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DIAMOND & GEMSTONE INFORMATION => Jewelry Care => Topic started by: Snooper on October 26, 2007, 01:32:00 AM

Title: Step cut diamond meets the evil diamond loupe
Post by: Snooper on October 26, 2007, 01:32:00 AM
Ok, I spent the past 20 minutes soaking my EC 3 stone, took a soft toothbrush and gently scrubbed, gave it a 30 second bath with my steamer... Now, when I look at the diamond very closely it's clean! Louping it? AHhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh!!!!  :freakout: :Bawling: :Bawling: It looks like there's tiny kleenix particles on the underside of the EC. 

I can't get it clean! I know there's tons of cleaning suggestions, but I swear.. Anyone else ever wish they didn't view their precious with a loupe?

The loupe can be VERY scary!!! And I only have a 10x loupe!! I can't imagine what I'd see with a 20x!

Am I just that anal or do others have this problem? I only notice this with my EC, not my princess, radiant earrings, RB, or cushion pieces!
Title: Re: Step cut diamond meets the evil diamond oupe
Post by: evilmailjeep on October 26, 2007, 01:46:30 AM
Try hitting it with a steamer, then dry it with your hair dryer...will it work?
Title: Re: Step cut diamond meets the evil diamond oupe
Post by: Snooper on October 26, 2007, 01:49:55 AM
Hmmm I hadn't thought of a hair dryer... I'll do that later when hubby isn't sleeping...
Title: Re: Step cut diamond meets the evil diamond loupe
Post by: Mrs Mitchell on October 26, 2007, 02:44:57 AM
My ering is an EC, so I hear ya!

It's only 'loupe clean' after a really careful cleaning session. I scrub with a toothbrush and dishsoap, then into a very hot US for a 3 min cycle with a drop of ammonia, dishsoap and windex, then rinse, then back in the US with hot clean water for a proper rinse, then dry with compressed air or hairdryer then polish.

Just occasionally, I can get it spotless! Good luck.


Jen
Title: Re: Step cut diamond meets the evil diamond loupe
Post by: luvnjewelry on October 26, 2007, 10:00:34 AM
Sam I swear by that Polident Foam denture cleanser.   Rinse it in scalding hot water.  Let it "air dry" (if you have time) on a lint free cloth or a piece of tissue paper.    Trust me,  you are not being anal,  if so, then I guess I am anal too...... ;D
Title: Re: Step cut diamond meets the evil diamond loupe
Post by: diamondjunkie on October 26, 2007, 10:04:39 AM
Well give that we are all obsessed with tiny pieces of carbon, I believe we can all be considered 'anal' to some degree or other...... ;D

A lint free cloth will certainly help.  I'm interested to hear how the hair dryer works - keep us posted on that.
Title: Re: Step cut diamond meets the evil diamond loupe
Post by: Mrs Mitchell on October 26, 2007, 12:55:48 PM
Oh yeah, and the final thing- for really stubborn bits, clean the loupe! ;D
Title: Re: Step cut diamond meets the evil diamond loupe
Post by: Snooper on October 26, 2007, 01:35:10 PM
LOL yes, I actually did start a loupe thread as that probably is 15% of the problem :) But I still need to buy this stuff as I'm desperate! It looks (my ring) yucky!!!!!!!
Title: Re: Step cut diamond meets the evil diamond loupe
Post by: Diamondsbylauren on October 26, 2007, 04:18:44 PM
You think you guys have it tough??
What about the VVS stones that dust makes look like SI2's?


Snoop, you mentioned a 20 power loupe- which does bring up a good point about grading.
The standard is a 10 power loupe.
A diamond graded Internally Flawless by GIA might show minuscule imperfections when looked at through a 20 power loupe, or microscope.....
Title: Re: Step cut diamond meets the evil diamond loupe
Post by: Snooper on October 26, 2007, 04:23:46 PM
You think you guys have it tough??
What about the VVS stones that dust makes look like SI2's?

I hadn't thought of that!! YIKES!!!

Loupes are good, but yet bad :)
Title: Re: Step cut diamond meets the evil diamond loupe
Post by: jewellk on October 26, 2007, 06:15:26 PM
I hear ya Snooper!! It's darn near impossible to get step cuts clean!! I get so frustrated sometimes but I don't have the patience to go beyond a 10 minute cleaning.

