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Huggles
24-08-2008, 09:31 PM
Seeing as Gems threads have been non-existant lately...I thought it would be a good time to look back at the good old days of great bargains :). I have had quite a few but, although I've never had any valuations, I think this must rank as the best bargain ever...can anyone beat this?

http://www.gemstv.co.uk/ProductDataSheet.jsp?productid=46492

Purchased for the truly amazing price of 87. The colour change is pretty spectacular, too :D. Check this out...normal daylight...

http://i298.photobucket.com/albums/mm257/Huggles_bucket/DSC00118-1.jpg

...and in incandescent light...

http://i298.photobucket.com/albums/mm257/Huggles_bucket/DSC00081-1.jpg

Julie
24-08-2008, 09:55 PM
No doubt everyone will be here to reply to your thread in a few mins Huggles, once they have all logged out of Rocks.tv :D

Huggles
24-08-2008, 11:07 PM
Beginning to feel like 'Billy-no-mates' here on the Gems part of the forum, Julie. I can hear the tumble-weed blowing in the wind :D.

Lady Darls
25-08-2008, 12:12 AM
WOW thats lovely.

Mine is undoubtedly this one,

http://i11.photobucket.com/albums/a198/darlenetait/jewellery/diamondring3Medium.jpg

a 1 ct diamond in a Tiffany setting (my favourite setting), when viewed through a loupe it has an inclusion but sparkles so much that its not noticable

Lady Darls
25-08-2008, 12:15 AM
also this:

14k gold with a cushion cut perfectly clear Rubellite, AKA a Don special.

http://i11.photobucket.com/albums/a198/darlenetait/jewellery/rubellite.jpg

I paid 89 for this and it was valued at 950

Lady Darls
25-08-2008, 12:20 AM
and this:

http://i11.photobucket.com/albums/a198/darlenetait/22085.jpg

ex demo at 39, with definite colour change, not as vivid as yours but went pink in incandescent light. This was valued at over 900, not sure thats a true valuation though as it was from Stanleys who gems used a lot in those days.
Anyway, one of my friends liked this so much I gave her it :D

Huggles
25-08-2008, 07:00 AM
Thanks, Lady Darls. Wow...what a choice, I think your Alexandrite top trumps mine, the rubellite is gorgeous and as for the 1ct diamond, if I said I REALLY, REALLY like it could you give it to me, too? :D

Pinkpussycat
25-08-2008, 08:52 AM
That diamond solitaire is stunning Darls. :WUB: Your Alex has a fab colour change Huggles and what a fab price too!! No bargains on Gems these days. :rolleyes: :PPC:

Mirabelle
25-08-2008, 09:40 AM
:) Mine was a 3.7mm SI1 solitaire i got for 99(had one of Steve A's 10% off so was 89)
sorry cant do pictures guys. but i can give the item no. it was 57790...
if scw would like to do the honours of putting a picture up for me..thanks scw. xx

Pinkpussycat
25-08-2008, 09:42 AM
In case he's busy compiling lists :D here it is Mirabelle. :PPC:
http://www.gemstv.co.uk/NewProductDataSheet.jsp?productid=57790

Mirabelle
25-08-2008, 09:46 AM
:D Thanks sooo much for doing that for me pinkpussycat!! xx

Pinkpussycat
25-08-2008, 09:50 AM
You are most welcome and a lovely ring btw. :) :PPC:

Gemcrazynan
25-08-2008, 10:07 AM
Lady darls I would murder for your Rubelite :D

jacqualina
25-08-2008, 11:00 AM
Huggles, your RA is fabulous - must be worth a bomb now- and Lady Darls your rubellite is also very beautiful. I also have one of Don's specials, but I don't think the stone is as clear as yours.
I bought loads from Gems, but I don't think I ever had as good a bargain as those. My big regrets are not buying more RA and also sending back a Paraiba Tourmaline ring from the original source. Really stupid, but it's easy to see that in hindsight. Sometimes I still really miss the good old days!

Mirabelle
25-08-2008, 11:06 AM
:) aah yes!!!! those good old days! I really miss them too!...

Sparkle plenty
25-08-2008, 11:35 AM
They were happy days ...

