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MEMBER'S SECTION => Testimonials => Topic started by: ah2bqat on May 09, 2009, 01:27:35 AM

Title: The Saga of Li'l BLOOO
Post by: ah2bqat on May 09, 2009, 01:27:35 AM
For all you CDI'ers - I'm starting this because it's getting too embarrassing to threadjack anymore, and here I can gush to my heart's content before, during and after.

So what does it take to make a perfect ring?  Everyone here would have to say 'It depends'.  And that truly is straight shooting. ???

But this is about MY perfect ring, or at least a perfect DBL creation.  After all, we have the setting of choice, and something old:  my DH's mother's old setting.  She died when he was still in college; and because I've know him since we were 12, I knew his Mom a bit, too.

Then you have to add in a superb jeweller with a phenom staff.  Did I mention he has a sentimental streak as wide as the Grand Canyon?  Well, he does.  Also a snarky sense of humor that's as good as the fizz in Jones soda. :smarty:  I haven't mentioned his name?  Well, maybe later, if I really HAVE to.  But I do have to mention our great MebWistress who is responsible for turning me into a true :22:

Sprinkle liberally which a bunch of really fun folks with an overriding passion for beautiful gems, especially colored diamonds, significant experience in design, and a community spirit that will never let one worry  :xyxnervous: or celebrate alone :smileyparty:.

And now the stage is set for the Saga of :hail: Li'l BLOOO   :hail:
Title: Re: The Saga of Li'l BLOOO
Post by: oldmancoyote on May 09, 2009, 03:17:48 AM
Right-o. We await with bated breath... just in case lil'blooo fogs up.  ;D

So, wazzup?!? That was more like bated dragon breath.

We need to know the content of TDM's conversation with David...
Title: Re: The Saga of Li'l BLOOO
Post by: ah2bqat on May 09, 2009, 03:49:33 AM
So my DH and I do things sort of backwards.  We aren't married by most states laws, but in TX and according to the IRS, we are.  And someday we'll do the civil and church sort of thing.  But my Dad has Alzheimer's bad, and Mum is his primary caretaker.  I can't put the burden of a wedding on her on top of Dad.  And as much as I'd love for my Dad to give me away(again), it would be better for the family to wait until he passes.  It's a sad commentary, but at almost 56, I didn't' want to get married without my mother there;  and for the first time, I'd like to have a few other family members, like my sister and her husband, or my stepdaughter by a prior marriage and my grandsons there, too. 

Hopefully, my BIL will give me away.  I'm sure he'd like too! ;D  But that's some day in the future.

Right now, my darling mathematucian  is working with D, actually I am , but he's buying.  Anyway, we're working on building an engagement/wedding band based on DH's mother's setting.

Even though I've been waiting patiently :angel: (yeah,right)  for an engagement ring; only now have things started heating up.  I bought him a wedding band first, and I think that inspired him to look to girl ring(s).  So, Mum's band is in the mail.  But..
In the interim, a good CDI friend, and frequent purchaser, OMC, went to visit David at DBL.  They went to a jeweller who carries lots of colored stone and they found  :hail: Li'l BLOOO  :hail:

She's pictured below both in her paper wrapper and under a diamond light.  And the amazing thing is , I still hadn't authorized DBL to look for a main stone for me.  My DH was still grousing like a, well, a grouse.
Title: Re: The Saga of Li'l BLOOO
Post by: oldmancoyote on May 09, 2009, 06:45:01 AM
With these things, ah2bqat, there's only three things one can do: duck, grouse or look like a turkey
Title: Re: The Saga of Li'l BLOOO
Post by: Mikla on May 09, 2009, 11:00:10 AM
In what ways can the blue be set to enhance its beautiful color?  Have you decided how to modify DH's mother's ring to accept Li'l Bloo's shape?  You had mentioned on another thread that the setting originally held three quarter-carat round brilliants.

Mikla
Title: Re: The Saga of Li'l BLOOO
Post by: Diamondsbylauren on May 09, 2009, 12:48:54 PM
I finally got to speak to the mathematician!!

I had some doubts that he was actually a real person, so I asked him the square root of 7640.
He answered with NO hesitation- didn't even use a calculator!!

Seriously, it was such a nice conversation- like speaking to an old friend.

In what ways can the blue be set to enhance its beautiful color? 
Mikla

Great question Mikla!
In fact, unlike yellow and pink, which can be enhanced naturally by using yellow or pink gold, there's no such enhancement for blue.
We've heard of "black rhodium" which is put under a blue to bring out the color...but...we have not found it to be a good alternative.
The color blue itself is far more subtle than yellow or pink.

What this means is the you really need to stick with a blue diamond of a fairly deep shade- such as the little BLOOOO
Title: Re: The Saga of Li'l BLOOO
Post by: ah2bqat on May 09, 2009, 01:29:39 PM
With these things, ah2bqat, there's only three things one can do: duck, grouse or look like a turkey

Actually OMC, he's more of a big, silly goose.  On the other hand, I think he's just been too chicken to talk to David. :duckie:

And now that the ice has been broken, my DH seems to be in a much better mood :laugh: - or that could be because the Lakers won their game last night.  Of course, I knew they'd along quite well.  After all, my darling mathematucian is a closet bass player, or was.  A huge bone of contention when we broke up some 40 years ago was because I told him not to give up his day job for a musical career.  Poor guy couldn't then and still can't cary a tune in a bucket.
Title: Re: The Saga of Li'l BLOOO
Post by: oldmancoyote on May 09, 2009, 04:14:15 PM
Actually, blue gold exists. It's an alloy of gold and iron (about 75/25, with some nickel) which comes out a very deep blackish blue with a nice lustre/polish. It can be worked (differently from purple gold), but I've only ever seen it used as a contrasting element in white or yellow gold jewellery. It's not a solution for intensifying the colour of blue diamonds, because it's way too dark, but white diamonds set in platinum in a blue gold field contrast very nicely!
Title: Re: The Saga of Li'l BLOOO
Post by: Mrs Mitchell on May 09, 2009, 04:28:39 PM
I'm getting all excited over this project! It's so special, with the heirloom status of the ring and the intense desire for blooo and the reluctant convert of a DH all rolled together lol.

I have a feeling this is going to be one of the more memorable pieces we see on the forum and it's fun to be part of it (in a small way) from start to finish.

Jen
Title: Re: The Saga of Li'l BLOOO
Post by: Mikla on May 09, 2009, 07:18:33 PM
Actually, blue gold exists. It's an alloy of gold and iron (about 75/25, with some nickel) which comes out a very deep blackish blue with a nice lustre/polish. It can be worked (differently from purple gold), but I've only ever seen it used as a contrasting element in white or yellow gold jewellery. It's not a solution for intensifying the colour of blue diamonds, because it's way too dark, but white diamonds set in platinum in a blue gold field contrast very nicely!

OMC, where in the world did you learn this stuff?  Blue gold?  Purple gold?  Your knowledge is light years ahead of mine!

Mikla
Title: Re: The Saga of Li'l BLOOO
Post by: ah2bqat on May 09, 2009, 07:38:01 PM
Mikla, I'm with you - I've never encountered either of those colors of gold.  They sound quite interesting.

As to what we're going to do with Li'l BLOOO, we're not sure yet.  My hope is that David can use her as the center stone of my DH's mum's setting.  Possibly with 2 very white radiants or rounds to flank it.  Then, and I'm very interested in your opinion here, Mikla. along with with the rest of the crew.... we have two little side ribbons  currently set with white .005 to .01 stones.  I'm thinking maybe pink or yellow or leave them white???  I'm open to suggestions and thoughts. 

You see, my family  has members in the armed forces for the last 5 generations, and I can't see it stopping in the next gen, either.   I could see red,white, blue (altho I 'd take pink in place of red) diamonds, or do yellow ribbons for the two currently active members in the Air Force.  My elder DN is a Major, now in the reserves since she had her baby.  Her hsuband is a captain so you can figure which way the orders go in that household.  ;D (NOT) He's a great guy and a fighter pilot.  My DN is still a Lieut (he's just a pup) and current based in Qatar, flying C-4s, part of the supply chain. 
Title: Re: The Saga of Li'l BLOOO
Post by: ah2bqat on May 09, 2009, 11:53:53 PM
For any guest, you might want to check the link below which details OMC's visit and made my heart stand still:  http://coloreddiamond.info/new-diamonds-new-jewelry/news-flash-omc-visits-dbl-and-we-get-a-blooo-diamond-for-ah2bqat/0/
The timing was amazing, guys, you have to admit.   And how divine of the double Ds to think of me on such an adventure.  I really can't thank you two enough. :bighug:

As to what happens if Li'l BLOOO doesn't fit in mum's ring?  Well, she'll be coming home to mama (thank you, my darling mathematucian :Heart:).  He really  is such a sweetie, and understands how I want this to be different for us both; how rare it is to get a second chance at a life with your first love.  With blue being both our favorite color, a blue diamond is just so perfect.  :love3:   

She'll still be a ring, my engagement ring; and we'll save mum's setting for the wedding band.  I'll bet David has an idea or two on how to make it all fit.  She might even turn into Li'l BLOOO  in a pink tutu  .  :rahrah: 

So for now we have to wait on UPS to deliver mum's ring to DBL. :waiting:
Title: Re: The Saga of Li'l BLOOO
Post by: Mrs Mitchell on May 10, 2009, 03:47:19 AM
As much as I like the patriotic symbolism of the red, white and blue idea, I would leave the existing stones if at all possible. I like to see heirloom pieces kept as close to original as possible (but that's just me).

Plus, it gives you a fantastic opportunity to work on a new project at some point, to celebrate your family's service. How about a ruby with white sidestones, halo or white melee on the shank, and a surprise blue sapphire for example? A right hand ring just completely about your family and their military service?

Which ever way you go, I'm excited for you and Lil Blooo!

Jen
Title: Re: The Saga of Li'l BLOOO
Post by: oldmancoyote on May 10, 2009, 04:48:33 AM
I'm with Jen; once you have reset the main stones, leave the rest as untouched as possible. Among other things, you don't want to have too much going on and detracting from the centre stone!

Oh, and congratulations!
Title: Re: The Saga of Li'l BLOOO
Post by: ah2bqat on May 11, 2009, 10:35:07 AM
Thank you Miz M and OMC.  I will take your thoughts under serious advisement.

As to the content of the conversation between D and my DH?  I'm clueless, except, of course, that my DH absolutely refused to follow instructions and didn't identify himself to D as Ah2bqat's honey-bunny or my darling mathematucian, or even a mathematician, which is much more boring. Which brought on a load of confusion to D.  You see, my last name and my DH's first name are the same.  It confuses a lot of people.  Add in our DSS, whose middle name matches us both, and you can really create a free-for-all.   ;D

The boys got it sorted out eventually, but I still don't know any details.  :-*
Title: Re: The Saga of Li'l BLOOO
Post by: GracefulLion on May 11, 2009, 10:48:31 AM
I really cannot wait to see how this turns out!  So glad it is happening for you!
Title: Re: The Saga of Li'l BLOOO
Post by: ah2bqat on May 11, 2009, 01:16:38 PM
Thanks, GL.  No doubt you can understand how anxiously I'm waiting for David to have a chance to determine the possibilities for the setting , and Li'l BLOOO, of course!  :xyxnervous:

Maybe in a couple of days.... it should arrive tomorrow, but that's not saying it will arrive early enough or that David will have time immediately upon receipt.... :pray:
Type:  Package     
Status:   In Transit - On Time      
Scheduled Delivery:  05/12/2009 
Location                    Date        Local Time  Description 
SECAUCUS, NJ,  US  05/11/2009  11:00 A.M.  ARRIVAL SCAN 
Title: Re: The Saga of Li'l BLOOO
Post by: Trinkette on May 11, 2009, 02:54:36 PM
ah2bqat, I am VERY excited for you. And, for the record, I've enjoyed your little threadjacks! However, it is great to see Li'l BLOOO has a page of her/his own. I've started to post here several times, but, I'm so thrilled for you that I always have too much to say and I never know where to begin, so, I poop out. Finally, I've gained some composure, and I am going to wait patiently for more news of what is sure to be a one-of-a-kind project.

Don't you wish you had a recording of the initial conversation between DH and David? Too funny...  ;)
Title: Re: The Saga of Li'l BLOOO
Post by: ah2bqat on May 11, 2009, 03:30:33 PM
Trink, I would have loved to be a fly on the wall, or better, a bug on the phone line for that one. :munky2:

maybe we can pry some of it out of D...??
Title: Re: The Saga of Li'l BLOOO
Post by: Trinkette on May 11, 2009, 04:41:25 PM
Well, we could try to extort the info out of David by threatening to post a photo of him wearing a grass skirt and coconut bra, but, since HE posted the photo originally, I don't think it will give up enough clout for a full confession.  :dontknow:
Title: Re: The Saga of Li'l BLOOO
Post by: ah2bqat on May 11, 2009, 10:29:57 PM
Damn that DJM!  Now he's gone after my avatar!  And all I did was offer Annie a few suggestions to replace that silly smiley in a cape.  Looks like a trained flea.

I'd still like to see the shot.  I think I'm too new to have seen the original. 8)  Yeah and I don't want D to turn any practical jokes around li'l BLOOO.  I might take it badly.  :faintthud:  I don't think he'd do that, but what can DJM do as a moderator that D might not see for a day???? :xyxnervous:
Title: Re: The Saga of Li'l BLOOO
Post by: GIAGirl on May 12, 2009, 12:53:15 AM
I wonder if David could pave the yellow gold parts in faint yellow diamond melee and leave the white where they are???  HMMMM?
Title: Re: The Saga of Li'l BLOOO
Post by: djm195 on May 12, 2009, 05:52:16 AM
... I don't think he'd do that, but what can DJM do as a moderator that D might not see for a day???? :xyxnervous:

Don't worry ah2bqat, I'm a professional. (unlike certain moderators I know around here. I won't mention any names--but here's a clue--starts with "ann" and ends with an "ie").
Title: Re: The Saga of Li'l BLOOO
Post by: annie1 on May 12, 2009, 06:03:52 AM
... I don't think he'd do that, but what can DJM do as a moderator that D might not see for a day???? :xyxnervous:

Don't worry ah2bqat, I'm a professional. (unlike certain moderators I know around here. I won't mention any names--but here's a clue--starts with "ann" and ends with an "ie").

OUCH!
Title: Re: The Saga of Li'l BLOOO
Post by: ah2bqat on May 12, 2009, 10:19:39 AM
Package Progress 
Location  Date          Local Time  Description 

NEW YORK,
NY,  US  05/12/2009  4:29 A.M.  OUT FOR DELIVERY 
 :clock: :cat:
Title: Re: The Saga of Li'l BLOOO
Post by: annie1 on May 12, 2009, 10:25:56 AM
Package Progress 
Location  Date          Local Time  Description 

NEW YORK,
NY,  US  05/12/2009  4:29 A.M.  OUT FOR DELIVERY 
 :clock: :cat:

:yahoo:
Title: Re: The Saga of Li'l BLOOO
Post by: Diamondsbylauren on May 12, 2009, 02:31:39 PM
It's here!!!

The factory is already looking at it for feasibility.
We'll have answers in a few minutes!!
Title: Re: The Saga of Li'l BLOOO
Post by: ah2bqat on May 12, 2009, 02:45:44 PM
 :ura1: :bliss: :Thanx: :woohoo: :rock:  :bliss: :ura1:
Title: Re: The Saga of Li'l BLOOO
Post by: ah2bqat on May 12, 2009, 03:44:05 PM
 :cross:
                              :Whistle:
                                                                        :xyxnervous:
                                                                                                                 :pottytrain5:
Title: Re: The Saga of Li'l BLOOO
Post by: oldmancoyote on May 12, 2009, 03:45:43 PM
:laughing4: :rotflmao: :laughing4:
Title: Re: The Saga of Li'l BLOOO
Post by: Diamondsbylauren on May 12, 2009, 03:46:35 PM
NO PROBLEM!!!

The old settings are removable, and can be replaced with a setting to hold l'il bloooo, as well as any side stones we pick!!
Title: Re: The Saga of Li'l BLOOO
Post by: oldmancoyote on May 12, 2009, 03:49:21 PM
 :th_AWA123112: :devildance: :379: :devildance: :379: :devildance: :th_AWA123112:
Title: Re: The Saga of Li'l BLOOO
Post by: ah2bqat on May 12, 2009, 03:59:25 PM
 :faintthud:

  :ura1: :ura1::boobban: :boobban: :boobban: :devildance: :devildance: :git: :devildance: :devildance: :boobban: :boobban: :boobban:  :ura1: :ura1:
 
YEE-HAW! 
THAT IS THE MOST AWESOME NEWS, DAVID!

  :git: :git: :rock: :git: :git:

:woohoo: :wow:  :woohoo: :wow:  :woohoo: :wow:  :woohoo: :wow:  :woohoo: :wow:  :woohoo: :wow:  :woohoo: :wow:
Come to Mama, Li'l BLOOO!!!
Title: Re: The Saga of Li'l BLOOO
Post by: Mrs Mitchell on May 12, 2009, 04:03:46 PM
That's fantastic news! DBL rocks!

Ah2bqat, I'm soooo glad this is going to work the way you'd hoped. It's going to be wonderful.
Jen

eta I see you and I were posting at the same time. You're pleased, then? ;D
Title: Re: The Saga of Li'l BLOOO
Post by: ah2bqat on May 12, 2009, 04:14:44 PM
um,  erm,  well... You bet I am Miz M! :grouphugg:
I'm guessin' I'm about the happiest people alive -   if I could jest git that burglar to stop stealin our avatarz. :thewife:
Title: Re: The Saga of Li'l BLOOO
Post by: Mrs Mitchell on May 12, 2009, 04:55:20 PM
Um, yeah. What's going on with the avatars? I must have missed something, but I suspect DJM may have a hand in this... ;D

So, about this ring. On a scale of one to one million, just how excited are you???

I'm so happy for you, I actually made DH read the thread. So he could see why I had this big silly grin on my face. I can't wait to see the end result and I love the mix of old and new.


Jen

Title: Re: The Saga of Li'l BLOOO
Post by: ah2bqat on May 12, 2009, 05:04:21 PM
Dear Jen,
I had to call the darling mathematucian  to figure that one out.  He couldn't tell me how many zeros there were in a Brazilian, but he could for a Google. 
So,I am about 10100 excited ;D
Title: Re: The Saga of Li'l BLOOO
Post by: annie1 on May 12, 2009, 05:11:32 PM
:yahoo: :yahoo: :bunny7: :bunny7: :bunny7: :bunny7: :yahoo: :yahoo:

THAT'S THE BEST NEWS I'VE HEARD ALL MONTH!!!

Congratulations ah2bqat!

Lil'l Blooo is going HOME!
Title: Re: The Saga of Li'l BLOOO
Post by: ah2bqat on May 12, 2009, 05:21:29 PM
Thanks, Annie.  It sure beats picking paint colors.  But think of how pleased and happy YOU'LL be when it's all over and you can truly relax.   :petals:
I'm afraid my bouncing off the walls period is just beginning. :Banane13: :blob3: :wav: :blob3: :Banane13:
Title: Re: The Saga of Li'l BLOOO
Post by: Mikla on May 12, 2009, 05:33:48 PM
I'm so happy for you, ah2bqat!  At the same time, I'm blue with envy!  Sooooo . . . what ideas have you come up with?

Mikla
Title: Re: The Saga of Li'l BLOOO
Post by: oldmancoyote on May 12, 2009, 05:56:50 PM
Dear Jen,
I had to call the darling mathematucian  to figure that one out.  He couldn't tell me how many zeros there were in a Brazilian, but he could for a Google. 
So,I am about 10100 excited ;D

How 'bout 10 ннннннннннннснннснннснннснннс100?

Congratulations!!!!!
Title: Re: The Saga of Li'l BLOOO
Post by: ah2bqat on May 12, 2009, 07:54:08 PM
Thanks, Mikla, OMC. 

I can't count that high, OMC.  I only heard of a google on the news this weekend. :Blond-Moment: Here, and I always thought it was just a search engine.

No firm plans as yet, Mikla, aside from the fact it will be a 3-stone ring with icy white side stones, and I'll leave the little ribbons alone.  I promise.   :angel9:  Suggestion box is open.  >:D

But I have to tell you...

As soon as I got word Li'L BLOOO was coming home to live with us, I had to race to Scottie's office :animal-smiley-037: to get him to sign a check, so I could get a cashier's check and in the mail for early delivery tomorrow.  I'll be damned before I let anything get in the way of this operation! 

My DH is such a sweetie.  He met me halfway at the gym instead.   He knows it's perilous to drive near me when excited.  And of course  I see a policecar  :police: 2 blocks from our house.  Then a CHP hiding behind a telephone pole on the open highway up to Cerritos. :lurk:  Coming home, there was another patrol car on the open road.  HE followed me all the way to Belmont Shore.  Thankfully, his light never flashed for me! :alarm:
Finally, I get to the DH's bank to cash the check, and they tell me there isn't enough cash on hand.   :DropGob:
After a small episode of hysterics :1237387oyy519k20r:, when they wouldn't issue me a cashier's check for the amount for free instead of handing over the cash, the manager finally relented.  They gave me all $20s.  :evil7:  LIKE I CARE!
So with wads of money sticking out of my purse, I trot 4 blocks down the street to my bank.  No point in driving - there aren't any parking places, and I'm a girl on a mission!  :1224:  My teller has no issues, check is cut - for free, of course - and now I only have to trot halfway back to the car to get this puppy in the mail!  Jeez.  I love living in an urban area.  I only drive to the gym.  So I made the Fedex deadline and by tomorrow Li'L BLOOO  will be mine! Mwahahaha! :troll::troll::troll:
Title: Re: The Saga of Li'l BLOOO
Post by: djm195 on May 12, 2009, 09:45:00 PM

awee ah2bqat--I am happy for you.  Congratulations--it's going to be perfect.

Best,
djm
Title: Re: The Saga of Li'l BLOOO
Post by: Mikla on May 12, 2009, 10:03:07 PM
You are so cute, ah2bqat!  I totally understand how excited you are and your description of how it is playing out reminds me of how I can get.  Enjoy the build up and every moment!   And keep us informed so we can enjoy it with you!    :ura1:

Mikla
Title: Re: The Saga of Li'l BLOOO
Post by: ah2bqat on May 12, 2009, 10:47:24 PM
Seems that even in the middle of an avatar fight, we can all hang together and enjoy the moment!  Just watch your back, djm!  :Exit-Stage-Right:   

:Dancing_biggrin: :party-smiley-052: :bigclap: :smileyparty: :8: :party-smiley-052::Dancing_biggrin:
Title: Re: The Saga of Li'l BLOOO
Post by: ah2bqat on May 12, 2009, 10:58:26 PM
NOW HERE THIS, THIS IS THE CAPTAIN SPEAKING.  THE SUGGESTION BOX IS NOW OPEN

Yes, I want input.  GG gave her idea, I'm looking for others. D has suggested a 3 radiant ring - but he knows I love that bucket of crushed ice look.  But that may not work best for  Li'L BLOOO    So, anybody got fav's for a 3-stone with a blue radiant center that is tiny bitty lovely? :love1:
Title: Re: The Saga of Li'l BLOOO
Post by: annie1 on May 12, 2009, 11:40:47 PM
I would like to put in my standard suggestion of TRAPS!  Step cut traps are my favorite, but I think brilliant traps would also be great.
Title: Re: The Saga of Li'l BLOOO
Post by: ah2bqat on May 13, 2009, 12:22:03 AM
I thought of that, Annie.  Especially step cut.  Theyr'e on the list of thing I really want to see - along with side RBCs, although the center isn't at all square; and radiant sides, which was D's first choice.   I'll have to rely on D the most, because in person isn't the same as pictures, but....if you can run by, or Meb Wistress, or anybody else I trust...  which, I admit, is pretty much all the regulars and a few others, well, that would be really cool...

DH is still thinking about late June early July for a trip to the Big Apple to pick Li'l BLOOO  and the rest of the ring up.  (right around my birthday or a bit later :-*)

But you know something?  There is already so much love and caring invested in this setting and Li'L BLOOO, that there is no way in heaven or hell it could look anything other than superb.  The whole project is surrounded by warm, caring vibes. :vibes:

I could roll over and play dead at this point, and the final result would still be beyond anything I could dream of.  And I have some pretty extreme :heart2: :pear2: :radiant: :pear:  :princess: gem dreams, believe me on that!
Title: Re: The Saga of Li'l BLOOO
Post by: GIAGirl on May 13, 2009, 12:40:09 AM
 I was literally on the edge of my seat reading that story.  I bet you wanted to reach across the teller's desk and :violent1: ... I know I would have!!!!!!

I am not sure I want that to be my only suggetion.  My ultimate suggestion would be to put icy white somethings, maybe even emerald cuts or radiants on either side and then to pave the rest in PINKS.   WHOO HOOOO!!!!! 
Title: Re: The Saga of Li'l BLOOO
Post by: ah2bqat on May 13, 2009, 01:01:30 AM
Pave pinks?!?  :tongue3: :Heart:

Sounds glorious.  Just like a yellow pave on the yellow gold.  But I think that either might be over the top for my DH.  I firmly believe that it's only gaudy on someone ele's finger.  I'd enjoy either setting for sure.

Hell, I was thinking about matching pink asschers at .25 each.  :tongue1: Talk about to die for....but I think that would stray too far from what my honey-bunny remembers about his mama's wedding band.  I want him to love it as much as me, so there has to be some balance between the new and the old.

He's even agreed to leave his wedding band with D so that the finish on the rings can match.  I'm thinking between the platinum balls for my fat knuckle, and removing all the settings for the prior diamonds is going to force D to resurface the band, which is ok by me.   I'm more fond of sand-blasted than the florintine  currently on the band.
Title: Re: The Saga of Li'l BLOOO
Post by: GIAGirl on May 13, 2009, 01:04:22 AM
I can't see a finish on it...but that sounds nice.  This is going to be a pretty ring for sure. 
Title: Re: The Saga of Li'l BLOOO
Post by: ah2bqat on May 13, 2009, 01:09:28 AM
You're a sweetie, for sure, GG.  You remind me of my step daughter.  She alsways did encourage me to go beyond the bounds. 

Little buggger got married without informing me last month.  now I have to see about my diamond pendant.. She doesn't have an engagement ring. >:D
Title: Re: The Saga of Li'l BLOOO
Post by: Foxylady on May 13, 2009, 10:21:25 AM
Ah2bqat

How about a pair of little white hearts, after all their is so much love going into the recreation of your Mother's ring I thought it would be the perfect symbol to use. By the way I am so very happy for you, I'd be like a cat on a hot tin roof at the moment, now that this is reality and no longer a dream.

Foxylady  :heart2:

PS I also have a house full of cats. Well 5 I'd have more but DH won't let me.
Title: Re: The Saga of Li'l BLOOO
Post by: ah2bqat on May 13, 2009, 01:56:40 PM
This is why the suggestion box is open.  Foxy, I never even thought about hearts.   

:david:Can we see RBCs, RADs, Traps(both step and BC), and Hearts with Lil BLOOO, pretty please?
Title: Re: The Saga of Li'l BLOOO
Post by: ah2bqat on May 13, 2009, 03:30:26 PM
D, maybe we don't need to SEE all the combinations, but it might help me, in particular, understand sizing and feasibility by giving a short lesson in why you might discount one or more of those types of sidestones with Li'L BLOOO.  :icon_scratch:

For example:
I like RBCs because they look spectacular in R1702, but the cut of that center radiant is more  matchbook than matchbox in terms of overall shape.  For Li'l BLOOO, to get a similar side by side look against her length, the rounds would be too large in diameter compared to her width at 4.19 x 3.16.  So the overall look of the 3 stones would be unbalanced, or Li'L BLOOO might be overwhelmed - which we don't want to do.  Do I make sense here?

Now I could be right, or I could be wrong - we all know I'm imagination challenged  :tard: and don't have photoshop to play with, so I need a lot of help from you.  Especially if it takes less effort to teach than find appropriately shaped itty bitty stones, put them together, take pictures..... 

Let's face it - you've already done so much to put me to the front of the line,  and I just don't want to waste your time.  You've got a lot of clients  with items on your to-do list - I don't want to be selfish and clog it up.
Title: Re: The Saga of Li'l BLOOO
Post by: Diamondsbylauren on May 13, 2009, 06:03:39 PM
This is why the suggestion box is open.  Foxy, I never even thought about hearts.   

:david:Can we see RBCs, RADs, Traps(both step and BC), and Hearts with Lil BLOOO, pretty please?

Yes- but we are slightly limited.
For example, heart shapes in this size ......you would not really be able to define the shape with the naked eye.
Traps might escape that particual problem. Finding a pair may be tough.....but we may be able to actually re-cut a pair of radiant stones, or emerald cuts into traps.
We'll hopefully have some pairs to look at tomorrow.....
Title: Re: The Saga of Li'l BLOOO
Post by: ah2bqat on May 13, 2009, 08:07:25 PM
So here we go.  that's good information, D.  Thank you.  I want a balanced 3-stone look, and if the side stones get MUCH smaller that Li'l BLOOO, I'm gonna need a magnifying glass to find them, without my glasses on, or maybe even with them!  8)   That won't do at all.

So let's stick with the ones where the side stones can be the most visible.  After playing in visio this afternoon, I begin to see some of the issues.  I'm thinking traps would end up being maybe .15 each.  That's not what I want.  I liked the idea of matched hearts, they could almost be .29 each; but trying to find a matching pair, with good definition, incredible sparkle, and that small a size could be a nightmare.  If a miracle should occur, then great; but my own heart isn't set on any particular cut.  I'd rather the stones pass with high white stats, be eye clean at the very least, and blow off the top of the scale on D's glarkle meter.

I did like the three matching radiants together.  I also liked Li'L BLOOO with matching rounds, as they can come close to 4 mm diameter, maybe a scinch less; but then I also liked smaller rounds (@3mm) with Li'L BLOOO set e-w rather than the more normal n-s.

So the field is narrowing, but suggestions are still very welcome.
Title: Re: The Saga of Li'l BLOOO
Post by: Diamondsbylauren on May 13, 2009, 09:40:12 PM
OK- here's a quick shot I put together.
The side diamonds are .40ct tw.

It's amazing how BLOOOO makes the I color of the side diamonds look ....yellow!
We'll need to use D-E color if we go colorless....
(http://diamondsbylauren.com/images/09/05/2940.jpg)


Of course these are too large.
But we'll find a pair small enough- or trim a pair to fit, if need be.
Title: Re: The Saga of Li'l BLOOO
Post by: Diamondsbylauren on May 13, 2009, 09:47:21 PM
Now with some L color half moons- again- too large
(http://diamondsbylauren.com/images/09/05/2937.jpg)


Still- the color combo is cool.
Man, why can't we have more blooooo diamonds?? They are so fun!!
Title: Re: The Saga of Li'l BLOOO
Post by: Diamondsbylauren on May 13, 2009, 09:48:48 PM
One more for $hits and giggles....
(http://diamondsbylauren.com/images/09/05/2993.jpg)


I always loved a blue car with a brown interior...
again, too large at .93ct tw....
Title: Re: The Saga of Li'l BLOOO
Post by: ah2bqat on May 13, 2009, 10:43:09 PM
  :yahoo: :yahoo: :yahoo: :wow: :blob3: :wow: :yahoo: :yahoo: :yahoo:

Those are spectacular combos, David!  I never thought of half moons or ECs, either.  Even my DH had to comve over and look at the combinations.  He's likin' Li'L BLOOO  more and more every day. :ura1:

Browns are not his thing, but he actually LIKED the yellows. :faintthud:  (I KNEW R1945 would be spectacular with a BLOOO melee halo!).  He wants to see some really high whites with her and agrees that even those white diamonds look a bit tinted :omg:.

I'm so happy.  I never thought I could get him involved with this, but he's really starting to get into the project.  Thank you, David, for showing us so many options .  :notworthy: :notworthy:
Title: Re: The Saga of Li'l BLOOO
Post by: GIAGirl on May 13, 2009, 11:37:07 PM
This is so much fun!!!!!!!!!!!   I cannot wait to see all of "our" options!!!!!!
Title: Re: The Saga of Li'l BLOOO
Post by: ah2bqat on May 14, 2009, 12:14:01 AM
Me, either, GG.  I had so much fun with Diamond Hunter's search, that I had to make this public. 

We all need all the fun and excitement we can find.  You guys are sort of like extended family to me.  I live in a town where I know very few people.  My friends of the last 20 years are all over a 1000 miles away.  This is too big to keep inside me.  I'd explode. :violent4:

If it helps a guest make a decision in DBL's direction, so much the better.  I'll consider that a random act of kindness on my part. :angel:
Title: Re: The Saga of Li'l BLOOO
Post by: Namtan on May 14, 2009, 03:40:41 AM
I like Li'l BLOO with either high white radient or emerald cut.
Traps or half moon will be too small.

This will be a very stunning ring for sure  :-*
Title: Re: The Saga of Li'l BLOOO
Post by: Mrs Mitchell on May 14, 2009, 03:50:53 AM
Oh that Blooo! She's gorgeous. I've never seen a lovelier blue diamond.

Now this might not be possible or practical, but I was thinking, what about antique style cushion sides? It's a softer, more contrasting shape than an RB and will have enough sparkle to stand up to a radiant centre stone, but not so much that they'd over power it. I was thinking about the Daussi cushions, that style of cutting.  Or even some small old mine cuts?

That said, the radiant sides are really, really good with Li'l Blooo, so maybe icy white radiants would be the best option.

Oh, and I'd love half moons too.

Hmm. Not much help really, am I? ;D

Congratulations to your stepdaughter and her DH. I wish them a lifetime of happiness together.

Jen
Title: Re: The Saga of Li'l BLOOO
Post by: Namtan on May 14, 2009, 04:47:56 AM
How about this. Asschers (@3mm) with Li'L BLOOO set e-w.
My side asschers are around 3mm so I try to make a picture for you. Not so good but you get the idea.  ;)
Title: Re: The Saga of Li'l BLOOO
Post by: djm195 on May 14, 2009, 06:15:19 AM
It's amazing- here's a quick shot how BLOOOO makes the I color of the side diamonds look ....yellow!
We'll need to use D-E color if we go colorless....
(http://diamondsbylauren.com/images/09/05/2940.jpg)

I think I like this the best. (the scale is all wrong but corrected this would be stunning). 

I really like the side stones with a little (and I mean little) warmth here. (I'd go I or J). Not only does lil' bloo make the side diamonds look yellow--I think the yellow tint makes lil' bloo look bluer. The colorless sides make it look more gray than blue to my eye.
Title: Re: The Saga of Li'l BLOOO
Post by: Mikla on May 14, 2009, 07:21:20 AM
I love Li'l Bloo with the I radiants.  It also looks very "bloo" next to the L half moons.  If you use the same size radiant sides as the center, that baby would sing!  Of course, we still need to see it next to some really colorless stones to be sure . . .  >:D

Mikla
Title: Re: The Saga of Li'l BLOOO
Post by: titania on May 14, 2009, 07:34:53 AM
This blue diamond is really gorgeous - I've really never seen one so blue. I vote for icy white radiant sides -- they'll make that bloooo go POP for sure!
Title: Re: The Saga of Li'l BLOOO
Post by: Diamondluvr on May 14, 2009, 08:06:38 AM
Yay!  Congrats :)

I love the 3 radiant combo!!!  Better finger coverage!
Title: Re: The Saga of Li'l BLOOO
Post by: annie1 on May 14, 2009, 08:10:42 AM
I didn't think of half moons at first, but that is my favorite one out of the options posted last night!  Whatever you go with, this is going to be one spectacular ring.

I was also thinking about what djm said about the color of the sides.  I do wonder if it's that little bit of warmth in the sides that really helps to pop the blue...  I guess we'll see once it gets next to come icy sides!
Title: Re: The Saga of Li'l BLOOO
Post by: Trinkette on May 14, 2009, 10:41:53 AM
So far, I prefer the radiants and Namtam's EW Asscher combo best. After whittling ideas down to just a few, in the end, I have a feeling that the setting, both in terms if its color AND design, may dictate the final choice.

Interesting thought, DJM, regarding the soft yellow color vs. high-white. Blue and yellow are not opposites on the color wheel (that would be blue and orange), but they are far enough apart to lend some support to your theory about how the yellow color makes the blue pop. My only concern is that, for me anyway, the yellow color "gets in the way" of the blue. Yellow is one of the most highly visible colors (actually, I believe it IS the most visible, unless you get into the neons), and it tends to advance forward (hence its prolific use in signage and other "need-to-see" items). By contrast, generally, blue is perceived as a receding color. So, I may prefer a blue/yellow combo when the yellow is the focus (in the middle) and two blues are side accents. Make sense?

Regardless, I'm looking forward to seeing some examples of high-color stones and contrasting the two effects: high-white sides vs. tinted sides.

Now here's a thought: It may be, if the entire piece will be done in yellow gold, that the tinted white looks better overall because it will blend with the ring, as opposed to introducing another perceived color... Better still, perhaps dropping down to the U-V or W-X colors for sides, to introduce a soft "golden" looking pair (careful, not yellow) will work... kind of a warm neutral that disappears into skin tones and yellow gold, to contrast with the cool blue.

So, basically, I just theorized about how "yellow" may not work, and, then, I ended up suggesting "gold," a complex form of yellow as a solution... I'm an idiot. :1087:
Title: Re: The Saga of Li'l BLOOO
Post by: Trinkette on May 14, 2009, 10:46:26 AM
BTW, now that I've said all that, if they can be BIG and FAT, I think high-white half-moons would look killer with Li'l Blooo in this particular setting.
Title: Re: The Saga of Li'l BLOOO
Post by: ah2bqat on May 14, 2009, 10:54:36 AM
How about this. Asschers (@3mm) with Li'L BLOOO set e-w.
My side asschers are around 3mm so I try to make a picture for you. Not so good but you get the idea.  ;)

So how about it, D? Can the setting work with and E-W design?  I considered an E-W option with rounds - but asschers?!? That would be NOM de Nom!   Thank you for putting it together, Nantam.  I like the contrast between the sparkle of the radiant and the glitter of the asschers.  And very white asschers might keep BLOOO from greying out because they don't bend light the same way as radiants.  Is that valid, D? 

Or baby Glarklers cut like #R1878.  That sort of cushion cut.  http://rockdiamond.com/index.php/jewelry/ring-special-gia-127ct-di1-cushion-cut-diamond-pillow-halo-ring?PHPSESSID=9272e44c4abe128ab5d0215f18507faf

And T, you might be right - the sides might do well as a soft yellow in the lower end of the alpha series rather than a screaming canary.  Any of these ideas sound viable, D?  We do need to see the baby with some really high whites and the some deeper yellows than the O-P, so the DH has more to think about. >:D

and thank you, Jen.  I'll pass on your good wishes to her.  She seems incredibly happy and has apparently known her new DH for qute a few years.  The grandsons seem pretty happy with him too. :icon_sunny:
Title: Re: The Saga of Li'l BLOOO
Post by: Diamondsbylauren on May 14, 2009, 11:44:12 AM
Hi Everyone!!

I love the way Namtan's mock up looks!!

In reality, I believe that the side asshcers on  the ring would have been too large.
I'll see about the smallest size Asschers we can find today.
Title: Re: The Saga of Li'l BLOOO
Post by: ah2bqat on May 14, 2009, 12:25:40 PM
Hi Everyone!!

I love the way Namtan's mock up looks!!

In reality, I believe that the side asshcers on the ring would have been too large.
I'll see about the smallest size Asschers we can find today.

 :EMOAYtextmoan:  I HATE reality.  But I like that combo - BLOOO with Asschers.  It's way cooler than with rounds, which when put E-W, looks like some very sparkly Morse code. 

But why would 3mm asschers be too large?  I like the look of same sized stones, like the 3 asscher band, or the 5 cushion wedding band.  Is it because the shape of the radiant is not symmetrical with the asschers?  Would that combination work with a square radiant rather than a rectangular one, or is it more an issue with cut-corners and not cut-corners causing a visual inequity in prong placement?   :icon_scratch:

...and I have to agree with the majority of opinions, as well.  The three radiant combination gives the biggest coverage and bang for the buck.  ...And I like the idea of BIG, FAT half-moons, even the ones that are too big in the picture.  I like that width and coverage aspect.  Face it, I'm no better than a sea breeze, first gusting one way, and then another.  :Tempted:

Let's see what options D can come up with in terms of size, shape, and color.  It's so hard to keep in perspective that this is just an itty-bitty stone, she has such color and fire.  Finding side stones that small with comparable presence is not going to be so easy as it might be with a larger center.
Title: Re: The Saga of Li'l BLOOO
Post by: GracefulLion on May 14, 2009, 12:29:36 PM
First of all, lil blooo is awesome!!!

I love the idea of her with super icy white asschers, but there is something about the crushed ice of the radiants all across that I love!  I am worried that step cuts may pull focus from lil b.  Either way you go, this will be outstanding!
Title: Re: The Saga of Li'l BLOOO
Post by: Trinkette on May 14, 2009, 12:42:23 PM
Quote
Face it, I'm no better than a sea breeze, first gusting one way, and then another.

Hahahahahahahaha! Welcome to MY world! I'm SURE David can appreciate this!  :1087: :rotflmao: :1087:

Seriously, all I can say is, as you are choosing stones, REMEMBER THE SETTING. It will, no doubt, make or break some diamond shape/color/size combinations.
Title: Re: The Saga of Li'l BLOOO
Post by: Diamondsbylauren on May 14, 2009, 01:23:55 PM
Removes foot from mouth.....

We're getting some Asschers that might just work!

And a pair of properly sized traps.....
Title: Re: The Saga of Li'l BLOOO
Post by: djm195 on May 14, 2009, 01:33:52 PM
... but there is something about the crushed ice of the radiants all across that I love!  I am worried that step cuts may pull focus from lil b. 

Agree!   8)
Title: Re: The Saga of Li'l BLOOO
Post by: annie1 on May 14, 2009, 01:58:34 PM
Removes foot from mouth.....

We're getting some Asschers that might just work!

And a pair of properly sized traps.....

EEK!!! I can't wait to see them!
Title: Re: The Saga of Li'l BLOOO
Post by: ah2bqat on May 14, 2009, 05:38:11 PM
  :petals: :icon_flower::hello:  :toothy4: :cat:  :icon_flower: :petals:

 :372:

:fish: :372:                                       

:372:               

  :fish:
Title: Re: The Saga of Li'l BLOOO
Post by: Diamondsbylauren on May 14, 2009, 08:32:45 PM
AAAAL-righty!!
Fasten your seat-belts ladies and gentlemen!
Let's start with BLOOO between .23ct G/VS Faceted traps...
(http://diamondsbylauren.com/images/09/05/2923.jpg)
Title: Re: The Saga of Li'l BLOOO
Post by: Diamondsbylauren on May 14, 2009, 08:34:04 PM
In this corner, we have two F/VS Asschers totalling .19cts.
(http://diamondsbylauren.com/images/09/05/2919a.jpg)


Let's turn Bloooo on her side....
(http://diamondsbylauren.com/images/09/05/2919b.jpg)
Title: Re: The Saga of Li'l BLOOO
Post by: Diamondsbylauren on May 14, 2009, 08:36:48 PM
If you'd all step over this way, we'll have a look-see at some really cute L'il Asschers.
These F/VS Cuties total .09cts.
(http://diamondsbylauren.com/images/09/05/2909a.jpg)

Again, let's "laaaaay down bloosie " ( sorry Eric...)

(http://diamondsbylauren.com/images/09/05/2909b.jpg)


Amazing how the distinct "Asscher-ness" can be seen in these photos.
Title: Re: The Saga of Li'l BLOOO
Post by: ah2bqat on May 14, 2009, 08:53:33 PM
YAY! :ura1: :devildance: :ura1:

It IS amazing how those little bitty asschers really strut their steps.  If only Li'l BLOOO were bigger and they were too, how beautiful an E-W ring that would be.  But I'm afraid I'd need a magnifying glass to find those side stones in another couple of years, if my eyes keep getting worse.

The traps are pheNOMenal. Nom, nom. :cat:

Now I'm not really seeing Li'l BLOOO grey out with high white stones, either step or brilliant cut.  What are your eyes seeing D?  Marc?  anyone else in the office?

oh- I just got your phone message from yesterday. :a08:  I have a bad habit of leaving my cell somewhere other than with me (mainly because the calls are from work, and they happen 24/7).  I'm going to have to call in the AM, it's already too late to call by your clock.  I did get the DH to check out the new pictures, so I know his preferences.

Did you like my Dr. SEUSS in the previous post?  I was too nervous to pay much attention to work this afternoon.  I finally just cleared out and went to the gym..- which is when I saw and heard your message. :bunny7:
Title: Re: The Saga of Li'l BLOOO
Post by: Namtan on May 14, 2009, 11:59:42 PM
 :omg: These are amazing and I'm the first one from the crew seeing these  :woohoo:.

I really love Li'l B with asschers. I like Lil'B with .19 asschers first picture the best. My second option would be Li'l B with .9 asschers E-W, however I'm afraid it might be too small.

so I vote for .19 asschers first picture. I like Lil'B with high white sides.  :Dancing_biggrin:

0.23 traps look a Little too big for Lil'B to me. No?
Title: Re: The Saga of Li'l BLOOO
Post by: GIAGirl on May 15, 2009, 12:55:20 AM
I am digging the asschers...either pair.  I love them. 
Title: Re: The Saga of Li'l BLOOO
Post by: Namtan on May 15, 2009, 01:47:25 AM
And how about this  ;D
Title: Re: The Saga of Li'l BLOOO
Post by: Mrs Mitchell on May 15, 2009, 04:42:39 AM
Those little asschers are delightful. If they don't end up living with Li'l Blooo, I think they'll still find a good home. I'd have them!

I love Blooo with the traps, they look great together. I do see more blue when she's with slightly warmer stones though. Maybe it's something you see in a picture that isn't an issue in real life?

Jen
Title: Re: The Saga of Li'l BLOOO
Post by: Mikla on May 15, 2009, 08:23:48 AM
I agree, Jen.  Li'l Bloo looks bluest when next to the tinted stones.  For what it's worth, I think Miss Bloo looks best with brilliant cuts such as the traps and the radiants.  You really can't go wrong with such a lovely center stone but that's just  :My2cents: !

Mikla
Title: Re: The Saga of Li'l BLOOO
Post by: Rumplestiltskin on May 15, 2009, 09:54:17 AM
A vote from me for tinted traps, more subtle and brings out the blue.
I would keep the proportions more in keeping with a 3 stone ring rather than side accents.
Hopefully this would create balance but appreciate the setting is emotionally unique.
Best wishes in the deliberations.
Title: Re: The Saga of Li'l BLOOO
Post by: Mrs Mitchell on May 15, 2009, 12:28:45 PM
Ah2bqat, how about posting a pic of the setting again here? I think the sidestones that look best when laid out may not work so well with the setting, and the ones that would be perfect for the ring may not look best in the abstract (if you see what I mean). It might help to think of the stones in context.

As much as I love the traps next to Li'l Bloo, I wonder if traps are the best shape for the setting? (Not saying they aren't, just that I can't visualise it yet).

Jen

ETA I see there's a small pic of the setting at the start of this thread. You don't have a bigger one, by any chance? I know it's with David now, so if you don't, not to worry!
Title: Re: The Saga of Li'l BLOOO
Post by: ah2bqat on May 15, 2009, 12:42:24 PM
Can do, Miz M.  And you've made a good point.  I'm loving those little asschers and the traps, but we need to keep in mind a) I'm old and my eyesight ain't what it used to be;  b) Li'L BLOOO is only .29 ct, so the sides will most effectively be the same size or just slightly smaller.
 
I'm hoping we'll see Li'L BLOOO with matching white radiants sometime today. 

And don't you dare laugh, Trink, but I was talking to David this am, and we might restore mum's setting to 3 high white rounds and do a fitted e-ring with Li'L BLOO as the focus.   :Tempted: :BangHead: :1087: :tard: :1087:
Title: Re: The Saga of Li'l BLOOO
Post by: Diamondsbylauren on May 15, 2009, 03:49:31 PM
Here's more combos!!!

.18ct Emerald Cuts...
BTW, the decision to go high white seems made.....
(http://diamondsbylauren.com/images/09/05/2918a.jpg)
Title: Re: The Saga of Li'l BLOOO
Post by: Diamondsbylauren on May 15, 2009, 03:50:30 PM
Now the .45ct tw radiant cuts

(http://diamondsbylauren.com/images/09/05/2945a.jpg)
(http://diamondsbylauren.com/images/09/05/2945b.jpg)
Title: Re: The Saga of Li'l BLOOO
Post by: Trinkette on May 15, 2009, 04:20:18 PM
OK, Ah2bqat, I THINK that I understand you correctly... if I DO understand, and you are considering building a new setting for Li'l Blooo, then, without a doubt I'd go with a platinum band-style ring set up something like the .45ct radiants (all N-S) or the big traps. Maybe draw-out and taper-off the sparkle a little with some smaller diamonds set into in the ring's shoulders.

I love the emerald cuts, I just prefer the bigger three-stone-band look, especially because you have expressed concern regarding size. Admittedly, more of a big band-looking ring is it is not for everybody, and I do have soft-spot for more "band" style rings, so it may not be your perfect set-up.

Which leads me to ask: is this going to be worn as an engagement ring? Wedding band? Both? Or, a right-hand ring? Seems the door is open on this one...
Title: Re: The Saga of Li'l BLOOO
Post by: ah2bqat on May 15, 2009, 05:34:11 PM
All so pretty.  :tongue3: :Heart: I actually like the EC's, but since everything is so tiny, I'm with you on the triple radiants.   

Right now I'm waiting on David to talk to his designer.  I got the ok from my DS to maybe do some changeups so that Li'L BLOOO will show to better effect.  So it might end up on a different band than mum's ring.  As I understand it, part of the problem is that the band is solid and doesn't let the light get to the stone properly. Don't quote me on that, but I think that the setting isn't a good one for a diamond like BLOOO.  So, maybe we make an engagement ring with Li'L BLOOO and make it so that mum's ring is incorporated into a 2 ring set.

Looks like David might get to set Li'L BLOOO in that pink tutu, yet! ;D
Title: Re: The Saga of Li'l BLOOO
Post by: WM on May 15, 2009, 11:20:57 PM
(http://diamondsbylauren.com/images/09/05/2918a.jpg)

What about two pairs of the side stones. In other words, the blue and then four of the side stones. i think the blue would need to be a bit higher. Just a thought. I love the traps, too. And I like it sideways with the asschers.
Title: Re: The Saga of Li'l BLOOO
Post by: ah2bqat on May 15, 2009, 11:58:01 PM
Have you seen BLOOO in these combinations in real life, Meb Wistress?  If we go with a 2 ring set, where mum's setting is used as a wedding band, I could see a 5 stone ring, if I absolutely HAD to.  ;D. 

I'm waiting to see what the designer can come up with right now.  I'm betting David's gonna try and figure out how to put Li'L BLOOO in a pink tutu :rahrah: and have it fit over part of Mum's band - like where the current 3-stone setting currently sits.  So I could see a three stone set in 3 halos in an E-W design, but stacked N-S.  Something like R2857, but turned on end. :icescream:  We'll see.   I'm likely to listen very carefully to their recommendations.  David said from the first, make it 3 radiants, and he was right.  Although I, too, like the E-W with the asschers, or N-S with the EC's.   It's just that the size of the stones is getting too small to see clearly and appreciate. 8)
Title: Re: The Saga of Li'l BLOOO
Post by: Mrs Mitchell on May 16, 2009, 03:07:36 AM
Yup, the radiants all work together best, no question. It's personal preference, but I'm not so crazy about radiants with step cut sides. (The exception that proves the rule for me is OMC's wife's engagement ring, which is beautiful and I'd love to see more pictures...).

Having said that, I really do like what the ECs are doing to the colour of Li'l Blooo. I would check with David that the radiants aren't draining any colour in real life, because she looks marginally more blue next to the ECs on my monitor. Could be a trick of the light, could be my imagination.

Those are really pretty little ECs, btw.

Jen
Title: Re: The Saga of Li'l BLOOO
Post by: Mikla on May 16, 2009, 09:19:42 AM
I'm still loving the tinted radiants with Li'l Bloo because they bring out the most blue to my eye.  Having said that, I'm wondering what yellow gold will do to the color of Li'l Bloo?  You might get the same effect just from the yellow gold setting regardless of the color of the side stones.   :dontknow:  May we see Miss Bloo with the yellow band to see how that affects her color?