I've heard some people recommend those little air blaster cans that are sold for cleaning computer keyboards, I think it's just compressed air, to blow dust off rings.
Title: Re: Step cut diamond meets the evil diamond loupe
Post by: Snooper on October 26, 2007, 06:47:07 PM
I'm going to target in a few anyway and I will try that too!
Title: Re: Step cut diamond meets the evil diamond loupe
Post by: tea on October 27, 2007, 01:23:25 PM
Keep me posted on what works Sam. I have the same problem with my EC e-ring. I even bought one of those tiny floss brushes. Helps a little
Title: Re: Step cut diamond meets the evil diamond loupe
Post by: Awestruck on October 27, 2007, 05:08:31 PM
I was reading somewhere that the Indians use soapnut powder to clean their jewellery. Apparantly you can either mix it into a paste and spread on things such as bangles, leave for a while then rinse off or you can dissolve the powder in warm water making a solution and then soak jewellery in it.
I`ve used the actual soap nuts themselves ( which are the outer shells of berries actually ) in my washing machine. You put them into a little bag and they produce a natural cleanser which is eco friendly and also great for people with sensitive skin or eczema etc. They clean just fine, you get about 3 loads out of the same bag of nuts and they`re chemical free. Maybe I`ll try the powder which is simply ground down nuts and I`ll let you all know if they work on jewellery.
Title: Re: Step cut diamond meets the evil diamond loupe
Post by: evilmailjeep on October 27, 2007, 07:49:28 PM
Can you also use that as a shampoo?
Title: Re: Step cut diamond meets the evil diamond loupe
Post by: DiamondLady on October 27, 2007, 09:56:47 PM
Is it bad that I own a 30x loupe? LOL  I have NO problem seeing my GIA number  inscription!  ;D
Title: Re: Step cut diamond meets the evil diamond loupe
Post by: Snooper on October 27, 2007, 10:00:49 PM
Is it bad that I own a 30x loupe? LOL  I have NO problem seeing my GIA number  inscription!  ;D

NICE!!! That's really cool! I think I'll hold off on the 30x, I can only imagine how things look THAT magnified!

I really had no idea how hard it was to keep an EC diamond clean! When people said it was "hard" I thought they meant the tables!!!! Lesson learned!
Title: Re: Step cut diamond meets the evil diamond loupe
Post by: tea on October 27, 2007, 10:17:10 PM
Is it bad that I own a 30x loupe? LOL  I have NO problem seeing my GIA number  inscription!  ;D

With my 10x loupe, I can make out the location of the GIA inscription but I can't make out the #s. Been considering getting a 2x or 30x.... but like Sam, the dirt might irritate me too much... The table is no problem, it's the underside...
Title: Re: Step cut diamond meets the evil diamond loupe
Post by: evilmailjeep on October 27, 2007, 10:38:39 PM
30x loupe, I bet every teeny scratch on the band shows up as craters...wow!
Title: Re: Step cut diamond meets the evil diamond loupe
Post by: DiamondLady on October 27, 2007, 11:16:06 PM
30x loupe, I bet every teeny scratch on the band shows up as craters...wow!

Well, yup, that too!  And little particles that get stuck around prongs too. LOL
Title: Re: Step cut diamond meets the evil diamond loupe
Post by: luvnjewelry on October 28, 2007, 10:59:04 AM
I have a 10x and a 30x loupe.  I have to say... I like the 30x loupe better although I can see more dirt and grime.   It makes me work extra hard to get to the nitty gritty!  Did you try the polident foam denture cleanser yet Sam?    I am really impressed how it cleans my sidestones on my cushion/pear ring!
Title: Re: Step cut diamond meets the evil diamond loupe
Post by: Snooper on October 28, 2007, 06:50:21 PM
No, but I have the picture Rhonda had posted saved so I can look for it :)
Title: Re: Step cut diamond meets the evil diamond loupe
Post by: GIAGirl on October 30, 2007, 01:00:44 AM
Hairdryer is key, but do not burn your hands.   
Title: Re: Step cut diamond meets the evil diamond loupe
Post by: Snooper on November 09, 2007, 05:01:33 AM
Ok, while I stilllllllllllllllllllllllll haven't tried Rhonda's recommendation, I did the vinegar thing again, and that sorta helped... But it's not perfect... I think I have accepted that in order to get a proper cleaning, I'll have to visit David :) LOL

