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    How much homework for kindergarten?

    Where I live, all this does is give more points for magnet lottery. Eg if your school is under performing among other things you have a better chance to be selected for magnet.
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    How much homework for kindergarten?

    I would take your concerns and questions to the teacher. It would be terrible if the teachers kept him back due to not doing homework, but ironically enough I was just in another parenting group and they talked about some districts counting homework as 20% of grade with no exceptions even for...
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    How much homework for kindergarten?

    My son is an April baby. They had no interest in keeping him back, because he had learned the grade level math and writing and didn’t have learning gaps. I think they would not do that unless your child wasn’t hitting milestones like learning to read in kinder, right? And, if they decided to...
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    How much homework for kindergarten?

    More of my opinion. Off topic. I’m Gen X. I had no homework in school until High School. None. Or maybe a few very minor projects every couple of years. I developed all of my educational discipline and structure in high school. And I did well there and very well in college and grad...
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    How much homework for kindergarten?

    I agree, fifteen minute chunks of work for a kindergartner, especially at night after a long day is all I would expect. 20 minutes tops. I tutor kindergartners and have young kids and this reflects my experience. When my first grade son stopped being able to do his homework at night (we think...
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    Yummy vanilla 1.93ct R AVC

    I totally love your IDJ find. I’m going to look up that setting! It’s gorgeous and looks perfect with your diamond.
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    Say your kid had a teacher you really liked and....

    Agonized, not antagonized. See?
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    Say your kid had a teacher you really liked and....

    Some people have a compulsion to correct other people. My husband and his entire family, for example. I dunno, it’s a compulsion but it feels often to me like a power trip and a way to reinforce a fervently believed superior set of learning. I even get corrected when I try to explain the...
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    Opinions on this 3.02 ct Antique Cushion J SI2 AGS Please <3

    Hi Liking85. Now I know your budget, and that this is for a special engagement ring, I’d recommend that you really try to identify the 4C (and other) parameters for what you exactly want, and have people here try to help you find that. If you do think you want this particular antique cushion...
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    Wrongfully imprisoned, now free: meet Edwina’s former cellmate!

    Wow, I love her. You got a deal. Don’t unmount your other OMC, I’d wait till you can find a dedicated item. BTW, Those two look very similar. Can you use THEM for your earrings?
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    Opinions on this 3.02 ct Antique Cushion J SI2 AGS Please <3

    Hi Liking85. I’m going to say a couple things, don’t take them personally. First, it would be best if you worked with the dealer who offers the stone you like, not the other way around. I would cast a wide net to find the stone you want. Try luxury consignment sites, eBay, Loupe Troop...
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    Opinions on this 3.02 ct Antique Cushion J SI2 AGS Please <3

    I think this stone looks very pretty but the inclusions and flourescence should bring the price down and should be things you can accept. Keep in mind that because of the depth, the stone’s dimensions might be a little smaller than a modern cut 3 carat. You should like the finger coverage...
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    Opinions on this 3.02 ct Antique Cushion J SI2 AGS Please <3

    Can you tell us what you are considering a good price for a 3.02 carat K color SI2 Med blue fluorescent stone? Are you open to working with other vendors? What is it you are looking for? Are you looking for a real antique or a modern cut antique? Have you looked around at other antique cuts...
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    My re-set! 4.9 cttw 3-stone antique cushion ring, by Mark T and CVB

    Absolute perfection. Enjoy your light show, the ring is an instant classic.
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    Questions about a recent influx of antique diamonds - a discussion.

    We need to Sarin all the antiques as they come in and save in a database. Please, cutters, keep records of this lost art. I’m hope in fifty years antique styles will be cut more regularly and with great artistry (such as at Gemconcepts). Many of us would pay the premium. Also, Diagem, please...
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    Anyone for a massive Old Mine Cut or two? 15ct and 26ct?!

