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  1. B

    An Earring Allergy Product Discovery

    I wasn’t sure which thread to post this in, but I just came across these on Etsy (haven’t tried them but they seem to have gotten some good reviews). If anyone has tried something similar, please post your experience, good or bad...
  2. Garry H (Cut Nut)

    Are we too elitist & doing 99% of newbies a disservice?

    WOW, we really are getting some great discussion and debate here. Thnak you all. Yssie I have proposed variants (between Andrey and me, and he might kill me for raising this) of what you propose with folk who are experts, chosen by a active forum member committee and Admin. Imagine on the home...
  3. Ellen

    Did you get a flu shot this year?

    Well my own personal opinion would be that we were designed to get the measles and then enjoy life long immunity. But we are not affording people that option now, since we are vaccinating everyone with a "fake" measles so to speak. It's not the same. But here's a thought from someone whom I'm...
  4. ksinger

    Hope the President does a good job for USA

    Well, here is something cheerful for the day. And remember, this is right now, BEFORE we go to true wild west status. Just think how much more fun it will be once every whack job with masculinity issues can sashay onto a plane with a pistol in his overnight, and a long gun to sling into the...
  5. Austina

    Now I really did it :((

    Hello lovelies @Calliecake we definitely think there’s more going on with Shirley than grief. We’ve noticed over the last few years that she’s been getting confused, not remembering things, and ‘remembering’ things that didn’t happen. She was convinced last week that she and Bob had been to...
  6. AGBF

    23andme genetic testing: anyone do this?

    I found one article in "The New York Times" about ancestry and race not too long ago (see above). Today I found another one, which was essentially a book review of a new book entitled Who We Are And How We Got Here. I will have to reread it because it is really not my field. I do find it...
  7. missy

    Unexpected medical adventure

    @TooPatient to answer your question I am sharing it here for you. https://www.medscape.com/viewarticle/848225#vp_1
  8. missy

    Fragrance of the Day Thread

    Ooh the Civet sounds promising. Love coffee, leather and incense and yes to longevity. Thank you for the recommendation. By the way you work fast.How many perfumes did you sample in a day? I am impressed. The most I can handle is one a day but I get fragrance overwhelmed too easily and it...
  9. Arcadian

    Fragrance of the Day Thread

    I guess around 2010-2011 I went to one of the big perfume shows in NY. You learned how to huff trust me :lol: I was enthralled by all the fumes there. It was a lot of fun and the perfumers do teach you a few techniques for smelling. When I have a lot to test, I start with the coffee filter...
  10. missy

    Oh those Millennials ;)

    Gypsy, LOL and I know all about PICA and that is very true about the anemia thing but you already know that now. :bigsmile: Yes sometimes it is nice having others look out for us and care about us. It is the nosy for nosiness sake that I loathe but that kind of nosiness that you experienced in...
  11. Rockdiamond

    Article: Over Grading of Blue Fluorescent Diamonds Revisited

    Re: Article: Over Grading of Blue Fluorescent Diamonds Revis We all agree that 2 grades of color change exists based on differences in lighting. That's inherent in color grading of fluorescent diamonds. Michael's claim that GIA is doing this incorrectly is simply not proved by his study...
  12. Circe

    New Age/Natural/Holistic Healing: Discuss!

    Just putting this out there, from on article on the recent discovery of a genetic test for depression: "The research, published in Translational Psychiatry, uses a blood lab test and is the first objective diagnosis for the disorder. The test measures levels of nine RNA molecules, which are...
  13. marymm

    When will you call it quits?

    This is exactly where I am at... while the journey to get here has been so much fun and filled with so much learning and discovery, I have slowed down considerably - I regularly review my loose stones and my jewelry boxes trying to winnow down to what I am terming my core collection, and there...
  14. Roger Dery

    need help to gem experts of this forum

    Hi Minou - regarding my use of the word "flat".... I was referring to the individual facets, in that, they were not exhibiting a curvature either slightly concave, or slightly convex. Meaning, given when they were likely rendered, that the individual facets were quite flat. Assuming this is...
  15. minousbijoux

    need help to gem experts of this forum

    Once again, so impressed, Roger. Of course you would go to gem shows looking for the old discarded ugly ducklings and of course it would take years to train your eye to know what to seek! It makes perfect sense. How exciting to make a discovery like your blue spinels. And thank you for your...
  16. AGBF

    Young girls and their relationship to food

    House Cat, I cannot thank you enough for your thoughtful and open posting. Not only did you share honestly about your own experiences, which-being first hand-were very helpful, but you were very empathic in bending your mind to possible causes of my daughter's distress. I must tell you that my...
  17. John Pollard

    Diamond prices - will they rise or fall?