I've heard horror stories of people having problems, with(what should be a routine cleaning at the mauls) people having their precious cleaned at the mall while shopping....
Title: Re: Step cut diamond meets the evil diamond loupe
Post by: diamondjunkie on November 09, 2007, 12:31:38 PM
The problem with having your jewelry cleaned at the mall is that you have sales people performing some functions with minimal training.  Case in point, a lady came into our store with a HUGE princess cut ring which I offered to clean for her.  I go to the polishing wheel and start polishing the shank.  The wheel ripped the ring from my hands and slammed it into the back of the machine - which broke the shank in the back where it had been sized.  I wanted to die.  Yes it was fixable and we were very lucky it wasn't a corner of the stone that was hit but looking back we should never have been expected to use that machine.
Title: Re: Step cut diamond meets the evil diamond loupe
Post by: elizabeth on November 09, 2007, 12:41:40 PM
The problem with having your jewelry cleaned at the mall is that you have sales people performing some functions with minimal training.  Case in point, a lady came into our store with a HUGE princess cut ring which I offered to clean for her.  I go to the polishing wheel and start polishing the shank.  The wheel ripped the ring from my hands and slammed it into the back of the machine - which broke the shank in the back where it had been sized.  I wanted to die.  Yes it was fixable and we were very lucky it wasn't a corner of the stone that was hit but looking back we should never have been expected to use that machine.
:N1oops03HL2:  I would have :faintthud:
Title: Re: Step cut diamond meets the evil diamond loupe
Post by: djm195 on November 09, 2007, 12:45:45 PM
The problem with having your jewelry cleaned at the mall is that you have sales people performing some functions with minimal training.  Case in point, a lady came into our store with a HUGE princess cut ring which I offered to clean for her.  I go to the polishing wheel and start polishing the shank.  The wheel ripped the ring from my hands and slammed it into the back of the machine - which broke the shank in the back where it had been sized.  I wanted to die.  Yes it was fixable and we were very lucky it wasn't a corner of the stone that was hit but looking back we should never have been expected to use that machine.

I don't know why but this post made me laugh DJ.
*can someone explain why? I'm sick*
Title: Re: Step cut diamond meets the evil diamond loupe
Post by: djm195 on November 09, 2007, 12:49:27 PM
The problem with having your jewelry cleaned at the mall is that you have sales people performing some functions with minimal training.  Case in point, a lady came into our store with a HUGE princess cut ring which I offered to clean for her.  I go to the polishing wheel and start polishing the shank.  The wheel ripped the ring from my hands and slammed it into the back of the machine - which broke the shank in the back where it had been sized.  I wanted to die.  Yes it was fixable and we were very lucky it wasn't a corner of the stone that was hit but looking back we should never have been expected to use that machine.

I don't know why but this post made me laugh DJ.
*can someone explain why? I'm sick*

There really isn't anything funny about it...but...I can't stop laughing :rotflmao:
Title: Re: Step cut diamond meets the evil diamond loupe
Post by: djm195 on November 09, 2007, 12:50:45 PM
The problem with having your jewelry cleaned at the mall is that you have sales people performing some functions with minimal training.  Case in point, a lady came into our store with a HUGE princess cut ring which I offered to clean for her.  I go to the polishing wheel and start polishing the shank.  The wheel ripped the ring from my hands and slammed it into the back of the machine - which broke the shank in the back where it had been sized.  I wanted to die.  Yes it was fixable and we were very lucky it wasn't a corner of the stone that was hit but looking back we should never have been expected to use that machine.

I don't know why but this post made me laugh DJ.
*can someone explain why? I'm sick*

There really isn't anything funny about it...but...I can't stop laughing :rotflmao:

OMG!!! I need HELP!   :rotflmao: :rotflmao: :rotflmao:
Title: Re: Step cut diamond meets the evil diamond loupe
Post by: diamondjunkie on November 09, 2007, 01:44:52 PM
The problem with having your jewelry cleaned at the mall is that you have sales people performing some functions with minimal training.  Case in point, a lady came into our store with a HUGE princess cut ring which I offered to clean for her.  I go to the polishing wheel and start polishing the shank.  The wheel ripped the ring from my hands and slammed it into the back of the machine - which broke the shank in the back where it had been sized.  I wanted to die.  Yes it was fixable and we were very lucky it wasn't a corner of the stone that was hit but looking back we should never have been expected to use that machine.
:N1oops03HL2:  I would have :faintthud:

Actually, I think the correct smiley would be this one  :pottytrain5: closely followed by this realization  :omg: leading swiftly to  :Exit-Stage-Right:.  It was not one of the better moments in my life.

