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  1. yssie

    Re-stock fees?

    As a buyer I also detest restocking fees - I would much rather pay 3% more for something I want to keep than be out 3% of something I didn’t care for. I rarely do wire transfers. My CC gives me 3%, and my bank charges a nontrivial flat fee for wire transfers, so for me (again - as a buyer)...
  2. yssie

    I just wanna say -- the random comments thread

    I just wanna say... Welcome to DC. Population: Ungodly :x2:rolleyes:
  3. yssie

    How much homework for kindergarten?

    This, 100%. The Indian education system is another that pumps out people full of book smarts - people who’ve memorized the solutions to a million questions but who can’t problem-solve when faced with deviations from their past experiences. Some cultures also institutionalize “respect for...
  4. yssie

    Need some help with a small budget ;(

    That’s kind of where I am. You two are old enough to be married, so if people see any ring on her left third finger - that’s what they’re going to assume. I certainly don’t object to letting people make their own assumptions - I wore rings on that finger whilst single to avoid attention :))...
  5. yssie

    What do you think of this Diamond for an engagement ring

    @collinmaune I also encourage you to take a look at the stone that @mrs-b has for sale. She is a longtime PS member who chooses beautiful diamonds and takes excellent care of her pieces - if you're open to buying a diamond on the secondary market this is an opportunity to save a pretty penny on...
  6. yssie

    What is the most adventurous thing you ever did?

    Your girls will be thrilled to see where mum grew up!! :appl: I grew up in NZ and Australia - Wellington, then Auckland, then Brisbane, then Canberra - before my family moved to the US. The other half and I are hoping to go to NZ next year - I'm looking forward to seeing the places I called...
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    What is the most adventurous thing you ever did?

    I've led a pretty unadventurous life! I'm thinking about this, and I've really never done anything that gave me the willies. I did leave engineering to move into a presales position. A big career shift for me - and I couldn't be happier. Even that wasn't much of an adventure, though - I've left...
  8. yssie

    How much homework for kindergarten?

    I'm a career homework slacker - couldn't ever be bothered with it. I think I was diligent about homework in exactly one uni course. So I'm not a good example for anyone! But I sure wouldn't begrudge a five year old outdoors time at the expense of reading logs :roll:
  9. yssie

    How much homework for kindergarten?

    Homework for kindy? :oops2: When I got home my mum sent me outside to tire myself out before dinner. And then I had to give a coherent summary of my day over dinner. Nothing on that list sounds unreasonable but it's hard to get four years olds to focus for fifteen minutes - I have no idea how...
  10. yssie

    Need some help with a small budget ;(

    When you said "young" I thought you were in your teens :bigsmile: Many of us - including me - were married in our early twenties ::) Advise her to choose something she will love wearing right now and not worry too much about The Future. You're young now, but over the next few years your...
  11. yssie

    Need some help with a small budget ;(

    WF, BGD, and CBI have different photography styles. They’ll all be beautiful precision-cut stones - no fullness in real viewing. In my opinion bezels are youthful, energetic, always-wearable styles that don’t immediately scream “engagement ring” like pronged solitaires. But... Have you...
  12. yssie

    Selling Jewelry

    There are proportionally more smaller-sized PSers than general populace :)) It won’t block your sale!
  13. yssie

    Need some help with a small budget ;(

    I think of a “promise ring” as something cute, flirty, sweet. Not an engagement ring extravaganza - if you get her a diamond of any size in that setting absolutely everyone will think you’re engaged... Why is her family so excited about a non-engagement ring? Ditto previous posters: If a...
  14. yssie

    Received a fedex label but no box..How to mail?

    You don't pay extra for FedEx's Express packaging - it's like USPS Priority boxes and envelopes: If you pay for the shipment the packaging is included. I'll put my piece into a padded envelope. Put that padded envelope into a Small or Medium sized FedEx box, with extra padding so it doesn't...
  15. yssie

    Selling Jewelry

    Beautiful ring in an always-"in" style. Unless it’s branded likely not hugely pricey. You don't have anything to lose by trying LT... Clear photos from various angles and a thorough description will greatly increase your chances of a quick sale :))
  16. yssie

    Do you filter your selfies?

