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FrekeChild

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Round, Gray, Barry, 7mm, 1.60cts, Tunduru

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Brown.Eyed.Girl

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Gary Braun (Finewater) blue-green tourmaline. 0.44 ct. 4.8 mm. This one is VERY close to the vendor pic. A little darker I think than the picture but hard to notice. I love this stone.

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Brown.Eyed.Girl

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Gary Braun (Finewater) blue-purple sapphire. 0.40 ct. 4.3 mm. Tiny little guy but he sure sparkles. In sunlight it is INCREDIBLY blue - just like the picture. It has a definite shift to purple indoors which can''t be seen from the vendor pic, but it''s pretty awesome

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Jeff White morganite. 4.33 ct. 9.6 mm. Vendor pic to the right. This one is definitely pinker in real life than in the vendor picture, which I''m really happy with.

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Date: 3/9/2009 5:04:25 PM
Author: TravelingGal
Date: 3/9/2009 4:58:50 PM
Author: FrekeChild
Date: 3/9/2009 4:56:48 PM
Author: Jelly
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?
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....
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.
Well. It was only my second gemstone purchase. Because of my inexperience, I did not want to return the first stone I ever bought from Dan, AND its not a bad stone--it''s actually beautiful, just not what I wanted originally. I''m hoping that it will eventually go to a better home.
 

Brown.Eyed.Girl

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Jeff White pink tourmaline. 2.05 ct. 7.9 mm. This one is really different from the vendor pic. I''ve never been able to capture the same pink that''s in the vendor pic to the right. It''s much darker, although in bright direct light gives off great flashes. Under my daylight lamp, I''ve seen it be a bright hot dark pink, which is gorgeous, but still darker than the vendor picture

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FrekeChild

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Barion Spinel .54 Cts. Dan Stair, Cut Cornered Barion Square, 4.60 mm, Tanzania, Light Purplish Blue, Very Good+ (Eye Clean), A very brilliant stone with a pleasing light purplish blue or "periwinkle" color.

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Date: 3/9/2009 5:09:00 PM
Author: FrekeChild
Date: 3/9/2009 5:04:25 PM

Author: TravelingGal

Date: 3/9/2009 4:58:50 PM

Author: FrekeChild

Date: 3/9/2009 4:56:48 PM

Author: Jelly

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?

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....
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.

Well. It was only my second gemstone purchase. Because of my inexperience, I did not want to return the first stone I ever bought from Dan, AND its not a bad stone--it''s actually beautiful, just not what I wanted originally. I''m hoping that it will eventually go to a better home.

Pretty similar reasoning on my part for why I didn''t return the sapphire. I was still really new at buying, plus it was the second stone I had gotten from Dan, and he discounted it since it had been up for awhile.
 

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JW blue-green tourmaline. 1.43 ct. 6.6 mm. One of my top three favorite stones. This one is very true to the vendor pic (to the right) although in direct sunlight it''s less green and more blue. More green indoors however.

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FrekeChild

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Cushion, Tourmaline, 1.9cts, Barry 7.5mm, Colorless only a hint of very light peach

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Brown.Eyed.Girl

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Richard Homer concave cut sapphire. Cushion cut, 1.21 ct. My first gemstone purchase! This one is pretty close to the photo, although it shows a little more green dichroism in certain lighting conditions.

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Here''s my malaya garnet from John B at Gemrite. Vendor pics are on top row and mine are on the bottom.

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I have another spinel that was very close to the vendor picture, and I actually gasped at the beauty of the stone when I opened the package. However, I didn''t save the photo from Dan, so I can''t post it. I actually have several other stones that I''ve bought from Barry and Dan (and a couple of other vendors), but don''t have the vendor pics.

I would say that Barry''s pictures are very close to what the stones looks like in real life. Often Dan''s pictures can be more accurate when the stone is seen in very strong direct light(for example, my periwinkle spinel), but more often, his stones are much darker than what they look like in real life. So it''s often a gamble, but thats why he puts on his site that you should put more weight into his written description of the stones instead of the pictures.
 

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Kismet! So you''re the one who bought that off Gemline, haha, should have known a demantoid lover like you might be familiar with them :)
 

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So I'm not an expert at combining pics. But here goes: (apologies if it turns out to be ginormous!)

2.07 unheated sapphire recut by Jeff White.