DJM, I worry about you!   :drunken_smilie:  Get away from the rum barrel!
Title: Re: Step cut diamond meets the evil diamond loupe
Post by: Snooper on November 09, 2007, 01:46:01 PM
ROTF!!! You're not alone! I laughed in that I could see Dj polishing it, and then VROOOOOOOOOMMMMMMMMM WHACK, PING PING, there goes the ring.... And then I pictured DJ's face and her wonderful adorable accent saying things in a panic like "BLOODY )#$(*#*$)*)*$((# STUPID GIT)@#(#*)@ MOTHER #$$)$))*#*"
Title: Re: Step cut diamond meets the evil diamond loupe
Post by: diamondjunkie on November 09, 2007, 01:49:29 PM
Snoop, you have it spot on!  The sound effects and everything!  At the time I was heavily pregnant with DS and I played on that for sympathy so the woman wouldn't leap the counter and knock seven bells out of me.......which, incidentally, she seriously looked like she wanted to do.
Title: Re: Step cut diamond meets the evil diamond loupe
Post by: Snooper on November 09, 2007, 01:52:56 PM
HAHAHAHA!!! Too funny!  ;D
Title: Re: Step cut diamond meets the evil diamond loupe
Post by: djm195 on November 09, 2007, 01:54:23 PM
ROTF!!! You're not alone! I laughed in that I could see Dj polishing it, and then VROOOOOOOOOMMMMMMMMM WHACK, PING PING, there goes the ring.... And then I pictured DJ's face and her wonderful adorable accent saying things in a panic like "BLOODY )#$(*#*$)*)*$((# STUPID GIT)@#(#*)@ MOTHER #$$)$))*#*"

YES!!! THAT's PERFECT SNOOP!!!Doesn't anybody else see the humor here? ROFLMAO!!! :giveup:
Title: Re: Step cut diamond meets the evil diamond loupe
Post by: Snooper on November 09, 2007, 02:01:26 PM
 :rotflmao: :giveup: :rotflmao: Seriously laughing here! HAHAHA Sooooooo glad we were all on the same page! HAHA
Title: Re: Step cut diamond meets the evil diamond loupe
Post by: djm195 on November 09, 2007, 02:16:46 PM
I LOVE YOU SNOOP! I don't care what DJ says!!!! :rotflmao: :friends:

(and I haven't had anything to drink....yet)
Title: Re: Step cut diamond meets the evil diamond loupe
Post by: diamondjunkie on November 09, 2007, 02:26:36 PM
It's so good when you can laugh with the people you care about.......oh wait, you're laughing AT me...... :a082: :1224:  ;D

I have absolutely no room to talk.  I once laughed so hard at a guy I watched break both his arms that when I called 911 I was unable to tell the operator where we were as I was laughing my arse off!
Title: Re: Step cut diamond meets the evil diamond loupe
Post by: Awestruck on November 09, 2007, 02:27:18 PM
What`s everybody`s jewellery catastrophe ? We all must have a tale to tell involving jewellery !
Mine was when I`d gone trying on dresses and I was wearing a pair of gold hoop earrings which fastened with a kind of prong which went through the ear and fitted into a bracket at the back of the earring.
There I was in a changing room, pulling a rather lovely dress up over my head and one of the net underskirts got stuck on the back of my earrings. I didn`t want to pull the dress for fear of tearing it, both arms were up in the air, head was covered with the skirt of the dress and I was hardly wearing my Sunday best knickers. I resembled a coat stand.
So i muttered " Hup um thsuck ". Pardon said the sales woman ? This time a bit louder " HUP UM THSUCK ! " ( You guys ever tried talking through several net underskirts and a frock stuck over your head ? )
Anyway she finally realised I needed help but all 4 of my cheeks were bright red with embarrassment and the moral of this story is, never ever wear hoops, danglies or any other kind of earring when trying on dresses and secondly never ever be tempted to wear anything less that your best bloomers too !
Title: Re: Step cut diamond meets the evil diamond loupe
Post by: diamondjunkie on November 09, 2007, 02:39:06 PM
If we lost a diamond during the cleaning, we would be responsible for it, unless we told the person before hand that it was loose (although we wouldn't have cleaned it at that point).  We went to great pains not to lose diamonds and often had to empty the sonic cleaner to find one.  We were lucky enough to have a goldsmith on site.  The whole point of us cleaning pieces was to find things that needed repairing and so generate business.  Many times we would find loose stones and people would leave the item to be repaired as we wouldn't clean it at that point.  I remember getting into an argument with a customer who had several loose stones but said I was lying to trap his business.  Even though I stood there with tweezers rocking his considerably wobbly stones, he continued to insist I was trying to con him.   ::)
Title: Re: Step cut diamond meets the evil diamond loupe
Post by: Snooper on November 09, 2007, 02:39:28 PM
Anyway she finally realised I needed help but all 4 of my cheeks were bright red with embarrassment ...

