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Re: Some joy to share about Bob Hoskins, GG

Scene from Bob's party in our conference room. Judi, the WF 'poet laureate' , is reading a poem specially crafted for Bob to mark the occassion. :read:

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by Texas Leaguer

January 19th, 2017, 3:35 pm

Forum: RockyTalky

Topic: Some joy to share about Bob Hoskins, GG

Replies: 20

Views: 533
Re: Some joy to share about Bob Hoskins, GG

Bob with three other pillars at Whiteflash - Leon -production manager, Judi - processing coordinator, Vera -customer care coordinator. All together 59 combined years of service at Whiteflash!
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by Texas Leaguer

January 18th, 2017, 6:03 pm

Forum: RockyTalky

Topic: Some joy to share about Bob Hoskins, GG

Replies: 20

Views: 533

by Texas Leaguer

January 18th, 2017, 3:03 pm

Forum: RockyTalky

Topic: Some joy to share about Bob Hoskins, GG

Replies: 20

Views: 533
Re: Some joy to share about Bob Hoskins, GG

Very nice Texas Leaguer. I am sure that Bob is going to have a LOT of fun traveling. He will be well recognized by those in the trade as he travels, yet incognito to the general public. Hollywood stars will be envious of his private popularity. He has earned his reputation and his time with his wif...

by Texas Leaguer

January 18th, 2017, 3:00 pm

Forum: RockyTalky

Topic: Some joy to share about Bob Hoskins, GG

Replies: 20

Views: 533
Re: Some joy to share about Bob Hoskins, GG

Bob with one of the mementos that he was presented. It's a custom poker chip. On the back it says Employee #1, with 2000 at top and 2017 at bottom.
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by Texas Leaguer

January 18th, 2017, 12:49 pm

Forum: RockyTalky

Topic: Some joy to share about Bob Hoskins, GG

Replies: 20

Views: 533
Some joy to share about Bob Hoskins, GG

Many participants here on Rocky Talky will find this news quite interesting. We had a big celebration this morning for Bob Hoskins GG, who is commemorating 17 years at Whiteflash! Many of you know or have dealt with Bob, and understand what I mean when I say that he makes quite an impression on you!...

by Texas Leaguer

January 17th, 2017, 6:12 pm

Forum: RockyTalky

Topic: Some joy to share about Bob Hoskins, GG

Replies: 20

Views: 533
Re: Garry's store was robbed : (

Garry, Just returning from vacation and reading about this now. So sorry to hear about the trauma. It's a blessing that none of your folks were physically injured. I hope things get back to normal for you soon. I know from personal experience it can take a while, and really, nobody is ever quite the...

by Texas Leaguer

January 17th, 2017, 2:30 pm

Forum: RockyTalky

Topic: Garry's store was robbed : (

Replies: 51

Views: 1447
Re: POLL : WHITEFLASH CALENDAR COVER OF 2017

I received mine this weekend. Thank you, WF! I think that little red pair on the cover is my spinel? Is it? Hi Chrono, Yes that is your beautiful spinel :) Everyone was wowed by it when we had the chance to work with it a few years ago that it graced the pages of the 2011 calendar! When we were loo...

by Texas Leaguer

January 9th, 2017, 2:27 pm

Forum: Hangout

Topic: POLL : WHITEFLASH CALENDAR COVER OF 2017

Replies: 35

Views: 1005
Re: 2016, another tough year for B&M Jewelers

It is sad to see so many going out, but this is a continuation of a trend that has been going on for many years. Yes, the recession absolutely primed the pump. And the other reasons mentioned here are contributing. With regard to succession, the character of the retail jewelry business traditionally...

by Texas Leaguer

January 5th, 2017, 6:08 pm

Forum: RockyTalky

Topic: 2016, another tough year for B&M Jewelers

Replies: 24

Views: 950
Re: GIA Grading question

And it's a color changer! And it is natural, un-heated. Very cool. Although country of origin was not requested by the person or company who submitted it to the lab (there is an extra fee), there's a good possibility it came from Sri Lanka. The report does not identity the metal or side stones in th...

by Texas Leaguer

January 3rd, 2017, 6:02 pm

Forum: RockyTalky

Topic: GIA Grading question

Replies: 21

Views: 408
Re: 2nd trip to crater of diamonds with a few pics

When you get down and dirty trying to scratch a diamond out of the earth it tends to give you a new appreciation for just how special the material actually is! Earlier in my career I had been trading in sapphires for several years before making my first trip to Sri Lanka. I took a run up to Ratnapur...

by Texas Leaguer

December 30th, 2016, 9:24 am

Forum: RockyTalky

Topic: 2nd trip to crater of diamonds with a few pics

Replies: 41

Views: 1624
Re: Indented Natural

Nothing to worry about....it's a VS1 stone and the indented natural is the third clarity characteristic listed (the grade setting inclusion is a crystal). The inclusions would be hard to spot even at 10x magnification. What are the angles on the stone? Agreed. As with any inclusion or surface featu...

by Texas Leaguer

December 30th, 2016, 8:57 am

Forum: RockyTalky

Topic: Indented Natural

Replies: 4

Views: 331
Re: 1.76 what is wrong it?

