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Re: My Last Nights Disaster
« Reply #60 on: January 21, 2012, 01:37:52 PM »
Then why are those diamonds a girls best friend?

Because De Beers know a thing or two about publicity, human nature, and manufactured 'scarcity' ;-)

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/De_Beers

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Re: My Last Nights Disaster
« Reply #61 on: January 21, 2012, 05:28:24 PM »
I have to say I must be a jewellers worst enemy. I wear no jewellery, zilch, nana.

My poor family never know what to get me as gifts.

I like real stuff, like knives and one daughter bought me a giftcard to the movies in the gold section. Now that will be a lot of fun.  :D :D

So are my knives. >:D
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Re: My Last Nights Disaster
« Reply #62 on: January 22, 2012, 08:17:29 AM »

FF, went to see Sherlock Holmes, and thought it long winded complicating viewing. not recommended. That mine you mention, is the Minton mine?

Opals. Working with a lapper in Jersey, off the coast of France for those who don't know where it is and think I am in USA.

Ted Knowles taught lapidary and I worked in his shop making settings for his stones, he specialised in opals, of which he had thousands of rough gems  immersed in fluid in glass jars.

He said the bad luck associated with opals comes from the fact they are easily broken. If somebody buys a large opal of whatever colour and it shatters because of missuse, or from being introduced to extream hot and cold conditions, the buyer thinks it's bad luck having parted with 1000. and the stone had cracked.   

Metal expands and shrinks slightly with heat and cold, if there is a delicate opal set in the setting when this hapens it can crack the stone.
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Re: My Last Nights Disaster
« Reply #63 on: January 22, 2012, 09:53:16 AM »
Trev.

That useful little snippet has been filed in my memory.  I can't think of an immediate story where it would fit, but a writer often finds a use for odd bits of knowledge.

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Re: My Last Nights Disaster
« Reply #64 on: January 22, 2012, 10:27:56 AM »
Dad had a little vial of opals he picked up at the uncles when we were kids and there was always fluid in with them to show their colours.

I thought it was just something he did but now you have said that Trev, very interesting indeed.
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Re: My Last Nights Disaster
« Reply #65 on: January 22, 2012, 02:35:44 PM »
I think opals are beautiful. But once I was looking at/considering an opal ring and the sales clerk told me you had to take good care of them as they are delicate and breakable.

That did it, there is still too much tom-boy in me for anything delicate. I'll just stick to diamonds.  ;D
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Re: My Last Nights Disaster
« Reply #66 on: January 22, 2012, 03:55:08 PM »
 ;D ;D ;D
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Re: My Last Nights Disaster
« Reply #67 on: January 22, 2012, 05:16:47 PM »
Plus, if you ever consider a mid-life career change into burglary the diamond can be used on windows.as a glass cutter.  (That's just given me an idea...)
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Re: My Last Nights Disaster
« Reply #68 on: January 22, 2012, 05:24:02 PM »
 :D :D :D

Glad this thread has been of help to you Gyp. :P
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Re: My Last Nights Disaster
« Reply #69 on: January 22, 2012, 06:15:32 PM »
You lot should know me by now.  Soaking up information like a sponge.  A snapper-up of ill-considered or abandoned trifles.  One man's commonplace is another man's treasure, and who knows which item will trigger a line of thought.

Who needs a line of coke when there's thoughts around to be shaped into a line, ingested, enjoyed, and then shaped into something else.  And it doesn't destroy your septum ;-)
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Re: My Last Nights Disaster
« Reply #70 on: January 22, 2012, 06:37:38 PM »
Plus, if you ever consider a mid-life career change into burglary the diamond can be used on windows.as a glass cutter.  (That's just given me an idea...)

Too late for a mid-life change, but it might help supplement my so-called social security.

I've never figured out where the "social" comes in, but I guarantee, there is not much "secure" about it.
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Re: My Last Nights Disaster
« Reply #71 on: January 22, 2012, 06:41:48 PM »
Oz is the same Alice, they look after the world before their own mate.  ???
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Re: My Last Nights Disaster
« Reply #72 on: January 22, 2012, 07:19:05 PM »
Oz is the same Alice, they look after the world before their own mate.  ???

Don't get me wrong, I like the fact that we give help when needed. But we also have uncounted needy here. Not just people who worked all their lives and now have to depend on social security, but many others who need some kind of job training so that someday (hopefully) they can support themselves and their families.

I dare say it's the same in many places, through no fault of the citizens.
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Re: My Last Nights Disaster
« Reply #73 on: January 22, 2012, 07:27:38 PM »
I agree wholeheartedly mate.
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Re: My Last Nights Disaster
« Reply #74 on: January 23, 2012, 07:37:33 AM »

The Welfare State was created to help those in need for a short time, not to throw money at anybody too idle to get out and work for a living.

Last Friday I made my daughter and future son-in-law very happy, by making a solitaire diamond ring for their engagement.

Back to opals, when the rocks were ready to be separated from the opal and the stone ready to be cut and polished they were left out of fluid for at least a week, and even then they were sponged and carefully dried before any cut started.  ???
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