Mikla
Title: Re: The Saga of Li'l BLOOO
Post by: GracefulLion on May 16, 2009, 07:54:45 PM
I love the ECs and the radiants.  Not crazy about the asscher or the traps.  Will the yellow gold in your MILs band take away from lil bloo's color?  That would be my only concern. 
Title: Re: The Saga of Li'l BLOOO
Post by: Sanchica27 on May 18, 2009, 06:00:23 PM
(http://diamondsbylauren.com/images/09/05/2918a.jpg)

What about two pairs of the side stones. In other words, the blue and then four of the side stones. i think the blue would need to be a bit higher. Just a thought. I love the traps, too. And I like it sideways with the asschers.

i like this one with a pair of asschers after the emeralds...yummy!
Title: Re: The Saga of Li'l BLOOO
Post by: ah2bqat on May 18, 2009, 06:35:44 PM
That would certainly extend the real estate in a lovely way.  :DropGob:  I'm imagination challenged with visuals, and it could be just the ticket, Sanchica; or the number of different cuts might distract from BLOOO.   :dontknow:

Right now, mum's ring is with the designer.  I hope to see some initial thought from the design team maybe within a week or so.  We've rather revamped the initial specs from replacing the 3 stones on the band to creating a 2 ring wedding set.    :evil5:  So a 5 stone ring might not be out of the picture.
Title: Re: The Saga of Li'l BLOOO
Post by: GIAGirl on May 18, 2009, 06:45:21 PM
INFORMATION OVERLOAD!!!!!!!  I am one of those people who likes to see every possible combination ever in the whole world...I am not going to be much help at this point because I like too many of these combos....I am a little partial to the emerald cuts though.  E-W would look awesome. 

Couldn't we rhodium plate mom's ring and then pave the sucker with all whites as well? 
Title: Re: The Saga of Li'l BLOOO
Post by: ah2bqat on May 18, 2009, 07:00:52 PM
 :laughing4: :giveup: :laughing4:  Pick a pave - flavor of the month club!
Title: Re: The Saga of Li'l BLOOO
Post by: GIAGirl on May 18, 2009, 08:44:22 PM
It does not matter what it is...if it sits still long enough I will want to pave it.  HA! 
Title: Re: The Saga of Li'l BLOOO
Post by: ah2bqat on May 18, 2009, 11:42:14 PM
A vote from me for tinted traps, more subtle and brings out the blue.
I would keep the proportions more in keeping with a 3 stone ring rather than side accents.
Hopefully this would create balance but appreciate the setting is emotionally unique.
Best wishes in the deliberations.

Thanks for:  :My2cents:, Rumple.  Haven't seen you in a while, and glad to have you join back in.  The original setting was a three stone, so we were shooting for that at first; but now - it's free range, baby!  I just have to watch the overall cost, although, I'm hoping  DH and David spoke about ceilings with that regard! :scared:
Title: Re: The Saga of Li'l BLOOO
Post by: WM on May 19, 2009, 12:48:41 AM
I haven't seen her in person. I won't be in NY until the summer.

But I love the radiant combo and the traps. It's so cute. I just can't believe you are getting a blue. What a special treasure.
Title: Re: The Saga of Li'l BLOOO
Post by: Mrs Mitchell on May 19, 2009, 04:59:36 AM
It does not matter what it is...if it sits still long enough I will want to pave it.  HA! 

ROFL!!!
Title: Re: The Saga of Li'l BLOOO
Post by: Diamondluvr on May 19, 2009, 08:22:44 AM
What a fun project!  So many possibilities :)

My vote would still be the radiants or EC-super white, make it a 5 stone ring, set in Plat with a RG halo(around the outside of all 5 stones) and fancy pink melee---yum!

Can't wait to see this one finished!!!
Title: Re: The Saga of Li'l BLOOO
Post by: Diamondsbylauren on May 19, 2009, 06:26:28 PM
OK- I sat with our designer a little while ago- I'll post the sketch in a little while.....

Interesting!
Title: Re: The Saga of Li'l BLOOO
Post by: ah2bqat on May 19, 2009, 06:43:56 PM
You sir, are a big tease! :smarty:
Title: Re: The Saga of Li'l BLOOO
Post by: Diamondsbylauren on May 19, 2009, 08:26:25 PM
one minute- I promise!
Title: Re: The Saga of Li'l BLOOO
Post by: Diamondsbylauren on May 19, 2009, 08:35:20 PM
(http://diamondsbylauren.com/images/09/05/sketch.jpg)

Finally
Title: Re: The Saga of Li'l BLOOO
Post by: Diamondsbylauren on May 19, 2009, 08:41:13 PM
I had a technical glitch, just at the wrong time!
ARGHH

Anyway, finally got the sketch uploaded- as you can see above.
The idea is similar to one that our would be feline already suggested.
A triple micro pave deal.
Take the center BLOOO ( the nerve of her to merely call it "blue diamond")- set it in platinum prongs. Surround that with Pink diamonds- micro-set in pink gold.
Outboard of that, we can place a set of half moon diamonds- themselves surrounded by micro-pave. The half moons get the colorless melee.

The shank would be a graceful affair- a Winston style shank was discussed.
Title: Re: The Saga of Li'l BLOOO
Post by: Trinkette on May 19, 2009, 08:50:58 PM
 :hail:
Title: Re: The Saga of Li'l BLOOO
Post by: robin on May 19, 2009, 09:04:24 PM
Qat, I think you've absolutely made the right call here.  Replacing the diamonds in the original ring with white rounds and then really going for broke with the design of the BLOO, getting exactly what you want, is exactly the right way to go, IMO.
Title: Re: The Saga of Li'l BLOOO
Post by: ah2bqat on May 19, 2009, 09:18:00 PM
 
OMG!   :faintthud:
Title: Re: The Saga of Li'l BLOOO
Post by: ah2bqat on May 19, 2009, 09:36:28 PM
(http://diamondsbylauren.com/images/09/05/sketch.jpg)

Finally

David - is this gonna go well with mum's band?  I'm having some trouble imagining it together.  Tell me this platinum and pink gold delicate beauty is going to sit comfortably side by side with Mum's yellow florentined and white gold band.  :xyxnervous:  It's a gorgeous design. I'm dyin' to show it to my DH.   But put together with mum's ring, well frankly I'm afraid it's gonna look like a Ferrari with fenders by FORD.  :scared:

PLEASE - tell me I'm crazy.  I'll belive you.  Honest! :tard:

Title: Re: The Saga of Li'l BLOOO
Post by: ah2bqat on May 19, 2009, 09:40:20 PM
 :webmistress:

I can't post any pictures!  The options don't let me bring in a link anymore! I wanted to post Mum's setting next to the design so we could all take a look.  :freakout:  :Bawling: :Bawling: :Bawling:
Title: Re: The Saga of Li'l BLOOO
Post by: robin on May 19, 2009, 09:54:12 PM
Do you have to wear the rings on the same finger?  Could you wear the wedding band on one hand and the BLOOO on the other?
Title: Re: The Saga of Li'l BLOOO
Post by: Diamondsbylauren on May 19, 2009, 09:56:32 PM
:webmistress:

I can't post any pictures!  The options don't let me bring in a link anymore! I wanted to post Mum's setting next to the design so we could all take a look.  :freakout:  :Bawling: :Bawling: :Bawling:

Thank you for saying this- I thought i was going crazy when I could not find the attach photo box!!
Title: Re: The Saga of Li'l BLOOO
Post by: Mikla on May 19, 2009, 09:59:31 PM
Do you have to wear the rings on the same finger?  Could you wear the wedding band on one hand and the BLOOO on the other?

I think this might be the best solution.  These two rings are at opposite ends of the ring design continuum.
Title: Re: The Saga of Li'l BLOOO
Post by: ah2bqat on May 19, 2009, 11:00:15 PM
They are.  But Li'L BLOOO is my ER stone.  I want to wear her forever on my left hand.  She'll never be upgraded because she is so unique.  But how can she be reconciled with Mum's band?

D - what did the designer say about the combination?
(http://diamondsbylauren.com/images/09/05/sketch.jpg)
Title: Re: The Saga of Li'l BLOOO
Post by: ah2bqat on May 19, 2009, 11:02:33 PM
Darn,  I tried to quote it in from pg 4, but it's not having any of it.
Title: Re: The Saga of Li'l BLOOO
Post by: Sparkly-OCD on May 20, 2009, 12:57:01 AM
Ah2bqat,

Congratulations on acquiring Lil' BLOOO!
Yay! :smileyparty:  Yay!

I like the design for little blue, but I agree that DH's Mum's band and this Lil BLOOO design are light years apart in style.

Can the yellow gold band be reworked to reflect this design somehow?

This is what I would do:  Remove the mountings for the three rounds from the wedding band, and remove the tiny diamonds that are channel set.  Finish out that area with a matching white gold band like the one below.   Make the white gold bands plain and high polished.  OR maybe engrave the WG bands, if that would enhance the design for Lil BLOOO.  Then, set a line of diamonds (maybe pink?) between the two white gold bands. Polish out the florentine finish, so that the yellow gold band is smooth and high polished.

(I tried to import a copy of your DH's Mum's band, but the option is not available! ??? )

ETA
This way you have an obvious engagement ring and a wedding band, a little different due to sentimental reasons, but an attractive, non conflicting set.
Title: Re: The Saga of Li'l BLOOO
Post by: ah2bqat on May 20, 2009, 01:23:20 AM
Thanks, Sparkly!  Yes, that is a fairy princess ring that D got from the designer.  I'm hoping she has some thoughts about what to do with the band to make it a set and D just hasn't been able to upload pictures any better than we have. 

I know that my DH would acquiesce to a different wedding band and not using mum's band if I begged, but this is something we've agreed on for almost as long as we've been back together. 
One has to understand,  he doesn't care about diamonds; he got me Li'l BLOOO because she meant so much to me, not because he understoond how rare she is, how beautifully she's cut .  There is no way I would ask him to not use the wedding band he wants me to wear, especially since it is his Mum's. 

Think a minute.  I'm wife #3- and he's never asked the others to wear his Mama's ring.  That's special to me.  Of the three, I'm also the only one who actually knew his mother, if only a little.  So I'm hoping there's a part 2 to the design, and we just haven't seen it yet.
Title: Re: The Saga of Li'l BLOOO
Post by: Diamondluvr on May 20, 2009, 08:17:23 AM
qat-Is your hubby's moms setting 2 rings soldered together???

How wide is the setting?

Would you be willing to have it rhodium plated?

Can you wear the new ring and the old ring on separate hands?
Title: Re: The Saga of Li'l BLOOO
Post by: ah2bqat on May 20, 2009, 09:08:24 AM
It's a single band, about 7-8mm wide, DL.  I know D said the mountings for the 3 stones could be removed, but I don't know about the ribbons or the thin white gold half band soldered on the front next to where the stones were mounted.  We'll just have to wait and see.
Title: Re: The Saga of Li'l BLOOO
Post by: djm195 on May 20, 2009, 10:23:46 PM
What about a thinner version of this -- with MIL's ring as a band...

(http://www.pricescope.com/idealbb/files/lc2.JPG)
Title: Re: The Saga of Li'l BLOOO
Post by: ah2bqat on May 20, 2009, 10:32:42 PM
Jeez, DJM!  What are you trying to do, give GIAGirl a heart attack?  

I'm more likely to go back to the original 3 stone or maybe a 5 stone band if the ribbons can be pulled off.   But wouldn't that be spectacular for the chunky pink monkey?  :wow2:

But let's wait.  Could be the designer can find a way to make everybody happy.  Yep, me, myself, and I all have to love the idea.  That's a rough crowd. :1087: :BangHead: :1087:
Title: Re: The Saga of Li'l BLOOO
Post by: GracefulLion on May 21, 2009, 03:02:29 PM

I'm more likely to go back to the original 3 stone or maybe a 5 stone band if the ribbons can be pulled off.   But wouldn't that be spectacular for the chunky pink monkey?  :wow2:


YES!!!!!!!!! :heart2:
Title: Re: The Saga of Li'l BLOOO
Post by: ah2bqat on May 21, 2009, 03:05:07 PM
EUREKA!
Solution found!  And all because of your suggestions.  Thank you, thank you CDIer's! :party-smiley-052:  :grouphugg:
It took a couple of nights of hard cogitation :icon_scratch:  - but all problems resolved.  I just couldn't tell my left hand from my right!  Here's the plan - we're going to build Li'L BLOOO into her pink tutu by the white of 2 silvery moons, just as the designer planned. AND we're going to have the designer come up with the wedding band for the set. :woohoo: :ura1: :woohoo: :ura1:

Mom's setting?  I'm taking that on as a separate project.  :angel: She'll be restored to her original glory, but we're going to thin the back down (I was wrong - the band is not 7-8, but 9MM wide!) to a more comfortable width for my poor arthritic knuckle, and she'll be my RHR.  But my DH doesn't know this yet.  I'll spring it on him  :smarty: when I thank him for having my dream wedding set built.  

For now, he gets to feel all noble and self-sacrificing, which he has been for telling me if mum's setting doesn't work to build a different one.  And I get to feel good about honoring his Mom by wearing her ring every day, as I had always intended.  Plus he gets a bonus since I won't be wearing my last wedding ring (2KJ) as a RHR any more. ;D

Looks like I'll eventually have to call D about another project or two.  With Mum's ring as my RHR, looks like 2KJ needs to turn into a pendant, especially if I'm having my .5 RBC turned into my DSS's engagement ring.  But that's for a couple of months down the road.  Mums' ring comes first.
Title: Re: The Saga of Li'l BLOOO
Post by: Sparkly-OCD on May 21, 2009, 03:19:34 PM
Yay for Ah2bqat!
Sounds like you are going to have the best of all worlds.
Congratulations!
:pear:
 
So happy that everything has worked out for you.
Title: Re: The Saga of Li'l BLOOO
Post by: GIAGirl on May 21, 2009, 05:23:49 PM
 ;D  I like this plan.  So are we going to pave your mum's ring?  Just kidding.   
Title: Re: The Saga of Li'l BLOOO
Post by: ah2bqat on May 21, 2009, 07:04:41 PM
Thank you Sparkly and GG!  It's a big weight off my shoulders.  And, if he likes, we can use mum's ring for the family ceremony, when it happens.   

And I'll bet that the band to go with LiL BLOOO will be paved, or something similar.  It requires another visit to the designer, so it will be next week or later before we have a clue.  I did promise NOT to have it done in yellow diamonds. :angel:  Red(pink), white, or blue is still an option, however.  ;D
By the way, GG, your name has come up in several of my conversations lately, you're a funny little bunny. :bunny7:  And if you ever find a really cool gown with sleeves that's not terribly formal, although a cocktail dress or tea length gown would be excellent, Let me know before you lose the link! I do NOT want to repeat Trink's dress issues when the time comes!  :scared:
Title: Re: The Saga of Li'l BLOOO
Post by: ah2bqat on May 22, 2009, 10:46:55 AM
I'm a hopeless case.  Can't keep even my own secrets!  ::) My darling mathematucian was a little disappointed that we couldn't reconcile BLOOO MOON with mum's setting.  Well, we could have, but then it a) wouldn't look like his Mom's band, and b) would have cost more than it's worth to redo it.  And if there is one thing he hates to do, it's spend money unnecessarily. ;D

But he was delighted that I intend to restore her and wear her every day in his Mom's memory.  And he likes the idea of using her ring in the family ceremony when we get around to it.

Title: Re: The Saga of Li'l BLOOO
Post by: GIAGirl on May 22, 2009, 09:08:53 PM
YOU GOT IT!!!!  I AM ON IT!!   

Well....the blue will be a new family ring.  I cannot even imagine what I would do if there were a blue in my family.   A pretty brownish yellow would look pretty in the middle of Mum's ring. 
Title: Re: The Saga of Li'l BLOOO
Post by: ah2bqat on May 22, 2009, 09:42:26 PM
I know what you mean, GG.  I keep thinking the chunky pink monkey would be perfect as the center stone, but then.... it's a LOT more expensive than a .25 white, but..... it would tie the rings together - a pink bond, so to speak, but...... we're saving for a house and I haven't sold mine yet    
:Tempted:    :BangHead: :BangHead:
and  :Thanx: for scoping out bridal gowns out for me, GG  :hugging:  Like Trink, this isn't my first, nor his.  Also I'm not a spring chicken - I've got 2 grandsons; I'm 20 lbs overweight but I hope to be in better shape when the time comes.  Unfortunately, old lady arms and legs are old lady arms and legs :tongue2:  I'm short and curvy, so thin girl dresses aren't good. sigh.  nothing is easy, is it?   But it will give you the honest ability to righteously declare you're just doing this for a friend  :angel9: should the BF make comment.  :tantrum2:
Title: Re: The Saga of Li'l BLOOO
Post by: GIAGirl on May 23, 2009, 01:09:27 AM
Does it have to be white or ivory? 
Title: Re: The Saga of Li'l BLOOO
Post by: GIAGirl on May 23, 2009, 01:10:16 AM
http://www.neimanmarcus.com/store/catalog/prod.jhtml?itemId=prod83280060&parentId=cat9360737&masterId=cat9360734&index=7&cmCat=cat000000cat000001cat17740747cat000131cat9360734cat9360737

Let me keep looking.  I am on it!!!!!!
Title: Re: The Saga of Li'l BLOOO
Post by: ah2bqat on May 23, 2009, 01:40:23 PM
Oh, I'm in no hurry, GG.   Hopefully I've got another 2 years  before we do the family deal.  :cross:

I'd prefer ivory or a pale or ice blue.   Think more in the nature of evening suits.  I'll be wearing a string of Tahitian white pearls, 18-20" long.  Think what looks good with red hair, green eyes, and Celtic white skin.  I truly Do Not TAN.  Thankfully, I think, all my face freckles have finally slid down to  my shoulders and beyond.   ::)
Title: Re: The Saga of Li'l BLOOO
Post by: jacquiec on May 25, 2009, 08:35:21 AM
Just a little word of advice re your outfit colour. I have the same colouring as you and also have some experience in colour analysis regarding skin tones.

