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I fell in love with a diamond! Meet my 3.55 OEC!!!

valmanin

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This story has a happy ending, but along the way I have had so many doubts that I would ever find THE ONE. In fact, I started to wonder if I was either too picky or didn't really like diamonds enough to find one that made my heart stop. It finally happened. I get it. I just hadn't fallen in love yet.

Phew!

I have to thank so many of you for keeping me on course when I felt desperate. Seriously, thank you!!!

First, a comment about MRN. (Mr. Right Now, my 3.33) He was beautiful, but I wasn't in love. He knew and I knew that it wasn't going to last forever. :Up_to_something: He is back at OWD and hopefully will someday go to a good loving home that appreciates him in the way he deserves. Now that I have been able to compare him to my new diamond, I can say there really was nothing wrong with him at all. Apparently I prefer the smaller and more scintillating facets of my 3.55 to his big chunky monkey style.

Now, on to the good stuff...

As many of you know, Adam has been looking for an OEC for me for about 8 months now. About 2 weeks ago I start getting short little teaser emails from him like "Good things come to those who wait", "May have something spectacular for you. Hold tight!" etc. He wouldn't give me ANY information other than that. :nono: No sleep, I tell you...no sleep!!!

THEN, I get a GIA cert and picture of...her...yes, it's an OWD picture so not a glamour shot, but I started getting excited.

GIA
3.55
M
VS2
9.44 x 9.57 x 6.23
Faint Fluor
Table : 46%
Depth: 65.5%
She does have a natural/cavity on one edge so in the up close shots you will see it...I have been reassured it is not a chip.

OWD Picture: 3_100.jpg

Then, I met her and it was love at first sight. She is MLB or My Little Beauty. Okay, she actually has a kind of dirty/weird name (shout out to 7-8mm) but for PS sake we will go with My Little Beauty... :naughty: :Up_to_something:

This is right after I opened the box...in my car...

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Here are a few comparing MRN and MLB. MRN is on the left...

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And then just a photo-overload. :bigsmile:

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By the way, when I said photo overload, I meant it!

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Maybe I should have said photo assault... :Up_to_something:

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Acinom

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What a beauty with those chunky facets and high crown!! :love:
 

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I'm happy for you valmanin! Both stones are beautiful, but I can see the difference in the facet pattern and I'm glad you've found a stone that appeals to you more. Congratulations! :appl: It's a gorgeous stone!
 

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Acinom|1381850968|3538052 said:
What a beauty with those chunky facets and high crown!! :love:

Thanks Acinom! I love love love the high crown too!
 

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junebug17|1381851156|3538056 said:
I'm happy for you valmanin! Both stones are beautiful, but I can see the difference in the facet pattern and I'm glad you've found a stone that appeals to you more. Congratulations! :appl: It's a gorgeous stone!

Junebug, yep...you are right...they are both beautiful. It's just one of those things. I like the faster, more active scintillation of the new stone.
 

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Oooooh, gorgeous!!
 

iluvshinythings

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MLB is beautiful! I don't know about the "little" in her name though - in my book 3.55 is MHB (my honkin' beauty). She's absolutely gorgeous!!! The pics are great and I can see a huge difference, even though MRN was pretty impressive too.

Just out of curiosity, what were the stats on MRN? The colors look similar but it's hard to tell with the difference in faceting. That culet on MLB is so cute!

Congrats!!!!
 

bunnycat

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She looks fabulous! I'm so happy you found one that makes you go pitter patter!
 

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congrats! :love:
 

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Beautiful!!!
 

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iluvshinythings|1381852937|3538075 said:
MLB is beautiful! I don't know about the "little" in her name though - in my book 3.55 is MHB (my honkin' beauty). She's absolutely gorgeous!!! The pics are great and I can see a huge difference, even though MRN was pretty impressive too.

Just out of curiosity, what were the stats on MRN? The colors look similar but it's hard to tell with the difference in faceting. That culet on MLB is so cute!

Congrats!!!!


I know...3.55 isn't "little"...but she has a very dainty, feminine faceting so it seemed fitting. :bigsmile:

MRN was EGL 3.33 M VS2 (9.4 mm).

Thanks!
 

valmanin

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Thanks Bastecat, movie zombie and dragonfly!
 

yennyfire

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She's a keeper for sure and good things DO come to those who wait!!! What a gorgeous stone! Congrats! :appl: :appl: :love: :love:
 

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Really really pretty. I think you found a beautiful stone!
 

lorrissey

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HOLY !@#$%^&*() :love: :love: :love: :love: :love: :love: :love:
 

AnnaH

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Wow, love the little table and high crown. Are you using your same beautiful setting?
 

