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Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Stunned By Stone amongst TOP 5 in Entrecard!

A Big Thank you to all Entrecard members that have dropped onto my little Entrecard widget!

Stunned By Stone reached the top 5 positions in the Fashion category, which would have been impossible without the help of you!

Thank you so much! I do hope you guys will continue to support this humble blog of mine!

Monday, June 29, 2009

We're growing...

Thanks to the constant support from fellow Entrecard members who come visit this humble blog everyday!

This blog is finally growing in terms of traffic volume!

Thanks for all the support and the numerous drops!

Sunday, June 28, 2009

Sneak Preview

Got this in an email from my jeweller...

Can anyone guess what this is?

Saturday, June 27, 2009

The 'Crow' Agate

Why the crow?

Check out this piece of agate! Pay attention to the black area and do you see the outline of a crow, with its beak?
Mother Nature's beautiful painting in stone!

Thursday, June 25, 2009

The '7 sins' Diamond Ring

Why seven sins?

Well.. cos there 7 brilliant cut diamonds in this particular piece...

3 on the side flanks.. and one central brillant which is abt 30 pointers!

A simple, ever green design, that I do wear occassionally!

Wednesday, June 24, 2009

The 'eye' Agate

This is an interesting piece that I obtained some time back...

Actually, I cant remember where I got this piece from..

Its interesting in a sense that its translucent agate, with patches of black, like that of an eye.

Have not decided what to do with it too...

Think it would look nice as a centrepiece of a design!

Saturday, June 20, 2009

White Sapphire: From rough to gem..

I found this very interesting video on Youtube that shows the whole process of mining white sapphire.. all the way to polishing and facetting as a gem!

Extremely educational.. something that is so behind the scenes, I would even say, unglam, of the gem stone industry!


Friday, June 19, 2009

Facetted Smoky Quartz

This is quite a special facetted smoky quartz that was given to me by Barbara Smigel, ex owner of
She gave it to me years back during an anniversary sale, because it has just a little chip at one of the corners.. but this could be easily concealed using a prong when setting...
The special facetted trapezoid cut gives the otherwise common stone a beautiful make over!

Thursday, June 18, 2009

Opal specimen

A nice specimen of boulder opal from Australia..

Can take a look at the rich colours beneath the iron stone surface..
The reverse of the pebble reveals a nice bluish tone...I simply love opals..

Sunday, June 14, 2009

Fluorescence in diamonds

Just something interesting I did today...
My favourite diamond ring under normal lighting conditions..

As you can see, they all appear the same faint yellow...
Under UV light, this is what I see:

Voila.. one stone is strongly more fluorescent then the other!

Thursday, June 11, 2009

Sand Dollar

Another fossilized sand dollar...

Obtained this specimen from a book store in Singapore... If you look closely, you can see the floral design on the fossil, which is almost similar to the Singapore one dollar coin..

Wonder if thats the reason why its called a sand dollar!

Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Her $10,000 diamond ring fell into toilet bowl

An article worth an interesting read:

By Amanda Yong
That was what Ms Lina Tan's horror when her 1.58 carat diamond ring slipped from her finger and fell into a toilet bowl as it was being flushed.
Before she could react, the ring had vanished into the drain.
For Ms Tan, 42, a senior manager, the horror of that moment was followed by anxiety, hope, disappointment and finally relief.
After nearly seven hours, and help from a plumbing firm and PUB, the national water agency, the ring was retrieved.
The incident happened at Singapore Press Holdings News Centre in Toa Payoh, where Ms Tan works, on Thursday.
Ms Tan told The New Paper that around 10.30am, she was in a cubicle with a squat toilet and had just pressed the flush button.
Before she knew it, the ring slid down her finger and dropped into the toilet bowl. 'I was so shocked I didn't know what to do,' said Ms Tan.
She ran back to her office nearby and told her boss about it. 'My boss suggested that I call PUB and we did,' she said.
'PUB said it was the first time they had heard of such a thing, but they agreed to send staff down to help.'
Meanwhile, a frantic Ms Tan approached the building's maintenance officers for help.
The maintenance officers told her that they would have to search the sanitary drain line along the perimeter of the office compound because waste from the squat toilet is channelled directly to it.
Said Ms Tan: 'The maintenance officer removed the cover (of the inspection chamber) that was nearest the toilet and I stood there with him to try and look out for the ring while someone else was inside the building flushing the toilet.
'We were hoping to flush the ring out and to catch it at the first (inspection chamber).'
It did not work as the ring had already been carried further down the drain line.
Was it disgusting?
Not very much, said Ms Tan. She could think only of her ring and barely noticed the smell.
Around 2pm, Ms Tan called a plumbing company for help.
The five-man team initially used a water jet to flush the ring out.
That, too, proved unsuccessful.
And with each failed attempt, Ms Tan's fear that they would never find the ring intensified.
'I was very anxious because I wasn't sure if they could find it, and I was upset because I really liked the ring,' Ms Tan said.
She had bought it during a holiday in Australia three years ago.
But more help - and reassurance - came from a four-man PUB team.
When the PUB team reached the office at 4pm, they checked the water flow in the drain line outside the office compound.
'They said that based on the water flow, which was quite slow, they were sure that the ring was still in the drain line located in the office compound. It would be easier to trace the ring then,' Ms Tan said.
When contacted, a PUB spokesman said: 'PUB officers advised that the diamond ring could likely have been retained in the sanitary drain line.
'They worked with Ms Tan's plumber to flush the sanitary drain line under low pressure, and used a net at the downstream sanitary drain line inspection chamber to inspect and retrieve the diamond ring when it was flushed down the line.'
After repeated flushing, the diamond ring was successfully retrieved from the fifth inspection chamber, the PUB spokesman added.
Mr Murugan, 36, a supervisor with the plumbing company, was the one who first spotted the ring.
At first he thought it was a one-dollar coin.
Mr Murugan said: 'I wasn't sure because both are gold in colour.'
He signalled to Ms Tan to come over to take a look.
And when she did, she was overjoyed.
The ring was intact and undamaged save for some light scratches.
Ms Tan said: 'I'm really happy and grateful to the PUB officers for the effort, advice and time they spent (helping to retrieve the ring).'
She paid the plumbing company $400. She did not have to pay the PUB.
And she was wearing the ring again the very next day - after soaking it in disinfectant overnight.
Ms Tan said the ring was 'a bit loose' on her left ring finger, which is where she always wore it.
But she has now switched to wearing the ring on her right ring finger - where it fits perfectly.
This article was first published in The New Paper.

Moral of the story:
Make sure your rings are fitting, and do not drop out easily. And try not to wear them to the toilet!

Monday, June 8, 2009

'Heart' shaped diamond ring?

From far, this looks like a facetted heart shape diamond ring...
Except, when you get a closer look.. you actually realise that it is 3 brilliant cut diamond put together to resemble a heart..

Interesting design made me get this piece...

Saturday, June 6, 2009

A seldom worn ring basks in the limelight..

This is one of the diamond rings that I seldom wear.. it has been sitting in my box for quite some time necause I felt that there was too much bling in the form of diamonds around it..

Just recently I decided to wear it recently:
and was quite surprised to get comments that it was a nice ring...

What do you think?

Tuesday, June 2, 2009

Fossilized Sharks Teeth

A nice specimen on a fossilzed shark's tooth!

Take a closer look, you can observe that there is a lot of details preserved.. like the striations on the tooth.