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  1. voce
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    by voce » Apr 22, 2019
    Bingo! You got it. :lol-2:
     
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    by sapphiremomma » May 1, 2019
    Picked these little danglies up when Yvonne was having her 30% off sale. I never buy expensive earrings so this was a big splurge for me even with the sale. But I think they are so pretty! Tanzanites up top and purple garnets at the bottom. They are more purple inside and in the shade and flash more magenta in the sun. I’ve also learned it is very difficult to take ear selfies
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    by strawrose » May 1, 2019
    It looks gorgeous! I noticed a funny thing: Yvonne’s stones tend to look better in real life than in her pictures. o_O Of course, this was still very pretty in the listing, but it looks even livelier here.
     
  4. voce
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    by voce » May 1, 2019
    Your ear selfies look great, and your earrings look like ripe ripe fruit! =)
     
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  5. voce
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    by voce » May 1, 2019
    I love that Yvonne takes pictures of her gems in natural lighting instead of unrealistic ideal jewelry store lighting. I've only been disappointed once, and that was only because her camera picked up more purple while to my eyes the garnets looked pinker! Not her fault. She does pick the nicest colored gems, including sapphires and spinels, my favorites. Except, I would go for Enhoerning Jewelry for an unheated ruby. Yvonne doesn't specialize in unheated ruby and so I don't know if she can give a good deal on unheated ones.
     
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    by elizat » May 1, 2019
    @sapphiremomma very pretty! and those have great lovely colors. they look very nice on you!

    My earrings I got in the sale are not scheduled to arrive until next week. Total impulse purchase and I usually don't buy colored stones, but I really liked the setting and hand engraving on the pair I saw in the listing.
     
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    by scouty » May 1, 2019
    @strawrose wow they do look SO much better in real life, like a lot more lively. These are gorgeous so glad you snapped them up during the sale @sapphiremomma
     
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    by sapphiremomma » May 1, 2019
    Thank you @voce, @strawrose, and @elizat! I definitely agree that Yvonne’s gems look better in person, even though her listings are lovely. I really like that her pics are much more realistic. I’d rather be pleasantly surprised than disappointed! These earrings look pretty true to her pics IRL. The garnet is very slightly pinker than I envisioned but still purpletastic! And the tanzanites are the perfect light purple compliment. I wear a lot of purple so I know I will get good use out of these. @elizat, did you get those pretty sapphire earrings?? The engraving looked stunning on those!
     
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    by sapphiremomma » May 1, 2019
    Thank you @scouty!! I had my eye on them for awhile :D
     
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    by elizat » May 1, 2019
    @sapphiremomma those are the ones! I thought they looked pretty as well. Hopefully they are nice in person!
     
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    by ilovegemstones » May 1, 2019
    Those are so pretty SapphireMomma! I was admiring them in her store also!
     
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    by sapphiremomma » May 1, 2019
    Please post lots of pics when you get them!!!
     
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    by leslie1956 » May 1, 2019
    I'm so happy that you got those gorgeous earrings, @sapphiremomma! They look so pretty on you out in the sunshine :)
     
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    by natasha-cupcake » May 1, 2019
    I tend not to wear dangly earrings, but these pictures are making me want to buy a pair ASAP! They are gorgeous!
     
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    by lilmosun » May 1, 2019
    @sapphiremomma Those earrings are so pretty and look great on you! And Yvonne's pictures never seem to do her stones or pieces justice.

    I have this emerald (and moonstone) ring set in my favorite 18K French Yellow gold (highly recommended CS alternative for those like me who don't wear rose gold well).

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    Speaking of pictures...Yvonne sent me pictures of the emerald and it looked terrible - dull and dark. She also showed me a beautiful pink tourmaline cab (which I hope she someday makes in this ring). But I was afraid the end effect would look too much like my spess/mint garnet ring. Knowing her pictures typically don't do her stones justice and that she wouldn't recommend something she didn't think would look great, I bought the stone to preview first. As soon as I opened the box, I was sold.

