please join me inc congratulating iluvcarats on these stunning new additions, they are the Jewels of the Week! Happy Birthday, Happy Anniversary, and may you have the best years ahead of you!
Happy birthday and happy anniversary!! Both big milestones. Congrats on your beautiful new ring and bracelet. I wish you good health!! I totally hear you about AI diseases. All the best!!!I started hanging around PS in 2007, and finally joined in 2008. At first I mostly explored SMTB, enjoying all of the sparkly posts. At that time, I had little kids ages 4 and 7, and eventually I made my way over to the PS Moms page, where I found a really lovey, smart and funny group of women. We shared stories of our children, asked and answered each other’s questions, and it became a really nice support group/escape for me. It was fun to talk about my precocious girl, her side kick little brother with the silly grin and freckles in his ears, and our chocolate Labrador puppy who snacked on Stickley furniture and submersed his entire head into his water bowl when he drank. Now that little girl is in her senior year of college, her brother is starting college, and Muddy the wonder dog just turned 14 and has eyebrows reminiscent of Andy Rooney. He is mostly blind, selectively deaf, and we cherish each day we have left with him.
In two weeks, we will be empty nesters, and I just can’t even believe it, but here we are. This is a milestone year for me, as I turned 50, and it is our 25th anniversary. I’m hoping that my 50s are better than my 40s. Most of the previous decade has been spent in and out of doctors offices trying to figure out what was wrong. Finally, after exhausting every specialist, I was sent to Rheumatology, and was diagnosed with a combination of autoimmune diseases.
Before being diagnosed, I thought I knew about Autoimmune diseases, but I was wrong. Autoimmune diseases can and often do effect every part of your body. They attack tissues, organs, joints, muscles, nerve endings, skin, and most of all your spirit. They are often difficult to diagnose, they overlap specialties, and getting a diagnosis usually takes years. During this process, most patients are told that they are fine; there’s nothing wrong. And most people look fine. I don’t look sick. Meanwhile, your body is systematically attacking and killing itself, no one believes that you are sick, and life becomes an exhausting struggle. So to all of you warriors out there with RA, Lupus, Sjögren’s, MS, UCTD, Chung-Strauss, Fibromyalgia, Psoriatic Arthritis, polymyalgia rheumatica, Crohn’s or any AI disease, I see you. Keep up the fight.
My husband asked what I wanted for our anniversary, and I decided to change my engagement ring. I’ve always had a round stone, and I’ve always liked detailed settings, and Ive been in love with French cuts ever since I was first introduced to them on PS. So here is my new ring
It is an emerald cut
2.72 D vvs2 with a French cut halo and French cut graduating sides set in platinum .
The bracelet was a gift from my husband for my 50th birthday. It is 6 inches long and weighs 8.7 carats.
*Apologies for typos, etc. I’m typing this on my phone.
Thanks so much, Dmndst4evr11Happy birthday and happy anniversary!! Both big milestones. Congrats on your beautiful new ring and bracelet. I wish you good health!! I totally hear you about AI diseases. All the best!!!
I’m sorry to hear that you are having trouble. My ring did take a long time due to covid and LA protests, but communication was always good. Are you dealing with Noga? She helped me, and was wonderful. In any case, don’t be worried about your diamond, they are very honest. At the beginning of my project I received an estimated quote, and the price actually turned out to be less.Congratulations iluvcarats (great name!). Your ring and bracelet are beautiful and the milestones they represent even more amazing!
Longtime lurker finally finding a reason to post. I recently (2 months ago) decided to go with Bez to reset my Steven Kirsch engagement ring that my children got hold of and somehow crushed (little monsters that are lucky they are so cute!). It has been 2 months and I still have no design or ETA for when my ring will be finished. He has my diamond and I can't seem to get any updates on where they are in the process. I got some hand drawings that were way more than what I was looking for. I sent back my feedback the same night and nothing for 3 weeks now. I am starting to get very nervous and worried. I am working through a jeweler In NYC because I wanted to see his work in person before deciding. Did your ring take forever? Should I be concerned. I know we are in the middle of a pandemic but there is no excuse for the lack of communication. I am at the point where I am almost about to ask them to send me my broken ring back but yours looks beautiful so I hate to turn back now. Any feedback you could provide about your experience would be so helpful and appreciated. There is not much info about Bez on this forum (which I found surprising).
Thank you in advance and congratulations again. Wear in good health!
Thank you, cushioncutnut!Congratulations on your Anniversary and Milestone birthday! I sure hope that those beautiful pieces give you a bit of health and happiness as you look ahead! AI issues are no fun but if you can put mind over matter, they become so much easier to deal with. Hugs!
Thank you so much for getting back to me! That makes me feel better. How long did yours take? The NY jeweler I am dealing with initially told me 2 months and I have been communicating mostly through him. I have spoken to Noga and maybe I will just go to her directly instead. I was trying to be respectful but my nerves are getting the better of meI’m sorry to hear that you are having trouble. My ring did take a long time due to covid and LA protests, but communication was always good. Are you dealing with Noga? She helped me, and was wonderful. In any case, don’t be worried about your diamond, they are very honest. At the beginning of my project I received an estimated quote, and the price actually turned out to be less.
It took a little over 3 months, but it was worth the wait. If you have Noga’s email, I would contact her. She might even have pictures.Thank you so much for getting back to me! That makes me feel better. How long did yours take? The NY jeweler I am dealing with initially told me 2 months and I have been communicating mostly through him. I have spoken to Noga and maybe I will just go to her directly instead. I was trying to be respectful but my nerves are getting the better of me
Thank you, violet3. You are so sweet to wish me well. Sorry to hear about your friends. Fibromyalgia is a tough diagnosis because it can be explained away by so many conditions. I’m glad they got it figured out.What a wonderful combination for your big birthday/anniversary!!! Your upgrade setting is stunning, and well.....that bracelet!!! Shew! I'm so happy to hear you got some relief for your illness - I have a couple of friends with Fibromyalgia, and the level of frustration was often so terrible for both of them because no one could figure out what was wrong with them or told them that nothing was wrong with them. I'm so happy you are on the mend!!!