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#TBT Lilac/gray spinel with AVC sides by brilliant Mike Robinson

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  1. Treenbean
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    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.

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    lots of pics

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    These shots are uber awesome!!!
     
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    Beautiful! :love: :love: :love:
     
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    That ring is truly a piece of art! I love everything about it but especially the side profile! The color of the center stone is just exquisite and I'm not a huge colored stone fan but that is truly beautiful to me. His work is nothing short of brillant - can't wait to see this ring on your hand!
     
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    OMG X 1 million!!!!
     
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    OMG. :love:
     
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    That is amazing - AMAZING!!! *SIGH* Yet another thing I want!!!
     
    


    


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    I absolutely love the photo-diary! What a wonderful treat to have such beautiful documentation of your ring's birth - it's almost like having a sonogram of a wee one!

    And the ring... :love:

    Love, love, love its lines, and the fact that its architecture is there for all to see! That would be a ring I'd find myself staring at for long periods of time - LOL!

    Wear it (and stare at it) in good health!
     
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    Beautiful, Treen :love:

    I like the grey too, and the setting suits the stones :sun: I've been waiting for the completion pics of this one, it turned out beautifully - Mike did a fabulous job!!

    What is the black around the sidestones?


    And we need some handshots!! :appl:
     
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    Utterly gorgeous! I love the blackened finish around the side stones.
     
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    STUNNING!!! This really just makes me all the more certain that I need Mike to do my reset. Your ring is just breathtaking! And yeah, where the heck are the hand shots woman??? What size are your avc's?
     
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    I've been lurking a looong time and only just started posting, but I must say, this is one of my favorite threads ever. So cool to see the whole project at every step!

    And what a beautiful final product!
     
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    Beautiful! I love the color of that spinal :love:
     
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    I love the picture storyline of the creation of your ring :love:
    Your ring looks like a gorgeous work of art :appl: The centre stone is a beauty :cheeky:
    Congrats on the new addition!
     
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    The color of your spinel is scrumptious, and I love seeing the progress of your ring! Gorgeous photos, STUNNING ring!!
     
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    HOLY MOLEY!!! That's awesome treenbean!!! (and MikeR, too - you are a fine, talented artiste in the jewellry realm!!)

    What a work of art you have there - I liked the design board in the background of one of the shots - that's a work of art in and of itself!

    This is stunning - for sure you are jewel of the week!! The colour combination is so 'victorian' - soft, romantic, ethereal - and the touch of dark rhodium (?) on the bezel is just a genius addition. I remember your original thread when he first suggested that - what a killer vision he really had :appl: :appl: :appl: :appl:


    ENJOY!!!
     
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    that's really awesome to see. :appl: :love:
     
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    Perfection. I love the center stone with the two side AVC's and that setting *sigh*. :love:
     
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    HI:

    Oh sh**!!!!!!!!!!!!!! :love: :love: :appl: :love:

    Sorry, did I say that outloud?

    Well done.
    No. VERY well done.

    cheers--Sharon
     
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    Wow! Absolutely gorgeous ring!!
     
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    What a lovely design--so subtle and graceful. Love the blackened bezels. Thanks for sharing the process pictures. Mike does beautiful work. Looking forward to seeing it on your hand!
     
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    It's gorgeous!!!!!!! :love:
     

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