In my experience it is not that uncommon. As I say, it is often a subtle effect. Viewing such a diamond on its own you might not detect it. You really need a comparison stone that is close in size, color, and cut quality, and without any transparency issue - e.g. VS1. Side by side you can visually ...

by Texas Leaguer

December 29th, 2016, 4:33 pm

Forum: RockyTalky

Topic: 1.76 what is wrong it?

Replies: 11

Views: 781
Re: 1.76 what is wrong it?

In my experience it is not that uncommon. As I say, it is often a subtle effect. Viewing such a diamond on its own you might not detect it. You really need a comparison stone that is close in size, color, and cut quality, and without any transparency issue - e.g. VS1. Side by side you can visually s...

by Texas Leaguer

December 29th, 2016, 3:18 pm

Forum: RockyTalky

Topic: 1.76 what is wrong it?

Replies: 11

Views: 781
Re: 1.76 what is wrong it?

Hello, New Poster, and welcome to Pricescope! My understanding is that "Grading is based on clouds not shown" in the comments section of a GIA cert is an indication that there is enough cloudiness to obstruct light and therefore give the stone the SI1 rating. So, in other words, that crys...

by Texas Leaguer

December 29th, 2016, 10:34 am

Forum: RockyTalky

Topic: 1.76 what is wrong it?

Replies: 11

Views: 781
Re: POLL : WHITEFLASH CALENDAR COVER OF 2017

Well, it's finally done and should be hitting the mail this week! We just put up the page with a form to order your free copy. You will recognize the cover! :appl: http://www.whiteflash.com/confidence/the-whiteflash-jewelry-calendar If you are unsure whether you are already on our calendar mailing l...

by Texas Leaguer

December 20th, 2016, 4:23 pm

Forum: Hangout

Topic: POLL : WHITEFLASH CALENDAR COVER OF 2017

Replies: 35

Views: 1005
Re: Help me choose a Vintage Cushion!!

Reading VC's post above reminded me of this venn diagram which I think captures the essence of his remarks. Aiming for that small triangle in the middle and actually hitting it is not easy, and it costs more. http://www.pricescope.com/files/images/venn.JPG The price of such goods is often less about...

by Texas Leaguer

December 12th, 2016, 11:33 am

Forum: RockyTalky

Topic: Help me choose a Vintage Cushion!!

Replies: 39

Views: 1066
Re: Article: Over Grading of Blue Fluorescent Diamonds Revis

I've got to share this. Slightly off topic but in the category or "fluoro can be really cool". We inspect all incoming diamonds for fluorescence as part of our overall gemological inspection process. This part of our evaluation is done in our photography darkroom where our light performan...

by Texas Leaguer

December 8th, 2016, 4:41 pm

Forum: RockyTalky

Topic: Article: Over Grading of Blue Fluorescent Diamonds Revisited

Replies: 542

Views: 15665
Re: Article: Over Grading of Blue Fluorescent Diamonds Revis

I've got to share this. Slightly off topic but in the category or "fluoro can be really cool". We inspect all incoming diamonds for fluorescence as part of our overall gemological inspection process. This part of our evaluation is done in our photography darkroom where our light performanc...

by Texas Leaguer

December 8th, 2016, 3:13 pm

Forum: RockyTalky

Topic: Article: Over Grading of Blue Fluorescent Diamonds Revisited

Replies: 542

Views: 15665

by Texas Leaguer

December 8th, 2016, 3:03 pm

Forum: RockyTalky

Topic: Article: Over Grading of Blue Fluorescent Diamonds Revisited

Replies: 542

Views: 15665
Re: Article: Over Grading of Blue Fluorescent Diamonds Revis

With an advanced degree in electronic communications, you might think that I would be more skilled in communicating diamond grading and other gemological concepts to the consumer. But that form of communication is a very different skill, that of a writer and journalist. Graduate Gemologist Richard ...

