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#TBT My recut/reset heirloom Aquamarine.

Dogmom

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Wow, Ellen, what a masterpiece! I love, love, LOVE the color of your stone. And in a Leon, to boot! Wear and enjoy in good health.
 

Pushin40

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Ellen, All I can say is this is one of the most gorgeous aquamarines I have EVER SEEN!

It is breathtaking! And the cut....WOW!

I''m so happy everything worked out and you decided to go thru with the recut.

Wear it with absolute JOY!

Kelly
 

turtledazzle

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Oh, Ellen, it is simply gorgeous. So fluid!!! Congrats!!!
Hmmm, I already knew a colored stone would be in my future somewhere down the line, but I thought it would be a cushion. Now you''ve got me loving step cuts. Hmmm, , guess it will be one of each!
 

HollyS

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Date: 6/4/2008 8:32:42 PM
Author: Ellen
Last one.
At this point . . . you''re just showing off, aren''t you?
 

Ellen

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Dogmom, Pushin, turtle, thank you all, I really appreciate your comments! I will wear it with joy indeed.





Miss Holly
, I am not showing off. Miranda ask me to post pitures for her, so there.
 

BlackIsland

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I saw this post several days ago, and have been coming back to it everyday - I cannot seem to tear my eyes off it. It was a very beautiful stone to begin with, but since you took the plunge and handed it over for recutting it has become a STUNNING stone! The fluidity of the stone and the setting together really does take my breath away. That is why I didn't post right away. I had to let it sink in. I don't have any stones like that that I could have recut but just the look of that ring makes me want to start my search for such a stone to have set in a ring like that.

Wow is all I can say!

Thanks for sharing your story. I am sure a lot of us sit back with jewellery that we have been given over the years, afraid to make the changes - perhaps we think that changing the setting or the stone will cause the giver to fade from our memory - far from it! I am sure your Grandmother is smiling - everytime you wear this ring and catch a glance of how beautiful it is you will think of her! Far better than having it gather dust in the jewellery box!

BI
 

Ellen

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Date: 6/5/2008 4:56:36 PM
Author: BlackIsland
I saw this post several days ago, and have been coming back to it everyday - I cannot seem to tear my eyes off it. It was a very beautiful stone to begin with, but since you took the plunge and handed it over for recutting it has become a STUNNING stone! The fluidity of the stone and the setting together really does take my breath away. That is why I didn''t post right away. I had to let it sink in. I don''t have any stones like that that I could have recut but just the look of that ring makes me want to start my search for such a stone to have set in a ring like that.

Wow is all I can say!

Thanks for sharing your story. I am sure a lot of us sit back with jewellery that we have been given over the years, afraid to make the changes - perhaps we think that changing the setting or the stone will cause the giver to fade from our memory - far from it! I am sure your Grandmother is smiling - everytime you wear this ring and catch a glance of how beautiful it is you will think of her! Far better than having it gather dust in the jewellery box!

BI
Aw, what a sweet post! Thank you.


You know, I should have posted a before and after pic of it on my finger, that would have been even more dramatic. It was a really pretty stone, but it had a huge window, that was not so pretty on the finger, so besides just plain being too big, it wasn''t real attractive. So the recutting enhanced it in many ways.

And I couldn''t agree more with the last part of your post. That''s what was so frustrating, I wanted to enjoy this ring, fully. But I wasn''t. Now, it is all the more precious to me. In fact, when I first got it, I was almost affraid to wear it! I didn''t want anything to happen to it.
And yes, far, far better to be on my finger, than away in a dark jewelry box where no one could appreciate it.


Thanks again BI, and btw, LOVE your sig.
 

Shay37

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Good Lord, she''s Gorgeousmmuuusssss!!!!! Wowee, what a looker.


shay
 

Ellen

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Date: 6/5/2008 5:58:59 PM
Author: Shay37
Good Lord, she''s Gorgeousmmuuusssss!!!!! Wowee, what a looker.


shay
Ain''t she though??!
Thanks you!
 

MoonWater

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This thread keeps making me jealous!! And my mouth waters too. It''s very weird.
 

Anna0499

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Absolutely beautiful! I have an aquamarine ring too, they are my second fave stone :)
 

Ellen

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Moon, too funny.



Anna, thank you!
 