I look like DEATH in pale/ice blue! In fact, most pastels and also white & black. Before you choose your outfit, go to a fabric store and drape some colours around you. A darkish cream/beige should be good for you.

I know they may not be considered suitable for your needs but you'll look fabulous in golds, browns, orange (not peach) and greens. Maybe a gold gown?

I know you have plenty of time to find the perfect outfit and I wish you all the luck in the world for your future.
Title: Re: The Saga of Li'l BLOOO
Post by: ah2bqat on May 25, 2009, 12:22:02 PM
Welcome aboard, jacquiec, and thank you for your thoughts on color. 

It's true I am particularly fond of greens, especially a rich hunter green.  Good point, I should find a girl friend to take shopping and look at just what sort of colors would do best.  Now!  To find a girl friend in my neck of the woods.......

So, GG, maybe I pass on my favorite ice blue, and lean to the candlelight, ivory, blush, and possibly gold.
Title: Re: The Saga of Li'l BLOOO
Post by: GIAGirl on May 25, 2009, 12:38:14 PM
You've got it!!!! I am on it!  It does sound like we have some time, but that is better anyway.

I like the pink for your ring as well...but then again I know what it is like to save for a house.  Hmmm....I am afraid to say anything because I might not be a good influence.   :Tempted:
Title: Re: The Saga of Li'l BLOOO
Post by: Mrs Mitchell on May 25, 2009, 01:12:26 PM
Hi Jacquiec, and welcome.

Ah2bqat, I do like the idea of a gold gown!

Mine was ivory, with gold embroidery on the bodice and sleeves. That was a nice colour mix for my skin tone (pale blue) and my hair (quite dark red).

What style of gown are you leaning towards? If I got to pick mine again, I'd think about an empire line dress with a coat in the same fabric and to the same length, picking up the cut of the dress. I dithered about that, but ended up with a more traditional full length wedding gown.

One thing I really would recommend is having it made for you. It is probably a lot less expensive than you imagine and probably less cost and/or stress than trying to have an off the peg gown tailored to fit right. Find a good local dressmaker and spend time talking about the occasion and your likes and dislikes  (s/he should be happy to do the fabric draping thing that Jacquiec mentioned, for shape, outline, texture and colour).

I really enjoyed working with a dressmaker to create my wedding gown and in the end, it was less than half the cost of some fairly unremarkable 'high end' gowns.

I'm really excited for you.
Jen
Title: Re: The Saga of Li'l BLOOO
Post by: ah2bqat on May 25, 2009, 02:35:40 PM
 :1087:  Ever have one of those years where you're just stuck on stupid?   :tard: I think 2009 is mine.

Sure, I don't have any real girlfriends out here yet to go shopping with; but I have a MIL and a SIL both within an hour's drive I could ask to go with me.  Both are local gals, so they know all the right places within their own areas.  My SIL is a little too busy right now.  Her house, barns, and stable are overflowing with neighbors and their animals from the fires that raged out in the SB area a couple of weeks ago.

But I can ask my MIL next time we do dinner.  If anyone would know a good dressmaker, Jen, she probably would.  Like me, she has no kids of her own, and by the time she married my FIL, the only girl in the family had been married for years.  Perhaps she'd enjoy being a part of the planning whirl.  We were considering getting married in their town anyway, in the same chapel that she and my FIL were married.

So, if you don't mind GG, stay on the gown watch.  Look for tea-length gowns or evening suits in the ivory, candlelight, blush, or gold, with a neckline good for the pearls.  Since it's Southern California, it will probably need to be fairly lightweight with a jacket, or at least 3/4 sleeves.  I can start a book of the ones you find that really hit me - and it will help define what I'm truly after.  (I'll know it when I see it? ::) ) 

You guys are great!  I really appreiciate all the suggestions!  :grouphugg:

We have time and I hate shopping.  Plus I hope to see a little more change in the next 6-12 months with my exercise program and dietary changes.



Title: Re: The Saga of Li'l BLOOO
Post by: Sparkly-OCD on May 27, 2009, 12:20:33 AM
Ah2bqat,

I made my wedding gown and veil.  It was ivory with long lace sleeves.  Why I wanted long sleeves at the tender age of 22, I'll never know, but it was empire waisted with an A-Line design and six foot lace train.  I think it was a Butterick pattern.

My Mom and I went to the uppity department store where the entire seventh floor was fabrics and sewing.  Two ladies assisted us, and I went home with everything I needed.

It's a great memory that I cherish, particularly because my Mom taught me how to sew my first dress at age eleven.  My only regret is that we didn't take any pictures.

If I was to select something at this point I would follow Mrs. OMC and have a really nice dress made with a matching jacket and a matching coat as Mz M. described.  Then I could wear it year round.
Title: Re: The Saga of Li'l BLOOO
Post by: ah2bqat on May 27, 2009, 01:19:20 AM
:freakout:  NO pictures!?!  Oh, that's dreadful. It sounds beautiful.

I still have my senior prom dress, that my Mom made fore me.  I don't have any pictures of it because my parents went to my sister's graduation that weekend.  But my Mom did have my portrait painted in it that same summer.  (by the way, my DH drove down from VA to GA to take me to my prom)  It was too cool, and I've never ever told my parents that it happened.  I was in lurve   :tongue3: :Heart: with a really BAD boy.

 
Title: Re: The Saga of Li'l BLOOO
Post by: ah2bqat on May 29, 2009, 12:45:25 AM
Li'L BLOOO is in the hands of the factory.  :yahoo: I know it's too soon to ask to see anything.  It'll be a couple weeks at the very least; but I miss seeing BLOOO and all her new friends. :-[ .  I don't even know if D was able to find those itty bitty moons to use as side stones yet, :crybaby2: or what BLOOO will look like with a Pink tutu.   :Bawling:

MebWistress, I am certainly understanding your loneliness more and more, in waiting for your beauty to come home all round and sparkly and perfect again.  I'm glad she's all better and back home with you. :hugging:  

BLOOO MOONS, you saw me standing alone
Without a dream in my heart
Without a love of my o-woah-woahn ...

 :david:  since we can't see anything to do with Li'L BLOOO for a while, can you post a picture of Li'L Leo to keep me company?  Pretty please?  :N1Please2HL1: :N1Please2HL1:         I'm thinking I must have missed a happy pill or two recently :xyxnervous:  or maybe I'm just missing my darling mathematucian b'cause he's out of town for a few days  :love7:  SHHHHH!  Don't tell him...
Title: Re: The Saga of Li'l BLOOO
Post by: ah2bqat on June 03, 2009, 11:46:38 PM
The days just seems to creep by, but things change so fast. My step son has moved back in with us, he's 13 and the apple of his Dad's eye.  :duhsign:  

He went house hunting with us last weekend.  And I think we've found the one we want.  Now we're working on making sure the financing is in place before we make an offer.  It's been on the market for over 118 days, so I don't think it will go away in a week or two.

But our trip to the Big Apple has been postponed, probably for some time.  I have to go back to TX and get my own home into shape to put on the market.  Hopefully, I'll be able to see the folks while I'm there (it's only a short hop down to San Antonio from Dallas).  So it looks like I'll be spending my birthday alone in Dallas trying to get everything there worked out. :whip3: Wish me luck!   :-\
Title: Re: The Saga of Li'l BLOOO
Post by: Mrs Mitchell on June 04, 2009, 03:36:17 AM
Good luck! I hope it doesn't take too much work to get your house on the market and SOLD!

Sending you good house sale vibes...

Jen
Title: Re: The Saga of Li'l BLOOO
Post by: ah2bqat on June 04, 2009, 12:32:44 PM
Actually, blue gold exists. It's an alloy of gold and iron (about 75/25, with some nickel) which comes out a very deep blackish blue with a nice lustre/polish. It can be worked (differently from purple gold), but I've only ever seen it used as a contrasting element in white or yellow gold jewellery. It's not a solution for intensifying the colour of blue diamonds, because it's way too dark, but white diamonds set in platinum in a blue gold field contrast very nicely!

as a sidebar, I've had a tough time finding a simple English explaination with pictures.  Here's the best one I've come across so far - and only one with blue gold pictures: http://www.utilisegold.com/assets/file/jewellery/technology/pdf/SpecialColoursUpdated2006.pdf
Title: Re: The Saga of Li'l BLOOO
Post by: oldmancoyote on June 04, 2009, 12:57:16 PM
Dodgy link - would be interested in seeing it, though!
Title: Re: The Saga of Li'l BLOOO
Post by: ah2bqat on June 04, 2009, 01:01:00 PM
Try it now, OMC.  I got it to connect this time.
http://www.utilisegold.com/assets/file/jewellery/technology/pdf/SpecialColoursUpdated2006.pdf

as a warning - I picked this up in another paper....All intermetallic compounds, and purple gold is no exception, tend to be very brittle. They cannot be easily worked by conventional metal working processes. If one attempted to roll or hammer a piece of purple gold, it would shatter into pieces!
It also tends to tarnish easily, according to P. Gainsbury (Aurum, no 20, p.40, 1984).


And a picture of a very interesting pendant made of white, rose, yellow and amethyst gold.....
Title: Re: The Saga of Li'l BLOOO
Post by: oldmancoyote on June 04, 2009, 01:15:32 PM
It works - thank you.  :)
Title: Re: The Saga of Li'l BLOOO
Post by: Trinkette on June 04, 2009, 01:53:58 PM
OK, the pendant is cool. I need to more about this stuff...
Title: Re: The Saga of Li'l BLOOO
Post by: ah2bqat on June 04, 2009, 04:54:08 PM
Thanks for the good house vibes, Miz M.  I hate to sell it in this market, but sometimes you just have to let go of things you love.  I know the darling mathematucian never wants to live in TX again because he hates the climate so much.  So, somebody is gonna get a heck of a bargain.  I've steeled myself to lose a large portion of my equity due to the bad market conditions. :1857272: :furious3: :tantrum: :protest:   :evil5: :Bawling:
Title: Re: The Saga of Li'l BLOOO
Post by: robin on June 04, 2009, 06:10:10 PM
Where in Dallas?  I'm in Denton....
Title: Re: The Saga of Li'l BLOOO
Post by: ah2bqat on June 04, 2009, 06:33:02 PM
Criminy, Robin.  I'm in Corinth, on the 9th hole of Oakmont Country Club, in Fairway Estates.  We'd be neighbors, if I still lived there! :hello:  
Title: Re: The Saga of Li'l BLOOO
Post by: robin on June 04, 2009, 07:41:25 PM
Oh, wow!  That's about ten miles from me, as you know.

Unfortunately, I don't want a golf course house, or else I'd come lookin'  :).

If you want to meet up when you're here, let me know, and perhaps it'll work out!  That'd be fun!
Title: Re: The Saga of Li'l BLOOO
Post by: ah2bqat on June 04, 2009, 07:53:57 PM
It would be cool to meet and do lunch or something.  I'll be coming down later this month or early July.  I have to find that round-tuit and book my flights. 
Title: Re: The Saga of Li'l BLOOO
Post by: ah2bqat on June 29, 2009, 09:59:03 PM
Hey Robin!

I'll be in Dallas from 7/15, Wed afternoon thru 7/18, Sat AM/  I do have to go down town on Friday to work, and I have to pack up the house the other days, but maybe we can meet?  My e-mail is still listed, ping me at the bank, and we'll make plans!
Title: Re: The Saga of Li'l BLOOO
Post by: ah2bqat on July 06, 2009, 04:49:13 PM
And don't you dare laugh, Trink, but I was talking to David this am, and we might restore mum's setting to 3 high white rounds and do a fitted e-ring with Li'L BLOO as the focus.   :Tempted: :BangHead: :1087: :tard: :1087:

I got a note from David today.  Mum's ring is done, and she looks phenomenal!  :boobban: :1962983dancingmonkey: :boobban: 
He tells me that the diamonds are Sam Spade specials..  pictures coming soon!
Title: Re: The Saga of Li'l BLOOO
Post by: ah2bqat on July 06, 2009, 05:31:53 PM
Here she is in her original form:
(http://i618.photobucket.com/albums/tt264/ah2bqat/Momssetting.jpg)

and look at her now:
(http://i618.photobucket.com/albums/tt264/ah2bqat/Mumsring2.jpg)

'BALLS!', cried the Queen.  'If I had 2 balls, I'd be King!'
(http://i618.photobucket.com/albums/tt264/ah2bqat/Mumsring-BALLScriedtheQueen.jpg)

The King laughed.  Not because he needed to, but because he had two.
Title: Re: The Saga of Li'l BLOOO
Post by: GIAGirl on July 06, 2009, 05:39:31 PM
That looks great!!!!!!  You are getting two rings out of this deal!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Title: Re: The Saga of Li'l BLOOO
Post by: ah2bqat on July 06, 2009, 06:07:41 PM
Um...er.... 3 actually, GG :a08:
Title: Re: The Saga of Li'l BLOOO
Post by: Mikla on July 06, 2009, 06:09:24 PM
OK, SPILL IT!   :director:
Title: Re: The Saga of Li'l BLOOO
Post by: oldmancoyote on July 06, 2009, 06:10:45 PM
That looks great!!!!!!  You are getting two rings out of this deal!!!!!!!!!!!!!

You mean she actually HAS two?!?!?!?!? Er - three? That would make it really unusual.
Title: Re: The Saga of Li'l BLOOO
Post by: ah2bqat on July 06, 2009, 06:20:38 PM
OMC - I have no idea where you're headed with this.  >:D

One, for Mum, and until Li'l BLOOO  is finished, will act as my wedding band with one of my size 6 eternity bands as a ring guard.  She DOES have 2 balls, but was sized for the right hand.  :icon_queen:
Two, will be Li'l BLOOO  and her pink tutu  with halfmoons.  :hail: :rahrah: :bliss:  Can't wait to see that final design!

Three will be the matching wedding band for Li'l BLOOO.  Yes, I know that's a weird Yankee custom, OMC; but I'm a weird, old, damn Yankee from 'way back.  ;D
Title: Re: The Saga of Li'l BLOOO
Post by: Mrs Mitchell on July 07, 2009, 03:14:42 AM
WOW!!!!

Mum's ring looks fantastic. I love those diamonds and if they're Sam Spade specials, you won't get better

It turned out so well, I'm really happy to see your heirloom ring looking so fine again. Hope you love it, it's absolutely beautiful.

Jen
Title: Re: The Saga of Li'l BLOOO
Post by: ah2bqat on July 07, 2009, 10:12:11 AM
Miz M,  If you could see me now, you'd be  :rotflmao: for the rest of the day. 

When I woke up this am, I already had the voicemail notification that today is delivery day on my cell.  I've been hot-footing it around the apartment like the workout scene from FLASHDANCE ever since.   :tantrum: But color me excited, not mad.  I just can't sit still.  Pity my poor downstairs neighbors - I've been going on like this since 6 am - and we have hardwood floors!  ;D
Title: Re: The Saga of Li'l BLOOO
Post by: Mikla on July 07, 2009, 10:28:22 AM
Wow, that is so exciting!  What time does UPS usually get to you?

Mikla
Title: Re: The Saga of Li'l BLOOO
Post by: ah2bqat on July 07, 2009, 11:14:37 AM
Generally @ 10 am or so; but I've never had a morning delivery confirmed before, so I'm not sure, Mikla.  :ura1:
Title: Re: The Saga of Li'l BLOOO
Post by: Mrs Mitchell on July 07, 2009, 11:37:01 AM
LOL! Your poor neighbours.

I am all excited for you and I hope you have a camera to hand!

Sending you good fed-ex vibes!
Title: Re: The Saga of Li'l BLOOO
Post by: Trinkette on July 07, 2009, 02:18:25 PM
 :Whistle: :clock:
Title: Re: The Saga of Li'l BLOOO
Post by: ah2bqat on July 07, 2009, 03:25:07 PM
The UPS guy arrived right on time - ten am straight up!  And there's this HUGE box, like 18"x12"x3".
Now I promised the darling mathematucian I wouldn't open the box without him..... :xyxnervous: ....
:easterbunny: Nope, didn't work.  But David kept me honest.  Inside was ANOTHER HUGE BOX.  Well, I couldn't stop there, now, could I?  :EMOAYtextmoan: So I didn't. 
Inside THAT was a mailing envelope.  I couldn't help myself.  I HAD to open that one, too.  :N1oops03HL2:  But that's as far as I went.  Until lunch. AFTER lunch. 

I handed my DH the open envelope and he pulled out a little box.  It wasn't a DBL box or anthing fancy, just something to protect the ring during her journey home.  He pulled her out of her little plasic bag, and just looked at her, turning her one way and then another. :xyxnervous:  Put on his glasses and continued looking and not saying anything.  :violent4:  I finally gave up and asked him if it looked ok.  ::) He just smiled, nodded his head, and said 'It's more beautiful now than it ever was'.  He put it on my left hand ring finger, hugged me, and  said ' Mom would love it'.

And she is beautiful, and unbelievably sparkly, even under the desk  >:D, and fits safely on either hand - although she fits better on the right hand ring finger, where she'll live eventually.  And now I'm going to lie down for a bit and regain my equilibrium.   :yel:
Title: Re: The Saga of Li'l BLOOO
Post by: Diamondsbylauren on July 07, 2009, 03:29:03 PM
AMAZING new Bloomistress!!!

