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[Nov. 10th, 2007|06:19 pm]
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I'm back...it wasn't horrible, but lord, it wasn't fun.

Discovered all over again why my Aunt Carol shouldn't be allowed to talk. To anybody.

Finally got to visit my Uncle Rick's coffee/bagel shop, which unfortunately has no website anymore, but is very cute and makes excellent mochas.

My cousin Brett's daughter Ellie (the syrup-eater on this page) is among the most completely adorable children on the planet.

My sister got my grandmother's wedding/engagement rings, since her fiance had not had the means to get her a ring yet, and since I don't need it yet, and my cousins are both married. It's a pretty ring, but Ellen will probably have it completely re-set, which to me negates the gift of a ring that came from someone you love. A ring isn't just a diamond (though this particular one is a nice diamond).

I confessed to my mom that I was just a little jealous, all the same, and she laughed and held up her left hand and said, "Don't worry. You'll be getting this someday, and it's worth a lot more."

I love my mom. She always knows just what to say to make me feel better.

[User Picture]From: splagxna
2007-11-11 03:55 am (UTC)
i don't know; i have my grandmother's ring, and had it completely reset, and it does still mean something to me.

not to mention it also enabled me to get a much nicer ring than i would have if we were also buying the diamonds.
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[User Picture]From: gflower
2007-11-11 07:17 am (UTC)
Oh...okay. I'm glad it still means something to you. I think I might not be a diamond person. That would explain why I think of the ring as being primarily the metal part plus the stones.

In any case, I could tell the current setting is not really to my sister's taste, and she knows a lot of jewelers/jewelry designers, so I can't blame her and I am sure the finished product will look great. And her fiance is glad that she's getting something she can show her friends, as she has been fretting about not having a sparkly on her hand for nearly a year...!
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[User Picture]From: rakamuffin
2007-11-11 05:16 pm (UTC)
i'm not a diamond person either and i agree that the ring is primarily the metal(or whatever). that's the part requiring the most work to create, so it wins.
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[User Picture]From: gflower
2007-11-11 10:28 pm (UTC)
I'm not very knowledgeable about stones, but something tells me cutting a diamond in the most sparkly way you can isn't any too easy either! To me, the setting is the part that incorporates art and creativity, which is what I value. But I imagine a professional diamondcutter would disagree...!

Of course, once you've got a diamond, maintaining it is nothing. A setting can actually deteriorate over time. My sister pointed out how the thingies holding the edges of the main diamond had worn down (meaning there may be a risk of losing the diamond), and the band itself is badly out-of-circular. So she does need to make some decisions about it. But the diamond is really very nice.

I dunno, I never really thought about jewelry very much! My sister has the advantage of having worked for five years for a wholesale gem company in Minneapolis. I don't even know much of the terminology. ;)
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[User Picture]From: rakamuffin
2007-11-11 11:43 pm (UTC)
keep in mind too that a stone is just a stone if it's not mounted in a piece of jewelry. as a jeweler, i'm probably biased toward the metal. a stone isn't malleable and cannot change it's shape without losing part of itself. the metal is. but so often metal is seen only as a vehicle for the display of a gem.

ah, 6-in-one i guess.
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