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Old 11-12-2012, 06:08 PM   #16
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When I worked at a jewelry store I would turn the lights down just a little and get a strong flashlight. The trick is to get down on the floor and shine the light parallel to the floor (the flashlight will almost or will be laying on the floor shining across it). It will cast a shadow on even the smallest object, especially a diamond. I found many a loose stone in my day with this technique.
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Old 11-12-2012, 08:23 PM   #17
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my sister took off her shoes and ran around barefoot until she stepped on it.

True story.

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Old 11-12-2012, 10:27 PM   #18
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Went to the jewelers today, I was way off on the size. It was a .30 carat diamond. We looked at several and the wife picked out a nice .43 ,J color ,VS2 Clarity with Fire and Ice Cut.
Very Happy wife now. we will keep searching for the lost stone. I think we will shop vac the flower bed and pan out the dirt.

We did check the gloves she was wearing.
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Old 11-13-2012, 04:03 AM   #19
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+1. About a dozen years ago we used this method to find a diamond ring in a 1/3 acre backyard. In the dark. Drunk. (we didn't search the whole yard, but there was a roughly 25x50ft area where it was likely to be, and we searched that)

Be a nerd about it- stretch mason's twine on posts and search one square foot at a time.
That method works well for carb jets that accidently end up in the yard.
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Old 11-13-2012, 12:55 PM   #20
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For those of you that have been married for a while, it's worth taking the engagement ring into a jeweler to have the setting inspected and repaired. The prongs wear and get beat up. I put my wife's ring under a microscope and shocked at how beat up the setting was. I could even move a stone in the setting, it was close to falling out.
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Old 11-13-2012, 01:06 PM   #21
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For those of you that have been married for a while, it's worth taking the engagement ring into a jeweler to have the setting inspected and repaired. The prongs wear and get beat up. I put my wife's ring under a microscope and shocked at how beat up the setting was. I could even move a stone in the setting, it was close to falling out.

Yes, and also, get a rider on your insurance for your jewelry. It's usually really cheap, and appraisals really help cover the cost of inflation/gold price increases.
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Old 11-13-2012, 08:58 PM   #22
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No kidding on the inspections, Wife was several months overdue on the inspection.
In order for the insurance we bought to pay for a lost stone we had to have the setting checked every 6 months.
She was around 9 months since the last inspection.
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Old 11-14-2012, 03:45 PM   #23
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No kidding on the inspections, Wife was several months overdue on the inspection.
In order for the insurance we bought to pay for a lost stone we had to have the setting checked every 6 months.
She was around 9 months since the last inspection.
Interesting. I bet my plan has a similar criteria. What's sufficient to constitute "getting it checked?" Do you have to keep track of paperwork? Does it have to be a jeweler, or some insurance dude?

My SO's diamond is full-on bezel set in platinum, which doesn't deform particularly easily, so I never thought it'd be even remotely likely to get dislodged. I figured she'd just lose the whole ring one day. Getting it checked out twice a year sounds like a perfunctory hassle.
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Old 11-14-2012, 04:59 PM   #24
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Interesting. I bet my plan has a similar criteria. What's sufficient to constitute "getting it checked?" Do you have to keep track of paperwork? Does it have to be a jeweler, or some insurance dude?

My SO's diamond is full-on bezel set in platinum, which doesn't deform particularly easily, so I never thought it'd be even remotely likely to get dislodged. I figured she'd just lose the whole ring one day. Getting it checked out twice a year sounds like a perfunctory hassle.
It's not so bad. A trip to the mall (Kay's), drop off the stuff that needs to be inspected, and either wait for it or come back in half an hour. They clean everything while they have it, too.
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Old 11-14-2012, 05:29 PM   #25
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No kidding on the inspections, Wife was several months overdue on the inspection.
In order for the insurance we bought to pay for a lost stone we had to have the setting checked every 6 months.
She was around 9 months since the last inspection.
There is a punch line to go with this but I'll leave it to others to print it. I am laughing though.
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Old 11-15-2012, 10:30 PM   #26
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That ring is about the only thing she owns that is 18 years old. I am chalking this up to "sometimes crap happens"
The insurance we bought, is through Rogers Jewelers. We have to take it to them for inspections. As posted earlier if you call ahead it takes less than an hour and while you are there, you are very well taken care of. The ring is steam cleaned and polished as a plus. They will even check any other jewelry she is wearing.
They are a good business.
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Old 11-16-2012, 07:03 AM   #27
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Did you check her boyfriend's house? Sorry, couldn't help myself.
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