Thank you sooo much for allowing us t be part of this phenomenal story.
Title: Re: The Saga of Li'l BLOOO
Post by: ah2bqat on July 07, 2009, 05:43:09 PM
Not doing too well with the camera, especially left handed; but here are a couple of hand shots.  This ring is really WIDE.  and SPARKLY.   :ura1: :4: :ura1:

I'm having a very difficult time believing that these three stones only total to .5 ctw; and when David says Sam Spade Specials, they ARE special.  The stones look so white, I keep being shocked by the overall appearance.  These babies are screamers, so I'm not sure if it's the color(G) or the fire, but they just blow me away.  Totally eye clean now that they're set, David has estimated them to be SI1s.  I never thought I'd see the day when a white diamond less that a VVS2 would make me happy; but these rounds are flat gorgeous.  So I'm awfully glad I left the choice of stone entirely up to you, D.  Talk about bang for the buck! :bom: You da bomb!

Shown here as my temp wedding band, we will use Mum's ring in the ceremony.  I won't need to use an eternity band to keep this one on safely as I was afraid I might.  The little balls in the back do the trick, and at 9 mm wide, it won't slip anywhere easily.
(http://i618.photobucket.com/albums/tt264/ah2bqat/DSCN6149.jpg)

As the RHR, which is what she was sized for:
(http://i618.photobucket.com/albums/tt264/ah2bqat/DSCN6155.jpg)

I'm in awe, David, and ecstatic with both the work and the diamonds.  :yahoo: I know Mum's ring isn't a 'killer' style, but you've made her into a stunning piece I will enjoy wearing just 'because'.  It's very comfortable on either hand, as well, even though it is so very wide.    And I will treasure her all the more for how happy you've made my darling mathematucian with the quality of your restoration.  :bighug:
Title: Re: The Saga of Li'l BLOOO
Post by: Mikla on July 07, 2009, 05:58:05 PM
Darn, if that wedding band doesn't suit you perfectly!  David did a wonderful restoration job.  The stones do look like a lot more weight than .5 ctw.  It is really beautiful and timeless.  The new finish on the gold is icing on the cake.  Enjoy, ah2bqat!

Mikla
Title: Re: The Saga of Li'l BLOOO
Post by: ah2bqat on July 07, 2009, 06:17:59 PM
Thanks, Mikla.  I already feel very comfortable wearing it. :bliss:

I didn't mention the re-florentining of the band or polishing the white gold strip, and should have; because all those different textures together are what make the ring POP!  And it wasn't something I asked D to do, just part of the refurbishing the the tech thought necessary.  They really are sticklers for detail at the factory, arent' they?
Title: Re: The Saga of Li'l BLOOO
Post by: Diamondsbylauren on July 07, 2009, 06:37:54 PM
I am the luckiest guy to be able to be involved with such a person, and such an important ring.
You guys rock!
Title: Re: The Saga of Li'l BLOOO
Post by: ah2bqat on July 07, 2009, 08:00:09 PM
Sheesh, D!  :a08:  I think the shoe's on the other foot. 

My lucky day was stumbling on DBL, and sticking around to play in the forum.  I've met so many great people, yourself included, that have enriched my daily life - made me laugh, made me think, made me cry, made me feel welcome and among friends.  And now, finally, I benefit from your skill and acumen. as does my darling mathematucian.  You made one of his heart's wishes come true, and did it with singular beauty.  Thank you, David, truly.
Title: Re: The Saga of Li'l BLOOO
Post by: Mrs Mitchell on July 08, 2009, 07:21:06 AM
It is absolutely beautiful.

Don't know what else to say! It's just amazing how beautiful it looks on your hand, and I'm so glad that you're as pleased with it as you are. Such a special ring.

Enjoy it!

Jen
Title: Re: The Saga of Li'l BLOOO
Post by: GracefulLion on July 08, 2009, 08:37:38 AM
It looks wonderful and nothing beats that kind of heirloom attachment to a piece of jewelry!  Wear it in good health and congrats!  I am soooo excited to lil' blooo all dressed up!
Title: Re: The Saga of Li'l BLOOO
Post by: Trinkette on July 08, 2009, 08:45:23 AM
BlooMistress, the ring looks fabulous on your hand! Like it was made for you. Perfect. I really, really do like it. What a wonderful history, gracious sentiment and sensational success story you share with us!  :hail:
Title: Re: The Saga of Li'l BLOOO
Post by: GIAGirl on July 08, 2009, 09:45:17 AM
3 rings!  You should be teaching a class Master!  The ring looks great!!!!!!!
Title: Re: The Saga of Li'l BLOOO
Post by: oldmancoyote on July 08, 2009, 04:55:19 PM
It looks really nice on your hand. The more I look at it with white rounds in, the more I think it's the right look.

BTW - who's the white lion? Not "the runt" surely?
Title: Re: The Saga of Li'l BLOOO
Post by: ah2bqat on July 08, 2009, 05:45:01 PM
Thank you, all.  I am so pleased with how this ring turned out, and how much my DH loves it!  :yahoo:

My white lion is Stitch.  He's about 10 years old and the favorite chew toy of the Queen of Everything, aka 'the runt'; probably because he's a real  Mama's boy and Adamma is a very jealous cat.  You might remember his littermate and twin, Lilo, who liked diamond collars.  ;D
Title: Re: The Saga of Li'l BLOOO
Post by: Diamondsbylauren on July 08, 2009, 07:09:16 PM
I'm trying to find the words to describe Stitch's expression......How about.'Regal Cynicism?"
it's like- "Oh, these humans........"

(http://i618.photobucket.com/albums/tt264/ah2bqat/DSCN6149.jpg)
Title: Re: The Saga of Li'l BLOOO
Post by: ah2bqat on July 08, 2009, 08:44:39 PM
We call it 'the stink eye' in our house.  DH swears I taught it to him. ;D
Title: Re: The Saga of Li'l BLOOO
Post by: Foxylady on July 08, 2009, 09:48:29 PM
ah2bqat

Cats are so lordly or queenly at times I know I have 3 girls and 2 boys ranging from 8yrs to 18yrs. And all of them have completely different natures, but not one of them is unkind or spiteful. My youngest girl (Purr) is a very large cat for a female she weighs in at about 14lbs and is near enough 2ft long, and she has the most fantastic personality, everone that meet her falls in love with her, she is spoilt. But all my cats are special to me. I could go on but I'd only bore you.

By the way David did a fantastic job on restoring your MIL's ring, it is so elegant, and looks beautiful on your hand, I wish you all the happiness in the world for your up coming wedding and wear your MIL's ring with pride. I look forward to seeing Lil' blue too.

Foxylady  :heart2:
Title: Re: The Saga of Li'l BLOOO
Post by: ah2bqat on July 27, 2009, 06:24:48 PM
Thank you, foxy.  I'm thrilled with the results, too.

I'm happy to be back from the trip to Texas, and so happy to have my Sexie Rexie with us again.  He's already adjusted to the group.  I was afraid that after 10 months, they wouldn't remember him or vice versa; but they adjusted in less than 3 days.  Oh, you could never bore me with cat tales; but let's start a new thread in the Chit Chat  area, or continue on in the pet thread.

I have some news from D about Li'l Blooo's.  The metal work is done!   :yahoo: Lookie!!

(http://i618.photobucket.com/albums/tt264/ah2bqat/lilbloosetting1.jpg)

(http://i618.photobucket.com/albums/tt264/ah2bqat/lilbloosetting2.jpg)
Title: Re: The Saga of Li'l BLOOO
Post by: GracefulLion on July 27, 2009, 09:58:41 PM
Hurray!!! This will be a masterpiece! I especially love the profile.  Getting close!!!!
Title: Re: The Saga of Li'l BLOOO
Post by: ah2bqat on July 27, 2009, 11:33:23 PM
This truly is a fairy princess ring.  I am just beside myself with excitement.
Title: Re: The Saga of Li'l BLOOO
Post by: greeneyedbass on July 28, 2009, 03:27:35 AM
The detail work on the profile is quite special. My first thought was that it looked like a little tiara.
Title: Re: The Saga of Li'l BLOOO
Post by: Mrs Mitchell on July 28, 2009, 03:35:17 AM
Ooooh, it's beautiful! Love the profile. It's going to be an incredible ring, for sure.

Jen
Title: Re: The Saga of Li'l BLOOO
Post by: Mikla on July 28, 2009, 08:18:16 AM
This ring is going to be a stunner!  Ah2bqat, what is the color metal that Li'l Bloo will be set in - yellow or pink gold?

Mikla
Title: Re: The Saga of Li'l BLOOO
Post by: ah2bqat on July 28, 2009, 10:55:38 AM
The detail work on the profile is quite special. My first thought was that it looked like a little tiara.

That's IT!  I had told D that I loved the 'trellis' work underneath Li'l Blooo, but you nailed it, greeneyedbass.  It IS like a delicate little tiara.  It's going to be so cool, with the sparkle, the glitter, the COLORS, the dainty aspect, and Li'l Blooo's own tiara.  :love1:

Thanks  GL, Miz M, Mikla.  My poor neighbors probably think a herd of elephants have moved in upstairs between me hopping around like a mad thing, and now 4 cats playing rodeo every morning at 6. ;D 

I think David mentioned platinum prongs for Li'l Blooo early on, but he can tell us the final outcome.  And she will wear her pink tutu, of course.  :rahrah:
Title: Re: The Saga of Li'l BLOOO
Post by: GIAGirl on August 02, 2009, 11:44:47 AM
 :8:  I cannot wait to see this ring!!!!!!  You will have a BALOO diamond, Lady!!!!!! 
Title: Re: The Saga of Li'l BLOOO
Post by: annie1 on August 06, 2009, 09:03:26 AM
The profile is STUNNING!  I'm so excited for the finished product!
Title: Re: The Saga of Li'l BLOOO
Post by: Mikla on August 06, 2009, 09:36:34 AM
 :waiting:  The suspense is killing me!

Mikla
Title: Re: The Saga of Li'l BLOOO
Post by: GIAGirl on August 07, 2009, 06:12:04 PM
AGGGH!  When I saw this thread in the "unread posts" section, I thought it was back!!!!!!   AGGGH! 
Title: Re: The Saga of Li'l BLOOO
Post by: ah2bqat on August 07, 2009, 07:44:40 PM
David promises soon.  Maybe after Mr. and Mrs. Coyote have completed their visit.  (there will be entirely too much fun going on during that visit).  I only wish I could join up with the crew headed to NYC.
Title: Re: The Saga of Li'l BLOOO
Post by: Mikla on August 07, 2009, 08:16:35 PM
 :tantrum:  David, let's not keep this poor girl waiting!   :tantrum2:  It's Li'l Bloo, after all!   :thewife:  Let's get a move on!   :angry8:

Mikla
Title: Re: The Saga of Li'l BLOOO
Post by: ah2bqat on August 07, 2009, 09:12:38 PM
Ladies, Y'all are so sweet, but really it's ok.   :grouphugg:  It was almost ready last week, and now with the Coyotes and entourage approaching NYC, I'd just as soon wait until the excitement slows down a bit.  There's bound to be a heck of a diamond party next week.  Besides, nothing but nothing is gonna come close to those sapphire earring OMC designed for the missus.  Maybe if I'm lucky Sandra will do the hand modelling for Li'L BLOOO, or maybe even the little fellow.  Either would be much prettier than these old claws, and show her off properly.

Sure I can hardly wait, knowing the finale is so close; but there isn't any real rush.  Anticipation is a sauce I prefer even to revenge.  On the other hand, a really good hollandaise is, well, to die for... :smarty:
Title: Re: The Saga of Li'l BLOOO
Post by: Diamondsbylauren on August 10, 2009, 06:04:05 PM
It's been a long wait....but oh so worth it!!
Title: Re: The Saga of Li'l BLOOO
Post by: ah2bqat on August 10, 2009, 06:16:37 PM
OMG!
:DropGob:
                                   :faintthud:
                                                                                   :devildance: :Score-101010: :devildance:
                                                                                                                                                     
:git: :git: :bigclap: :ura1: :ura1: :ura1: :woohoo: :wav: :tongue3: :Heart: :love1: :wow: :blob3: :troll:

David, you have outdone yourself.  That is the single most gorgeous thing I have ever in my life seen!
Title: Re: The Saga of Li'l BLOOO
Post by: annie1 on August 10, 2009, 06:47:20 PM
It's STUNNING!!! 

Congratulations on an amazing ring, ah2bqat!  I can't wait until you have it on your hand!
Title: Re: The Saga of Li'l BLOOO
Post by: GIAGirl on August 10, 2009, 08:07:59 PM
 :boobban: :boobban: :boobban: :boobban: :boobban: :boobban: :icon_flower: :icon_flower: :icon_flower: :icon_flower: :icon_flower: :icon_flower: :icon_flower: :boobban: :boobban: :boobban: :boobban: :boobban: :boobban:

That is awesome!!!!!!! I know you are excited!!!!!!!! 
Title: Re: The Saga of Li'l BLOOO
Post by: Foxylady on August 10, 2009, 08:34:30 PM
ah2bqat

 :th_AWA123112: just isn't enough to describe your new ring, treasure it forever.

Foxylady  :heart2:
Title: Re: The Saga of Li'l BLOOO
Post by: Sanchica27 on August 10, 2009, 08:34:42 PM
that one is for the books...stunning...
Title: Re: The Saga of Li'l BLOOO
Post by: GracefulLion on August 10, 2009, 11:46:21 PM
Lil Bloo is a BIG beauty!  Huge congrats Ah2bqat!!!
Title: Re: The Saga of Li'l BLOOO
Post by: cherrypie on August 11, 2009, 12:20:15 AM
Gorgeous, and well worth the long wait! 

Carol   8)
Title: Re: The Saga of Li'l BLOOO
Post by: Mrs Mitchell on August 11, 2009, 03:24:08 AM
Oh well, so now we know what one of the most beautiful rings in the world looks like.

Sigh. It's just perfect. Just exactly right. This is a one in a million, I can't tell you how much I love it  Ah2bqat. Congrats on your new ring, it's just amazing. I hope it really is what you dreamed of, you waited so patiently for this beauty!
Wear it in health and happiness.

David, congrats on putting together such a remarkable piece.

Jen
Title: Re: The Saga of Li'l BLOOO
Post by: chrisje110 on August 11, 2009, 07:30:07 AM
its blooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo  :pear:
Lovable ring !
Enjoy it in good health

greetings chris
Title: Re: The Saga of Li'l BLOOO
Post by: djm195 on August 11, 2009, 08:12:16 AM
AWEEE AH2.
That is very pretty. Makes us proud that you like it so much and that it has exceeded your expectations. David certainly out did himself. Wear it in the best in health.
Title: Re: The Saga of Li'l BLOOO
Post by: Mikla on August 11, 2009, 08:15:25 AM
That is so lovely!  Li'l Bloo really looks "bloo-er" now that she's set.  What a wonderful design and combination of colors.  Do you have your baby yet, Ah2bqat?  You must be over the moon!  It makes all the risk and tortured decision-making worth it, right?

Mikla
Title: Re: The Saga of Li'l BLOOO
Post by: Trinkette on August 11, 2009, 09:09:31 AM
Ahhhhhhhhhh, she has arrived. What a lovely juxtaposition of soft pastel colors and shapes. Truly, a ring fit for a  fairy princess. I'm delighted you are so very pleased with your L'il Blooo, Ah2bqat. I'm sure you'll treasure your mini masterpiece forever! Wonderful work, David.  :-*
Title: Re: The Saga of Li'l BLOOO
Post by: ah2bqat on August 11, 2009, 10:01:28 AM
Thank you, each and every one of my CDI family, for your support, interest, and suggestions.  :grouphugg:
I am, indeed, over the Moon with the results of the process to build Li'l BLOOO a worthy showcase. 
:david: :hail: :hail: :Thanx:  :rock: :git: :boobban:  :woohoo:


I haven't yet seen her in person, but she should come today! :gimi: :ura1: :gimi:  In just a few more hours!   Except my darling mathematucian told me if I open even the FIRST box bad things will happen. :a082:  :Bawling:
Title: Re: The Saga of Li'l BLOOO
Post by: caratper on August 11, 2009, 10:09:29 AM
Congratulations!  I've been following this thread, anxiously waiting for the reveal.  What a fabulous, fabulous ring!  You must be so excited for lil blooo to arrive! :wow: :wow:
Title: Re: The Saga of Li'l BLOOO
Post by: Pinklady on August 11, 2009, 12:07:19 PM
It's amazing! Such a special ring. Could be the engangement ring for a Princess! Congratulations! 
:rahrah: :rahrah: :woohoo: :rahrah: :rahrah:
Title: Re: The Saga of Li'l BLOOO
Post by: annie1 on August 11, 2009, 02:05:25 PM
 Except my darling mathematucian told me if I open even the FIRST box bad things will happen. :a082:  :Bawling:

Ack!  How long do you have to wait?
Title: Re: The Saga of Li'l BLOOO
Post by: Diamondluvr on August 11, 2009, 03:42:11 PM
She's gorgeous!!!  Can't wait to see handshots :)
Title: Re: The Saga of Li'l BLOOO
Post by: Trinkette on August 11, 2009, 03:44:40 PM
Quote
Except my darling mathematucian told me if I open even the FIRST box bad things will happen.
:freakout: Blasphemy!

