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Old 03-31-2012, 04:26 AM   #1
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The Family Jewels

Sorry folks. This is clean!

Son #1 is a contractor by trade. He has his own business. If he had to, he could build a house all by himself. That is his first love. But his two brothers-in-laws are both jewelers. As a result he has learned a second trade on the side during the past 30 years. When folks turn in the jewelry to sell, he removes the stones, cleans the jewelry, and does a lot of odd jobs around the store. He is also their computer whiz. Takes care of the cameras and other security computer stuff. Over the years he has become quite proficient and knowledgeable in the jewelry business. The only thing is he is not licensed as a purveyor of gold and other precious metals and stones. A requirement of the Federal Government. And he has no desire to get a license either.

I wish you could see him in his regular work clothes. Dirty old painters overalls, and a pocketful of $$$$ of gold and jewels. He takes them in town to the jewelers building for repairs. Long hair, scruffy beard, and the last person you would expect to see walk into that building. He stuffs everything in a brown paper bag and stuffs it way down into one of his pockets.

I have an aquamarine ring (or I did have) that I have always hated. I love the stone itself, but would rather have a sapphire. This ring is almost impossible to clean. The main stone sits in a solid basket and even with steam cleaning it is hard for the jeweler to get clean. There are two aquamarine stones on the sides. I gave him the ring to clean (AGAIN). It is impossible to keep it clean. Somewhere between here and there, he lost the ring. No big loss to me. So the next time someone brings in a white gold, size seven ring to sell, he will hunt through their cache of sapphires and replace the stone that is in the ring. If there are any side stones, that will be a bonus. I get a ring that I will love and who knows. Maybe the aquamarine one will show up yet. If it does, I will sell the ring for the gold. They can keep the stones.

Aquamarines are more expensive than sapphires or emeralds. They belong to the emerald family. They can be soft and crack or chip easily. I have had more problems with this ring. Whoever finds it, good luck to them. I already have an aquamarine ring that I love. And it is so easy to clean. It is my birthstone.
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Old 03-31-2012, 02:31 PM   #2
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I am partial to Opals...
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Old 03-31-2012, 03:12 PM   #3
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I am partial to Opals...
Some opals are really full of color.
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Some opals are really full of color.
Shrek has a really good eye for them...once I point them out He's really good at buying them for me.
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Shrek has a really good eye for them...once I point them out He's really good at buying them for me.
Maybe I should introduce him to Son #1.
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I love diamonds DH gave me diamond earrings for our anniversary in Jan. Only trouble is finding places to wear them He has a fit when I break them out for Sonic Drive InnAddie hope you get your sapphires. My mother adored them.
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The only ring I never seem to lose is the one in the bathtub!
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I'm partial to amethysts and diamonds. I particularly like estate jewelry...
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Addie: You should write a book !

Thank you so much for such an interesting " short story ". You certainly have a penchant for writing wonderful stories ... Being a journalist, I recognise talent ... I highly suggest that u document all your interesting family novelettes and write a book !

Have a nice Sunday.
Margi.

*** As far as gems, precious and semi go, my younger daughter Nathalia is a Gemologist and works for a well know multi national in Zürich.

My informal amulet, stone and metal preferred is: Turquoise non polished in the rough with 925 Silver ...

For more formal events requiring elegance, I prefer rubies with white gold 18k or an emerald ...

I enjoy gems in the raw, for example: watermelon tourmaline, jasper, agate, amethyst, black tourmaline, lapis and malachite and my favourite is Mother of Pearl with silver ...

Have great holiday and take care.
Wonderful post.
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