LMAO!!! haha I'll remember that!  ;D

DJ? Both arms broken? Tell the story!!!
Title: Re: Step cut diamond meets the evil diamond loupe
Post by: Diamondsbylauren on November 09, 2007, 02:46:04 PM
four cheeks? ???
Oh, I get it!
hehehe


I'd say that it could be a real problem if a stone falls out during a routine ultra-sonic cleaning offered by a jewelry store.
See, even if they find the diamond, who's to say the person who puts it back in the ring won't screw it up worse?
Title: Re: Step cut diamond meets the evil diamond loupe
Post by: Snooper on November 09, 2007, 02:48:19 PM
See, even if they find the diamond, who's to say the person who puts it back in the ring won't screw it up worse?

My thoughts (and fears) exactly!!
Title: Re: Step cut diamond meets the evil diamond loupe
Post by: Diamondsbylauren on November 09, 2007, 02:51:26 PM
BTW- I could never use a 30 power loupe- and I would not recommend the use on jewelry.
Here's why: When you are making jewelry, it's NEVER perfect. NEVER.

The point is that it should be good enough to pass muster with your eyes- then, if something is noticeable, examine it with the 10x to see what's going on.
If we used a 30 power for quality control no ring would ever pass.......and I am extremely proud of the level of quality we've been able to achieve.
Title: Re: Step cut diamond meets the evil diamond loupe
Post by: Snooper on November 09, 2007, 02:55:09 PM
I'd like to get a 20x to see and find my diamonds inclusions, but yes, I am afraid to see what my pieces look like at 30x! I'd probably have a panic attack! LOL

10x is scary enough!!  :tard:
Title: Re: Step cut diamond meets the evil diamond loupe
Post by: Awestruck on November 09, 2007, 02:57:59 PM
Well i must be a right wuss Snoop cos I`ve never used a loupe in my life, let alone owned one, not even a x 10 one.
Title: Re: Step cut diamond meets the evil diamond loupe
Post by: luvnjewelry on November 09, 2007, 06:49:47 PM
The problem with having your jewelry cleaned at the mall is that you have sales people performing some functions with minimal training.  Case in point, a lady came into our store with a HUGE princess cut ring which I offered to clean for her.  I go to the polishing wheel and start polishing the shank.  The wheel ripped the ring from my hands and slammed it into the back of the machine - which broke the shank in the back where it had been sized.  I wanted to die.  Yes it was fixable and we were very lucky it wasn't a corner of the stone that was hit but looking back we should never have been expected to use that machine.
:N1oops03HL2:  I would have :faintthud:

Actually, I think the correct smiley would be this one  :pottytrain5: closely followed by this realization  :omg: leading swiftly to  :Exit-Stage-Right:.  It was not one of the better moments in my life.

DJM, I worry about you!   :drunken_smilie:  Get away from the rum barrel!



 :laughing4:   This is more suiting for the "DJ" smilies!    ROLF!!
 :DropGob: :tantrum2: :pottytrain5: :o :busted: :N1oops03HL2: :scared: :tantrum2: :Exit-Stage-Right:
Title: Re: Step cut diamond meets the evil diamond loupe
Post by: Snooper on November 09, 2007, 11:51:03 PM
See, that's the ONE big thing I love about well cut rounds.. The arrows!!!! (And how they face up well for size) but dang how they are usually more than fancies (at least for colorless, near) grrrrrrrrrrr
Title: Re: Step cut diamond meets the evil diamond loupe
Post by: CityGirl on December 03, 2007, 07:10:20 PM
Just a quick thought about loupes.... At GIA we are FORCED to loupe grade diamonds and let me tell you...compared to a microscope it is such a pain! >:(  In a microscope, if you see something, you can just zoom in and "oh yes thats a feather..." with a loupe?? its more like "what the heck is that??  well i'm going with feather on that one...i guess.."  :-\

I'm told that i should really get good at loupe grading diamonds since that's the usual method in the trade but..i'm a scientist..give me a microscope and measuring tools over a magnifying glass and guestimation any day!

