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Need setting ideas for morganite ring

Discussion in 'Colored Stones' started by Blue Eyes, Jan 17, 2004.

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  1. Blue Eyes
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    by Blue Eyes » Jan 17, 2004
    I''m looking for setting ideas for several stones .. one of which is this beautiful morganite. I like some of the Lege styles, but I would love to hear some feedback on other designers whose work would properly trumpet the beauty of this fabulous stone !

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  2. winyan
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    by winyan » Jan 17, 2004
    WOW!!

    That is a gorgeous Morganite, Blue Eyes.

    However, are you sure you want it in a ring? Morganite is a notoriously easy to chip stone. If I were to set it in a ring, I'd probably put it in a bezel.

    It might be safer, as a pendant.

    win
     
  3. Blue Eyes
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    by Blue Eyes » Jan 17, 2004
    Good point on the chip-ability ! I'm a personal trainer who will not hide the jewels in the safe ... I wear even the good stuff to the gym. Here's another stone ... what do you think? I am definitely going to have a ring made, but I want to make a good stone choice. And, I meant to type Mege in the earlier post.[​IMG]

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  4. Blue Eyes
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    by Blue Eyes » Jan 17, 2004
    One more ...tee hee .. i love jewels !!![​IMG]

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  5. winyan
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    by winyan » Jan 17, 2004
    Another beauty, and though harder than the morganite, still not a great ring candidate, especially with the points exposed.

    You might want to consider a pink orange sapphire instead for a ring, or, perhaps, an oval stone?

    win
     
  6. Blue Eyes
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    by Blue Eyes » Jan 17, 2004
    This one is a little out of my price range, but it's a wonderful stone. I love it ! [​IMG] I have ten or so colored stones (several of which are posted above ) to pick from with a shipping of loose rubellite due to arrive next week from the cutter.

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  7. valeria101
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    by valeria101 » Jan 17, 2004
    About Morganite... this is Beryl- so it is surely durable enough for a ring unless you want it for wrestling. The initial stone looks fine to me in every way: esp. the color - it rarely gets better than this. Morganite has ne excuse for inclusions: it should be eye clean and that gem is. I assume that the cut is already something you like, so no comment. All, in all a greta decision.

    Tourmaline? colors would be deeper which make the (very) small advantage in reflectiveness dissapear. Sometimes these light pink is available in tourmaline, but that is not considered a top color and is rare too. Tourmaline is slightly less durable than beryl*.

    Does morganite compare with sapphire? In theory no, in practice... top pink sapphire is almost never available in the sizes & clarity that are common for pink beryl: if you are lucky to put a 6cts pink sapphire with simmilar cut (?!) next to that baby, you will see that the beryl is not as reflective. The deifference in hardness is only important if you want to use the piece of jewelry at all times. Thumbs up for Morganite!


    Conclusion? You have chosen a unique piece: there will probably no other choices of pink beryl in taht cut. As for design... for a custom cut gem you would need a custom seting, I am happy to say [​IMG] So you will have to go through the paces with the maker of the ring to establish the details. I would consider one constraint: protect those pointy corners, and the rest will be just fine. If you post the link to settings you like, maybe we could come up with some nice variations, if the web has them [​IMG]



    PS: * tourmaline is slightly less enduring to scratching (7-7.5 Mohs vs. 7.5 for beryl), and both materials are NOT prone to chipping (Tourmaline has no cleavage, morganite has imperfect cleavage). Both have great talent for being jewelry material.
     
  8. valeria101
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    by valeria101 » Jan 17, 2004
    Jewelry makers.... If I didn't have someone to make my jewelry, this is where I'd start looking:

    jewelryexpert
    theclamshell
    (Paul Gross) designergoldjewelry
    (Richard Devine) paradisecityarts

    It really depends on what YOU are looking for. The first is a mainstream maker, the others reflect a certain style but all work rutinely with one of a kind cut gems. Hope this little list helps (the last two web addresses also contain links to more jewelry studios). And any Qs even vaguely related to colored gems are very welcome down here!
     
  9. winyan
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    by winyan » Jan 18, 2004
    AnA

    I'd normally agree with you about the toughness of the stones, however bear in mind that Blue Eyes said she would be wearing them to her gym, where she's a physical trainer.

    I generally take off my diamonds and my sapphire and put them in my pockets when working out. I have one tension set Cz that I will wear when working out, and I can hear it cling and clang against the machinery as I go from station to station.

    I was just cautioning BlueEyes about doing the same, especially with stones with corners.

    I tend to worry overmuch perhaps.

    win
     
  10. valeria101
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    by valeria101 » Jan 18, 2004
    Win,

    you are surely right to point out this. I could not agree more that there are certain types of wear that jewelry is simply not suitable for. No idea about gym though... or whatever a personal trainer may be doing to rings. One particular ring I never take out (a sapphire cab in a gold bezel) so the poor thing goes regularly through house work and occasionally caving and rock climbing. Honestly, after about 4 years of such treatment the cab is by no means perfectly polished anymore. Beryl is not sapphire, and facets will wear out in much more obvious ways than the tarnish of a cab's polish (which actually look pleasing to me). So? you are right. With the post above I just wanted to point out that beryl comes close to tourmaline in hardness and toughness, and it is not particularly prone to wear compared to other gems: no gem material is good for making amour though [​IMG]

    And now that I got to write these, if I wanted a faceted gem to withstand the same abuse my sapphire does, I'd get a buff-top cut with all the nice concave facets (or whatever) beneath and a cab dome. The smooth shape would be the least prone to chipping if the material does not cleave well (beryl and tourmaline pass this requirement) and the stone would be really easy to repolish without compromising the all important facet design. If a ring is suposed to work out every day, than durability would be the main factor of the design, for better or for worse...
     
  11. Blue Eyes
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    by Blue Eyes » Jan 20, 2004
    Thanks for the good counsel !! I asked the cutter to send me a stone without any pesky points and he FeEx'd an Antique Cushion Concave Brilliant
    cut Rubellite Tourmaline (8ct) to arrive tomorrow morning. THis pic is the style of setting that I like. I hope its design will allow the stone's color to be viewed from many perspectives.

    Any other details to consider when setting a stone of this size and cut?

    [​IMG]

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  12. valeria101
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    by valeria101 » Jan 21, 2004
    He he, that's what I call a cool project... [​IMG] I surely hope you would not forget poor PS amid all and deny us a picture, scratchy as it may be!
     
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