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    Default Caveat Emptor, Buyer Beware.

    Despite consumer protection, this is still a good motto when buying gemstones. At NEC I was tempted into buying a long rectangular tourmaline from a German dealer just on impulse.
    When I inspected it later, it was evident that there were some dark inclusions and usually I quite like them because they add to the character. Not so good was a tiny air space at one corner. I had not got very far with building a setting, before that corner disappeared. An inner voice said I told you so. Anyhow I went down to my favourite gemstone place in Cerkenwell and explained the situation. You dont get to see the actual gem cutter, but I explained to the counter lady that I wished to keep the long rectangular look and could they just remove the minimum from one end to restore the corner.
    When I returned to collect it the stone was almost square. Here it is in a ring and I have tried to restore the long look by adding a recess at each end. I suppose a real jeweller would have put in a couple of baguettes. To add some sparkle I made a jagged bezel and burnished it.

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    Its a beauty Dennis, even if it isn't quite what you wanted.
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    Lovely ring Dennis

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    And my family laugh at me for carrying a Loupe in my handbag- just goes to show you never know when you will need one!
    Stunning ring though Dennis

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    Nice save Dennis

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    Love what you did with it - tis gorgeous!
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    Still a lovely ring Dennis
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    Beauty! I love the setting.

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    Very nice indeed. Love the colour.
    Linda

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    Wow - love it - such a nice clean design to show off the stone.

    Sonia
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