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AGBF''s Tanzanite Ring

The story of this ring begins in another thread. I received enormous help from Pricescope members in choosing the stone. I also received tips on setting it to the best advantage.

I just got the ring and took some photos. I was rushing, but I think they are good enough for you to see what the ring looks like.

When I have more time later, I would also like to tell you about the men who made the ring.

For those whom I have bored silly, I apologize :).

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Here is my finished ring. It is a 2.85 carat tanzanite flanked by two pear shaped diamond accent stones of .54 and .55 carats respectively. The diamonds are D color and VS1 clarity. The shank of the ring is 18k yellow gold. The head is platinum.

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Here is another shot:

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*drool*
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Very nice ring.
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...and another shot:

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On 1/29/2004 1:55:19 PM LawGem wrote:


*drool*
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Very nice ring.
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Boy, LawGem, you sure got in there quickly!!! Thank you!

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Great job! Worth every bit of that long serch
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Are these the pears initioally prepared for the spinel? They surely match this blue company...
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That's really lovely. Basically how I pictured your spinel ring to look!
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Now that is very nice. Very nice indeed. Wonderful balance for the size of the tanz/side diamonds.
 

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AGBF, the ring is splendid in every sense. Very visually appealing and great balance. *Love* it.
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Congratulations!
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Very Pretty AGBF..
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Absolutely beautiful, AGBF. Wear it in good health.
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Beautiful ring AGBF.I have a 3.35ct tanzanite with great color.I love the deep colored tanzanite stones.Congrats and wear it often.
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AGBF, it looks so comfy in its resting place, but you know we are dying to see pics of it on your hand. Please?
 

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Gorgeous ring. . . very classy
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That's absolutely stunning. The side pears are amazing... love it!
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deb

*pout* you never responded to my PM.

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PS: Love the ring!
 

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Hello,
Very nice ring, for sure!
Congratulations for it!
 

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Ooh, I just love the color of that centre stone. Beautiful ring.
 

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Rupert Scheufler and Victor Mendieta


I have been meaning to tell you a little bit more about who set my tanzanite and diamonds. I mentioned that it was done at a jeweler local to me. He is merely the owner, however ;-). One of the store's employees, my friend, Mona, helped me compare the tanzanite I had from Pala to some she had on hand. It was with her that I went over what I wanted in a ring. (She knows my taste because Grunberger's makes all my jewelry, regardless of where I buy the stones.)

Then the project was handed over to two very talented and experienced bench jewlers, Rupert Scheufler and Victor Mendieta. Rupert, who has designed other pieces of jewelry for me, including my "invisible solitaire", designed the ring. Victor then executed it.

Rupert is originally from Austria where he went to school for 3 1/2 years and then spent 1 more year as apprentice to a master goldsmith. He had to make a "master piece" to complete his education. He has been working in the trade for many years and is very, very good indeed.

Victor is originally from Ecuador whre he, also, spent a long time training to make jewelry. He spent more than 7 years training to become a master jeweler and, like Rupert, had to produce a "master piece" to become credentialed. Victor told me that he has worked with many fine jewelers who take the craft seriously but who can only go "so far", because their experience is just not great enough to allow them to do more difficult things.

Victor told me about the 7 (seven?) ways in which stones could be set: pavé; prongs; bezel, etcetera. When I asked about invisible settings he drew me a picture of a diamond grooved for an invisible setting. I had thought the groove was at the base, under the area where the culet would be. Nope :).

At any rate, I had a great time learning back there with the bench jewelers and just wanted to post something about them to thank them for their time and expertise.

Deborah
 

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Just gorgeous! The tanzanite has a great color, and the sidestones really complement it.
 

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I thought I would revive this thread because it has a photograph of my tanzanite ring in it. The thread educating me about tanzanite is probably even more informative! Here is a link to it:

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How is the softeness of the tanzanite. I am trying to construct something similar but worried about the softness being a problem.

thanks very much

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HI:

It''s gorgeous!
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Zoisite (the mineralogical name of tanzanite) has a Mohs Hardness of about 6.5. There is also a chrome green variety which is very pretty.

AGBF, what a beautiful ring. Just love the saturated color.

Correction: The GIA Gem Reference Guide says Zoisite has a Mohs Hardness of 6 - 7. For comparison, Diamond is a 10, Corundum (ruby/sapphire) is a 9, Emerald 7.5 - 8, Amethyst 7.
 

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Thank you very much for the hardness rating. However I don''t know what that means in real life. Everywhere says you need be be carefull, but how carfull. can you damage it while accidentlly nocking brick walls, does it damage agains''t metal?

apologies for my complete niavity, just trying to put my mind at rest.

Thanks you

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Date: 1/22/2005 4:12:30 AM
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Everywhere says you need be be carefull, but how carfull.
Glass is about Moh 5.5, sand about 7 same as household metals... but the respective scale of hardness is about scratch resistence in controlled conditions, not too relevant for impact and oblivious of the shape and size and movement of the objects at stake. Any hard object around many damage tanzanite upon forceful impact. Well, same for allother jewelry - gems and settings.

I know no type of jewelry that might confront a brick wall (!!!) without structural dammage - the only difference between various gem materials after such unfortunate event would be the shape of the cracks
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. Fortunately, that''s not exactly usual wear and tear, I would think.

People wear pearls and coral and opal in rings - and there are decades old pieces in mint condition to be found in most collections of antique jewelry.

''Guess the most enduring thing is good insurance. However, haven''t heard of anyone backing off from wearing jewelry just because it is not indestructible. Have you ?

I hope this sounds funny. It was intended to
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Several jewelers have told me that tanzanite "is not a good choice for a ring to be worn daily, unless it is in a protected setting".
They are saying, its okay to buy a tanzanite ring, but just don''t wear it everyday.

In my personal experience I think they may be correct. I was wearing my tanzanite ring on a daily basis for a while and when I examined it with a loupe, there were tiny nicks along the girdle (not the case with my ering or sapphire RHR). Hey, but it is a pretty ring and I wanted to enjoy it
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Deb, that is just amazing...What color in that Tanzanite and I LOVE the classic and substantial pear side stone setting. I love it.
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I want it!
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I too have heard that tanzanite is 'soft' but I think you can wear it fairly often but just take it off when you are home and be a little extra careful with it. It is a reality of tanzanite that it does not have the durability of a diamond. I have a tanzanite ring (not nearly as gorgeous as yours!) and I don't wear it everyday.
 

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Wow that is a stunning ring. Congratulations the colour is fantastic
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