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Discussion in 'Colored Gemstones' started by LorettaB, Aug 22, 2019.

  1. LorettaB
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    by LorettaB » Aug 22, 2019
    9FD1487F-3CE0-46A9-992C-F337DFBD5B42.jpeg BB87604A-5A5D-411B-BA9C-D44BF1A81D37.jpeg I have this ring on layaway at a local pawn shop I frequent. (They refer to me as a “frequent buyer.”) It’s probably one of the most beautiful rings I have ever seen up close and personal. The young lady who waited on me didn’t know what the green stone was....I plan on paying it out at the end of September (since I had just finished paying for THREE rings!) and I can’t wait to get my hands on it. Would any of you experts be willing to guess what the colored gemstone may be?? I didn’t get to take a really good look....the place was busy as it always is but I did get the young lady to put it on her finger for a couple of quick photos. Any ideas or how I can find out for sure would be appreciated.
     
    


    


  2. IcePhoenix
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    by IcePhoenix » Aug 23, 2019
    There is no way a pawn shop will sell something and not know what it is, can you imagine the possible loss of profit or huge rip off? Like paying for an emerald and getting dyed quartz, glass or a synthetic stone or viceversa. The colour is emerald like I think but if the ring is 200$ (for example) there's basically no way it's an emerald
     
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    by IcePhoenix » Aug 23, 2019
    There is no way a pawn shop will sell something and not know what it is, can you imagine the possible loss of profit or huge rip off? Like paying for an emerald and getting dyed quartz, glass or a synthetic stone or viceversa. The colour is emerald like I think but if the ring is 200$ (for example) there's basically no way it's an emerald or at most something heavily treated or composite
     
  4. Lexililac
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    by Lexililac » Aug 23, 2019
    Could be a tsavorite garnet....
     
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  5. LorettaB
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    by LorettaB » Aug 23, 2019
    I’ll find out for sure what it it. I just know I wanted it because, to me, it was a beautiful ring. And the price was pretty hefty too. I only wish it would have been $200.00. ;)2 I go to this pawn shop all the time and they have only made one mistake with me over the years and they made it right when I pointed it out to them. If I find out the stone is not one I may want I can always replace it with something else and won’t mind doing it.
     
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  6. LorettaB
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    by LorettaB » Aug 23, 2019
    You’re the second person to say that. I think you may be right. When I find out for sure I’ll let you know. Thanks!!
     
  7. Acinom
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    by Acinom » Aug 23, 2019
    Whatever it is, it’s very pretty!!!
     
  8. LorettaB
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    Thank you! I thought it was very pretty too and I just love the diamonds. I always have bought what I loved so that has left me without regrets!!
     
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  9. ChaiK
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    by ChaiK » Aug 23, 2019
    Tsavorite. :kiss2::kiss2::kiss2::kiss2:
     
  10. LorettaB
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    I have a feeling you know what you’re talking about!! LOL!!
     
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  11. Mrs_Strizzle
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    by Mrs_Strizzle » Aug 23, 2019
    I vote tsav, but could also be a chrome tourmaline...?
     
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    by ChaiK » Aug 23, 2019
    Oh

    Oh, yes, I was tossing up on that. But I hope your dream comes true and it is a tsavorite! Well, mine would because I love tsavorites. And I would be cheering for this to happen for you. :kiss2::kiss2::kiss2::kiss2::kiss2:
     
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  13. LorettaB
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    by LorettaB » Aug 23, 2019
    Search the PriceScope posts titled “Jewelry You Picked Up For a Song.” Oodlesofpoodles” posted about purchasing an emerald and diamond ring at a pawn shop for $1,500. She sent it off for evaluation and appraisal and it was appraised at over $21,000.00. It is a truly stunning ring and that’s the kind of “unicorn”
    I’d love to come across one of these days. From what I have observed, pawn shops really concentrate their value on diamonds, not so much the colored stones.
     
  14. arkieb1
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    by arkieb1 » Aug 23, 2019
    Emerald, then maybe a Tsav, doesn't look like a tourmaline to me.
     
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    by Nick_G » Aug 24, 2019
    Sometimes you do get lucky. I buy mineral specimens and crystals and I've picked up wrongly-identified things cheap, e.g. rubies sold as spinels, a 56 gram 'zircon' that was a pink spinel, a big cabinet-size specimen of 'peridot' that was actually demantoid garnet, and an 'epidote' that turned out to be a beautiful old-time specimen of alexandrite! These were all from mineral dealers as well.

    Fingers crossed that ring is indeed a tsavorite.
     
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  16. LorettaB
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    by LorettaB » Aug 24, 2019
    An Australian PSer went to an estate sale and bid on a box of odds and ends from a long-deceased jewelers home. (His widow passed, thus the sale.) She won the bid. Turned out to be a trove of precious stones that she’s been enjoying immensely. She first put them in her fish tank with her Lalique fish collection, figured out it may have been gemstones when she noticed facets and then had to practically empty the fish tank to check all the stones. There were also platinum miscellaneous ring mountings. It was a great read!!! Proof that anything can happen!!!
     
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  17. LorettaB
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    by LorettaB » Aug 24, 2019
    Here’s the saga in case you may not have seen it before.

    https://www.pricescope.com/communit...uth-and-her-many-siblings-with-photos.242565/
     
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  18. Nick_G
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    by Nick_G » Aug 25, 2019
    Thanks very much Loretta. Wow, what a find! It would be great to get all those rubies tested. If one of them's an unheated Myanmar stone, then there's a good chance there will be others.

    There was also an amazing story on here of a blue stone left by a relative that was thought to be fake or costume jewellery. Nope, it turned out it was a fabulous and extremely rare Kashmir sapphire that was worth hundreds of thousands of dollars, maybe more. It may have even been the same poster (Bron357). Not sure.
     
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    Those are really my favorite stories/posts....surprise finds!!!
     

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