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Icy’s CS adventures

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I tried it on… lol. Unheated Burmese sapphires btw.

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elle_71125

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They are all separates. Mix and match as I wish. I will set a few more stones next year for more combinations/variety…

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Not my finger, from my jeweller:
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Thank you! Am now thinking of other motifs that I can make. Orchid is a front runner but maybe an animal/insect motif (ladybug, snake) if it looks manageable by the workshop. Ideas are most welcomed!

Ooh, orchid is a great idea. I really think it could work with an insect motif too. Maybe a dragonfly or butterfly. I think they would fit with larger gems really well.
 

Eli22

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Thank you! Am now thinking of other motifs that I can make. Orchid is a front runner but maybe an animal/insect motif (ladybug, snake) if it looks manageable by the workshop. Ideas are most welcomed!

Orchid sounds great…but PLEASE do a snake!! I have been obsessed with snakes recently due to @ItsMainelyYou ’s ring! I wonder if the snake ring can be worn between the two gemstones and somehow “snake” around them? (I tried drawing my thoughts…decided against posting the horrible results LOL)
 

ItsMainelyYou

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Orchid sounds great…but PLEASE do a snake!! I have been obsessed with snakes recently due to @ItsMainelyYou ’s ring! I wonder if the snake ring can be worn between the two gemstones and somehow “snake” around them? (I tried drawing my thoughts…decided against posting the horrible results LOL)

Ooh, ooh, yes! That would be so cool!
 

icy_jade

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Ooh, orchid is a great idea. I really think it could work with an insect motif too. Maybe a dragonfly or butterfly. I think they would fit with larger gems really well.

Orchid sounds great…but PLEASE do a snake!! I have been obsessed with snakes recently due to @ItsMainelyYou ’s ring! I wonder if the snake ring can be worn between the two gemstones and somehow “snake” around them? (I tried drawing my thoughts…decided against posting the horrible results LOL)

Ooh, ooh, yes! That would be so cool!

Snake and other animal/insects will be harder as my jeweller isn’t confident that the workshop can do it well. Wouldn’t mind octopus too but need to weigh chances of success (I.e. done well/ artistically/ realistically) before going ahead.

I have in mind a snake coiling around a gemstone…
 

icy_jade

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Reset the cushion rubellite into a vintage inspired setting:
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This rubellite:
And… new 9 ct rubellite that I’m still thinking of how to set:
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Shopping pics - I got the biggest one in the end…
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And reset from this setting (which I hated)…
Ok popped by Asiatique to look at new gems and discuss settings and some gratuitous pics…

Have an idea for the 4 big tourmalines at the corner. So big and colorful right…
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icy_jade

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Again, stunning rube! Congrats on the reset!! So what are you doing with that giant yellow oval?
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It should be set into convertible rings, like the rubellite and indicolite. The green tourmaline will be part of the set too:
6+ ct Afghanistan indicolite and 6.6 ct Brazilian pink tourmaline set as convertible et toi moi with rose accent.

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with pretty jadeite ring at my jeweler when I picked up the rings
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Quite pleased with how they have turned out yay :mrgreen:


What a beautiful reset!!

Thank you! It totally changes the look right?


Simply gorgeous.

Thank you!
 

icy_jade

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Beautiful setting, my favorite. Can we see more of it?

Thank you! Casted, and then hand engraved. I asked for milgrain all over, which I got, LOL.

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Edit: Just want to add that a while back there was some discussion over hand forged vs casting, hence I mentioned this being casted then hand engraved and milgrain added. So it doesn’t mean that you are always stuck with ugly casted milgrain if it’s casted.

 
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icy_jade

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Ok and this ruby:

And… I’m officially on ban island (ok, was already working on a few setting projects but aside from those and setting this one I really really will need to take a pause to recover)…

Because of this…
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So my jeweller Wriston brought this ruby in and I thought it looked nice in his IG pics but I was so busy I really didn’t have time to pop by until I happened to have a spot of free time and messaged him and luckily I did cos apparently the supplier was going to pick up the stone that day as he was flying back the day after.