TravelingGal

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Bravo Ellen! I loved the original, but it''s not my style either. This one is SO up my alley...I adore it!
 

Ellen

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Hey stranger, thank you!!

Hope that adorable T-tot''s doing well.
 

FireGoddess

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Grrrrr...my gushingly LONG post just got eaten.


Ellen, I just saw this and it is amazing!!!

The stone practically looks PLUGGED IN...so vibrant and electric, it''s really amazing. I loved the stone before but I love it just as much if not more now!!!

I would never have thought a solitaire could be so fitting a setting for the stone but it really works, and is so fluid and beautiful. Congrats!!
 

Ellen

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DRAT! I want long gushing!!




Jus kiddin. Thank you FG, it really is quite an amazing transformation, isn't it? And even though it was not a fun journey, it all came out right in the end.
 

Bev

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Ellen - I saw this ring before I came out of lurkdom, and I must say that is absolutely gorgeous!!! The recut is amazing and the setting could not be more perfect. I love the simplicity of the solitaire.

Congratulations!!
 

Ellen

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Date: 6/6/2008 8:22:53 PM
Author: Bev
Ellen - I saw this ring before I came out of lurkdom, and I must say that is absolutely gorgeous!!! The recut is amazing and the setting could not be more perfect. I love the simplicity of the solitaire.

Congratulations!!
Me too.
Thank you so much!


And welcome to PS, I''m glad you decided to join us!
 

spike13

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I figure if they recut the Hope diamond, then there''s no guilt in recutting:).

I saw an interesting blurb about the crown jewels (or was it the Queen''s ering?) Anyway it mentioned that many of them have been recut in their history.

Ellen - your ring is truly stunning! And a great story as well!
 

Gypsy

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WOW Ellen. It''s just a showstopper. The stone, the setting. And I''ve been dying to see that setting with a square stone. Flat out amazing. Wear it in the best of health!
 

Ellen

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spike, interesting you post about the crown jewels, and even more so that Miss Gypsy posted right after you. The discussion of this recutting came up in another thread several months back, I was saying how almost everyone had been opposed to it. And it was Gypsy who pointed out the very same thing about the crown jewels. I had no idea about that, and thought the same thing. If they can do it (and not think anything), so can I.


Thank you so much!



Gypsy
, thank you sweetie. It does look great with the square. A match made in heaven.
 

icekid

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Ellen- what a lovely story! I know your grandmother must be thrilled that you are finally able to get so much enjoyment from her aqua. The recut certainly looks phenomenal
and I love that you went for the Leon, too. I wish I had such lovely family heirlooms too (but alas, I think most of my family was poor
). Enjoy your stunning reminder of your grandmother!
 

isaku5

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Your aqua ring is absolutely beautiful!! Grandma would have been very proud of your choice.


Wear that beauty proudly, and sometimes when you look at it, think of your smiling grandma
 

Ellen

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icekid, your post made me laugh.
Thank you!!



Thank you Isabel, I certainly hope she's proud. I wondered more than once if she had a hand in all this.
 

lisaC

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Absolute perfection! It looks so fab on your finger! I totally enjoy looking at all the pics posted so I can only imagine what it must be like to actually own it...
 

pocahontas

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WOW - sheer perfection
I LOVE LOVE LOVE your ring! It is by far one of my favourites ever
You''re a great photographer - that blinding fire shot was to die for
You did your grandmother proud Ellen! Wear it in good health and with fond memories!
 

reader

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This is beautiful and unique, but I am curious, what did you do with the old setting?
 

Phoenix

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Ellen, I am sooo happy for you. The re-cut stone is just absolutely simply GORGEOUS!!
. i am sure yr grandmother is smiling at you now from Heaven!
. Aquamarine is definitely one my fav gemstones, and yr thread is making my yearning even worse (in a good way, of course!!)
.

Wear it in good health.
 

Ellen

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lisa, thank you! Yes, it''s even better in person.


pocahontas, I can''t get over how firey this thing is. I mean, it''s not a diamond, who knew?? Thank you so much!

reader, thank you! The old setting is in my jewelry box. I have not decided what to do with it, I''m not sure how easily another stone can be cut to fit in it. But it will go to a family member, just not sure who yet.

Phoenix, ooh, am I enabling somebody??
I think my nanny would indeed be pleased with the way it turned out, thank you!

Lucy, thanks!!
 
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