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Finally, a lavender Spinel of my own!

Discussion in 'Colored Stones' started by arjunajane, Dec 31, 2009.

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  1. arjunajane
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    by arjunajane » Dec 31, 2009
    Happy New Year All!!!

    As I've mentioned in another thread, a lavender / violet coloured spinel was actually the very first gem I desired when I discovered CS and the PS recommended cutters - I sent out feelers to all the regulars but nobody ever had any suitable rough.

    That was over a year ago I think, and after an un-nerving *18 day journey* ! from the US, my lavender spinel finally hit my doorstep the other day [​IMG]

    It is a 6.1mm round from Barry B.
    The colour is gorgeous, but also kinda hard to describe - its an ideal pretty lavender colour with hints of pink in diffused sunlight, whilst a periwinkle blue with touches of violet in direct sun.

    I'm very grateful to Barry for finally finding me my spinel - I've got a bunch of photos to post, but my apologies as it was extremely windy so they aren't overly creative, in fear of the lil guy blowing away !

    First, Barry's photo which is as usual very close to true life colour:


    Cheers for looking!
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  2. arjunajane
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    by arjunajane » Dec 31, 2009
    These first few show it indoors, natural light:

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    by arjunajane » Dec 31, 2009
    Barry''s cutting is phenomenal as usual, and this lil guy has SO much sparkle all the time, and also alot of coloured fire whilst in sun - I love spinels!

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    outside now - showing the lighter periwinkle colour, and also how much it sparkles:

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    handshots, to show perspective - it's admittedly not the biggest size, but considering the difficulty in finding the colour I wasn't about to say no!

    I also have what I think could be a good setting idea to compensate for the size, I'll post about that a lil later..[​IMG][​IMG]

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    closer to the colour I tend to see:

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    These next few were taken next to my new sapphire ring, for metal and size comparisons..

    jff, I chucked on this YG milgrain band and liked it as a combo with my platinum sapphire ring quite a bit..
    I know it may not be everyone's tastes, but I love the look of the mixed metals with the blue sapphire..

    does anyone think it's silly to wear it like this even though I'm not married yet..? lol..[​IMG]

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    looking quite "periwinkle" next to the sapph..

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    and here''s a couple I thought were nice of just the sapph ring with the gold band..
    interested in "yay or nay''s" for this look..?

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    second..

    Okay, will leave it there for now to go relax..

    back later with setting idea[​IMG]

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    by sunkist » Dec 31, 2009
    Happy new year! what a gorgeous spinel! congrats [​IMG]
     
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    What a lovely stone!
    I also like the look of your sapphire ring with the gold band..

    Happy New Year! [​IMG]
     
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    by LD » Jan 1, 2010
    The pink flashes really show don''t they? Does the spinel veer more to blue or does it change colour a bit? In some of your photos it has a lavender/steel look but then in others it looks very blue! A very pretty interesting stone!
     
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    by Indylady » Jan 1, 2010
    Very pretty spinel! Is this one going in a halo of sorts?[​IMG]
     
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    by MakingTheGrade » Jan 1, 2010
    Lovely spinel! I love their sharp steely quality.

    I like the yellow gold with the sapphire ring personally, but I like to mismatch in general, haha!
     
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    by Largosmom » Jan 1, 2010
    Well, there isn''t much that doesn''t look good with your sapphire, it IS the star of the show!

    Really pretty spinel too, very sparkly.
     
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    by ma re » Jan 1, 2010
    Rarely do I say this for light blues, but that is really nice! Honestly I''d think about something minimalistic, dainty and white for the setting, to keep it as open as possible around the stone as it''s sparkliness (making up the words again) should really be brought out as much as possible. It''s got that icy combination of high transparency and brilliance which I''m sure looks amazing IRL.

    Regardng mixing and matching - if you like it, don''t think twice. I think your sapphire has such a color (at least in photos) that it looks nice next to either of the metals, and I honestly never think about what some ring, or a combination of them, might mean.
     
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    by AmberGretchen » Jan 1, 2010
    OMG that stone is SPECTACULAR - looking at your pictures makes me think I really need a lavender spinel - how beautiful!![​IMG][​IMG][​IMG]
     
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    by Catmom » Jan 1, 2010
    What a gorgeous spinel!! I love the color. Your sapphire ring is really beautiful as well!!! [​IMG][​IMG]
     
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    by T L » Jan 1, 2010
    Barry''s cutting is so amazing, especially on spinels, it''s perfect. It''s a lovely stone, and I can''t wait to see what you''re going to do with it. Thanks for the additional pictures of your wonderful sapphire ring - can never get enough of those. [​IMG]
     
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    by mariedtiger » Jan 1, 2010
    I like it a lot! I love how lavender and violet sapphires react to the light. Yours is beautiful and so interesting to look at!
     
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    by gemgirl » Jan 1, 2010
    Happy new year AJ! Your new Barry spinel is a lovely color.

    How about a halo in white gold? That would take your 6mm to 8 or 9 mm.

     
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    by Laila619 » Jan 1, 2010
    Gorgeous color!

    I think it would look killer in a delicate diamond halo.
     
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    by lyra » Jan 1, 2010
    What a gorgeous stone, congratulations! I can''t wait to see it set. BTW, your sapphire ER is gorgeous!
     
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    by Fly Girl » Jan 1, 2010
    Stunning spinel, AJ! Very pretty compliment to your sapphire, but the sapphire remains on center stage. [​IMG]

    The two rings together are fine, but I think what I like best about them is that they each will look great on their own. Over the years I have loved having a plain gold band to wear on its own when I was busy with activities where I couldn''t wear my diamond ring. As for together, they are like what royality wears, so how can you go wrong? [​IMG]
     
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    by cellentani » Jan 1, 2010
    Beautiful spinel, AJ! I especially love the flashes of different colors - all those pinks, periwinkles, and lavenders make for a very interesting stone. I''d be twirling that one around all day just to see what colors it shows. Looking forward to seeing your setting idea - very intriguing!
     
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    by packrat » Jan 1, 2010
    That''s a beautiful spinel AJ! That lavender color is so gorgeous! Looking forward to seeing your idea for this one!

    And, I like the yg band w/your sapph-I like when things go together w/out being matched exactly.
     
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