When I saw it what struck me was the beautiful shade of red. Hopefully u get what I mean from the pics but it’s a lovely saturated looking red. No purples, no pink.

I already knew from Wriston that it doesn’t have strong fluorescence (Mozambique ruby) but he sent me an outdoor pic that still seemed promising and made me want to have a look…
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When I saw it I pretty much fell for the redness. Like I said, that particular shade of red. Still, no strong fluoro so had to see outside…

Outdoors… and it looked ok to me, thanks to the color.
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And a close up…
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With my other reds… Burmese spinel, rubellite, ruby, ruby (maybe not obvious from pic but this ruby has the reddest red)
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I moaned and groaned and hesitated as omg such a pricey purchase but I figured if I pass on it I will beat myself up for the years to come (like a 6ct sapphire that I still think about) as it has that beautiful shade of red that I really like. So yeah, I got it and now I’m on ban island. I think I will watch more tv shows instead of browsing blings and maybe I need to stay away from PS for a while…

And what I probably will set with as I have a set of traps lying around… alternative is a pair of 1ctw rounds using a pair of earrings that I no longer wear. Or… I can go for a halo hahahah.

Which one do you ladies think is a better option? Traps, rounds or halo? Ideas and pics are most appreciated!
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Has been set! Just in time for Chinese New Year…

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icy_jade

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You SET her!! Oh it's glorious! :appl: What a way to ring in the New Year. Are the traps channel set?

Thank you! Yes, channel set.


Looooooove it Icy!!!!! Excellent finger coverage too!!!!!

It's such a beautiful bright red!!!!!

Thank you! Haha I’m surprised you say excellent finger coverage (thinking of snot sized lol). It is a beautiful red indeed.
 

mellowyellowgirl

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Thank you! Yes, channel set.




Thank you! Haha I’m surprised you say excellent finger coverage (thinking of snot sized lol). It is a beautiful red indeed.

Allowances must be made for rubies!!!!!

Seriously though how many carats was it again? It's really good coverage considering you went no halo!

The traps make the main stone look large.

Out of curiosity Icy, how is our friend the rubellite holding up to the new ruby in real life?
 

icy_jade

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@mellowyellowgirl

Size/measurements:
It’s 3.03ct, measuring 10.22x6.93x4.15mm. Unheated Mozambique. GRS vivid red.

Irl the rubellite is so frou-frou it’s impossible to ignore. Ruby has a much nicer red and I think a more elegant profile? The color of the rubellite really can’t compare to the ruby (actually none of the other reds in above pic can) irl in terms of the richness of the color but size wise the rubellite wins of course. How to say… when the rubellite is next to the ruby, it made me notice the pinkness and clarity of the rubellite although the rubellite looks great on its own.

Btw my index finger is size 9 or so.
 
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icy_jade

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So I went to discuss some new projects for this year with my jeweler…

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Top row will be done by next week and bottom will take quite a while I think. Doing some more et toi moi convertibles but seems like birds and insects are a no go for now :(

Also to pick up this 3ct Sri Lankan pad sapphire - no idea how to set yet but given the size and color it needs a fairly large halo:

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mellowyellowgirl

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Aww why can't you do insects Icy?

Haha so it was you who scored the pad!!!!!

Halo it!!! Triple halo it! You can do it!!!
 

icy_jade

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Aww why can't you do insects Icy?

Haha so it was you who scored the pad!!!!!

Halo it!!! Triple halo it! You can do it!!!

W said that a bee may look like a housefly and spider legs could be pokey. End of the day the bench needs to have a certain level of artistry to be able to do it and he isn’t confident they can. Of course if I insist he can probably try but I’m not super enthu at this time. Maybe if I happen to see any beautiful inspirations then I may want to try more.

Triple halo isn’t a bad idea tbh. It’s so small. Plus the color looks awful on my skin (ok all pastels do, but especially pads). Definitely do-able but shall look n see if can find any readymade casing first since I really hate to customise.
 
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