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post #31 of 49
For those of you that like to go jewel hunting but can't get out.. You might find this ebay listing interesting. He has lots of other listings with different types of stones. I've thought about doing this myself and would if I had the cash in my paypal already.
post #32 of 49
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Originally Posted by SalemWitchChild View Post
For those of you that like to go jewel hunting but can't get out.. You might find this ebay listing interesting. He has lots of other listings with different types of stones. I've thought about doing this myself and would if I had the cash in my paypal already.
Thats the ones I bought ! now I just need them cut!
post #33 of 49
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Originally Posted by Yosemite View Post
I adore emeralds as well. Too bad my birthday isn't in May.

My birthstone is turquoise and I must admit it is one of my favourites.
My birthday's July 29- so my stone is Ruby...but i'd still prefer an Emerald anyday over a ruby. The reason is- imo ruby's look better set in yellow gold - and i HATE HATE HATE yellow gold. I think Emeralds look great in white gold /silver so i love that about them!!! I think they're just gorgeous!!!
post #34 of 49
I am not really a girly girl, so I am not into jewelry..oh also, I am allergic to nickel, so i can't wear silver at all
post #35 of 49
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I am not really a girly girl, so I am not into jewelry..oh also, I am allergic to nickel, so i can't wear silver at all
why not silver? i'm also allergic to nickel - have to replace all my earring hooks with sterling ones or my ears get infected. can't wear base metal rings, etc - i tarnish them within a day. but i do ok with silver, as long as it's sterling silver.
post #36 of 49
I love pearls and diamonds. Pearls are my birthstone for June and I only have 1 pair of a necklace and earring set of them from my Dad and step-mom's wedding. I love but yet are afraid to wear diamonds because of their high value. I only have my wedding rings and I'm still nervous with them, lol. Cubic Zirconia is nice.
I think you can wear silver if your allergic to nickel. My sister does that because of her allergies. Unless you're allergic to both! I wouldn't be able to stand it if I was like that because I love silver and I never wear gold.
post #37 of 49
Since I make jewelry, I'm always lusting after beautiful stones, too... but I can't even begin to afford them. I do have some garnets and citrines and turquoise and various quartzes, but they're only beads, not "settable" stones. Oh -- except for one very beautiful green onyx cabochon that I wire-wrapped into a hammered-silver bracelet years ago!

I love watermelon tourmaline, ametrine, opals, and pearls... and I love cabochons, but I'm also crazy for a simple emerald cut.

And I don't like diamonds, either! I can't enjoy their beauty, knowing the backstory... and the absurd amounts of money that are spent on them.

And to tell the truth -- a beautiful glass stone that looks like the real thing is just fine with me. It would be nice to own the genuine article, with all its history and science and mysterious inner life... but I've had to learn to love beauty I can afford.
post #38 of 49
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Originally Posted by laureen227 View Post
i also like alexandrite - aren't those the ones that change color depending on the light?
Yes, alexandrites change color on whether it is under incandescent or fluorescent light. A good one can cost $$$$.

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Originally Posted by SalemWitchChild View Post
For those of you that like to go jewel hunting but can't get out.. You might find this ebay listing interesting. He has lots of other listings with different types of stones. I've thought about doing this myself and would if I had the cash in my paypal already.
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Thats the ones I bought ! now I just need them cut!
Bags of uncut like this can be fun to look through. Mom got a 5 gallon bucketful from a guy back in 1989 and found a few good enough to cut into cabochons approximately 7mm in diameter but none good enough to facet.

You guys have got to go to Gem & Mineral shows! Check out www.lapidaryjournal.com or www.rockngem.com for show schedules and clubs that might be in your area.

Ours has its own workshop with the equipment to cut stones. Most do not but may have members who do and may do demonstrations. There are also schools you can pay to take classes in the many aspects of gems and jewelry.
post #39 of 49
You know where you guys should go to? The Smithsonian Nation History Museum in Washington D.C.! There's a gallery of jewels including the Hope and Tiffany diamonds. There's a precious cut ruby the size of a golf ball there too! All sorts of jewels, crystals and minerals. Unrefined platinum, gold and silver... it's amazing! (Plus free admission, too!)
post #40 of 49
I love jewelry, gemstones and even just rocks! Always have! I can watch QVC jewelry shows and just be completely entertained! I perfer cut traditional stones, but I like others too. Saphires and diamonds are my favorite. And then there's tanzanite! I do love opals and I'm wearing an amber ring right now too. Grandma had me hooked on pearls too.
post #41 of 49
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Originally Posted by Abymummy View Post
I think I may be the only one but, here goes....

