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  1. icy_jade

    When you see a person who is sporting a lot of jewelry ...

    Depends on what items he/she is wearing. If tasteful/beautiful, I would think he/she loves jewelry. If butt ugly and/or tasteless, probably more of flaunting wealth. That said, irl I observe that the older ladies have more of a devil may care attitude and are more decked out. I’m beginning...
  2. E

    Help Finding a Two-Tone Engagement Ring Please

    Hi Tyty333, your point is well received. My research and reading is actually what led me not to jump at the option of the Shane Setting. And I can't thank you enough for the links you shared for the Gabrielny website. Those settings look really great. I got a chance to speak with my lady, and...
  3. Sunstorm

    Buying A CUT ABOVE diamond for an engagement ring...but need help!

    I can tell you my objective opinion: an I is generally where I think the cut off of still white is. A great value. A J will be a chameleon; awesome stones and even greater value but you will see tint at certain angles and lighting conditions. A super ideal does help that and fluorescence can...
  4. amillionstars

    Is it possible to over-clean a diamond?

    Is there a particular steamer for home use that you would recommend? Thanks!
  5. sledge

    What do you think of this Diamond for an engagement ring

    In addition to the already very sound advice you've been given I might add that color is a RANGE meaning their can be variance between two stones graded the same K color for example. One might appear closer to a J, where another might appear closer to an L. Other times a stone may be in the...
  6. missy

    Nicest thing you have heard someone say about someone’s ring/jewelry

    Hahaha love it. Hysterical indeed. :lol: Ugh what a rude comment from an ignorant individual. All your jewelry is exquisite @mrs-b. That is a fact. I am glad Erica was there and made you feel better. Rudeness can sting but loving words from the heart can erase that sting. I will add I would be...
  7. prs

    #JOTW An Emerald, Diamond, and South Sea Pearl Convertible Necklace.

    Thank you, I too like the simple elegance of the emerald on a gold chain. Thank you, DW is going to be spoilt for choice! :) Thank you! I agree the pearls with diamond centerpiece are a stunner! Thank you! The prestigous Spanish jeweler Yanes was founded in Madrid by Claudio Yanes in 1881, and...
  8. M

    Specific Gravity of Grade B Jadeite

    @icy_jade hehehe clearly you can see how much of newbie I am by my questions. the lady was so mean when I asked. I told her I was trying to learn and she screamed “look, look, look all you want”. Didn’t try to explain anything. Maybe the store having half off price stickers should have been a...
  9. stracci2000

    Fire Agate

    @TheGarnetGirl When I first started this in 2004 or so, I think I spent about $400 on supplies. Today, you might have to go a little higher. You may not believe this, but I still use a plumbers torch. From the hardware store. No one believes me when I tell them. I am very lucky that we have...
  10. LorettaB

    Antique sapphire and diamond ring..with a story

    This story may run long….read at your leisure. This past Saturday I took a ring I had managed to bend (it made me ill when it happened) to the pawnshop where I make regular visits because they have jewelers there that are top-notch. When I got there, there was only one young man waiting on...
  11. Wink

    Is it possible to over-clean a diamond?

    When you said you had it cleaned professionally, I assume it was also polished, which is what is partially responsible for the incredible, WOW look. Now, the cleaning will not cause any damage to the diamond when done professionally, but may in fact microscopically wear on the ring and hasten...
  12. marcy

    Healthy Living Thread

    Hi Kids! Dee Jay, I hope you are out having fun at the gem show now. Sweet. I guess that lady will start up here on September 3rd and hopefully she is out of town down there before he is out of jail. From what I understand they are firing him from our company. How exciting a Costco is...
  13. lydial

    First time (and hopefully last time) engagement ring/diamond shopping

    Not-as-bling-y WF setting with cushion shape for a round center stone. A lot of ladies prefer the thinner shank to stack bands by the way! May free you up a few clams for a better WF stone...
  14. L

    Provence Gems... I am so frustrated. Help!

    thank you so very much for this and for your thoughts and concern. I feel so overwhelmed by this and I feel sick to my stomach by this. I guess I am naive but I didn’t see this coming. I had already made my order when another lady shared her awful experience. She never responded when I asked...
  15. E

    Worried the ring is too big- large oval and halo

    Hi everyone, I’m new to the forum and this place is amazing. I wish I had found it before my ring was purchased so I could have gotten opinions beforehand. My boyfriend and I are about to get engaged and we did all of the ring selection process together- he wanted me to get what I wanted. I’m a...
  16. missy

    Now I really did it :((

    GM lovely ladies! It's big and small dog Sunday. @marcy woohoo to deadlifting 55 lbs! You rock girlfriend. I cannot lift 16 lbs lol and not funny I know. And haha yes I am with you in that wish. May everyone's troubles be minor like having a smudge on their pretty bling :cheeky: Sweet you are...
  17. SandyinAnaheim

    How have people reacted to your new diamond?