Thanks for enduring my rant everyone, only one more week till diamond graduation! ;) ;)  i suppose the loupe stuff will come in time....well let's hope at least!
Title: Re: Step cut diamond meets the evil diamond loupe
Post by: GIAGirl on December 03, 2007, 07:41:41 PM
I am so jealous!  I hope you are having a good time though!!!  ;)
Title: Re: Step cut diamond meets the evil diamond loupe
Post by: Diamondsbylauren on December 03, 2007, 08:01:42 PM
City Girl: You bring up a very good point.
Why not simply use a microscope- you can see things so much easier!

Well, the reason is that grading needs to be scientific- to a certain degree- but aesthetics play a huge role.


In some senses, looking at a diamond scientifically is kind of diametrically opposed to looking at it from an intrinsic, and artistic standpoint.

Say you're matching stones.
What difference does it make how they look in a microscope- or even a 10 power loupe, for that matter- it's how they look to the eye.

That's why I believe 10 power is the agreed upon standard.
Title: Re: Step cut diamond meets the evil diamond loupe
Post by: Diamondsbylauren on December 03, 2007, 09:31:44 PM
BTW- Congrats on your upcoming graduation!

Having never taken a GIA course, I respect those that go for their GG.

Title: Re: Step cut diamond meets the evil diamond loupe
Post by: Snooper on December 03, 2007, 10:04:00 PM
Congrats on your upcoming graduation! Interesting about why they use a loupe vs. a microscope!! Maybe you can make a mini microscope into the size of a loupe :) tee he! Kidding :)
Title: Re: Step cut diamond meets the evil diamond loupe
Post by: Diamondsbylauren on December 03, 2007, 10:07:11 PM
Hey Snoop, they do make 25 power loupes  ( as opposed to 10 power)- and stronger I'm sure!
Title: Re: Step cut diamond meets the evil diamond loupe
Post by: Snooper on December 03, 2007, 10:17:27 PM
Yeah, one of these days, I'll be brave and buy a stronger one.. But the 10x is scary enough :)
Title: Re: Step cut diamond meets the evil diamond loupe
Post by: Diamondsbylauren on December 03, 2007, 10:20:00 PM
Yeah, one of these days, I'll be brave and buy a stronger one.. But the 10x is scary enough :)


Picture me holding up my arms in the way you do to ward off Dracula >:D
Title: Re: Step cut diamond meets the evil diamond loupe
Post by: Snooper on December 03, 2007, 10:23:21 PM
 :troll: :troll: :troll: :freakout:
Title: Re: Step cut diamond meets the evil diamond loupe
Post by: djm195 on December 04, 2007, 09:04:01 AM
Thanks for enduring my rant everyone, only one more week till diamond graduation! ;)

Congratulations GG on your graduation.

Just thought of something... Can you imagine if we all took this course together? I can see it now...the teacher would want to hang himself!
Think Snooper ripping a diamond out of your hand so she could look at it with her super duper high powered loupe that she kept a secret until classes started. God knows what BR would do...Gemelli would be challenging the teacher on everything that was said and Trinkette would be cracking jokes and passing notes to everyone. EMJ would look at every stone and say "can you see this set in a E-W baguette band with yellow gold double claw prongs?" Joia would make oatmeal raisin cookies for the teacher and we'd throw things at her for being a suck up. Ronda would look in her microscope and after each stone she'd comment: " I see some serious BDS coming my way!!  ROLF!!"  DJ would be conniving to buy everything that she looked at. 
I, of course, would be sitting in the back and laughing my head off! :rotflmao:
Title: Re: Step cut diamond meets the evil diamond loupe
Post by: luvnjewelry on December 04, 2007, 09:15:46 AM
:rotflmao: :rotflmao: :omg: :giveup:


I think you would be doing more than laughing DJM.  I am quite sure you would be thinking about ADS too!   ;D ;) >:D
Title: Re: Step cut diamond meets the evil diamond loupe
Post by: djm195 on December 04, 2007, 09:18:12 AM
Yeah--the teacher would be changing my seat every day because I was laughing...(Boy, does that bring back memories of high school...*SIGH*)
DJM,  I am quite sure you would be thinking about ADS too!   ;D ;) >:D

WAIT. What? Doesn't everybody? >:D
Title: Re: Step cut diamond meets the evil diamond loupe
Post by: Diamondluvr on December 04, 2007, 09:20:04 AM
DJM-LOL, that description seems to hit the nail on the head!  ;D
Title: Re: Step cut diamond meets the evil diamond loupe
Post by: luvnjewelry on December 04, 2007, 09:24:25 AM
Yeah--the teacher would be changing my seat every day because I was laughing...(Boy, does that bring back memories of high school...*SIGH*)
DJM,  I am quite sure you would be thinking about ADS too!   ;D ;) >:D