Beady Belle
25-08-2008, 11:53 AM
Got these for OH, they were a bargain at 39, every other time I saw them aired they went for 89 or 99.


http://www.gemstv.co.uk/Shop/productDataSheet.jsp?productid=ULC0550&menuselection=3&colourScheme=1

This is the most fabulous deep blue/violet colour, MTGW 5.25cts for 1740. I originally bought it just for the stone and was going to have it reset because I wasn't that keen on the setting, but IRL it looks so much better, so kept it as a pendant and bought a AAAA ring as well.

http://www.gemstv.co.uk/Shop/productDataSheet.jsp?productid=UHA0040&menuselection=3&colourScheme=1

:doggie:

Huggles
25-08-2008, 12:13 PM
Mirabelle, that's such a pretty ring. You'll be able to treasure that little sparkler for the rest of your life at the princely sum of 89, what a bargain! Mad4Gems your husband must be thrilled to have saved 60 on his cufflinks. As for your tanzy...I hope you have it insured, what a beauty :). Come on you lurkers...get your bargains out :D.

Fraggle
25-08-2008, 12:35 PM
I've had some great buys back in the good old days, sadly none to be had anymore but these were my best:

http://www.gemstv.co.uk/Shop/productDataSheet.jsp?productid=UHP2071&menuselection=3&colourScheme=1
Cost me 24, gave it to my MIL as a present and she never wears it which is a terrible shame

http://www.gemstv.co.uk/Shop/productDataSheet.jsp?productid=UAT2259&menuselection=3&colourScheme=1
99 and the diamond is beautiful quality, it sparkles like mad.

Remember when they put all that RA on the web to sell it off? They literally put on 100's of RA rings in one day, I remember the frenzy on here lol, well I got these 2 that day:

http://www.gemstv.co.uk/Shop/productDataSheet.jsp?productid=UAC4036&menuselection=3&colourScheme=1
77 - gorgeous, beautiful deep green in the day and purple in low light

http://www.gemstv.co.uk/Shop/productDataSheet.jsp?productid=UAS5210&menuselection=3&colourScheme=1
106 - not as good colour change but a stunning ring, my mum loved it so she is now its proud owner

and my best buy ever:

http://www.gemstv.co.uk/Shop/productDataSheet.jsp?productid=UCS5683&menuselection=3&colourScheme=1
It was the last of a few in this style and was obviously a late return as it appeared months later on the web. With a discount voucher as well I paid just 160 for this and it is just gorgeous.

Huggles
25-08-2008, 12:51 PM
Ooooooooooohhh, Fraggle :eek:. What a selection...just goes to show how things have changed at Gems. Could you imagine the prices they would command now. The pearl necklace is very pretty and amazed to see it has a gold clasp at that price. Look at the gold weight in the diamond solitaire alone, nowadays they rarely go over 3g never mind the S1 diamond, no way would they sell a diamond of that quality under 200. As for the RA, what generous people you are giving away gifts like this...I wish I was on your and Lady Darls Christmas list ;). Now your tanzy, is in my opinion, the winning bargain for quality of tanzanite and gold weight. Well done Fraggle.

rebeccab
25-08-2008, 01:00 PM
All beautiful rings i would be spoilt for choice, my best buy has to be my 0.75ct ceylon sapphire in white gold, only paid 99 for it, will get a pic and post it up soon:D

Pimms
25-08-2008, 03:49 PM
http://www.gemstv.co.uk/DataSheet.jsp?productid=56267

I'm not a yellow gold girl, but when this one appeared on the web last November I grabbed it for 66 - it must've been a delayed return with that number, or lost at the back of the stock cupboard. It's not the most intense paraiba colour I have, and it's only little, but it shimmers its little socks off, it's my bit of Brazilian paraiba and it makes me smile every time I look at it.

PearlyQueen
25-08-2008, 03:49 PM
Well I'm afraid I missed out on all those Brazilian paraiba, AAAA tanzy and Russian alex bargains too. By the time I got in, the BP was gone and the RA / AAAA was very expensive - at that point, I hadn't really got to grips with the idea of just buying jewellery costing into three figures! So I didn't end up with any RA, boohoo, and my Indian, though lovely, doesn't change colour. I also ended up buying elsewhere for my solitary premium tanzy, which I do adore.
So my best gems bargain comes from the lower end of the scale! I would have to say I think it's this one:
http://www.gemstv.co.uk/Shop/productDataSheet.jsp?productid=UCO3993&menuselection=3&colourScheme=1
http://i58.photobucket.com/albums/g258/anne-craig/peridot002.jpg

At 23 ex demo, that's a lot of silver and gemstone for your money!