    Beautiful, but this is an example of the recent trend of huge old cut diamonds that could not possibly be antique. IMO. Antique diamonds like this would have come out of a dismantled crown or larger piece owned by royals or tycoons. They would have a provenance. One can barely find them in...
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    Old Cut Challenge: help me find a wonky match

    You may want to up your budget or maybe see if Ilya would take an offer. I don’t see bubbly ones like yours too often. Yours is beautiful!
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    Old Cut Challenge: help me find a wonky match

    #10 and #13 look the most like your old mine cut.
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    Can anyone help date this ring?

    I agree. I also think the little diamonds look like “single cuts”. So I’m guessing a newer setting (1940s onwards) with diamonds from the early 1900s. Your Old European Cut has very pretty faceting, this is a beautiful ring.
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    Old Cut Challenge: help me find a wonky match

    You could also look at the offerings of Parks Fine Group. He’s bad at customer service it seems but does offer bubbly OMCs at very good prices from time to time. Also send an email to Sako at Cicada Jewelry on Instagram. He sometimes encounters these types I’m sure. Ebay sometimes has bubbly...
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    Found an Identical Diamond in the Book "American Cut 1st 100yrs"

    I wish we had a resident antique cut expert here or anywhere. It’s a lost art form and a lost knowledge base. My impression from Al Gilbertson’s book “American Cut” was that there were cutting houses all over the Northeast US and in numerous cities in Europe, including London, in the early 20th...
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    Royal Blue Sapphire Ring

    Beautiful! Your sapphire is stunning! I’d love to see more photos, thank you for sharing. How will you be setting it?
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    Platinum Halo Setting: 10% iridium alloy poor quality?

    Yes, it is. :( Here’s a little link from 2015 stating cost differential is a reason to use ruthenium over iridium, and saying that iridium plat 900/100 is softer and more scratch prone versus ruthenium plat 950/50 which is very scratch resistant and harder. That’s considered a selling point...
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    Kashmir sapphire may have been switched.

    Hi Tigertales. After living with your sapphire for a while, do you still have the same sense that it was switched? Honestly, I think I know what you mean about the color of the before and after not matching. Your old stone photo was predominantly blue. The photos of the new stone look like it...
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    Platinum Halo Setting: 10% iridium alloy poor quality?

    There’s a platinum description page on Mark Morrell’s website that describes why he uses platinum iridium 900/100. Suffice it to say that Mark Morrell is known for his “liquid platinum” craftsmanship of the highest order. 900/100 or 10% iridium is used in both antique jewelry with its...
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    OEC pair received but I’m unsure if I should keep them.

    I agree with the previous posters that you ultimately want some guarantee that the color and clarity of your diamonds match the price. However, I would at this point look at ALL matched pairs from Alex or Adam even if they don’t have a lab report. If you are color insensitive, at this point I...
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    OEC pair received but I’m unsure if I should keep them.

    Like a previous poster mentioned, ask Parks Fine Group to keep an eye out for you. Regarding these stones, the ONLY thing that matters is that you aren’t thrilled by them. If you don’t feel it now you likely won’t. One thing you may want to do is tell Alex what you are looking for in an OEC...
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    New here! Prong/craftsmanship help

    Either way seems acceptable. Some people prefer no gap or air space between the pavilion of the diamond and the prongs. Setting a diamond in the prongs with no air space can make the diamond lower and closer to the hand which some people prefer. Air space between prongs and pavilion enables...
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    Platinum Halo Setting: 10% iridium alloy poor quality?

    FYI, I’ve asked Steven Kirsch in the past when I asked him for a quote once if he could do Platinum Iridium instead of Platinum Ruthenium and he was fine with it. If you love his work (I agree he is a pave master) please don’t hesitate to ask him directly if he can do Platinum Iridium 900/100...
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    Your Latest Jewelry Purchases/Things You're Considering....

    Winnie tucker, your antique cushions look awesome! EC8 is my personal ring hero. Her ideas and the results are inspiring! EC8 if you are reading this, I’d love to know where you get your inspiration. Do you collect images in Pinterest for example? All the details in both your rings add add...
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