WAIT. What? Doesn't everybody? >:D


 ;D
Title: Re: Step cut diamond meets the evil diamond loupe
Post by: evilmailjeep on December 04, 2007, 09:55:54 AM
BR would have a variety of rose gold mounts in a pink attache case, at the ready.
Oh and I would also have bezel set requests, and colored stone halos!
Title: Re: Step cut diamond meets the evil diamond loupe
Post by: Snooper on December 04, 2007, 10:54:56 AM
ROTF!!!! DJM, hilarious! I can so see that happening!! Dang, maybe we all should take classes!!! LOL
Title: Re: Step cut diamond meets the evil diamond loupe
Post by: diamondjunkie on December 04, 2007, 11:20:53 AM
Thanks for enduring my rant everyone, only one more week till diamond graduation! ;)

Congratulations GG on your graduation.

Just thought of something... Can you imagine if we all took this course together? I can see it now...the teacher would want to hang himself!
Think Snooper ripping a diamond out of your hand so she could look at it with her super duper high powered loupe that she kept a secret until classes started. God knows what BR would do...Gemelli would be challenging the teacher on everything that was said and Trinkette would be cracking jokes and passing notes to everyone. EMJ would look at every stone and say "can you see this set in a E-W baguette band with yellow gold double claw prongs?" Joia would make oatmeal raisin cookies for the teacher and we'd throw things at her for being a suck up. Ronda would look in her microscope and after each stone she'd comment: " I see some serious BDS coming my way!!  ROLF!!"  DJ would be conniving to buy everything that she looked at. 
I, of course, would be sitting in the back and laughing my head off! :rotflmao:

ROFLMAO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Title: Re: Step cut diamond meets the evil diamond loupe
Post by: CityGirl on December 04, 2007, 05:59:39 PM
OMG i wish you were all here with me!  Not only would it be HIL-arious  ;D ;D but can you imagine the wealth of knowledge packed into one classroom?  Honestly, I'm doing pretty well in class (IMHO) and its due to this forum!!  I've learned so much here and the information has been accurate and valuable!  Thanks so much to David and everyone for this great site!   :D :D :D :D

btw...at GIA, your in one classroom with the same 20 people ALL day..EVERY day...imagine the fun  ;)

a few more days...some break time... then onto colored stones! :379:
Title: Re: Step cut diamond meets the evil diamond loupe
Post by: djm195 on December 04, 2007, 06:16:25 PM
DJM-LOL, that description seems to hit the nail on the head!  ;D

Yeah, all but the Joia part--I kinda embellished a bit here--she truly is one of the sweetest and kindest people on this site. We really wouldn't throw anything at you Joia  :-*. Still friends? (Don't make me send a sad eyes puppy picture your way).
Title: Re: Step cut diamond meets the evil diamond loupe
Post by: djm195 on December 06, 2007, 12:18:11 PM
... Can you imagine if we all took this course together? I can see it now...the teacher would want to hang himself!
Think Snooper ripping a diamond out of your hand so she could look at it with her super duper high powered loupe that she kept a secret until classes started. God knows what BR would do...Gemelli would be challenging the teacher on everything that was said and Trinkette would be cracking jokes and passing notes to everyone. EMJ would look at every stone and say "can you see this set in a E-W baguette band with yellow gold double claw prongs?" Joia would make oatmeal raisin cookies for the teacher and we'd throw things at her for being a suck up. Ronda would look in her microscope and after each stone she'd comment: " I see some serious BDS coming my way!!  ROLF!!"  DJ would be conniving to buy everything that she looked at. 
I, of course, would be sitting in the back and laughing my head off! :rotflmao:

So... I'm going to pick my lab partners.

Let's see...I'll take GL, Trinkette, GIA Girl and Ace.

Ace is great with numbers, so he can do all that, GL is the perfectionist so nothing will get by her, Trinkette will write up kick a$$ lab reports and GIAGirl's Ms Fancy Pants alter ego will intimidate everyone else.
Once again, I'll be their best audience.

We are definitely going to get straight A's--no doubt about it!!!

Title: Re: Step cut diamond meets the evil diamond loupe
Post by: GracefulLion on December 06, 2007, 12:23:34 PM
So... I'm going to pick my lab partners.

Let's see...I'll take GL, Trinkette, GIA Girl and Ace.