Huggles
25-08-2008, 04:16 PM
Original Paraiba tourmaline for 66 is a brilliant bargain Pimms, such a rarity these days and bound to be an investment. Your watch is amazing for the amount of gems and silver in it Anne C, pure quality :). Can't wait to see a piccy of your Ceylon Sapphire, rebbecap. Haven't seen any Ceylon sapphire for ages.

Lynda
25-08-2008, 04:36 PM
Thanks for this thread Huggles, it's great to see some lovely pieces posted again as I do adore a good drool!

Oh Mad one, your AAAA pendant is truly lovely, I had one of them home and half the stone was was practically clear so it had to go back, but the setting really did look so much better IRL and I'm delighted you got a stunner!

Sadly I returned my RA ring as there was no colour change, but wish I'd kept it just to say I had some. :blush:

Nic, that ring is sooooo lush yum!

I wasn't in at the very beginning, but when NTL got Gemstv, unlike so many former fans I was usually very disappointed with the difference between what was pictured (TV or web) so kept very little. I was stalking the AAAA Tanzanite and was gutted that after they kept coming down a bit at a time, they all doubled overnight and as most were a couple of grand it wasn't just a few quid!

This appeared some time later (this was end of 2006) back near it's lower price and I even let it go around the web once but decided if it was still not sold the second time, it was meant for me and I'd grab it - and I did - in the last 20 seconds!

http://www.gemstv.co.uk/shop-detail.jsp?product=UNY7691

It was 2591.00, but with a 10% voucher I paid 2331.90 as I'd had an insurance policy mature and it's the most I've ever paid and probably ever will.

It is much deeper and richer looking IRL, but true to form, one of the diamonds is very cloudy :mad: and I suspect that's why it didn't sell originally (it put me off too when there was loads of choice) and I intend to replace it in the future.

http://i121.photobucket.com/albums/o238/lynda_036/Jewellery/Jewellery002.jpg

I love any chance to show it off! :blush:



There's actually a similar carat weight old stock oval one renamed as Majestic on the web right now for just over 3k, I remember it well as it was on my shortlist and it's like seeing an old friend again :blush:, although I never saw it IRL. You can tell it's old from the writing on the vid!

http://www.gemstv.co.uk/shop-detail.jsp?product=UTE3687

Here it is with the old number and still has AAAA further down the description!
http://www.gemstv.co.uk/DataSheet.jsp?productid=UTE3687

Am I sad or what? :scarper:

Waterlily
25-08-2008, 04:55 PM
Gorgeous stuff everyone.:)

I haven't bought anything expensive from Gems, the most I've spent is 200 but that went back because it was flawed.:rolleyes:

Haven't bought anything new for well over a year!

Here are a few of the things I love though

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Pinkpussycat
25-08-2008, 05:02 PM
Ooh this is hard cos I bought some lovely pieces in the early days before the prices went sky high and the standards plummeted. :rolleyes: If I had to choose just one it would have to be this heart (http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v360/pinkpussycat/HeartQuadATanzy.jpg) http://www.gemstv.co.uk/Shop/productDataSheet.jsp?productid=UXQ6691&menuselection=3&colourScheme=1 cut AAAA tanzy because of the rare cut and the outstanding depth of colour, there was only ever one and I was lucky enough to get it the only time it was aired. It wasn't cheap enough to call it a bargain in monetary terms but it would probably be double what I paid for it if they auctioned it now. :rolleyes: :PPC:

Huggles
25-08-2008, 05:22 PM
Lynda, that AAAA tanzanite is huge. I'm not suprised you wanted to show it off, only a wee bit surprised it's lying on a paper
towel :D, who cares, it's a beautiful gem and would look spectacular on anything. Waterlilly you have a gorgeous collection, all very delicate and feminine...goes very well with your user name and avatar. As for you Pinkpussycat...I'm speechless :eek:. That is possibly the most gorgeous ring I have ever seen. I've no idea how much you paid but whatever it was it was worth it :).