    Thank you David. Regarding the forecast, I imagine so. Nothing in the macro has changed to alter it. In terms of global demand, I've been in HK and China a few times in recent years and was in Shanghai just a week after Mr. Rapaport's presentation in June. It's all about numbers (of people) and...
  18. ksinger

    A thread about political correctness and publishing . . .

    Re: A thread about political correctness and publishing . . Ah, now Swimmer, you may not recall it, but I do - this discussion of historical change and interpretation was had many moons ago. I remember quite well because I cajoled my husband into writing a little explantion of history and how...
  19. O

    Preggo stuff, Baby Stuff, Toddler Stuff...post your best finds here!!

    Re: Preggo stuff, Baby Stuff, Toddler Stuff...post your best Well I'm 4 months in and thought I'd do a little review of some baby items. I read through this ENTIRE thread at least twice when I was pregnant and the advice was all really helpful so I really want to contribute for future moms...
  20. kittybean

    Shocked At My Husband... HELP!

    Disorderly conduct is generally either a petty offense or a misdemeanor, depending on the jurisdiction. You probably have a while until your husband has to appear in court. The first thing I would do is order discovery. The prosecutor is obligated to give you everything in their file...
  21. CatLuver

    The Official TTC Thread!

    Hou, thanks for the support earlier. I saw that Brothers & Sisters episode and cried a little too...Oh, and my therm (Walgreens) does that too. It has 4-5 "favorites," who knows if my temps really are that consistent or the therm is wacky. dcgator, are you guys full on trying now? Or are you on...
  22. Sagebrush

    The French Blue is a colored stone

    Flygirl, et al, There are a few good new books and a couple of older publications I would like to recommend: Emeralds, A passionate Guide: by Ronald Ringsrud: Ron has spent a career in the emerald business. I spent a couple of weeks with him in 2007. Some great history, images and insights...
  23. partgypsy

    Avatar (the movie)

    I purposely didn''t read any reviews, previews, etc of Avatar because I''ve had movies ruined for me before, so I was able to watch it "fresh". After watching the movie and reading some review I can see where people are coming from regarding the simple plot, and non-nuanced of sky people versus...
  24. moremoremore

    I passed the bar!

    First of all, congrats on passing...I know how incredibly stressful and draining it is.... Second, I would clarify the odds of them hiring you in the new year. If they say it's most likely, I'd think about doing document review work (basically reviewing discovery) at a big firm for now. They...
  25. Gailey

    The mystery of the Gem of Tanzania''s £11m valuation

    Article from UK''s Mail on Sunday The saga surrounding a 2kg purple rock called the Gem of Tanzania continues as many doubt its valuation at £11million. The cricket ball-sized crystal, thought to be a ruby, had transformed, Wrekin Construction''s balance sheet though the injection of £11m in...
  26. John Pollard

    True Hearts - Technical discussion

    Read below. Precision-patterning was a goal, as much as performance in the Firescope. It's what resulted in the "eight stars." And though Eightstar never touted the pavilion cutting the examples I've seen have fine optical symmetry. It's no surprise that Yamashita said to himself "hey...
  27. LaraOnline

    Circumcision for baby boys back in vogue?

    This is an interesting story... The Australian medical system has been extremely anti-circumcision (and anti-choice) for some years now... When my little boy was born two years ago, it seemed almost ''wrong'' to even ask after circumcision... while I was pretty philosophical about it all, I...
  28. michaelgem

    EVOLUTION OF THE IDEAL CUT

    Ideal Evolution Ever wonder why a large majority of diamonds are cut and polished as 58-facet round brilliants? Why are top quality round brilliants referred to as American Ideal, Tolkowsky Ideal or just Ideal Cut? Al Gilbertson asked those questions back in 1976, the first day on the job as...
  29. Garry H (Cut Nut)

    EVOLUTION OF THE IDEAL CUT

    Ideal as a concept has ground our industry into a very tight spot between a rock and a very hard place. Al has written an interesting book with loads of work and research. I doubt that it could or should ever be "the last word" or any such thing as the best word. Because you assume that such an...
  30. I

    I HAVE A DIAMOND… and a story to go with it!

    I found a diamond for my girlfriend's engagement ring. I want to share my story so far and thank all those on PS, I have learned a lot here and put that knowledge to good use. First I’ll give you the fun numbers part, then the nice long story. I have a .78 Princess of Hearts and hear are the...
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