    On another note, I posted these two mint pieces from Yvonne on other threads but will add them here to keep pics of her pieces in one place:


     
    


    


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    by CHRISTY-DANIELLE » May 1, 2019
    @lilmosun oh -my- goodness! I saw this on IG and loooved it! The design, the gems, the colors.... fabulous! Did you get this custom? Congrats, it is stunning!!
     
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    by sapphiremomma » May 2, 2019
    @lilmosun!!! I LOVE that ring!! It is just gorgeous - the design is superb. Can’t wait to see hand shots!
     
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    by leslie1956 » May 2, 2019
    That emerald cab ring is superb, @lilmosun! I also like your choice of the 18K French gold, it's very pretty, the color is more subtle than the usual 14K YG IMO.
     
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    by lilmosun » May 3, 2019
    Thank you @CHRISTY-DANIELLE @sapphiremomma and @leslie1956 . Although it was made for me, the setting design was one that Yvonne was adding to her shop.

    Here is my final (for now) project. I fell in love with this opal that Yvonne had...great polish, dark background with bright flashes. Yvonne really worked hard to keep this one affordable as well (the hauynes and green paraiba were not top of the line really just used to accent the bright green/blue flashes on the opal).
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    Here's an indoor picture before it was set which shows the opal flashes a bit better. I'll have to take better pics when it arrives.
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    by sapphiremomma » May 3, 2019
    @lilmosun I love this one so much!! The colors look perfect! And the accent stones bring out the blues and greens perfectly. Can’t wait to see your pics when you get it!!!
     
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    by leslie1956 » May 3, 2019
    Wow, @lilmosun, that pendant is wonderful, all of the gorgeous blues and greens!
     
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    by voce » May 3, 2019
    Wow, what a vibrant and unique pendant! Congratulations! :appl:
     
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    by elizat » May 4, 2019
    Here are my purple sapphire earrings from the sale. I think that they are pretty.

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    by Bluegemz » May 4, 2019
    @lilmosun , I love how unique your pendant is! Beautiful colors, and beautiful piece.:razz:
     
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    by YC » May 4, 2019
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    I own quite a few of pieces from Yvonne and these two are my most glowy ones.
    Left : Canary tourmaline with pink spinels. Setting from external vendor. She had a few pieces of these tourmalines on her site some time back and I was eyeing them for months but was procrastinating.:roll2: But I am glad I got this cos the stone is pretty glowy.
    RIGHT: Brazilian Paraiba with diamond melee. Love the glow:P2
     
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    Centre is lavender sapphire. Demantoid melees. In rose gold. I like the colour combo but it would have worked better if I had used a darker purple for the centrestone. My eyes are usually distracted by the demantoids. :D
     
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    These are so pretty! Love the purple and rose gold combo and the engraving is so intricate!
     
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    by mellowyellowgirl » May 4, 2019
    @YC you have these beauties we've never seen before!!!!! I want to see all of them!!!!!
     
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    by lilmosun » May 4, 2019
    Thanks @sapphiremomma @voce @leslie1956 and @Bluegemz

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    Glad to see so many here share my addiction to her shop. Every time I think I'm done she comes up with another design, stone or color collection of stones that I want to use. The endless combinations all in one shop are fun but dangerous for the pocketbook. The only thing that saves me me is that I don't wear earrings as well so have to live through those like @elizat and @sapphiremomma .

    (@leslie1956 ..saw you were considering the paraiba beads...did you see the necklace she made with them for another client? I couldn't resist and bought some for a future beading project).
     
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    by leslie1956 » May 4, 2019
    I did see that necklace, it was beautiful, @lilmosun :) I'll be interested in seeing the results of that beading project. I already have a smaller faceted paraiba in one of her station bracelets, but love the idea of a gold bracelet with paraiba and perheps spinel or sapphire beads.
     

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