    I am the same. I am always complimenting ladies on whatever they are wearing that catches my eye....and I notice EVERYTHING, from tragus piercings to toe rings. If it's sparkly, I WILL see it. My observation is that not everyone is "into" jewelry, even though they may have some dynamite...
  18. Garry H (Cut Nut)

    Can you discern low quality melee in a setting?

    I know the feeling Wink. My first was a lady who wanted a pearl clasp hand made - it was perfect. She did'nt like it so I took some scissors and said "I will give you your money back". She snatched it from me and ran out the door. No idea what her motive was??? Second was one of my apprentices...
  19. missy

    Worried the ring is too big- large oval and halo

    See how you feel when it arrives and if you do indeed love it no problem. And if you don't PSers can help you find the oval and ring of your dreams. But just wait and see what you think when you get it. And there is no such thing as too big when it comes to diamonds if you ask some of us. ;)2...
  20. Tekate

    Now I really did it :((

    @Austina Your cruise has sounded and looked beautiful and wonderful.. welcome home :) Yay Yay if you are in Austin when I am! that would be wonderful... we will have to plan, I'm hoping to be home for American Thanksgiving to see Chris but he said he may come down too.. all up in the air that...
  21. icy_jade

    Somebody's Gotta Buy This Stone!

    Ok so I thought you ladies may like to know that it tested as paraiba, likely Mozambique, via my local gem lab. Sent for re-sizing but here’s a pic: Irl the color is much much lighter than pictured on the site. Quite true to paraiba color rather than towards indicolite as pictured on site...
  22. kgizo

    Diamonds Original to Piece

    I would like the vendor to disclose this but I don’t believe they are obligated to do so. Sometimes vintage jewelry is missing stones or has damaged stones that should be replaced so I don’t expect vintage pieces to be 100% original (but I always hope :)). If I ask if there have been any...
  23. marcy

    Now I really did it :((

    Hi NIRDI’s! Missy, yes Marty did say it’s cool in Montana; he had to put on jeans instead of his usual shorts. The altitude there is lower than here but it’s further north. Bubbalah looks great with Ollie too. Great pictures of the deer. I am enjoying a quiet weekend so far. Thank you...
  24. marcy

    Now I really did it :((

    Hi NIRDI’s! Junebug, this time of year I am thrilled when it’s cloudy on my way to work. I have a badge for work that I use to block the sun when it’s right in my face. Marty was puzzled why it took me so long to get home that night - he was amused when I told him I followed the wrong pickup...
  25. missy

    Now I really did it :((

    So glad Colin is feeling a bit better Austina. How exciting that Adam and Kim will be there Tuesday. I know you cannot wait. Hi Austina, yes the portions are huge. To be fair that is their large. We had been getting their mediums most of the summer but one day Greg was like I am getting a...
  26. Tekate

    Now I really did it :((

    ugh, I thought I posted last evening but it turns out I didn't, it was here this a.m. sooo I'm going to just say hello, good morning here in the USA. Going to rain in TX today supposedly. We are thinking townhouse in PA, don't want any maintenance, with 2.5 hours of NYC. :) will really start...
  27. HNGN

    BF bought engagement ring but not fully ready?

    Hello dear, after reading your story, I just wanna pop in to say hi! And to salute you for your courage to "dare to walkaway" despite in the situation you are in "being pregnant". I know alot of couples force to get married or stay together for "kids" or "because the female is pregnant" but...
  28. missy

    Now I really did it :((

    Good morning girls! @junebug17 sending you big (((hugs))) and much love and continued good luck wishes. You and Zoe remain in my thoughts and prayers. @AV_ wonderful news and I am keeping my fingers crossed for you. Yes to falling back to sleep after a nice shower. You're living a sweet life...
  29. P

    Help evaluating with ruby ring or loose ruby/spinel ?

    Hi everyone I got the stone! Here are some pics I just took this morning. Now I have a HUGE appreciation of how hard it is to take pics of a stone, especially when its so dark and overcast out. Plus they are wiggly little things, so the first few I just left it in the box that in came in. I...
  30. TheGarnetGirl

    My Rosey Blue-Green Gem Silica Ring

    Hello All! :dance: As some of you may remember I was recently-ish given a 14mm cushion shaped blue-green gem silica from my beau for Mothers Day. It was his first purchase for me alone that was perfect for me in all ways and I was gobsmacked as the poor guy cannot tell solid 14k from gold...
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