I DON'T like Diamonds!

Of course if someone were to give me one I'd take it but I'd rather have flawless colored precious stones myself... for example, uncooked rubies (pigeon blood of course), all the sapphires (all nine colors) or a perfectly flawless emerald.

I have actually collected all nine colors of sapphires (1 carat each - took me 4 years to do that) and I'm just waiting to collect another two sets of 50 pointers and another set of 1.5-2 carats so that I can create the ultimate set of Bracelet, Necklace and earrings!
I'm not a diamond girl, i much prefer bright colours and all the different shapes
post #42 of 49
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Originally Posted by laureen227 View Post
the only precious stones i have are on my grandmother's wedding set, which i inherited when she died this past December. she said i got it because i was the only granddaughter who had never gotten an engagement ring [see, staying single is sometimes a plus!]. it's a diamond emerald cut set in a platinum setting. i have a lovely, large amythest ring that i wear almost all the time, & a nice blue topaz ring. i also have a small milky opal ring. i'd love to have the milky opal replaced with a fire opal [my favorite stone!] but just can't afford to spend the on something frivolous like that. [in a real money crunch right now!] i also like alexandrite - aren't those the ones that change color depending on the light? as far as red stones, i really prefer garnets to rubies - that deep red color is so lovely! my sister has some beautiful topazes - really firey orange color... i think they're called fire topaz, but they're different looking than the one Bruce posted the pic of. more orange, not as blue.

I hadn't seen my grandmother in about 7 years till grandpa died, then when we all started being around eachother again, she gave me a ring (though it doesnt fit) from her 25th wedding anniversary, so it's about 28 or 29 years old now. It's white gold, with two diamonds and a ruby. I've actually been trying to research the setting it is in and i havn't quite found the one, it reminds me of medievil lattice
post #43 of 49
finally got to school at the same time that TCS was working! here are my rings...
opal & blue topaz

diamond wedding set from my grandma

amethyst - i took 2 of these, trying to get one where the color is right. it's a real purple, but to me these pix look kinda blue


post #44 of 49
I understand about the blue appearance, Laureen. I took photos at a wedding for the bride and her lavender decorations on her cake photographed blue!

Anyway, lovely pieces you have. I really like the mounting your amethyst is in.
post #45 of 49
I love crystals of all varieties... I only have one clear quartz now. I had another quartz on a necklace that I got a few days ago and was wearing it but it disappeared... the chain is still around my neck but the crystal is gone.
I also have a pendant that is jade and moonstone and I absolutely love it. And sapphires are my favorite but I don't have any yet.
post #46 of 49
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Originally Posted by Trouts mom View Post
I am not really a girly girl, so I am not into jewelry..oh also, I am allergic to nickel, so i can't wear silver at all
I'm highly allergic to nickel..I have to find belts with leather buckles otherwise I'll get a nasty rash on my belly. But, I can wear sterling silver if it's PURE, otherwise no way, Jose!

My fave stones are: Rubies (my birthstone), diamonds, and Jade (go fig, lol). I really like the look of REAL Jade (not jadeite). My mom bought me a pearl and Jade necklace a few years ago that is gorgeous. It came with a set of pearl and Jade stud earrings.
post #47 of 49
I Love that last one its beautiful...My Favorite is Tanzanite Good Tanzanite..
post #48 of 49
I love diamonds... Simple enough, and emeralds because it is my birthstone. Most of my jewelry is silver and stoneless... my favorite piece I have is my Tiffany's necklace. I also wear alot of costume jewelry (chokers, pucha shells, layered necklaces, etc)! All and all I love anything that sparkles... Oh except gold!
post #49 of 49
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Originally Posted by gemlady View Post
I understand about the blue appearance, Laureen. I took photos at a wedding for the bride and her lavender decorations on her cake photographed blue!

Anyway, lovely pieces you have. I really like the mounting your amethyst is in.
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I Love that last one its beautiful...My Favorite is Tanzanite Good Tanzanite..
thanks! i got the amethyst at our local Mervyns one year with my Christmas money, before it closed. it's a bit too large now, but the jeweler told me they couldn't resize it because it would mess up the stone.
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