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COVID19 is stressful and upsetting, so I've been oogling some bring neon stones to make myself feel better. Thinking of creating a bypass or cluster style ring with "small but mighty" stones.

Bought these from Joe Henley (he is so freaking awesome).
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Trying to find other small but neon ones as well (maybe tiny paraiba, Hauyne, "fanta" orange garnet, demantoid, etc). If anyone sees more "small but mighty" let me know!
 

missy

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Delicious stones!❤❤❤
 

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Other ones I'm considering:

Mandarin garnet and emerald from our own desert rose

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Dematoid also from DR.

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Spinel (pink/red) and some "cobalt " blue. Am not counting on the blue actually being cobalt, but like the color regardless of label. From an IG vendor I have spoken with before.
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Preferences? Thoughts?
 

voce

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I'm partial to the hot red/pink spinel and "cobalt" blues.

I'm a little more cautious with buying paraibas, although they are certainly incomparable for a bright neon turquoise. One of the reasons I buy paraiba primarily from Yvonne is that she works with setters who have experience setting them and has insurance for setting gems she sources. In the wrong setter's hands, paraiba can be very easy to break, as they tend to be as included or even more included compared to emerald. It also depends on how you intend to admire the gems. Are you planning to just keep them in gem boxes, or do you plan to set them?

Thanks for starting this bright stones thread. It's certainly been brightening my day! :lol:
 

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Well I got the spinel cabs today. They are super nice, but just not quite as saturated as I was hoping for (which is why I confirmed with Joe that returns would be accepted). Here are some pics in low light. Its night here so this pretty much them looking their "worst".


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So these will be returned (although very nice and Joe is super helpful and kind, and I recommend him to others).

However, I pulled the trigger on some amazing bright stones from desert rose :)

2 glorious paraiba, a pair of bright spess, and 9 spinel melee.

Spess and paraiba
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Spinel with the paraiba I got circled in black
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Family pic!
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In a halo layout
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Spess and paraiba together. Super neon and awesome.
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Excited about these neon beauties! And crossing my fingers that I can add 1 or 2 tiny cobalt spinel to the neon party :)
 

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Well I got the spinel cabs today. They are super nice, but just not quite as saturated as I was hoping for (which is why I confirmed with Joe that returns would be accepted). Here are some pics in low light. Its night here so this pretty much them looking their "worst".


20200319_200243.jpg 20200319_200259.jpg


So these will be returned (although very nice and Joe is super helpful and kind, and I recommend him to others).

However, I pulled the trigger on some amazing bright stones from desert rose :)

2 glorious paraiba, a pair of bright spess, and 9 spinel melee.

Spess and paraiba
Screenshot_20200319-191255_Instagram.jpg

Spinel with the paraiba I got circled in black
20200319_200802.jpg


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Family pic!
Screenshot_20200319-191352_Instagram.jpg


In a halo layout
Screenshot_20200319-185931_Instagram.jpg

Spess and paraiba together. Super neon and awesome.
Screenshot_20200319-191309_Instagram.jpg


Excited about these neon beauties! And crossing my fingers that I can add 1 or 2 tiny cobalt spinel to the neon party :)
Ohh soo pretty! Love the spess & paraiba combo; so bright!

Actually, just saw this spinel that reminded me of you!

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Well I got the spinel cabs today. They are super nice, but just not quite as saturated as I was hoping for (which is why I confirmed with Joe that returns would be accepted). Here are some pics in low light. Its night here so this pretty much them looking their "worst".


20200319_200243.jpg 20200319_200259.jpg


So these will be returned (although very nice and Joe is super helpful and kind, and I recommend him to others).

However, I pulled the trigger on some amazing bright stones from desert rose :)

2 glorious paraiba, a pair of bright spess, and 9 spinel melee.

Spess and paraiba
Screenshot_20200319-191255_Instagram.jpg

Spinel with the paraiba I got circled in black
20200319_200802.jpg


20200319_200819.jpg


Family pic!
Screenshot_20200319-191352_Instagram.jpg


In a halo layout
Screenshot_20200319-185931_Instagram.jpg

Spess and paraiba together. Super neon and awesome.
Screenshot_20200319-191309_Instagram.jpg


Excited about these neon beauties! And crossing my fingers that I can add 1 or 2 tiny cobalt spinel to the neon party :)
Ooh congrats on those gems! I love the red spinel melee with the paraiba oval. The marquis is scrumptious looking, too. Are you going to show us the cabs in better lighting?
 

voce

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Interested? XD Seller is thegemcollector, she sourced my sapphire and I believe @voce lovely mahenge spinel.
Oh it was a Burmese spinel I bought from her, but it was definitely worth it.
 

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They're gorgeous, especially the one on the right, which keeps drawing the eye ;-)
Agreed, they are really pretty! They are on their way back to Joe, so feel free to reach out if you're interested! The price was super reasonable
 

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Agreed, they are really pretty! They are on their way back to Joe, so feel free to reach out if you're interested! The price was super reasonable
My funds are pretty tied up, and I'm not a huge cab person, but I would encourage @TheGarnetGirl to make a sweet ring and earrings with those cabs.
 

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My favorites from those: top blue and bottom blue from the first post. The color saturation is :love: and it's enough to make me overlook the wonkiness in shape. Favorite red/pink is the second from last cushion in the first post. Best green is the left stone of a pair. I'd set them separately.
 

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Loving this thread!
So juicy @lovedogs !
I also am not sure if youre aware as Ive never told you but @lovedogs Ive always admired your taste in gemstones and your personal pieces!

So lovely!
& @voce you know me well! I totally would but I already told myself that I needed to chill a bit on buying.

But then I stretched my budget and got my first paraiba....

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& then I told myself that I was for sure done done but then today on LT I saw this inexpensive cutie (its the smallest one) its a 6mm unheated orangey pink sapphire cab and had to have it!

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& then I found a sweet little precision cut neon yellow tourmaline with slight green, cut with the universal symbol for radiation on it and am close to pushing the button.

Should I buy it?
It's about 5.6mm @.64cts and it's $100
Ive heard yellow tourmaline is somewhat rare and the most desireable has a slight green to it. Whatta ya think? Yay or nay?

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