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ForteKitty

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I was stupid. Was just about finished w/ taking pics of my gems when i realized the glass cover made too much glare on the last one. Took the lid off, took my pic, and is slid out... i tried to catch it but tipped it off and it went flying... into one of the many boxes on my floor. I'm in the middle of cleaning out everything and had boxes full of stuff to donate, paperwork, trash...

Sigh. now it's time to dig thru each box. How much do you wanna bet it's in the very last box i check? :rolleyes: :lol: :lol:
 

ForteKitty

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thank goodness it wasnt a faceted gem!! it's a carved chrysophrase so should be sturdy enough.
 

ForteKitty

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Think i'm gonna stop looking for now. just stepped on the packaging tape's metal cutting part and sliced my toe open. Yay.
 

soberguy

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My alexandrite came out of my tweezers last night and landed in a potted plant! Had to dig it out of the soil! So scary!
 

marcy

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Sadly off in to the unknown. I dropped a 5mm garnet on a white tile floor and never found it. I hope yours shows up.
 

ooo~Shiney!

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Oh, God, I feel y'alls pain !
When my Spinel pear flew into the grass, I just KNEW
I'd be tearing that lawn apart.

It's amazing how quickly s*** happens....

So sorry about the cut !!!
Is your Tetanus shot up to date???
 

minousbijoux

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...and I seem to have just realized that I lost my favorite chysoberyl - a chartreuse colored one from Roger Dery in a octagonal cut...I took it out the other day with all its relatives to take a family photo. Everyone else has reappeared, but that one has gone missing... :cry:
 

Fly Girl

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Good luck searching for your missing stone. I've been there too. :((

BTW, it is absolutely true that the stone will be in the last place that you check, because you will stop looking once you find it. :wink2:
 

VapidLapid

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They can fly much farther than you would expect. put a flashlight on the floor and look for long shadows. You will be horrified what else you will find! I found a sapphire under my lateral filing cabinet!

Minous that is horrible news. The rectangle, not the cushion though? I'll be right over; finders keepers.
 

brandy_z28

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Fly Girl|1309141694|2955840 said:
Good luck searching for your missing stone. I've been there too. :((

BTW, it is absolutely true that the stone will be in the last place that you check, because you will stop looking once you find it. :wink2:
Fly Girl beat me to it. LOL
Hope you find it!
 

ForteKitty

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I found it! it wasn't in a box at all, i stepped on it while walking to the bathroom... seriously, how did it fly 10 feet away? luckily it's a carved cab so no damage.

Oh no Minous... i hope you find it!!

ooo~shiney- tetnus shot up to date so i'm good.
 

TristanC

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I'm glad this is a global phenomenon. You search and search and can't find it. Then you walk to take a pee, and your feet locate it for you. Sigh. Can't recall how many times this has happened.

Congrats on your find.

Hmm, there seems to be missing treasure everywhere.
 

Deathspi

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Haha, glad I'm not the only one dropping gems all over the place!
I usually wave a small light about and look for sparkles. I should use the gem holder more often really but I'm always paranoid it will crush the stone! :cheeky:
 

JewelFreak

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Whew, glad it turned up! I lost a green tourm in the grass a while ago, had panicked visions of never seeing it again because it matched so well -- & nearly barfed at the thought of the lawn mower grinding it to dust. Did locate it after crawling around on hands & knees.

Minous, holy mackeral, what a horrid thing! Are you sure your chryso isn't hiding in your drawer? Maybe it took a little jaunt underneath something else in there. Dust for finding it!!

--- Laurie
 

y2kitty

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Earring backs also tend to fly far. Glad you found it kitty.
 

ruffysdad

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Glad you found it :mrgreen: You should have been there when my cat, booger, knocked a parcel of melee cut tanzanite onto a a shag carpet. On second thought, no you shouldn't have. The language was on the colorful side :mrgreen:

Pete
 

chrono

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What a relief to find it unharmed although the same cannot be said of your toe. I've had a stone fly about 6 feet or so but luckily, the floor was carpeted.
 

Pandora II

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It is amazing how far they can travel. My secret weapons to avoid assuming the 'jeweller's position' (nose to floor, butt in air, shuffle slowly) are my 2 year-old who is now expert at retrieving gemstones and if that doesn't work a small hand-held vacuum-cleaner - the sort with a small box that you empty every time.

