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bright ice|1306019616|2927475 said:
What do you think of the color of this one. It is a 1.66 ct.

I recognize the picture and I will mention that the round stone next to it, which appears to be the same color, was apparently sold and returned. Which makes me think the color is not the same as the picture.
 

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herekittykitty|1306026207|2927511 said:
bright ice|1306019616|2927475 said:
What do you think of the color of this one. It is a 1.66 ct.

I recognize the picture and I will mention that the round stone next to it, which appears to be the same color, was apparently sold and returned. Which makes me think the color is not the same as the picture.
Ahhhh. Excellent point.
 

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bright ice|1306028596|2927527 said:
athenaworth|1306023020|2927491 said:

I like it. Maybe TL will chime in with her opinion.

Way way way too purple. The photo on the hand leaves nothing to be desired, and all the photos against a dark background artificially enhance the color. It probably looks like a rhodolite IRL

ETA: I still maintain I like the AJSgems heart I posted the best out of everything I've seen, but it's so darn expensive.
 

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TL|1306029163|2927529 said:
bright ice|1306028596|2927527 said:
athenaworth|1306023020|2927491 said:

I like it. Maybe TL will chime in with her opinion.

Way way way too purple. The photo on the hand leaves nothing to be desired, and all the photos against a dark background artificially enhance the color. It probably looks like a rhodolite IRL

ETA: I still maintain I like the AJSgems heart I posted the best out of everything I've seen, but it's so darn expensive.
I agree but I am just not so sure I want to spend that much :errrr:
 

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bright ice|1306029485|2927532 said:
TL|1306029163|2927529 said:
bright ice|1306028596|2927527 said:
athenaworth|1306023020|2927491 said:

I like it. Maybe TL will chime in with her opinion.

Way way way too purple. The photo on the hand leaves nothing to be desired, and all the photos against a dark background artificially enhance the color. It probably looks like a rhodolite IRL

ETA: I still maintain I like the AJSgems heart I posted the best out of everything I've seen, but it's so darn expensive.
I agree but I am just not so sure I want to spend that much :errrr:

Make an offer. I don't know if they take offers, but I think it's worth a shot. If you plan on making an offer, then ask about any color shift, and ask if there is any orange in the stone. Also ask if it has STRONG UV fluor.
 

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bright ice|1306031818|2927549 said:

Oh that's Art Nouveau's spinel. I think there are photos in a thread somewhere of that ring. It's a lovely watermelon color (I think that's how she described it). I think Leon modified the color in that image because her photos don't look that orange.

ETA: Found the thread

https://www.pricescope.com/communit...s-set-finally-i-have-a-leon-mege-ring.125627/
 

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TL|1306032192|2927551 said:
bright ice|1306031818|2927549 said:

Oh that's Art Nouveau's spinel. I think there are photos in a thread somewhere of that ring. It's a lovely watermelon color (I think that's how she described it). I think Leon modified the color in that image because her photos don't look that orange.

ETA: Found the thread

https://www.pricescope.com/communit...s-set-finally-i-have-a-leon-mege-ring.125627/

That's VERY similar to what I want :o :love: :cheeky: :o :love: :cheeky:
 

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bright ice|1306032829|2927555 said:
TL|1306032192|2927551 said:
bright ice|1306031818|2927549 said:

Oh that's Art Nouveau's spinel. I think there are photos in a thread somewhere of that ring. It's a lovely watermelon color (I think that's how she described it). I think Leon modified the color in that image because her photos don't look that orange.

ETA: Found the thread

https://www.pricescope.com/communit...s-set-finally-i-have-a-leon-mege-ring.125627/

That's VERY similar to what I want :o :love: :cheeky: :o :love: :cheeky:

Well, that's like the heart I showed you, if AJS photo is accurate. Maybe you can find that in a smaller size, in order to save some $$$. Anything over 2 carats in a clean stone will be pretty expensive. Sometimes sleepy stones or ones with visible inclusions will be less money too, so if that doesn't bother you, look for those as well. Art Nouveau has an amazing collection and a really fine eye for gems.

See her other thread on this stone, and how she describes it in the first post.

https://www.pricescope.com/community/threads/pink-spinel-from-tanzania-how-should-i-set-it.98634/

I don't see any orange, as she states, but it might shift a little in artificial light as these gems tend to do. That doesn't bother me as much as a stone with an overabundance of orange (can you tell I don't like orange in my gems?).
 

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Wanted to put these both on the same post to compare color.

