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  1. mercoledi
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    by mercoledi » Mar 9, 2009
    This thread is meant as a resource for all of us who buy online. Please post the vendor image(s) of your stone and personal pictures you took so we can all learn how stones bought online look in real life. Please include the vendor's name and any information you have on the stone if possible.

    Set of three green tourmalines from ebay seller gemdd, estimated at 1ctw points. Color is very similar to vendor image. Darker stone is brilliant, but windowed. Would consider buying from again. First image is vendor image.

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  2. Brown.Eyed.Girl
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    by Brown.Eyed.Girl » Mar 9, 2009
    Barry Bridgestock cushion amethyst. 5.04 ct. 10 mm. This stone was very true to its picture color-wise. I've bought from Barry many times, and will continue to do so [​IMG] I've been nothing but happy with everything I've gotten from him. Vendor pic is the last one

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    by Brown.Eyed.Girl » Mar 9, 2009
    Barry Bridgestock Green Tourmaline, cut in a supernova oval. Color is a little lighter in direct sunlight but overall pretty close to the picture. Cutting is superb. 2.07 ct. 8.5 x 7.2 mm

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    by Brown.Eyed.Girl » Mar 9, 2009
    Barry Bridgestock green tourmaline 1.18 ct. 6.5 mm. VERY similar in color - a little darker in real life but barely noticeable.

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  5. Brown.Eyed.Girl
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    by Brown.Eyed.Girl » Mar 9, 2009
    Barry Bridgestock Bekily Malaya garnet. 1.34 ct. 6.5 mm. LOVE this stone. Barry told me it had this strange color shift from pink to peachy in sunlight. It really does - indoors it''s quite pink, next to the window it''s peachy-pink and in direct sunlight it goes golden. Hard to capture the effect though but it is sparkly!

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  6. T L
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    by T L » Mar 9, 2009
    Barry took the picture all the way to the left, and it was a bad picture, and really looks nothing like the stone. He even said so. The only good thing about that picture was that the stone wasn''t scooped up right away. He then took a much more accurate color corrected picture in the middle, and that sold me on the stone. The picture to the right is my blurry, but accurate picture.

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  7. Brown.Eyed.Girl
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    by Brown.Eyed.Girl » Mar 9, 2009
    Barry Bridgestock blue spinel. 2.41 ct. 8.1 mm. It's a color changer. The pictures really don't do this stone justice. It's a bright sparkly blue in sunlight and under fluorescent light it's a rich bright purple. Lighter and brighter than in the pics.

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    by mercoledi » Mar 9, 2009
    Dan Stair Jr. blue spinel
    Shifts to pink/lavender in incandescent light. Darker than vendor picture but with lots of brilliance. Top image is vendor image.

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  9. Brown.Eyed.Girl
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    by Brown.Eyed.Girl » Mar 9, 2009
    Barry Bridgestock colorless (achroite) tourmaline. 2.5 ct. 8.5 mm. This stone is a bit warmer than in the pic although in direct sunlight, it looks very colorless, and pretty much exactly like the color in the picture. It picks up color from its surroundings pretty easily though.

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  10. T L
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    by T L » Mar 9, 2009
    Gene of Precisiongem.com Afghan mint tourmaline (vendor picture on left)

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  11. AnthroMoon
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    by AnthroMoon » Mar 9, 2009
    Unfortunately, I do not have any stones to add but I wanted to thank you for starting this thread. This makes it much easier to shop online!
     
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    by Brown.Eyed.Girl » Mar 9, 2009
    Dan Stair grossular garnet. 0.65 ct. 5.55 mm. This one is more yellow than the vendor picture (to the right) shows. It comes close to the vendor pic in direct sunlight but there is a definite warmth/yellow tone to it. More pronounced indoors.

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  13. T L
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    by T L » Mar 9, 2009
    The horrible ebay vendor pic on the left (vallejo916) and my pic on the right.

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  14. Brown.Eyed.Girl
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    by Brown.Eyed.Girl » Mar 9, 2009
    Dan Stair sapphire 0.82 ct. 5.52 mm. This sapphire is much darker in real life than in the vendor pic. It can give up really pretty blue flashes but the light needs to be pretty strong. In ordinary lighting and especially indoors it is VERY dark.

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  15. Gailey
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    by Gailey » Mar 9, 2009
    That''s just gorgeous TL, another glowing stone. I''m having a very blue/green day today, fall-out from all those paraibas at the weekend!
     
    


    


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    by Brown.Eyed.Girl » Mar 9, 2009
    Dan Stair umbalite garnet. 1.98 ct. 7 mm. This stone is actually darker and redder than in the pic - I rarely see pink in it. It is very sparkly and gives off great flashes of light, indoors and out.

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  17. T L
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    BB Garnet.

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  18. FrekeChild
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    by FrekeChild » Mar 9, 2009
    Round, blue spinel, Barry, 1.2cts, 6.5mm

    Vendor pics are on the left. There is a significant color shift, and I can't capture the purple as well as Barry did.

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  19. Jelly
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    by Jelly » Mar 9, 2009
    Wow...those Dan Stair pics are definitely much lighter in the vendor pics than in person. Beautiful (of course) but did you feel mislead when you opened the package?
     
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    Barion Amethyst, medium purple, Cynthia Stair, 3.95cts, 9.08mm

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  21. tyty333
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    by tyty333 » Mar 9, 2009
    Oh my gosh! I''ve never seen so many pretty colored stones! I wish I could have one of each! Truly stunning colors[​IMG]

    BTW - this thread is very helpful - Thanks
     
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  22. T L
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    Jeff White blue/green Afghan tourmaline. Middle pic in incandescents and right side in sunlight. This is a very dichroic stone.

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  23. FrekeChild
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    by FrekeChild » Mar 9, 2009
    Actually, yes. The amethyst I just posted was NOT what I expected at all. I wanted a light purple, and that''s not what I got. Therefore I don''t have plans to get this set, and don''t really know what I''m going to do with it....
     
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    Cushion, Gray, Dan Stair, 1.07cts, 5.94 x 6.56mm

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    by FrekeChild » Mar 9, 2009
    Round, Pink spinel, Barry, .65 ct., 5.2mm round brilliant. This medium/light lavender spinel is from Tunduru, Tanzania. It is better than eyeclean and quite bright

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    2.6ct indicolite tourmaline from gemline inc. Vendor pic on the left.

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  27. T L
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    by T L » Mar 9, 2009
    Awful, super photoshopped 6 carat violet cuprian from ebay. I took a chance since it had a GIT memo and I got it for a few hundred. Not bad for a rare color. It does have a lot of blue in it. The vendor photo is definitely more purple.

    One of my best ebay experiences.

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    by FrekeChild » Mar 9, 2009
    This stone was rather disappointing as well because of the color discrepancy between vendor photo and real life.

    Round, Blue spinel, Dan Stair, 1.28cts, 6.4mm

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  29. Brown.Eyed.Girl
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    by Brown.Eyed.Girl » Mar 9, 2009
    Yes but only for the sapphire. That one was just really different from the vendor pic. I''m really happy with my garnets though, plus with my grossular I knew it would be a bit darker than the pic so I wasn''t surprised.
     
  30. TravelingGal
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    by TravelingGal » Mar 9, 2009
    Why didn't you return it?

    The customgems (stair) pics really seem a LOT lighter than the real thing. Not sure I could buy from them for that reason...doesn't seem representative at ALL.

    ETA, BB's pics seem pretty good.

    Great idea for a thread! Wish I could post the only example that I have, but since I don't own the stone, I can't!
     

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