JW pic on left
WF pic in middle (the stone was shipped from JeffWhite to Whiteflash - they did the setting but photographed it first)
My pic on the right

LS

ETA: yikes. I thought I had sized it down small enough! Sorry!
ETA#2: the pic on the right was taken in the rain: those are raindrops, not scratches!
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Here''s a montage I prepared of my Tourmaline cut by Peter Toracca. It''s quite a strange combination of colours to pin down. Peter''s shot taken on the back of his fingers is probably the closest to it, although it does show quite peachy after 4:30pm!

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Aquamarine cut by Gene at Precision Gem

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Oregon Sunstone cut by Dan the Man

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LostSapphire

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Coati - how do you collage your pics like that AND label them? I do mine in CorelDraw and it's a pain in the butt + they're always too big....
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Date: 3/9/2009 9:03:06 PM
Author: LostSapphire
Coati - how do you collage your pics like that AND label them? I do mine in CorelDraw and it''s a pain in the butt + they''re always too big....

LS

LS--your pics look great! I just use adobe photoshop. I use the type tool and then I just add some space to the image and cut and paste in the other one. I''m a caveman at photoshop!
 

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Date: 3/9/2009 9:07:23 PM
Author: coatimundi

Date: 3/9/2009 9:03:06 PM
Author: LostSapphire
Coati - how do you collage your pics like that AND label them? I do mine in CorelDraw and it''s a pain in the butt + they''re always too big....

LS

LS--your pics look great! I just use adobe photoshop. I use the type tool and then I just add some space to the image and cut and paste in the other one. I''m a caveman at photoshop!
Thanks Coats. I don''t have Photoshop
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but I own Corel so use that instead. I just thought everybody was using Paint and I can never get that to do anything decent for me...

So I''ll stick with what I''ve got I guess!

Love your pics though!

LS

(mini threadjack over....)
 

mercoledi

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Thank you everyone for participating, this is really, really great! PS is awesome and your stones are beautiful.

LS- Your stone deserves big pictures! I do my collages in powerpoint and export them as .jpgs

Freke- which spinel are you missing? I have a bunch of vendor pics for stones I don't own.
 

LostSapphire

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Date: 3/9/2009 9:19:34 PM
Author: mercoledi
Thank you everyone for participating, this is really, really great! PS is awesome and your stones are beautiful.

LS- Your stone deserves big pictures! I do my collages in powerpoint and export them as .jpgs

Freke- which spinel are you missing? I have a bunch of vendor pics for stones I don''t own.
WHOA!!!

thanks Mercoledi! THAT''s easy peasy. Beats loading up CorelDraw and running through their export protocols!

I''ll give it a shot and post again.
LS
 

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I''m boring, I just use paintbrush to do collages. It''s in the Window''s accessories. Cutting, pasting, and stretching, skewing (to shrink photos).
 

LostSapphire

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OK Mercoledi: test driving my new way of doing a photocollage! (HOW DID YOU KNOW I WAS A CLOSET POWERPOINT JUNKIE - but I NEVER thought of doing it that way!)

It's not fancy ie: no cute overlaps but I just want to see if this works. It was a lot easier!

Thanks for the tutorial.

LS

ETA: WOOOHOOOO!!!!

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I hope this doesn''t post too large. A garnet and tourmaline from Jeff White. They are pretty much just like the photos in real life.

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Date: 3/9/2009 9:40:11 PM
Author: cinnamon013
I hope this doesn''t post too large. A garnet and tourmaline from Jeff White. They are pretty much just like the photos in real life.
Hi Cinnamon

That tourmaline pic is messed up on the JW website as well.....maybe he can send you a non-pixelated one? I''d LOVE to see it!
LS
 

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Okay this seals it.

I MUST have a spinel. MUST.

This is a brilliant thread by the way, great idea, very informative. Carry on!
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Love this thread!! I wish I can join but I''m having a awful time trying to get the pictures up!
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So I''ll just enjoy all the beautiful post!
 

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Date: 3/9/2009 9:19:34 PM
Author: mercoledi
Freke- which spinel are you missing? I have a bunch of vendor pics for stones I don't own.

~Round, Pink spinel, Dan Stair, 1.1cts, 6.12mm
~Round Tourmaline, Barry, Namibian, .97 ct.
~Supernova Oval, silver topaz, Barry, 7.41cts, 10.2 x 12.2

~Supernova Oval, white topaz, Barry, 4.45cts, 10 x 8.3--A vendor pic of this doesn't exist I'm afraid...He cut it custom for me, and since it was a copy of the bigger one, I didn't even ask for one.
 
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