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    What's your blood type?

    I'm B+ and I also don't have CMV. My mom is O-. I was the second child she had but neither of us had issues even though there was no RHoGRAM at that time (1957) especially not where we were (rural Latin America). Later a sister and brother were born also Rh+ with no issues, in the early...
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    What's your blood type?

    I'm B+ and I also don't have CMV. My mom is O-. I was the second child she had but neither of us had issues even though there was no RHoGRAM at that time (1957) especially not where we were (rural Latin America). Later a sister and brother were born also Rh+ with no issues, in the early...
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    When will (not should) America legalize gay marriage?

    Just for the record--I said nothing about the state controlling anyone's life or personal choices. What I said was that the 'state'--that is, every society in the human race has an interest in SUPPORTING some choices that benefit everyone as a whole, especially if they are things that are...
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    When will (not should) America legalize gay marriage?

    I appreciate the willingness to listen and discuss shown here so far. I don't have a lot of time to spend online right now, but I did want to clarify one thing I said that has led, I think, to a rabbit trail. When I talked about 'what you do' I did not mean specific sexual acts. What I meant...
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    When will (not should) America legalize gay marriage?

    This booklet is an example of the kind of thing parents are afraid of. It was passed out to middle school kids and up in Massachusetts in 2005. Besides pornographic descriptions under the guise of 'information' it has a list of gay bars, described as 'a nexus of gay life for all ages'. Middle...
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    When will (not should) America legalize gay marriage?

    If this is a serious question (and you haven't made up your mind that your guess is right and so don't honestly want an answer), I would answer it saying that America is not 50-50 on gay marriage. POLLS come out about 50-50 on gay marriage. Whenever there are elections, the results are very...
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    Why does my diamond appear milky in sunlight?

    Please call the Blue Nile customer service and explain the problem with them, with the information you have gotten on this post. They are very very good about listening and about making exchanges--if you get in during the return period. Since the return period is just a month, if I were you, I...
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    Tennis Bracelet - what length for small lady?

    You could buy it at Pricescope vendor and then go to a trusted neighborhood jeweler to shorten it. then you would get to keep the extra diamonds. You would have to make sure that the style is one that could be easily shortened--in fact you might check with the local jeweler beforehand as to...
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    Graduation goodies: Diamonds and Sapphire

    Congrats on your graduation. Quite an accomplishment. LOVE the sapphire. I usually don't like trillions, but the way that you had that one set makes it beautiful and it sure is a gorgeous color. Wear them in good health.
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    Loving my 3-stone EC

    That is gorgeous--one of the prettiest I've seen on here. Enjoy it in good health.
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    If you could only have one necklace....

    I like a solitaire much better. When I want a look of a little more, I layer several solitaire necklaces, all very delicate, to me this looks better than diamonds by the yard. You can buy solitaires in different sizes one at a time and get this look, and its a little more substantial than the...
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    Mother's Day?

    We sent cards so far. We will probably send a donation to charity for MIL. Her favorite is American Bible Society, which her husband, my dear departed FIL was a huge supporter of. She says she has way more than enough 'stuff' at age 82. My mother would like some clothes. She hates to shop and...
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    Will your kids really want your jewelry?

    MAybe it's a fantasy about daughters-in-law but I am very looking forward to having some and hope we have a good relationship and share things. I don't have any daughters and miss being around other women and doing girly things like swapping (and gifting) jewelry. Besides they will be the...
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    Could someone please explain the whole scarf trend to me?

    Re: Could someone please explain the whole scarf trend to me Can keep one of my good colors next to my face while wearing a color that may not suit me. This is important for me since I am an autumn and cannot wear either black or white next to my face very well--and these are the two colors...
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    When will (not should) America legalize gay marriage?

    It depends. Since those who wish to have this become legal have convinced themselves of a lot of ridiculous things such as that a) marriage is a civil right; b) it is virtuous to stuff the courts with those with the 'correct' belief who will pass the 'proper' laws and ignore the will of the...
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    Will your kids really want your jewelry?

