by Treenbean » Jun 5, 2012 So I have been collecting loose colored stones for a few years now. I have an appreciation for top color stones but my budget and taste doesn't really afford me to collect the best of the best. I love gray stones and antiques and old patina on metal. So over the years I have been purchasing gray, lilac, somewhat colorless spinels. The luster is blinding and the shards and flashes of pinks and blues and yellow that are thrown from them are amazing. I promised myself that I would start to set stones this year. Inspired by the posts of Zahraleyla, I started to email Mike Robinson of http://www.rdgnz.com/. I honestly love his work. He is so talented. It's like being able to talk to and work with a modern day Frederic Boucheron (if Boucheron actually did his own bench work). Mike R has mad skills he designs, illustrates, creates, photographs, and carves. They are a family business where they take care of every detail. Thanks so much for my ring Mike! The center stone is a Lilac/gray spinel purchased from ebay vendor Marnar of colorgemshop http://stores.ebay.com/colorgemshop He stands behind his gemstones and offers full money back guarantees if the stone isn't as stated. It is hard to trust ebay vendors but I trust Marnar. AGL has verified my spinels from him. The side stones are from GOG. Little AVC's in a high color, M I think. Love them, love their service.