    LOL. We all have our tributes to vanity... right!? First pic with an iphone 6s just now. It's about 4:30 here in NY... already getting dark. Second with a Canon G7X P&S in fully "auto everything" mode. Both pics are cropped but otherwise unaltered. Neither is flattering at all... but the second...
  17. yssie

    Do you filter your selfies?

    IMO using a real camera (the best phones are mayyyybe comparable to the cheapest point & shoots...) does more for making everything about you flattering than any filters possibly could! I'm a Canon girl. I photograph, crop, and post. If my skin and hair looked like Canon's colour science makes...
  18. yssie

    Advice for selling my diamond Cartier trinity ring

    That's a high-value item - I would definitely recommend consignment rather than DIY like Loupe Troop. You might contact https://www.annsfabulousfinds.com/ - I've personally only bought, not sold, but several people on other forums claim excellent experiences.
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    Feeling gloomy - advice about where to get ring made

    Brilliant suggestion!! @Whisper89 ^^ you could trial the AVC faceting style.
  20. yssie

    Feeling gloomy - advice about where to get ring made

    Love the rec for TGP!! [URL unfurl=“true”]https://www.instagram.com/p/B4N_0PUABV2/?hl=en[/URL] Yields [URL unfurl=“true”]https://www.instagram.com/p/B4N_0PUABV2/?hl=en[/URL] An instagram URL Yields An instagram URL
  21. yssie

    Otherworldy Akoya

    Glorious @amoline :kiss2: :cool2: I would LOVE to see these in-person!! Thank you so much for sharing the finished strand with us!! More photos or video would be most welcome :bigsmile:
  22. yssie

    Best gift your DH/SO ever bought for you

    Mine's great with gifts - he's had so many winners over the years!! Usually featuring the furbabies :bigsmile: One of the best - he was in grad school on the west coast and I was finishing undergrad back east. The first time I flew out to see him he greeted me at the airport with a bear in a...
  23. yssie

    Feeling gloomy - advice about where to get ring made

    I'm sorry you're feeling gloomy! Ditto previous posters - we don't want anyone feeling that way about their jewellery, especially a piece as significant as an engagement ring! :(sad I have forged, die-struck, and cast pieces. Happily, I can assure you that the blurb you read re. pitfalls of...
  24. yssie

    Big blue beauty arrived today.

    Oh my. You wanted "big" and "blue" and you most certainly achieved both those objectives @mrs-b!! What a beautiful specimen!! :cool2: And I love that it is - as far as we know - Australian to match your own heritage :love: This was obviously Meant To Be. It will be stunning set - I'm looking...
  25. yssie

    My blooming Erika Winters collection

    Nothing new here - I had some thumbnails removed after the PS upgrade (thank you moderators!!) and just replacing an old long-distance perspective pic that I didn't mean to delete from the original post.
  26. yssie

    "Inspired by": Antique ring mashed with a Mege basket question

    @Inked, I consider @mrs-b a personal friend. The fact that I met her through PS is entirely ancillary. I’m glad she saw this thread as I truly believe she is the best person to help you navigate working with David Klass successfully. That’s not to say that other people haven’t had successful...
  27. yssie

    "Inspired by": Antique ring mashed with a Mege basket question

    Just for OP's benefit here - there is nothing Frankenring whatsoever about any of @mrs-b's pieces ::) That terminology was admittedly poorly done of me: it conveyed my intent with rather too much precision! I was thinking of two pieces in particular and I'm reasonably confident the posters are...
  28. yssie

    "Inspired by": Antique ring mashed with a Mege basket question

    The juxtaposition of original post concern and current vendor discussion is both bemusing and ironic. I will presume that if you’ve lurked for nearly a decade you’ll understand my raised eyebrows. My opinions don’t matter. My suggestions also don’t matter, but I seem compelled to make them...
  29. yssie

    Is this stud/pendant combination too much for an office setting?

    Was in engineering engineering, now in sales engineering. Recently wore a diamond hair pin - and my usual earrings and rings - to a five-person meeting with a three star general. Noone notices or cares about our jewellery!
  30. yssie

    "Inspired by": Antique ring mashed with a Mege basket question

    You misunderstand how CAD and CAM works. Claw prongs are never cast that way. Some CAD artists will show them in the CAD - this is just for your visualization, and has nothing to do with how the piece is cast and finished... And also has nothing to do with whether or not the bench is capable of...
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