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Discussion in 'Colored Gemstones' started by Acinom, Jan 16, 2016.

  1. Acinom
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    by Acinom » Jan 20, 2016
    That's great! I am looking forward to see how this unfolds. And sooo curious to learn about the bits and the pieces you have in mind. Do indeed keep us posted.
     
  2. Lovinggems
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    by Lovinggems » Jan 21, 2016
    Acinom I don't know what to do with the larger stone anymore, I am leaning more towards a ring again. If I get AK to work on a pair of earrings for me I might as well send all the stones to him. Do you have any suggestion?
     
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    by Acinom » Jan 21, 2016
    I would ask Alistair to suggest a design for your beautiful stone, based on elements of his ring designs you really like. I think the topaz would look great in the Solace design or in the Floret head with a shank designed for your stone.
     
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    by lovedogs » Jan 21, 2016
    IT'S HERE!!!! Hooray! Picture overload time :) Excuse the cell phone quality pics. Overall I am extremely impressed with the quality of work, details, and overall solid feel of the ring. I also love how bright the white gold is (I've never had 9 ct gold, but my first impression is that it seems more of a bright white vs. 14k. Or maybe I just need to clean my 14k rings more) :)

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    by arabella » Jan 21, 2016
    Oh my goodness lovedogs! I am in love with your ring! I am so impressed with Alistair Kelsey's designs and yours is no exception. I like the 9kt gold choice -- I didn't even know it was a possibility! Beautiful! [emoji7]
     
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    by lovedogs » Jan 21, 2016
    Thank you arabella! I didn't know it was a choice either until Alistair mentioned it. I asked him about 10k gold in order to keep the setting within my budget (since most of his settings are 18k). He explained that in AUS they typically use either 18k or 9k (I guess 14k and 10k are far less common), so that was news to me! I am in love with it, and definitely plan to send him more of my stones to set! :naughty:
     
  7. Acinom
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    by Acinom » Jan 21, 2016
    Yay, so glad your ring has already arrived. The ring looks stunning on your finger lovedogs :love: Beautiful fluid lines and open profile.

    Thank you for posting your pics so we can admire your ring from every angle.
    Which stones are you considering to be set by Alistair as well? One of your blue-greens? So curious to see what you decide.

    I honestly love this ring and have posted it in the 'covet most' thread on PS.
     
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    by lovedogs » Jan 22, 2016
    haha Acinom you know me too well :lol: I am thinking about having him set my square cut blue/green tourmaline, but definitely need time time to save a bit for the setting and to make sure I'm 100% of what I want. I've been "saving" that stone for a special setting since I don't want to move too quickly and end up with something I don't love. But I've also thought of having DK set in a simple halo, so I'm still torn on exactly what to do. But I'm excited to have time to think it through while I enjoy Alistair's lovely work on my hand. He's so easy to work with and kind as well--I hope more PSers use him so I can drool over more of his work :)

    PS I'm extremely flattered that you thought of this ring for the "covet most" thread. I love your taste in jewelry so it's a big compliment coming from from you!
     
  9. Acinom
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    by Acinom » Jan 23, 2016
    Do you have any outdoor pics of your ring?
    Has the setting been rhodinated by the way?

    Are you referring to your Jason Brim cushion? Looking forward to see what you will do with it. It makes sense to take your time to think about it carefully. AK also makes delicate pave rings. I do not know his pricing for these though.

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    by woofmama » Jan 23, 2016
    Lovedogs that ring is very cool! I love the graceful lines, it's very modern & clean looking. Great presence on your hand! :appl:
     
    


    


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    by lovedogs » Jan 23, 2016
    Yup, that's exactly the one I'm referring to :) Sadly I don't have any outdoor pics--its snowing tons here on the East Coast (of the US), so I'm avoiding going outside today :D But I'll take some pics outside asap. I've seen some of AK's pave, but would definitely have to save more. In terms of the rhodium that's a great question, and one I asked Alistair about since the ring looked SO white (not that I was upset at all, just surprised). I already knew about how white gold is rhodium plated, but didnt know about "electro" plating. 't gave a really interesting answer, so rather than paraphrase I'll just paste his response to me:

    AK's response to my question about why the 9 ct looked whiter to me than my normal 14 k rings.
     
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    by apacherose » Jan 25, 2016
    Lovedogs, your new ring is beautiful. This designer 'gets' fluidity! I love the presence without feeling bulky- how beautiful! Great gem, as well. Congratulations!
     
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    by Acinom » Jan 25, 2016
    Thank you for sharing the insights on the elektro plating. Very interesting. The 9 kt looks really good. I might consider it as well.
    My rings are now in Europe at customs. Hopefully I will be able to pick them up this week.
     
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    by arabella » Jan 25, 2016
    Thank you for sharing more info about the 9k gold lovedogs. It sounds like a great alternative and one I wouldn't have considered but definitely will now
     
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    Hooray! I am excited for you (and for us, of course, who get to admire your pics) :appl:
     
    


    


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    by Acinom » Jan 30, 2016
    lovedogs: my rings have been released by customs now and will hopefully be delivered at my jeweller in Antwerp by the beginning of the coming week.

    Lovinggems and Sparkliesluver: have you discussed designs with Alistair?
     
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    by Lovinggems » Jan 30, 2016
    Acinom not yet, I am waiting for my non pierced huggies first. I am looking forward your photos though. :appl:
     
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    by lovedogs » Feb 5, 2016
    Just commented in SMTB too, but they are both wonderful masterpieces!! So thrilled for you! :love: :appl:
     
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    They're so elegant and fluid, I think you'll need another group photo session soon. :bigsmile:
     
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    Beautiful :love:
     
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    by apacherose » Feb 5, 2016
    They do not disappoint- beautiful!- they look even more fluid in the real life pictures! Congrats, I'm looking forward to more pics.
     
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    by Acinom » Feb 6, 2016
    Thank you for your kind words lovedogs, Lovinggems, lilmosun and apacherose :wavey:
    It has been such a great experience to work with such a talented designer. I am thrilled with the outcome.

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    by Acinom » Feb 17, 2016
    Discussed a design for the purple garnet with Alistair Kelsey. I will have it set in a simple but sophisticated solitaire design in 18 kt white gold.

    The ring will be partly matted/brushed and partly polished

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    by Lovinggems » Feb 17, 2016
    It's a beautiful drawing, simple but elegant, I think it'll complement your garnet really well.
    Acinom I got side tracked with another dainty ring, will need to pace myself this year, so won't be setting my topaz suite till later. :oops:
     
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    by picante27 » Feb 17, 2016
    I think your garnet will look gorgeous in that solitaire setting, Acinom! The 18k white gold will look great with the vibrant purple/magenta of your stone :love:
     
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    Thank you Lovinggems! :wavey:
    Isn't it nice to get sidetracked every once in a while :lol: I am so curious to learn more about your dainty project!
     
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    Thanks for chiming in picante!! I envisioned warm gold for this project but I happily went with Alistair's advice to choose white gold because of the particular purple of the stone.
     
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    by mochiko42 » Feb 18, 2016
    Acinom, compared to other vendors used frequently by PSer, how does Alastair's pricing compare? Eg. Is his pricing similar to David Klass?
     
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    by Acinom » Feb 18, 2016
    Hi Mochiko :wavey:
    I would say Alistair's pricing is a tad lower than David's pricing. The dollar is now very strong compared to the euro while the AUS dollar is weaker compared to the euro. The Floret ring is comparable with David's pricing. The Elegance ring is quite a bit lower compared to David's pricing.
     

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