My worst nightmare in the practical exam was pinging a stone across the room. I'd done it several times in class and since we work in the dark it had involved me, the tutor and anyone else assuming the position and grovelling around on the floor (brown carpet) with torches looking for it. If you do it in the exam there's not only the timing issue but the stones are shared between 6-8 people so you are in real trouble if you lose one!

I never use tweezers with slide-holders as they are notorious. I'm also thinking of starting to keep my stones in parcel papers as I have issues opening the little boxes without them going places.
 

packrat

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Glad you found it! I would say tho that a couple of your gemmies could just fly on over to my house anytime.
 

cookies

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Glad you found it! I once dropped a 10ct white zircon, either under the dresser or behind the jewelry drawer. :(( The dresser cannot be moved (way too heavy and big), and the drawer cannot be pulled out. That was a good lesson. Since then I handle all my gems and jewelry in the bed above the fitted sheet.
 

kt

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Speaking of lost stones, I JUST heard this on the radio the other day:

There's this guy who is making some serious $$ on 47th St., in the Diamond District in NYC...by crawling around various buildings and finding "lost" stones that have been dropped by dealers etc. as they move between buildings, in elevators, on the sidewalk, in lobbies and so on. He said that he could come up with $100-200 on most days. He'll start looking and usually come up with stuff in a few hours. And it ranges from diamonds, to colored stones and everything in between. He said that dealers he's talked to openly acknowledge that stuff gets dropped quite a bit, never to be found again except by some lucky duck on his hands and knees.

So the DJ's were asking him, why are you sharing this with people - don't you want to keep this your own secret? and he's going, nah, he's open for sharing the wealth as there seems to be SO MUCH OF IT, more power to others who can find it! :-o

I was super tempted to jump on the next train into the city with my tweezers and just go crawling around. Seriously! the next time I go i'm keeping my eyes peeled. Crazy, right?
 

minousbijoux

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Happy to hear you found it FK!

Mine was a classic example of cleaning and organizing never pays because you forget you've done it and then panic because its not where it used to be - in my case, in the disheveled box holding all my new, uncategorized gemmies. It was instead in a new tray of gem holders I bought at Intergem.

I love the story of the guy on his hands and knees in NY looking for gems. I guess they all know him by now?
 

Lovinggems

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minousbijoux|1309194334|2956278 said:
Happy to hear you found it FK!

Mine was a classic example of cleaning and organizing never pays because you forget you've done it and then panic because its not where it used to be - in my case, in the disheveled box holding all my new, uncategorized gemmies. It was instead in a new tray of gem holders I bought at Intergem.

I love the story of the guy on his hands and knees in NY looking for gems. I guess they all know him by now?
I put all of mine in a gem display case now since I lost my pair of imperial topaz. Except the case is now full and some of the cabs are sharing the same gem box. Maybe it's a sign that I should stop buying gems.
 

jstarfireb

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I'm so glad you found it! I had a scare with a mint garnet a few days ago. I had it sitting on top of the gem box so I could admire it and try to take some pics, but my hand hit the lid it was sitting on and flipped it somewhere. It ended up on the floor pretty close to the table it was sitting on, but I had to search for a good 10 minutes before I found it. I tore apart my armchair and started shaking out blankets and clothes over the floor.
 

TristanC

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kt|1309193307|2956261 said:
Speaking of lost stones, I JUST heard this on the radio the other day:

There's this guy who is making some serious $$ on 47th St., in the Diamond District in NYC...by crawling around various buildings and finding "lost" stones that have been dropped by dealers etc. as they move between buildings, in elevators, on the sidewalk, in lobbies and so on. He said that he could come up with $100-200 on most days. He'll start looking and usually come up with stuff in a few hours. And it ranges from diamonds, to colored stones and everything in between. He said that dealers he's talked to openly acknowledge that stuff gets dropped quite a bit, never to be found again except by some lucky duck on his hands and knees.

So the DJ's were asking him, why are you sharing this with people - don't you want to keep this your own secret? and he's going, nah, he's open for sharing the wealth as there seems to be SO MUCH OF IT, more power to others who can find it! :-o

I was super tempted to jump on the next train into the city with my tweezers and just go crawling around. Seriously! the next time I go i'm keeping my eyes peeled. Crazy, right?
Most people don't have the patience to put up with this search process. It takes a special kind of patience and knowledge that it will all pay off in the long run. More power to him. Hope he someday finds a bag of unmarked diamonds.
 
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