Title: Re: The Saga of Li'l BLOOO
Post by: ah2bqat on August 11, 2009, 04:40:11 PM
:Bawling: :Bawling: :Bawling: :Bawling: :Bawling: :Bawling: :Bawling: :Bawling: :Bawling: :Bawling: :Bawling: :Bawling: :Bawling: :Bawling: :Bawling: :Bawling: :Bawling: :Bawling: :Bawling: :Bawling:  :Bawling: :Bawling: :Bawling: :Bawling: :Bawling: :Bawling: :Bawling: :Bawling: :Bawling: :Bawling:       

Li'l BLOOO missed her connecting flight out of St. Louis, and is stuck there until tomorrow! :1237387oyy519k20r:

I know what'd I'd like to do with those airport people, and it wouldn't be polite!  :furious3:  :thewife:


:Bawling: :Skull: :Bawling: :Bawling: :Skull: :Bawling: :evil7: :Bawling: :Skull: :Bawling: :Bawling: :Skull: :Bawling: :evil7: :Bawling: :Bawling: :Bawling: :Skull: :Bawling: :Bawling: :evil7: :Bawling: :Bawling: :Skull: :Bawling: :Bawling: :Bawling: :evil7: :Bawling: :Bawling: :Skull: :Bawling: 
Title: Re: The Saga of Li'l BLOOO
Post by: Trinkette on August 11, 2009, 05:53:16 PM
I'm afraid your smilies (ummm, NOT!) say it all ah2bqat. I share in your disappointment.
 :scared: :violent1: :scared:


Title: Re: The Saga of Li'l BLOOO
Post by: WM on August 11, 2009, 10:13:09 PM
Drum roll, please. Wow. Lil' bloo turned out even BETTER than I thought. I had spectacular thoughts, too. But this exceeds even my imagination. Absolutely a lifetime keeper. What a very, very special ring. And it will be go up in value. Not that that is what you got it for.

Just amazing. I bet I know who on 47th collaborated with D on that one.
Title: Re: The Saga of Li'l BLOOO
Post by: ah2bqat on August 12, 2009, 12:22:48 PM
Who?  Whoo, MebWistress??

9:22 am.   :clock:  :animal-smiley-071:
Title: Re: The Saga of Li'l BLOOO
Post by: ah2bqat on August 12, 2009, 12:54:42 PM
 :yahoo: The box(es) is here! :yahoo:  Li'l BLOOO has come home to Mama! :yahoo:
:woohoo: :bliss: :ura1: :bliss: :woohoo:



Now I have to wait for my darling mathematucian to come home for lunch before I can open even the first box!  :EMOAYtextmoan:
Title: Re: The Saga of Li'l BLOOO
Post by: Trinkette on August 12, 2009, 02:03:50 PM
 :clock: :BangHead:
Title: Re: The Saga of Li'l BLOOO
Post by: ah2bqat on August 12, 2009, 02:25:06 PM
You have no idea, T!  My darling mathematucian just called.  He's going to be at least an hour late for lunch, if he can come at all. :faintthud:

Apparently the freeway is shutdown and  the back roads are impassable with the rerouted traffic. :crybaby2:
Title: Re: The Saga of Li'l BLOOO
Post by: Trinkette on August 12, 2009, 02:29:36 PM
 :clock:  :Tempted: :easterbunny:
Title: Re: The Saga of Li'l BLOOO
Post by: Trinkette on August 12, 2009, 02:30:36 PM
 :violent4:
Title: Re: The Saga of Li'l BLOOO
Post by: ah2bqat on August 12, 2009, 03:22:49 PM
I'm being good.  So far.   :xyxnervous:  I'm thinking you know me too well, T.

Now, if only the lobsters would get here.  :waiting:  (but they're for dinner, not lunch)
Title: Re: The Saga of Li'l BLOOO
Post by: Trinkette on August 12, 2009, 03:39:18 PM
 :vibes: :mixed-smiley-044:
Title: Re: The Saga of Li'l BLOOO
Post by: Mrs Mitchell on August 12, 2009, 03:41:48 PM
What stength of character you have! I'd have been in that box head first the minute it came.

Torment!

Jen
Title: Re: The Saga of Li'l BLOOO
Post by: annie1 on August 12, 2009, 03:50:13 PM
 :1237387oyy519k20r:
Title: Re: The Saga of Li'l BLOOO
Post by: Trinkette on August 12, 2009, 03:56:18 PM
 :tard:
Title: Re: The Saga of Li'l BLOOO
Post by: Sanchica27 on August 12, 2009, 04:38:55 PM
oh my what torture!  I  know i don't have that kind of willpower!
Title: Re: The Saga of Li'l BLOOO
Post by: ah2bqat on August 12, 2009, 04:41:04 PM
 :bighug:  Love you guys!  Especially for being here with me in my time of torment.   :yel:
It's not happening for lunch.   :tongue2:
But it better happen before dinner, or I'm serving those crusty-aceans LIVE! :yar:
Title: Re: The Saga of Li'l BLOOO
Post by: oldmancoyote on August 12, 2009, 06:03:56 PM
Well - I'll just say this: I saw Li'l Blooo just before she went into the box for shipping. And the photos don't really look like her.

She's about 1,000,000 times prettier
Title: Re: The Saga of Li'l BLOOO
Post by: ah2bqat on August 12, 2009, 07:08:12 PM
OMC!  Great to hear from you!  Welcome to the states!  Have the airlines found your luggage yet?  Probably, better that yours went missing than Missus OMC's.  Give my best to her. :hello:

What a wonderful thing that you, who were so instrumental in the selection of Li'L BLOOO, should be the first CDI'er to see her in all her glory in person.  :bigclap:  I appreciate the symmetry.  I still wonder if the white halo with yellow corners would be prettier than pink.  I really liked both halo versions so much.  If you find the time, perhaps you and David might put be able to put your heads together and come up with a ring design to complement her. Or not.  I know there are bigger fish to fry up there.   :372:
Title: Re: The Saga of Li'l BLOOO
Post by: ah2bqat on August 12, 2009, 09:09:52 PM
:Banane13: :bliss: :boobban: :Score-101010: :boobban: :bliss: :Banane13:

 :omg:  She's so delicate and so beautiful and colorful and sparky!  She is absolutely perfect!  :Heart:

We let DS open the boxes when my darling mathematucian finally made it home.  When he opened the inner ring box, we nearly lost her.  She had shaken loose from her nest.  But at 13, the DS is incredibly quick and caught her mid-air. :17:  :freakout:

DH pulled out his glasses and took her outside for a good look.  We all followed him out and tried to look at her at the same time.  Good old engineer that he is, he turned to me and said 'put it on'.  Boy, now, that's romantic.   :smarty:

I told him he had to do it, and DS chimed in with 'don't get on your knees!  don't get on your knees!'.  Poor thing didn't realize there wasn't a chance in Hades for that.  ;D  But he did put it on the correct finger, and asked if I liked it. :Blond-Moment:  WHAT? I should have said 'NO'?  :hugging: :love7:

For him, he was pretty excited.  He walked out to look at Li'l BLOOO without pausing 'the Factor', his favorite TV show.  ;D

I can't take my eyes off her.  Li'l BLOOO in a pink tutu is just unbelievable.  The colors are so apparent, and the work is just exquisite.

Thank you David and OMC; and please thank the designer, and the cutters, and the techs at the factory, and any one else who had a hand in her creation for me.  She is amazing.    :wow:
Title: Re: The Saga of Li'l BLOOO
Post by: WM on August 12, 2009, 09:46:33 PM
Oh, I'm so THRILLED. I am dying for hand shots. Since you already can't take your eyes off her. This project has been so worth the wait.
Title: Re: The Saga of Li'l BLOOO
Post by: Trinkette on August 12, 2009, 10:26:09 PM
 :rahrah: :-* :rahrah:
Title: Re: The Saga of Li'l BLOOO
Post by: ah2bqat on August 12, 2009, 11:27:11 PM
Yes, It's time for me to go away for the day.  I can't even spell sparkly.  But in broad daylight, the whole ring sparks like crazy! :4:

10-Q, 10-Q!  What a wonderful, scary, ennervating process!  Now....what to start next?  >:D
Title: Re: The Saga of Li'l BLOOO
Post by: annie1 on August 13, 2009, 07:22:52 AM
:bliss:

I'm so glad you love her!  Good thing your DS has quick reflexes!  I'm jealous that OMC got to see her in person, but you're right that it was fitting.   :)  How sweet that your mathematucian didn't even think to pause his Factor.   ;D 

I can't wait to see it on your hand!  Congratulations!
Title: Re: The Saga of Li'l BLOOO
Post by: Trinkette on August 13, 2009, 07:27:05 AM
Quote
Now....what to start next?
:boobban:

Title: Re: The Saga of Li'l BLOOO
Post by: ah2bqat on August 13, 2009, 11:32:11 AM
I admit it, T.  I'm hooked.  Working with David and playing with the crew here is just flat addictive, not to mention fun.  Does this give you a hint of what is to come?

(http://i618.photobucket.com/albums/tt264/ah2bqat/hs-1999-19-a-1.jpg)

Hand shots will have to wait until I get a manicure.  No way will I show this beauty with unkempt cuticles!
Title: Re: The Saga of Li'l BLOOO
Post by: Mikla on August 14, 2009, 09:58:42 AM
Galaxy cuff?
Title: Re: The Saga of Li'l BLOOO
Post by: ah2bqat on August 14, 2009, 10:56:26 AM
it's just a thought I'm kicking around.   >:D  I fell in love with Awestruck's constellation bangle, and I've got to do something with 2KJ.  I think she'd be a great 'center of the universe' set east-west.  Sprinkle in a few other diamonds of various colors and sizes, and form a spiral with melees of different colors and it might be cool.  Or not.  It would have to be 1.5-2 inches wide to really keep the spiral effect defined and not let the 2KJ overpower the piece.  I also want to see OMC's project with that mokume gane pendant, as well.  I think that would be a beautiful way to enhance the melees and the spiralling effect of the galaxy.  Your opinion would be very welcome, by the way. 

So it's a long ways off in terms of execution. It takes me a while to collect enough $$ to buy even little bitty diamonds.  Meanwhile, we're working on my step-daughter's engagement ring.  She fell in lurv with R1805, and I wanted to see if D could make a similar one with the half carat RBC her Dad gave me for our first anniversary.  BUT...Given the cut of that diamond, it would be ok as a solitaire, but not as pretty a 3 stone ring.  So I'm just not telling her that it isn't her Dad's diamond, and going to give her the real R1805 in a couple of weeks.  She just got her ring sizers today and will be calling David this evening to finalize the size.  She won't know the difference, thankfully, and can be a happy girl with a beautiful ring and only a slightly false sense of multigenerational jewels.   :angel:
Title: Re: The Saga of Li'l BLOOO
Post by: ah2bqat on September 24, 2009, 07:03:04 PM
OK, ok.  My house is still a disaster zone, but I found my camera and my patch cord to the computer, so here goes.

First shot is Pink in BLOOO.  Yes, that really is his name  - Silly Pink Qat.   Needless to say, this is probably the best shot I got.
(http://i618.photobucket.com/albums/tt264/ah2bqat/BLOOO/BLOOO043.jpg)

Then I was fooling around with a little box a friend brought me from Russia, and it's not a great shot of the diamonds, but it shows the lovely and delicate architecture from the side.
(http://i618.photobucket.com/albums/tt264/ah2bqat/BLOOO/BLOOO055.jpg)

You just wouldn't believe how sparkly the ring is or how blue BLOOO really is.  I think the pink cast to the pearls is a reflection of the sort of salmon colored capris I was wearing.  I thought it made an interesting contrast.  These are the South Sea pearls that Scottie gave me when we first got back together.
(http://i618.photobucket.com/albums/tt264/ah2bqat/BLOOO/BLOOO068.jpg)

And then the ubiquitous handshots.
(http://i618.photobucket.com/albums/tt264/ah2bqat/BLOOO/BLOOO045.jpg)
(http://i618.photobucket.com/albums/tt264/ah2bqat/BLOOO/BLOOO048.jpg)
(http://i618.photobucket.com/albums/tt264/ah2bqat/BLOOO/BLOOO075.jpg)
(http://i618.photobucket.com/albums/tt264/ah2bqat/BLOOO/BLOOO059.jpg)

She is just the most beautiful fairy princess ring I have ever had the pleasure of meeting.  Simply stunning, David.

 





 
Title: Re: The Saga of Li'l BLOOO
Post by: Foxylady on September 24, 2009, 08:47:05 PM
And I'd have to ditto that.....

Foxylady  :heart2:
Title: Re: The Saga of Li'l BLOOO
Post by: WM on September 24, 2009, 09:27:10 PM
That is amazing. You are the only one here with a blue diamond. At least I think you are. A natural blue diamond.
Title: Re: The Saga of Li'l BLOOO
Post by: Awestruck on September 25, 2009, 07:14:18 AM
Your ring is stunning AH2, beautiful and SO blue.
I love it. Enjoy wearing it.
Title: Re: The Saga of Li'l BLOOO
Post by: titania on September 25, 2009, 07:20:20 AM
Wow. So that's what a blue diamond looks like. Gorgeous stone and ring - congratulations!
Title: Re: The Saga of Li'l BLOOO
Post by: Mikla on September 25, 2009, 09:13:56 AM
Silly Pink Qat!  I love the name, and the ring is spectacular on him!  What is Silly Pink's opinion of the ring?   ;D

Mikla
Title: Re: The Saga of Li'l BLOOO
Post by: Mrs Mitchell on September 25, 2009, 10:05:47 AM
Wow. She really is special!

Looks fantastic on your hand (but I can't imagine any hand she wouldn't look fantastic on, especially mine... ;D). Oh, how I love this ring!

Congrats all over again.

Jen
Title: Re: The Saga of Li'l BLOOO
Post by: GIAGirl on September 25, 2009, 11:15:38 AM
 :drool: :git: :git: :git: :git: :Score-101010: :Score-101010: :Score-101010: :Score-101010: :Score-101010: :Score-101010: :1087: :1087: :1087: :1087:  Really?  Who is looking at your house?  THAT IS STUNNING!!!!!!!!!!  OMG!!!!!!!!!  THAT IS A REAL BLUE DIAMOND!!!!!!!   OMG!!!!  TOO MUCH!  CAN'T TAKE IT!!!!!!!!  :tongue1: :tard: :faintthud:
Title: Re: The Saga of Li'l BLOOO
Post by: ah2bqat on September 25, 2009, 11:42:03 AM
Thank you, ladies.  I had such fun building her with you all, and David, too. (of course)

oh, and Mikla, Pink didn't care one way or the other about the ring.  So long as someone is rubbing on him, you can do anything you want with him.  He's a real lap cat, and special to me in part because he was a Hurricane Katrina survivor. He's a flame point Siamese, a very FAT one.  When he joined our family I swear he raised his paw in the air and swore he'd never go hungry again.  And hasn't.

Pink and Rex vying for space on my desk. (good thing I don't use hardcopy often!)
(http://i618.photobucket.com/albums/tt264/ah2bqat/PinkandRex004.jpg)

LOL, GG!  I have to look at this house and I'm way too OCD to live comfortably in the squalor.
Title: Re: The Saga of Li'l BLOOO
Post by: GIAGirl on September 25, 2009, 11:43:38 AM
What cuties!!!!   They are so sleepy they did not even pose for the picture.  Too cute. 
Title: Re: The Saga of Li'l BLOOO
Post by: oldmancoyote on September 25, 2009, 11:53:46 AM
 :hail: :notworthy:

It looks even better on your hand than it did in David's office. Huge congratulations!!!
Title: Re: The Saga of Li'l BLOOO
Post by: Trinkette on September 25, 2009, 12:07:19 PM
 :rahrah: Ah2bqat what a HEAVENLY piece. And, I agree, I like it best of all on your hand. May you adore and enjoy your perfect, only-one-in-the-world, fairy princess ring for a lifetime to come!





See, the best gifts of all really do come in small packages...
Title: Re: The Saga of Li'l BLOOO
Post by: GracefulLion on September 25, 2009, 12:17:02 PM
Joining the club that adores it on your hand!  Silly Pink looks quite good in it too though!  Hmmm, cat jewelry?  New section for the DBL site?
Title: Re: The Saga of Li'l BLOOO
Post by: Geena1 on September 25, 2009, 01:24:49 PM
I'm joing the club too!  I love your ring.  The diamonds and the setting are gorgeous! It really is a wonderful choice and I hope you enjoy it with great happiness! :icon_flower:
Title: Re: The Saga of Li'l BLOOO
Post by: annie1 on September 25, 2009, 03:06:13 PM
I didn't know it was possible, but I love this ring even more now!  I don't know how you get anything done with it on your hand!  :)
Title: Re: The Saga of Li'l BLOOO
Post by: Geena1 on September 25, 2009, 03:10:56 PM
Yeah, I'd be staring at it all day long...be careful driving.  :4:
Title: Re: The Saga of Li'l BLOOO
Post by: Geena1 on September 25, 2009, 03:13:46 PM
Oh, by the way, those kitties are really cute.
Title: Re: The Saga of Li'l BLOOO
Post by: ah2bqat on September 25, 2009, 04:34:47 PM
You guys are too sweet.  :-*  First you let me gush and drool for 10 pages of 'what to do, what to do', with all sorts of great suggestions; and then you jump in and gush WITH me!  A person couldn't ask for better friends.  :grouphugg:

OMC, I will never forget that you were instrumental in finding Li'L BLOOO, or your sage advice at the crucial decisioning moments!

I can't recall any time in the past 20 years when I've had such fun working on a project, let alone wind up with such spectacular results.  And yes, Annie, it's quite a distraction.  

And Geena, I don't drive very often anymore.  DH generally takes my car to work and I HATE driving his car.  So, if I can't walk or bike there, I don't go. :1224:  (Actually  his car is an ultra sleek, late model, silver Supra; so it's gorgeous.  I just hate getting in  and out of it  :yel: and being lower to the ground than 90% of the other cars on the road.  We're forever getting almost run over by minivans who either can't see us in their side mirrors, or don't bother to look.  Besides, I'm scared to death it'll get dinged at the grocery store.  :scared: )

Last gush!  I promise!  :cross:  I just noticed that Pink's eyes are the same sort of blue as BLOOO.  

Title: Re: The Saga of Li'l BLOOO
Post by: saqsay1 on September 25, 2009, 09:47:46 PM
 :wow: that truly is a fairy princess ring!It is so dainty and beautiful! I love the color combinations! very creative..... and did I say  :wow:
Title: Re: The Saga of Li'l BLOOO
Post by: ah2bqat on November 25, 2009, 03:47:19 PM
Thanks, Saqsay!
My cup runneth over. Mom is in awe of L'il BLOOO.  David I'll be in
touch after Thankgiving.  She so loves the quality of your work, that she handed me her 50th anniverary ring and asked me to have you replace a missing stone in it.  :4:
Title: Re: The Saga of Li'l BLOOO
Post by: Sparkly-OCD on November 25, 2009, 04:04:30 PM
Ah2bquat!

I don't know how I missed this part with the hand shots.  Lil'Bloo is spectacular and soooo blue.  Amazing!  She looks wonderful on your hand! WOW!
:th_AWA123112:
Title: Re: The Saga of Li'l BLOOO
Post by: Lyta on November 27, 2009, 11:14:00 PM
I just sat here for I don't know how many hours to read this whole thread. I was constantly interrupted by the kids or meals or playing game and a nap. I just had to read all about a BLUE diamond and it is gorgeous! I loved reading the story of how she came to be. I just love the background story about the wedding band too. Wow. How lucky you are to own a BLUE diamond. Totally envious and happy for you at the same time. Lovely, lovely ring!
Title: Re: The Saga of Li'l BLOOO
Post by: WM on November 29, 2009, 10:49:45 AM
And so obviously blue!  A blue that is really blue. And it looks like a diamond not a sapphire.
Title: Re: The Saga of Li'l BLOOO
Post by: ah2bqat on November 30, 2009, 03:27:54 PM
Thanks Sparkly and Meb Wistress!  :hello:  Even Mom can see her blooo!

Lyta, I'm so glad you enjoyed this rather extensive  gush fest.  I realy did want newbies to get a feel for how things work around here.  I sat a long time on the sidelines before this project started, as a newbie myself, scared half to death of buying something so incredibly important online.  Now, I wouldn't look anywhere else, when I'm beyond window shopping.  I am curious about your blue diamond.  That one is surely a beauty, as well.  I hope you'll post her picture(s) and stats in the  Show us your jewels folder
Title: Re: The Saga of Li'l BLOOO
Post by: Lyta on December 01, 2009, 03:08:31 AM
I found the process very interesting and it was a lot of fun reading it too. Ok, twist my arm to talk about my ring. I will go post something now! :)
Title: Re: The Saga of Li'l BLOOO
Post by: ah2bqat on February 11, 2010, 06:16:10 PM
I just had to add a post scriptum.  DH and I were walking home from lunch today and stopped at a very nice jewellry store on 2cd street, here in LBCA.  They advertised free cleaning,;and I'd long admired their colored stones, of which they carry a very nice selection, but had never visited.  So I  pulled DH in the door (one of those where you have to get buzzed in) and handed over Li'l Blooo to the sales girl who took it to the back while we browsed.  Nice opals, pretty black pearls, some nice amythests,  tsavorites, and even a pretty little fly double halo radiant. (I still miss RAINBOWS). snif!

....anyway, finally the owner pops out of the back with BLOOO in hand and a loupe firmly attached to his eye, and never losing line of sight with the ring to even look at me.  Talk about a suck up job!  All this man could say was what a beautiful ring she is, how fine the workmanship is, how good the quality of the stones, how much the pink halo sets off the blue diamond.....you get the drift.  I had such fun telling him I had a friend on 47th Street who found the stone specially for me, and had it designed and executed the same way. Ooooh!  such a proud little peahen I was.  He empathized with trying to keep my little halfmoons clean and sparkly and offered his services anytime to us.
 
It was the DH's first encounter with how Li'l Blooo is regarded IRL.  He was pretty impressed, too, and hardly grumbled about being dragged into a jewelry store to window shop at all.  A first!

Thank you, David and team.  You have done most excellently well with this ring. I told the jeweller to just wait, I was having the wedding band done by the same team.  The drool was visible as we were personally ushered out of the store.  >:D  Great fun!
Title: Re: The Saga of Li'l BLOOO
Post by: djm195 on February 11, 2010, 06:30:45 PM
What a nice testimonial. I am so happy for your husband. ;)  LOL!
Title: Re: The Saga of Li'l BLOOO
Post by: Mikla on February 11, 2010, 06:55:05 PM
Sounds like you had a little fun with the guy!  Good for you.  We all know you can't beat DBL for price or quality.

Mikla
Title: Re: The Saga of Li'l BLOOO
Post by: ah2bqat on February 11, 2010, 08:20:57 PM
Be nice, DJM.  :protest: We had a hard candy Christmas (presents for the kids only), and we're exchanging love notes for Valentine's day.  Don't I deserve to have him understand the sort of non-diamond pieces I enjoy? - just in case we ever have 2 jobs again...

No dummy, my DH.  He was a good boy and asked intelligent questions about what I liked and why.

And yes, Mikla, it was great fun.  This was the first time since Rainbows closed that I've let Li'l Blooo visit a local steam cleaner.  I didn't see a single diamond anything I would have considered at all. (I was a good girl  :patpat:, however, and complemented their FLY, as it was the ONLY colored diamond in the entire store); and nothing in the colored stone arena that would touch GL's new sapphire earrings except for a pair of opal pendants that were pretty spectacular single stones - one white gel, the other a black - both well out of anything but dream range.

(and a blue topaz heart in a white diamond halo, that I didn't dare mention in case DH took it to heart - as it is his birthstone)
Title: Re: The Saga of Li'l BLOOO
Post by: ElaineDBL on May 17, 2010, 03:37:19 PM
I admit I got lucky today and my DS is still sleeping.  I'm not used to over 2 hour naps now (he's almost 2.5)

Anyway, I have always admired your ring and I saw this thread here.  So I took the extra time I got to read through this thread.  What an amazing journey it was for the whole ordeal.  I wish the pictures of mum's ring were still showing, but I can imagine the restore was gorgeous.

So congrats on the ring (and I know matching band) and just know that this story was awesome to read through especially seeing all the lovely ideas you had throughout  ;D
Title: Re: The Saga of Li'l BLOOO
Post by: saqsay1 on May 17, 2010, 05:06:00 PM
i some how missed this most recent post ah2, whaat a nice story! makess me waanna take my FY pear to have it cleaned!!!
Title: Re: The Saga of Li'l BLOOO
Post by: ah2bqat on May 17, 2010, 09:29:36 PM
clgwli - I can not believe I have neither a testimonial nor a show off your jewels thread for Mum's ring.   :1087:  I will definitely rectify the omission in the near future!  Thanks for bringing  to my attention.  :-*  It wasn't a big project, but it was my first with DBL and was a little scary.  Silly me!  Nothing to be scared of at all, and the results still amaze me almost every day.  David can find the SPARKLIEST diamonds around.  Congrats on completing one of the longer trheads with a single subject! (yes, I'm a tad obsessive-compulsive!)

saqsay, I highly recommend taking fancy colored diamonds into local stores for a quick clean.  It's really lots of fun and quite ego inflating.  >:D
Title: Re: The Saga of Li'l BLOOO
Post by: ElaineDBL on May 17, 2010, 09:43:45 PM
Oh I totally enjoyed your story telling through out this.  And that lil blooo is just fabulous.  Reading stories like this really do help me take the plunge and buy online as well.

I was just working on a long rambling thread myself so I hope people will read it when I post it.  It really has a long history behind it but it makes everything so much more special to me.  I think I'll have to wait until morning to post it as I am tired (son wore me out)

I look forward to seeing pics of the first ring.  I bet it looks wonderful!
Title: Re: The Saga of Li'l BLOOO
Post by: ah2bqat on May 18, 2010, 01:02:41 AM
well...I see what has happened, now, clgwli.  I reorged all my photobucket albums a while back and it broke all the links.  Let's see if I can give you some shots that should have been in the middle of the thread.  these were taken at DBL by David.

Here's Mum's ring, with no diamonds as David received it.
(http://i618.photobucket.com/albums/tt264/ah2bqat/my%20jewellry/Momssetting.jpg)

Here's the ring after David found some phenomenal Sam Spade specials for me.
(http://i618.photobucket.com/albums/tt264/ah2bqat/my%20jewellry/Mumsring2.jpg)

He added balls to the inside so that I could get it over my arthritic knuckle more easily - first time I ever encountered these babies.  What a concept!
(http://i618.photobucket.com/albums/tt264/ah2bqat/my%20jewellry/Mumsring-BALLScriedtheQueen.jpg)
Title: Re: The Saga of Li'l BLOOO
Post by: ah2bqat on May 18, 2010, 01:20:37 AM
When she was sent home to me, we still weren't sure about using her as a RHR or what.  These days, however, I almost always wear her on the RH ring finger.  Unless I'm wearing emeralds or blue topaz.  DH is pleased I wear her so very much.
(http://i618.photobucket.com/albums/tt264/ah2bqat/my%20jewellry/DSCN6155.jpg)

With my white 'lion', Stitch:
(http://i618.photobucket.com/albums/tt264/ah2bqat/my%20jewellry/DSCN6149.jpg)

and another closeup trying to catch some of those multicolored sparks that go shooting in every direction.  I still like to play with this one in various lights to watch it spark.  >:D
(http://i618.photobucket.com/albums/tt264/ah2bqat/my%20jewellry/DSCN6148.jpg)

She's a beauty, and low to the finger.  DBL did a lovely job of repairing the prongs - I've yet to catch any sort of thread in any of them, and I prefer the florentining  that was done better than the original finish.  Hard to believe the 3 stones only total .5 cttw.  They look and act much larger.
Title: Re: The Saga of Li'l BLOOO
Post by: ElaineDBL on May 18, 2010, 07:36:56 AM
Oh wow, that ring looks absolutely beautiful!  It looks like they did a wonderful job of restorting it to her to her former glory. 

Those stones do look much larger than 5ctw.  And I admit I really do like rings that sit close to my finger.  Other than diamond rings, most of mine are very low profile.  I have a channel set anniversary band I love for the sparkles and the nice stream lined look.

Thank you so much for reposting the pictures.  I really love looking at everyone's jewlery :)
Title: Re: The Saga of Li'l BLOOO
Post by: saqsay1 on May 18, 2010, 08:39:54 AM
forgive me for asking, but what happened to the original stones?
Title: Re: The Saga of Li'l BLOOO
Post by: ah2bqat on May 18, 2010, 09:51:29 AM
OH saqsay - that's both a very happy and very sad question.  Mum died very young - in her early 50's, after having 4 kids, the eldest of which was a girl.  As each of the boys chose the girl they wanted to marry, Dad took one of Mum's diamonds and had it set as an e-ring for them.  Both DH and his little brother are beyond wife #1; but his older brother's wife still has that original ring.  She still wears it, although she more often wears a 4+ct RBC her DH gave her for their 25th anniversary. 

I keep trying to get her to look at the DBL site, (her DH likes to design things for her).  If I could get her there I'm hoping she'd steer her DH that way, but so far no joy.  Since Li'L BLOOO is exactly that, little, he wasn't overly impressed.   ::)  He's one of those where size matters, and has no clue about colored diamonds.  :tamm: I love him anyway.  He promised that I could drive his latest Ferrari next time we go north and visit. >:D
Title: Re: The Saga of Li'l BLOOO
Post by: Mrs Mitchell on May 18, 2010, 01:51:42 PM
It really did come out well, I would be very pleased with that ring if it was my heirloom!

Was it originally a wedding ring and an engagement ring, soldered onto the yellow gold band? I really like it and those new diamonds aren't bad at all! They pack quite a punch.
Title: Re: The Saga of Li'l BLOOO
Post by: ah2bqat on May 18, 2010, 02:35:39 PM
Thanks, Miz M.   Can you imagine trying to put Li'L BLOOO and 2 other radiants in it instead?  :rotflmao:  Talk about square pegs and round holes!  I am so glad David convinced me to do otherwise!  It was her wedding band.  Her e-ring went to the only girl in the bunch.  I don't recall ever seeing it; but at 18 or less, I really wasn't too into that sort of jewelry. 

DH was part of the crew I ran around with from 12-15, but we moved out of state before I turned 16.  After that,  I only saw Mum the one time (at 18) on a visit during spring break of our freshman year in college.  She passed about 2 years later.  By that time, DH and I had parted company permanently - or so we thought.  ;D
Title: Re: The Saga of Li'l BLOOO
Post by: GracefulLion on May 18, 2010, 02:55:11 PM
It is truly beautiful!  So happy for you!  Congrats!
Title: Re: The Saga of Li'l BLOOO
Post by: titania on May 18, 2010, 05:47:02 PM
I think jewelry often tells a story -- and you've got a novel there, ah2b! I love your ring; it's so beautiful and intriguing. You and David did a wonderful job putting it together.
Title: Re: The Saga of Li'l BLOOO
Post by: ah2bqat on May 18, 2010, 07:54:18 PM
Hey GL, Titania!  :Wave:  Thank you both for the complements and kind words.  David certainly deserves them; I probably just drove him nutz  in the process.  But, hey, what're friends for?  :smarty:
Title: Re: The Saga of Li'l BLOOO
Post by: GIAGirl on May 18, 2010, 10:00:25 PM
That turned out beautifully.  I am happy that you have such a special ring.  Li'l Bloo can come live with me if he wants...hey is Li'l Bloooo a boy or a girl?
Title: Re: The Saga of Li'l BLOOO
Post by: ah2bqat on May 18, 2010, 11:23:57 PM
Thanks, GG!  How's tricks?
Li'L BLOO's a girl.  She's sweet and petite!  On the other hand, I'm sure Y'all've seen her big brother, BIG BLOOO, weighing in at close to a half carat. http://rockdiamond.com/index.php/jewelry/loose-diamond-42ct-fancy-grayish-blue-radiant-cut-diamond-gia  Woof!  This one is a real big, bad WOOF! Too bad I don't live in that forest.  ;D
Title: Re: The Saga of Li'l BLOOO
Post by: saqsay1 on May 19, 2010, 10:30:12 AM
you know thats funny ah2, i went shopping with my girlfriend and her lawyer boyfriend years ago. they were looking for engagement rings. i use to work for a national chain jewelry store at the time. i tried to make some suggestions about having a custom ring made. how it would be better quality, and be about the same price, maybe cheaper. next thing i know, he is in a snit and ends up leaving us at the mall. later she tells me he was offended, because i implied that he was cheap. huh?
Title: Re: The Saga of Li'l BLOOO
Post by: ah2bqat on May 19, 2010, 02:42:30 PM
Ouch!  Nothin' you can do about that one, saqsay.  ::)   You must have hit a sensitive spot - maybe he really IS cheap.  >:D 

Sad tho, 'cause I agree with you.  You can get a better quality stone/ring/pendant/bracelet/jewel of whatever type you prefer from DBL and pay less for a comparable piece than you would at any local jewelry store, mall store, or outlet, for sure - especially if you live in the US and  have no VAT tax(yet) or sales tax for out of state purchases.  (excluding loss leaders, of course - but when are those particularly fine quality?)  Then, too, if you shop at DBL, you'll never get something the lady next door bought, either.  Sounds like a win-win to me, but some people will keep their blinders on, no matter what.
Title: Re: The Saga of Li'l BLOOO
Post by: ElaineDBL on May 19, 2010, 03:34:47 PM
I so agree with you guys about most stores you see at the malls.  When I was walking around this weekend looking to see what shape of stone I liked, I ran into some really bad ones.

I find the smaller owned places are far superior in general, and they try to take the time to know you.

One of the places I walked into though was just bad.  I told her I was on the hunt for a yellowish diamond and she showed me a J colored stone.  I told her lower.  When she called her rep she talked about a lower color and she said yeah L or so is good.  Ummmm... no.  The price of her stone she could offer me was way high and the stone was cut very deep.  It was a 3/4 that looked like a 1/2 carat and they were charging way too much for everything.  Not to mention the setting they were offering was about as thick as a wire.

I really am not a fan of some places and the chain stores are just the worst.
Title: Re: The Saga of Li'l BLOOO
Post by: Diamondsbylauren on May 19, 2010, 06:29:23 PM
Speaking of bloooo diamonds......
Here's R3183, now set between two icy white radiant cuts
Title: Re: The Saga of Li'l BLOOO
Post by: ElaineDBL on May 19, 2010, 06:40:47 PM
I like that look!

I think I'm going to save it in my idea folder for later!  Not the blue of course, but the idea of it is nice!!!!

But I really like a colored stone next to high whites.  Just a gorgeous combination!
Title: Re: The Saga of Li'l BLOOO
Post by: ah2bqat on May 19, 2010, 09:49:02 PM
 :omg:   GULP!    :1237387oyy519k20r: :faintthud:

Gobsmacking.  Absolutely   divine.  :bigclap: :bigclap: :bigclap: :bigclap:  :Score-101010:







:Bawling: :violent4: :Bawling: :Bawling: :Heart: :Bawling: :Bawling:
Title: Re: The Saga of Li'l BLOOO
Post by: ah2bqat on May 19, 2010, 10:20:38 PM
Srsly, D!  Please park that baby's picture right next door to the pink and white oval 3 stone - One so soft and the other sharp. Each just stunning.