by Texas Leaguer

December 6th, 2016, 3:57 pm

Forum: RockyTalky

Topic: Article: Over Grading of Blue Fluorescent Diamonds Revisited

Replies: 542

Views: 15665
Re: Should I be second guessing my choice? JamesAllen/ASET

As a trade person I can neither recommend or criticize another vendor's diamond. Speaking solely on the ASET I will say that, although it shows alot of leakage, it does have good symmetrical distribution, and a balanced mix of high and low angle light. There is reason to believe that even leakage ca...

by Texas Leaguer

December 5th, 2016, 10:51 am

Forum: RockyTalky

Topic: Should I be second guessing my choice? JamesAllen/ASET

Replies: 5

Views: 451
Re: Your opinion of these FICs for Earrings

I have never seen a lot of fire or scintillation emerging from earrings. I prefer spready shallower BIC stones - they are bigger, they return more light and have more edge light return so look extra bigger. Also earrings do not suffer from obstruction - you simply can not get into peoples private s...

by Texas Leaguer

December 2nd, 2016, 5:58 pm

Forum: RockyTalky

Topic: Your opinion of these FICs for Earrings

Replies: 13

Views: 601
Re: Calling Garry H (Cut Nut) - How does the HCA score work?

I think it is a simplified form of ray tracing based on a generalised algorithm that detects hypothetical light leakage of a diamond. Assumptions are that the diamond is perfectly symmetrical and has predefined LGF and star %. Regarding fire and scintillation I have been perplexed by some of the ou...

by Texas Leaguer

November 28th, 2016, 11:13 am

Forum: RockyTalky

Topic: Calling Garry H (Cut Nut) - How does the HCA score work?

Replies: 6

Views: 485
Re: Calling Garry H (Cut Nut) - How does the HCA score work?

steep and deep? I thought it favoured shallower crowns? then again I may be mistaken. As i understand it - the lower the HCA score the better. people usually prefer 1-2. Scores <2 can be considered, and scores over 2 can be discarded. It is an AID and NOT A SELECTION tool for stones. For example if...

by Texas Leaguer

November 28th, 2016, 10:57 am

Forum: RockyTalky

Topic: Calling Garry H (Cut Nut) - How does the HCA score work?

Replies: 6

Views: 485
Re: Vendors in US

Hi There I am heading to the US late next year and thought I would start my diamond research well ahead of time. Was wondering if anyone can tell me which vendors to go to (alternatively stay away from!!) when in New York, LA, Vegas and surrounding areas. I am looking for something in the 2ct range...

by Texas Leaguer

November 28th, 2016, 8:55 am

Forum: RockyTalky

Topic: Vendors in US

Replies: 2

Views: 212
Re: OK to copy design?

Thank you for asking Bryan. Are you a musician as well? I play the Pedal Steel Guitar- which is traditionally a country instrument- although I play a lot of other styles on it. I picked up my first Steel in 1996. You can't find even one in NYC to buy in any store. In your neck of the woods there's ...

by Texas Leaguer

November 23rd, 2016, 5:15 pm

Forum: RockyTalky

Topic: OK to copy design?

Replies: 46

Views: 1378
Re: OK to copy design?

Bryan, the judge was certainly entitled to his opinion and I also love George ( not my favorite Beatle, for me it's John) In this case I totally agree with Ringo's assessment. No way are the the two songs identical. ( PS- I'm speaking as a musician- diamonds and jewelry have always been a sideline ...

by Texas Leaguer

November 23rd, 2016, 3:58 pm

Forum: RockyTalky

Topic: OK to copy design?

Replies: 46

Views: 1378
Re: OK to copy design?

George Harrison wrote a song called "My Sweet Lord" which was found by a judge to infringe on "He's so fine" http://ultimateclassicrock.com/george-harrison-my-sweet-lord-plagiarism/ Then he wrote a song about the lawsuit https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=me8h6qET19s It was not a d...

by Texas Leaguer

November 23rd, 2016, 3:39 pm

Forum: RockyTalky

Topic: OK to copy design?

Replies: 46

Views: 1378
Re: OK to copy design?

Actually Bryan, I believe that in a recent case in the music industry, influences accounted for a multi million dollar judgement. The song claimed to infringe was by no means identical. I think it was the Marvin Gaye estate that sued- I'll look it up...or maybe someone else knows Since we design an...

by Texas Leaguer

November 23rd, 2016, 2:25 pm

Forum: RockyTalky

Topic: OK to copy design?

Replies: 46

Views: 1378