3.13 heart spinel.jpg

3.11 oval spinel.jpg
 

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bright ice|1306033957|2927564 said:
What about this one, it's also from AJSgems. It's right next to the heart stone. It has a quick movie. Check it out TL

http://www.ajsgem.com/gemstones/spinel/spinel-3.11-carats.html

I can't find the video link. Okay, this is deemed pinkish red by GRS, but it's only "vibrant." I will admit, I'm not a fan of GRS comments, but something tells me that vibrant is not as deeply saturated as vivid. I would email GRS to make sure. Looking at them side by side, to me the heart has more saturation, although it is more pink than the oval. I like the heart better (sorry). I would ask AJS, in their opinion, which one has better saturation, based on color, not appearance of red.

ETA: LOL! We posted at the same time because I also did a side-by-side.

spinelcompareajs.JPG
 

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I am just not that big of a heart fan :(sad Although it looks a lot bigger than the oval does.
 

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bright ice|1306034503|2927568 said:
I am just not that big of a heart fan :(sad Although it looks a lot bigger than the oval does.

Not many people are, I hear you!!

Where's the video link for the oval? I don't see it.
 

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bright ice|1306034865|2927572 said:
TL|1306034599|2927570 said:
Here's another one with "vibrant pinkish red" with a video. The video doesn't "do it" for me. I'm kind of lukewarm about the video, but perhaps it's a bad video. I've seen other ajsgems mahenge videos with more saturation.

http://www.ajsgem.com/gemstones/spinel/spinel-5.91-carats.html

WHOA, just a bit much

I wasn't pointing that out as a candidate for you to buy, but only to point out that this one has a video and the same GRS color designation as the oval you're considering. I wanted you to see the video so you would know what a "vibrant pinkish red" might look like per GRS.
 

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TL|1306034934|2927573 said:
bright ice|1306034865|2927572 said:
TL|1306034599|2927570 said:
Here's another one with "vibrant pinkish red" with a video. The video doesn't "do it" for me. I'm kind of lukewarm about the video, but perhaps it's a bad video. I've seen other ajsgems mahenge videos with more saturation.

http://www.ajsgem.com/gemstones/spinel/spinel-5.91-carats.html

WHOA, just a bit much

I wasn't pointing that out as a candidate for you to buy, but only to point out that this one has a video and the same GRS color designation as the oval you're considering. I wanted you to see the video so you would know what a "vibrant pinkish red" might look like per GRS.

Got yah
 

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TL|1306034655|2927571 said:
bright ice|1306034503|2927568 said:
I am just not that big of a heart fan :(sad Although it looks a lot bigger than the oval does.

Not many people are, I hear you!!

Where's the video link for the oval? I don't see it.

Sorry, looked at TOO many, no video on that one.
 

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Why don't you phone AJS? Arnold and Rung will most definitely help. You need to ask them because we're only looking at photos and descriptions. They can see the actual gem - we're guessing, they're not. If you speak with them, line up ones that you like and get them to do a handshot of them all together or a video.

Also it would be an idea for you to send them photos of the ones you like - but bear in mind, monitors make things look different so what you see and what they see are potentially two different things.
 

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Another vote to call AJS. I found Rung to be particularly helpful when I was picking out my moderately included mahenge...If I went looking for the same qualities in a stone now, I'd probably end up paying twice as much...my 3.39 cushion moderately included Mahenge was about $540.

But the COLOR! :shock:
 

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Someone must be stalking this thread looking for a spinel too. The 3.13 heart that TL posted yesterday from ajs is gone :angryfire:
 

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bright ice|1306088388|2927817 said:
Someone must be stalking this thread looking for a spinel too. The 3.13 heart that TL posted yesterday from ajs is gone :angryfire:

Jeesh, I swear, I can't mention a stone on here any more that I like. I'm so sorry BrightIce.

I was watching Ben Kho, he's an award winning cutter, and he advertises a few days a week on Gem Shopping Network. While I do think GSN has some overrated dreck, and they use all the hype in the world, I find Ben to be a bit more honest than the rest. He had on a 1.7 carat oval Mahenge in a ring, very bright stone, in an 18K gold triple shank halo with lots of nice bright diamonds, and the whole ring was $4K. Now that the prices of Mahenges have really gone through the roof, even on meh Mahenge "wannabe" material advertised as Mahenge, I thought this was a good deal. Now I never bought from GSN, but they do have a 30 day return policy. It's worth a look at his shows because it is precision cut by him, and I think his pricing is in line with everyone else's these days.

If you don't have GSN on your local cable, they do have a live feed through the internet which you can watch. I think his deals on Mahenge seem to be better than what GSN offers on their own material. I believe he buys air time from them.
 

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TL,

Please be careful with your statements which are sometimes harsh and not always true.
We've had a return center in North America for a while.
Thanks.
 

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Swala|1306095367|2927904 said:
TL,

Please be careful with your statements which are sometimes harsh and not always true.
We've had a return center in North America for a while.
Thanks.

Well HELLO Swala.
 
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