Pimms
25-08-2008, 08:14 PM
Haven't we all got excellent taste :D Such scrummy pieces :)

Pinkpussycat
25-08-2008, 08:16 PM
We are just the dog's doodahs dahling. ;) :PPC:

Jantaculum
25-08-2008, 08:21 PM
I wondered when the AAAA tanzy heart would appear - I think that's the best buy anyone ever got from Gems

Pimms
25-08-2008, 08:25 PM
We are just the dog's doodahs dahling. ;) :PPC:


Absolutely :D:D:D

Lynda
25-08-2008, 09:46 PM
Lynda, that AAAA tanzanite is huge. I'm not suprised you wanted to show it off, only a wee bit surprised it's lying on a paper
towel :D, who cares, it's a beautiful gem and would look spectacular on anything. Waterlilly you have a gorgeous collection, all very delicate and feminine...goes very well with your user name and avatar. As for you Pinkpussycat...I'm speechless :eek:. That is possibly the most gorgeous ring I have ever seen. I've no idea how much you paid but whatever it was it was worth it :).

I only chose the paper towel, 'cos I could position it better as it slid around too much on the worktop or table! :blush:

Sue that heart cut AAAA is so definitely the dog's wotsits :faints:. I seem to recall a trilliant cut hiding out at chez PPC too, do I not? :whistle:

So many lovely pieces. Keep 'em coming everyone please? :heart:

Fraggle
25-08-2008, 10:09 PM
I only chose the paper towel, 'cos I could position it better as it slid around too much on the worktop or table! :blush:

Don't fret chuck, I also find that nothing shows off the sparkle on a two and a half grand piece of tanzy quite like Bounty :p:D

Beady Belle
25-08-2008, 10:21 PM
We are just the dog's doodahs dahling. ;) :PPC:

:(Poor old HH hasn't got any doodahs anymore, had to have them removed last year!!!!
:doggie:

Lynda
26-08-2008, 12:04 AM
Don't fret chuck, I also find that nothing shows off the sparkle on a two and a half grand piece of tanzy quite like Bounty :p:D

I've just laughed out so loud it made the dog jump out of her skin and probably woken the neighbours too :heheheh:

jacqualina
26-08-2008, 07:40 AM
PPC, your heart shaped tanzy is just beautiful. I've never seen one before and it's such a beautiful colour as well. Lucky you for being in the right place at the right time - I'm now a lot less beautiful colour of green!
M4G how is HH at the moment? My dachsie, Uli, is also unadorned as he used to bother the cats rather a lot!

mummy bear
26-08-2008, 07:41 AM
and this:

http://i11.photobucket.com/albums/a198/darlenetait/22085.jpg

ex demo at 39, with definite colour change, not as vivid as yours but went pink in incandescent light. This was valued at over 900, not sure thats a true valuation though as it was from Stanleys who gems used a lot in those days.
Anyway, one of my friends liked this so much I gave her it :D

aha it was you who nabbed it i was chasing that for ages i even started a thread asking if anyone had seen it. lol

yazrose
26-08-2008, 07:47 AM
These are my best buys :)

All presents though none are for me

Huggles
26-08-2008, 11:42 AM
Thanks for sharing yazrose, they are very pretty :).

Pinkpussycat
26-08-2008, 12:33 PM
They are yazrose and I think you should keep them for yourself. ;) :PPC:

yazrose
26-08-2008, 03:46 PM
Thanks Huggles and PPC.

I love yout ring Huggles I do like the colour change Gems.:)

When I buy Jewellery PPC it is always as gifts, well 95% of the time anyway.:D I love your Tanzi ring simply scrummy

Lady Darls
30-08-2008, 08:18 PM
we'd be worth robbing on a good night out together eh? lol

Lady Darls
30-08-2008, 08:21 PM
Lady darls I would murder for your Rubelite :D


errrrmmmmm I gave that away as well :cool: a friend pestered me for ages to buy it off me as she loved it, in all honesty I didn't wear it, never had, cos it was quite proud and I was worried about knocking lumps out of it, anyway, my friend had a 40th birthday so I wrapped it up for her to stop her pestering me and she cried buckets when she opened it :D

Pepsidoodle
30-08-2008, 09:26 PM
awwwwwwwww that's lovely

traceyrmj
02-09-2008, 05:18 PM
my best ever buy was a 3ct ruby with a central brilliant cut stone and two triangle cuts either side. it is a corker and cost me 89. it was valued at over 900.

also my earliest Alex ring was a three stone about a carat and huge colour change, cost me abotu 50 and again valued at least 10 times that :)

Glinda
10-09-2008, 02:27 PM
mine is my tanzaninte and diamond white gold pendant for 1 - the tanzy is a brill colour and its lovely.

cherrypicker
10-09-2008, 03:12 PM
my best ever is a 2 crt white zircon...got it when gems first started out as a ex demo for 29 its truly beautiful and by far the nicest thing ever!