    I have boys so probably not. In general I notice that people tend to like their grandmother's jewelry more than their mother's jewelry. Your mom's jewelry is usually just outdated, but your grandmother's is old enough to be vintage, or even antique and is probably back in style again. My mom...
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    BROOCHES & Pins. Why Don't We Wear Them?

    Brooches in hair: These work with with updoes. You attach the brooch the same way you would a barrette, being careful not to catch your hair in it. It's best to practice with this before actually the night you plan to go out. (This looks best at night). Different brooches will work best for...
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    How can I sit by and watch?

    You can try the thoughtful suggestions above but the most important one is not to jeopardize your relationship with her. I am 55 years old now and this scenario has played out in my life much too often. Every time I told the friend/sister (happened with my sister THREE times)/whoever else that...
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    BROOCHES & Pins. Why Don't We Wear Them?

    I wear brooches all the time. I put them on scarves. I have one that I put in my hair. I put them on blouses and jackets of course. Most of mine are faux but good faux, like art deco pieces I find in thrift shops. I also have a couple with freshwater pearls that I bought in China. I wore one...
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    Size difference between .60 and .90 RB

    Don't have photos but I have a .66 carat solitaire in a ring that is ideal cut and studs that each diamond is .91 carat, also ideal cut and the studs are significantly larger--there's no way you wouldn't notice that they are a LOT bigger.
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    Rant...our older daughter said that ...

    Good luck, DF. My sons stink like this, too. They are constantly claiming favoritism and unfairness. Not just about money. My older son actually came home with an asthma inhalor one time. He had bronchitis or something and had finally gotten an inhalor, like his brother who has asthma and...
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    did your parents throw you a party when...

    Yes they threw me a party and yes I got gifts. Like, a party in our house where my mother served chicken and potato salad that she made and they showed photos and I got some envelopes with $10 or $25 in them (it was 1979). It was very low key. and I was grateful. Unlike my eldest son who is now...
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    How did you become a "cut snob?"

    Ditto. Of course cut makes a difference. But I think it can get so that people trust a piece of paper more than their eyes. Buying on the internet, when I don't get to see the stones in advance, I went for super-ideal in cut but buying in person I go for what my eyes tell me.
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    What is the most beautiful diamond cut of all?

    In a photo, I like anything. But in person I gravitate to round brilliant and marquise. It's hard though to say I like a certain cut best because all cuts have beautiful examples and non-beautiful examples. I remember a (mean) joke my sons and friends used to play in high school (when boys...
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    What cttw. studs do you wear?

    1.81 cttw. I love this size, no desire to change in any way. I have to say though, my mom had (she lost one) 1.35 cttw and mine don't look all that much bigger. I would probably have been happy with that size, too--but on the other hand, it does sound more 'special' somehow to say that they are...
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    If you could pick *any* shape diamond for an engagement ring

    Re: If you could pick *any* shape diamond for an engagement I like rb up to about 1.5 carat. Bigger than that I like fancies, specifically marquise (which looks great on my finger) or pear. Square shapes appeal to me visually but do nothing for my hands. However if I were a princess or...
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    Diamond Prices Projected to Rise?

    Diamond prices still are nowhere near where they were in the early 1980's when I was a fiancee/bride. http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052748704337004575059723597630174.html They went up sharply then (this is why all us 50ish ladies, if we kept our original rings, have less than 1/2...
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    Please Show Me Under 0.6 Carat Engagement Ring That You Love

    Re: Please Show Me Under 0.6 Carat Engagement Ring That You There are lots of these in the under one carat thread--though you do have to sift them out from the .80 and even the .99's (some people's ideas of what a 'small' diamond is are rather skewed) Lots of lovely rings on that thread--I...
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    Trip to IDJ - I1 Clarity?

    I never thought I would get an I1 and then I found one of these. it is a marquise that is 1.19 ct. With the naked eye, I can see the inclusion sometimes, not all the time, when I look for it and many people that I show it to still can't see it. The stone is very sparkly and lively. I got it...
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    Brad and Angelina engaged

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