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  1. arkieb1

    Old Euro looking for input please!

    Look on Loupetroop & the for sale section on here, members sell and upgrade their diamonds you will find much better cut stones at good prices on Loupetroop.
  2. arkieb1

    Old Euro looking for input please!

    Well cut diamonds have better edge to edge brightness so they appear larger to the human eye, they will have more fire and sparkle generally than less well cut stones. See the loose stone in Link 2 (the larger of the two) that dead ring in the centre of the diamond is what people are calling...
  3. arkieb1

    How much homework for kindergarten?

    I used to teach classes of 30+ kids that age, specialising in two ends of the spectrum - gifted and talented kids at one end and the kids that throw chairs, can't read or write and carry weapons to school, climb out windows and hit people when angry or frustrated at the other so I'm not...
  4. arkieb1

    How much homework for kindergarten?

    He is 11, all his friends are mostly into gaming, they have Youtube accounts, they live stream, they chat on various sites, they were coding and designing games from age 5 onwards, it's hard to keep up with them. Bright kids using technology in ways that never existed when we were kids. Most...
  5. arkieb1

    Self-checkout lanes - Love or Hate em?

    I scanned a trolley full of groceries the other day and the attendant had to come over 6 times because things wouldn't scan properly or work as they should. It was more than mildly annoying...
  6. arkieb1

    New one of a kind Australian boulder opal and gemstone pendant

    Very unique!!! I love Aussie opals!!!
  7. arkieb1

    Chrysoberyl cats eye varieties.

    It's around a $50.00 to $100 stone in todays market, maybe less. It's a poor colour and heavily included. A good specimen stone but not a good gem quality stone.
  8. arkieb1

    Big, glowy and included tsavorite... To buy or not?

    Very pretty Tsavs, I'm always drooling at the Jade rings in the background when you go to shop as well!!!!
  9. arkieb1

    How much homework for kindergarten?

    This is a problem in our society, I see lots of parents and lots of people glued to Iphones, so much so in Australia they get run over crossing roads looking at screens instead of watching for cars. They die in car crashes because they are looking at phones and not the road. I'm sure America...
  10. arkieb1

    How much homework for kindergarten?

    I've read those studies and take a keen interest in them, for every one that claims screen time is addictive there are just as many claiming that screen time doesn't cause addiction, just as it doesn't cause violence etc. I think actually it's too early to tell.... I remember my parents...
  11. arkieb1

    How much homework for kindergarten?

    I think it's an absolute myth that screen time Ipads etc make kids stupid and fry their brains. I have a son who did every level of Angry Birds in two days, by downloading it himself on an Ipad when he was 3.... At 8 he was assessed at having a reading and comprehension age better than most...
  12. arkieb1

    How much homework for kindergarten?

    Countries like Denmark and Finland etc do very little homework at all until children are much older they concentrate on play based activities, co-operation and problem solving and they are said to be smarter and happier because of it. Having said that my son had about that much homework when he...
  13. arkieb1

    Solitaire to halo setting (before and after!)

    Yep that is why halos are so cool!!!
  14. arkieb1

    Name one thing you love about being older

    I've given up on trying to solve everyone else's problems ie family and friends.... I don't have the energy to be sucked into other people's drama any more.
  15. arkieb1

    Feeling gloomy - advice about where to get ring made

    They are being difficult because they want the sale instead of with Jon. I've seen a number of diamonds including badly cut modern cushions, well cut modern cushions, AVCs (I owned one briefly that was .99 carats) and genuine Antique cut cushions. I'd take the latter two (the new perfectly cut...
  16. arkieb1

    Feeling gloomy - advice about where to get ring made

    I think Jon now does settings as well...... you could ask - it might be easier to just get him to make the whole thing for you.
  17. arkieb1

    Feeling gloomy - advice about where to get ring made

    Send the diamond to David Klass, get a quote from him. I'm an Aussie and I've used his bench for multiple things without drama. Also check out Victor Canera's new Antique cuts if you purchase a stone from him you get a small discount on the setting.
  18. arkieb1

    Say your kid had a teacher you really liked and....

    My pet peeve is when my phone spell corrects my swear words, so the words end up as something else. I have to type the actual word I want to use several times before it will write the word... To put this into context, my best friend has just divorced a guy that was and is a complete @#$*...
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    Say your kid had a teacher you really liked and....

    As a former English/History teacher my phone spell corrects and creates errors like this all the time. Having said that it would still bug the [email protected]#* out of me enough that I would have typed, "No problem, you're welcome!!!!" So you are pointing it out without pointing it out. 16 kids? I want...
  20. arkieb1

    My Leon Mege Paraiba Halo Ring was stolen - Reward Offered

    After all this time even if someone did see it you would have zero chance now of getting it back or probably proving if someone else (your ex) paid for it that it was actually yours.
  21. arkieb1

    Is this really cat's eye emerald?

    You can get cats eyes from a wide range a places in a range of stones.... I've seen SWAT emerald cat's eyes and Panjshir Valley cats eyes advertised, so unless it's another type of stone (other than emerald) it could indeed be real.
  22. arkieb1

    Had you ever texted a message to the wrong person ...

    A lady I don't know texted me the photo below stating she thought (insert two children's names would like this) because she was at a gas station filling up and there was a car rally. These are supposed to be funny clones of the Wiggles (children's entertainers who are really huge in...
  23. arkieb1

    Name one thing you love about being older

    I no longer give a [email protected]#* about what other people think.
  24. arkieb1

    Parrot insists on playing peekaboo

    I agree with @kenny my son had violin lessons and for weeks I could hear this bird screeching, wondering what it was after the lesson we walked across the road and followed the sound, turns out it was a beautiful light blue (Aqua) and yellow/golden Macaw. It looked like this...
  25. arkieb1

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

    They are classic elegant and not too big or flashy or small for that matter, the perfect size to wear to work.
  26. arkieb1

    Red/Pink Fluorescence in Antique Blue Topaz?

    They used to market them as being created with "modern technology" and as something rarer than earth mined sapphires and rubies, so the middle class in England and Europe paid a premium for them. Well marketing and withholding gemstones in the market does the same thing ie DeBeers pushing up...
  27. arkieb1

    What is the most selfish thing you do just for yourself?

    Me too!!!! I play Fortnite better than half my son's friends.
  28. arkieb1

    Do I need this aqua?

    Keep in mind you are working with a bunch of enablers.... :lol::lol::lol::lol: