You picked up a lot of lovelies! That’s sweet of you to buy stones for your sister. That Afghan tourmaline looks almost identical to the one I bought from Mastercut gems a little over a year ago.I picked up a few stones, waiting for them to be shipped to me still! My cousin is having her first baby in January so in particular I've been hunting for red garnets for her. Then of course I saw some other stones that caught my eyes I was really tempted to buy one of the star sapphires but had to contain myself. Now to figure out how I'm going to use these!
3.26ct Nigerian Red Spessartite
3.62 Rhodesian Rhodolite
1.74ct Afghanistan Tourmaline
4.77ct Pakistan Peridot Pair
.875 and .625 Ruby pairs
I think the “hand shots” look closer to the color I see when I look at Dana’s stones in person. Just my opinion. HTHI hope the tanzanite is close to the pictures, I know it's not the industry favoured colour, but I prefer the "peacock" sort of colouring of the unheated stones.
Dana's description of the garnet is that the colour is "vivid pink", so I'm curious what colour it is IRL. There was a hand shot in the original listing that looked more pink.
As for finding the new listings, I've been doing the same as you! They seem to be in reverse order of the Gem ID number, so unless they are completely new to the site they show up in random order. I haven't found any other way to sort the listings, unfortunately!
I'm thinking a ring for the tanzanite, it's so pretty I want to look at it! I know they're a bit soft for regular wear so I might do a halo to give it some protection. Need to save up for a while though, so I'll have time to think about it.I have been eyeing that tanzanite for a while. It looks so pretty! What do you want to do with it?
Oh no, I'll just have to shop some moreI almost bought that tourmaline, but I had to restrain myself! It was in my cart for a while. It is a dangerous sale they are having . I'm sure your friend will love that garnet, fingers crossed the baby arrives in January! Otherwise I guess you'll just have to keep it and do some more gem shopping
I have a couple other tiny tourmalines from Mastercut, I'm hoping that one of them is close in color to this larger one so I can maybe make a necklace or ring out of them!You picked up a lot of lovelies! That’s sweet of you to buy stones for your sister. That Afghan tourmaline looks almost identical to the one I bought from Mastercut gems a little over a year ago.
I have a heated tanzanite in a ring. I’m just careful about when and where I wear it. I love it. My mom gave it to me. My husband gave me a pendant with a diamond and tanzanite as a push present. I love it, but I can’t see it when I’m wearing it. I think a ring is a great idea. Your lovely garnet looks a lot like a red zircon.I'm thinking a ring for the tanzanite, it's so pretty I want to look at it! I know they're a bit soft for regular wear so I might do a halo to give it some protection. Need to save up for a while though, so I'll have time to think about it.
That will be pretty. Show and tell when you get them!Oh no, I'll just have to shop some more
I have a couple other tiny tourmalines from Mastercut, I'm hoping that one of them is close in color to this larger one so I can maybe make a necklace or ring out of them!
Can't wait until they arrive tomorrow
These are pretty. I love the colors. I find Dana’s photos accurate as well.
These are the 3 gems I purchased shown in different crummy light through out my apartment. Orange garnet, purple spinel, silvery/mint tourmaline. The garnet & tourmaline I had been watching since spring time! The spinel was an impulse purchase but I really like it. It has a traditional faceted pavilion but a smooth buff top! Overall, I’m really happy with these gems! I find Dana’s photos some of the best for showing what a gem looks like in real life as opposed to perfect glamour shots. These gems look pretty much exactly as the website photos.
Those would be nice in a pendant with diamonds....
It was the one described as unusual color. It is quite orange but maybe a brown modifier. I’m still not very good at modifiers. It is really sparkly and bright. For comparison here is another garnet I recently purchased from another vendor that is orangy but darker tone I think. The smaller one is the master cut gem. I might like it better because it’s brighter.
They are very pretty. Haha... I get that feeling after cleaning dirty jewelry. “Was this always this ugly? ... never mind.”My final haul, followed by a question:
Amethyst, tourmaline, and blue zircon. The tourmaline is a lot more red than the photos suggested, and looks pretty dark under incandescent light, so I'll be sending it back. The zircon is perfect and will make a wonderful gift! As for the amethyst...I'm torn.
As you can (probably?) see, there's a fairly significant inclusion on the bottom. This was fairly represented in both the photos and the gem description, but I felt I needed to see it for myself. Now I've seen it, and I'm wondering, can it be covered by a bezel? The color is everything I wanted and more, I'm a big fan of the shape and cut, and the clarity is lovely. It was also pretty darn cheap ($119 for nearly 6 carats--you get what you pay for!). I've been coveting a dramatic ring set in something like CVB ID's "Isadora" style. If the inclusions can be covered up, this would be perfect. If they can't, I'll never be able to un-see them.
What do PSers think?
Edit: Although I took another look at the tourmaline, and all of a sudden thought, "It looks like a rose!" And my thinking changed completely? Does that ever happen to you??