTheGrade » February 9th, 2012, 4:48 pm:Written by stepcutnut » February 9th, 2012, 4:41 pm:Thanks so much for the pic MTG! Your ring is fabulous! I saw you sent it back into have it gone over and it looks like they did a really lovely job!!! May I ask how you proceeded with that?Thank. Yeah, I would be surprised if anybody has tried to reproduce this ring as the craftsmanship is so intricate and delicate. I just sent an email to VC, then sent in my ring, and they sent me an invoice. Strangely enough, they did the work first, and then charged me rather giving me an estimate first. You may want to make sure they tell you an estimate before they start the work, but it was pretty reasonable in my case so it wasn't a big deal, just seemed a little odd to me.I could definitely tell the difference though, the details came back much sharper!
Written by stepcutnut:I think it worked this time All I can get for now, can't quit capture the sapphire color-but gives an idea at least!
Written by MakingTheGrade:Can't wait to see the ring StepCut!My leon mege band made it here! I love it and it's so incredibly perfect with my Van Craeynest. Delicate and blingy and architectural without overwhelming. I just had to share a few photos I snapped with my phone.
Written by diamondseeker2006 » February 14th, 2012, 6:57 pm:MTG...your rings are just gorgeous together!!! Stepcutnut! Where did you find that beauty??? The sapphire color looks beautiful!!!
Written by Amys Bling » February 14th, 2012, 9:15 pm:Written by stepcutnut:I think it worked this time All I can get for now, can't quit capture the sapphire color-but gives an idea at least!stunning!!
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