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Stunning. There are no words!!!! Congrats. :love: :appl: :love: :appl:
 

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valmanin|1381853577|3538083 said:
iluvshinythings|1381852937|3538075 said:
MLB is beautiful! I don't know about the "little" in her name though - in my book 3.55 is MHB (my honkin' beauty). She's absolutely gorgeous!!! The pics are great and I can see a huge difference, even though MRN was pretty impressive too.

Just out of curiosity, what were the stats on MRN? The colors look similar but it's hard to tell with the difference in faceting. That culet on MLB is so cute!

Congrats!!!!


I know...3.55 isn't "little"...but she has a very dainty, feminine faceting so it seemed fitting. :bigsmile:

MRN was EGL 3.33 M VS2 (9.4 mm).

Thanks!

It's interesting that their stats are so similar but their personalities are so different. That's what I love about diamonds! Unique little snow flakes.

And she is very feminine!!!
 

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She is a beauty! Congrats!
 

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My Little Beauty! *snort!* Good name ;))

She is big and beautiful! But definitely very elegant in her facets :love: :love: :love: Can't wait to see handshots!!!
 

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Btw, it's still a mystery to me how you can upload so many pics in one post... usually the limit is 4. You have the power!
 

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yennyfire|1381856357|3538109 said:
She's a keeper for sure and good things DO come to those who wait!!! What a gorgeous stone! Congrats! :appl: :appl: :love: :love:

Thanks yennyfire! I wasn't sure I had it in me for the wait. In fact, the last month I was looking at resetting my 3.33 in a blingier way thinking THAT was my problem. :lol:
 

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Thanks luv to sparkle, lorrissey, derby gal, and laila!
 

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AnnaH|1381860271|3538137 said:
Wow, love the little table and high crown. Are you using your same beautiful setting?

Good Lord! That is my next problem to figure out. I love the setting, but I really want a gap bt my WB...that has been driving me crazy. Also, that setting went so well with MRN because of the chunky faceting...it made him look like a cushion at times. I sort of feel like MLB needs something more 6 or 8 prongs. Maybe unplated WG. or a combo of YG and WG. I really don't want the stone to go lower in color once set like MRN did.
 

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iluvshinythings|1381865439|3538196 said:
valmanin|1381853577|3538083 said:
iluvshinythings|1381852937|3538075 said:
MLB is beautiful! I don't know about the "little" in her name though - in my book 3.55 is MHB (my honkin' beauty). She's absolutely gorgeous!!! The pics are great and I can see a huge difference, even though MRN was pretty impressive too.

Just out of curiosity, what were the stats on MRN? The colors look similar but it's hard to tell with the difference in faceting. That culet on MLB is so cute!

Congrats!!!!


I know...3.55 isn't "little"...but she has a very dainty, feminine faceting so it seemed fitting. :bigsmile:

MRN was EGL 3.33 M VS2 (9.4 mm).

Thanks!

It's interesting that their stats are so similar but their personalities are so different. That's what I love about diamonds! Unique little snow flakes.

And she is very feminine!!!

I agree. I couldn't believe how different their faceting was!
 

valmanin

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GemFever|1381869383|3538240 said:
My Little Beauty! *snort!* Good name ;))

She is big and beautiful! But definitely very elegant in her facets :love: :love: :love: Can't wait to see handshots!!!

That is her Disney name. :bigsmile:
 

valmanin

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GemFever|1381869427|3538242 said:
Btw, it's still a mystery to me how you can upload so many pics in one post... usually the limit is 4. You have the power!

I remember you saying that before, but I have no idea why PS lets me post more. I just keep adding. It did take about an hour to get them all uploaded though. :roll:
 

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Very nice! Longer lower halves and slight irregularity in the symmetry of the pavilion facets = more splintery look to the light play!

valmanin|1381873771|3538283 said:
GemFever|1381869427|3538242 said:
Btw, it's still a mystery to me how you can upload so many pics in one post... usually the limit is 4. You have the power!

I remember you saying that before, but I have no idea why PS lets me post more. I just keep adding. It did take about an hour to get them all uploaded though. :roll:

Gem it seems that Val is loading them onto the PS server then linking them in her posts, rather than loading them directly into a reply.
 

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Congrats Val, glad you finally found a winner!!!! And she is beautiful, love the big high crown, I bet she has more fire than the previous stone as well!!!! Is the new stone any different colourwise than the previous one?
 
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