Ace is great with numbers, so he can do all that, GL is the perfectionist so nothing will get by her, Trinkette will write up kick a$$ lab reports and GIAGirl's Ms Fancy Pants alter ego will intimidate everyone else.
Once again, I'll be their best audience.

We are definitely going to get straight A's--no doubt about it!!!

Me?  A perfectionist?  I don't think so!

Oh, BTW, I just sent you a PM asking for some clarifications. . . ;D

Can I just mention that the last class I took involving a lab was the only one I ever FAILED!  But somehow I think judging sparklies might be a bit more interesting than dead squids.
Title: Re: Step cut diamond meets the evil diamond loupe
Post by: GIAGirl on December 06, 2007, 02:00:53 PM
Oh my goodness GL...Didn't anyone tell you to partner up with someone who knew what was going on?   ;)
Title: Re: Step cut diamond meets the evil diamond loupe
Post by: GracefulLion on December 06, 2007, 02:21:37 PM
Oh my goodness GL...Didn't anyone tell you to partner up with someone who knew what was going on?   ;)

Um, my partner was actually a really hot Israeli guy.  That did NOT help!
Title: Re: Step cut diamond meets the evil diamond loupe
Post by: GIAGirl on December 07, 2007, 12:43:30 AM
OK...I didn't want to say it...but you are supposed to find the least hottest guy in the room...there are some exceptions, but usually that is a steadfast rule.  Too late now...
Title: Re: Step cut diamond meets the evil diamond loupe
Post by: CityGirl on December 10, 2007, 04:08:54 PM
It is fun!  Althought i must admit i'm alittle nervous at the moment...about to find out whether i passed the 5-stone practical exam...i should be calling right about now actually! :-\ ??? :-\ ??? i think I did ok but you never know!  Assuming i've passed, i'll take the written exam tomorrow, which should be fine...then i'll officially be a Diamonds Graduate!  I'll continue with colored stones in January but some people do stop here and just take their Graduate Diamonds certificate and run!  :Exit-Stage-Right: hah i love that smiley. 

Anyway... assuming then i pass the 20-stone practical and the written exam, i'll be a Graduate Gemologist (G.G.) pretty excititng!  That will be in May for me but classes run year round. 

Wish me luck..i'll post again when i've heard the verdict on my practical! :N1Please2HL1:
Title: Re: Step cut diamond meets the evil diamond loupe
Post by: CityGirl on December 10, 2007, 04:12:39 PM
I passed! :bliss:

written test tomorrow!
Title: Re: Step cut diamond meets the evil diamond loupe
Post by: Snooper on December 10, 2007, 06:41:26 PM
WOOHOOOOOOOOOOo congrats!!!
Title: Re: Step cut diamond meets the evil diamond loupe
Post by: GIAGirl on December 10, 2007, 08:25:46 PM
I am so happy for you!!!   8) :th_AWA123112: :smileyparty:
Title: Re: Step cut diamond meets the evil diamond loupe
Post by: Mrs Mitchell on December 11, 2007, 03:05:56 AM
CONGRATULATIONS! Good luck with the written test today.  Thinking about you!

Jen
Title: Re: Step cut diamond meets the evil diamond loupe
Post by: Diamondluvr on December 11, 2007, 06:07:21 AM
Congrats  :D
Title: Re: Step cut diamond meets the evil diamond loupe
Post by: Snooper on December 14, 2007, 10:18:01 AM
Hello Lurkers :)
Title: Re: Step cut diamond meets the evil diamond loupe
Post by: elizabeth on December 14, 2007, 04:34:07 PM
I passed! :bliss:

written test tomorrow!

WAY TO GO!!!!!
Title: Re: Step cut diamond meets the evil diamond loupe
Post by: Snooper on December 16, 2007, 03:43:59 PM
Awesome AZ!! I want to buy at least 20x but again, you'll be AMAZED at what you see with a loupe! Be brave my friend!
Title: Re: Step cut diamond meets the evil diamond loupe
Post by: GIAGirl on December 17, 2007, 05:48:05 PM
I have never been too much of a stickler for clarity either...that was until I saw that video of the D IF EC that David had...pretty nice!!!   
Title: Re: Step cut diamond meets the evil diamond loupe
Post by: WM on May 30, 2008, 09:13:39 AM
I passed! :bliss:

written test tomorrow!

That is awesome. Congratulations.
Title: Re: Step cut diamond meets the evil diamond loupe
Post by: Mikla on May 30, 2008, 09:54:39 AM
Dear CityGirl:

 :th_AWA123112:

Congratulations!

Mikla