I've recently acquired a beautiful ring with a 2 carat blue diamond in the middle and two smaller white diamonds on either side, in white gold. Nothing special about the setting, and I will have to get it reset sooner than later, since the band's wearing thin. But I'm curious what's up with this big blue shiny rock. [more inside]
I'd like to buy a used/"vintage" gem for an engagement ring. Looking at vintage rings on ebay and etsy, I have zero idea how to assess the "quality" of the stone, or how to know if it's real, or what. Is it possible for a lay person to do this? What should be my basic steps for assessing the rings or loose stones I see online? [more inside]
I'm intrigued by the unsual commixtion of international gothic and arabesque-bordering-on-oriental architectural detailling I just saw in Palma de Mallorca, atop the La Seu cathedral's Mirador portal: the tear-shaped, almost paisleyform reworking of the typical gothic window tracery into a rather original stone "rose" (with a Christ Redemptor in the centre). [more inside]
I know you aren't my doctor. I'm not sure what the problem is. Potentially NSFW. [more inside]
How do I fix a small dent/depression in my granite countertops? [more inside]
My house was built in 1890. When I had foundation work done several years ago, the workers dug out a lot of dirt from under my house, and in that dirt they found a bunch of cut and carved stones - pure white marble, limestone, and granite. [more inside]
I just got a new job where I will have access to Rosetta Stone for a single language. I don't need to learn any languages for work so please help me decide how I'd like to use it. [more inside]
Did I just ruin my pizza stone? I washed it in water and was then told that was a big no-no...so how bad is it and is there a way to recover from it? Any other pizza stone cleaning/storage tips would be appreciated!
I've broken my favorite piece of a jewelry -- a solid jade bangle. It dropped on the bathroom floor and broke into 2 pieces (pics 1 2). When I put the two pieces together it doesn't look too bad (i.e. I think it was a "clean break" with no additional tiny pieces missing), so I'd like to fix it. Can I do this myself and will it look not horrible? What type of stuff could I use to glue the pieces together? If the answers to the previous questions are no and none, do you know of someone (jeweler/stone person) who could fix it in the DC/MD area? [more inside]
What's the best way to install a patio on the cheap? I've been checking out big box stores, but I feel like I'm doing it wrong. I'm in Southwest Louisiana. [more inside]
Landscaping - having a (basalt) stone wall built. Loose rocks on top normal? [more inside]
I'm looking for a place to buy flagstone or slate for my garden in North Brooklyn or Queens. [more inside]
What is this fossil?? Can't figure it out for the life of me! [more inside]
What is this fine white carved stone used in gravestones? [more inside]
What is this weird symbol carved in stone? [more inside]
Can someone ID this wristwatch? [more inside]
Help identify this mystery stone structure in my friend's yard. [Pictures inside.] [more inside]
What kind of mortar should I use for this fugly masonry? [more inside]
Where can one find someone to make an out-of-the-ordinary gravestone? One involving actual stone carving? [more inside]
Ecommerce, Shipping, Programming: I am setting up a warehouse for my burgeoning ecommerce business and am designing custom coded shipping workflow. I am also shipping orders from this warehouse for two or three other online stores in different shopping cart platforms, and need to streamline the orders together into an efficient packing and shipping operation. Here's an example shipping setup that I'm moving towards. Please refer me to resources or people to hire (more detail below). [more inside]
I need to move this very large round stone object onto the bed of truck using only man power without a hoist. It is probably 500kg. Is rolling it up a ramp the best way? Can two people roll a very heavy round object up an incline? I only have one chance to do this. How to go about it?
My long-term partner and I are both exclusive tops, and to make matters worse, I used to bottom but am now pretty close to stone. Help a stone top re-learn how to be ok with bottoming. (Conceivably NSFW) [more inside]
In my area, a few houses have little piles of rocks (pyramid shaped) near the entrance of their driveways. The only houses I've seen with them are mansions, so it does make one wonder.... Are these religious or what?
Help me find a AA or AAA battery powered MP3 player for my Mom [more inside]
Which type of naturally occurring stone has the poorest thermal conductivity? low cost and ability to be cut into a slab shape are desirable. [more inside]
You are not my jeweler. We were waiting a bit to get our 10 year anniversary presents and both rings I liked sold out. Please help me find something as good or better. [more inside]
When Rosetta Stone says you can have multiple users, do they really mean multiple users on the same computer? We're working with RS version 3 for personal use, Latin American Spanish. The box says 5 users, but when installed on a second computer, it won't let us use the activation code to get all the lessons. Can we run it on two different computers? (MacBooks OS 10.5.8)
What's the story behind this strange circular building in the middle of nowhere in Scotland [more inside]
How can I build a footpath from a door to the street that's economical and weather-resistant? [more inside]
I sometimes see decorative piles of stones in front of --primarily rural-- homes. I like the effect very much. I wonder if there is an historical meaning or symbolism to these stone piles or if it is merely an enhancement.
What are your experiences learning French with Rosetta Stone? Did supplementing learning with regular usage help you think the language as well as speak it? [more inside]
Help me remember a mountain clearing. [more inside]
I've scoured the interweb trying to translate the script on these stones with no luck. Help appease my curiousity! [more inside]
Cult Movie Filter... How should we watch this movie first? [more inside]
Where can I find locations to buy wood or stone from foreign countries, things not naturally available in the US [more inside]
I am looking for drink coasters that are made of a certain polished stone. The stone is cut that it looks like a cross-section - and it is of a circular nature. It can have a red or blue color, possibly more. Can anyone name what kind of stone this is? And even better, where in NYC I can buy them?
Can anyone identify where this statue of woman might have come from? (pictures and details inside) [more inside]
It's customary for each graduating class to present a class stone which is ceremonially imbedded in this path-way at my high school; somehow I got roped into getting the one for '08, and since I have less than a month to figure this out, I could really use some ideas! [more inside]
How do I revive a brown sugar stone? [more inside]
How do I lay a stone/brick path over an area which is uneven due to tree roots? Instructions available on the web or books? [more inside]
Geology/ArchaeologyFilter: What is this stone? Is it man-made? Is it natural? How old is it? Who made it? Should I donate it to a museum?
How best to layout a curved sandstone path using square and rectangular stones? [more inside]
I seem to have had kidney stones continuously since January. Should I be going to my doctor? And how do you manage to collect them for analysis? [more inside]
Has anyone around Atlanta participated in the Stone Mountain Corporate Team Building activities? Or been to any other event put on by the InnerWork company? This seems like a fun event for our company to do this summer but the $3,200 price (plus food and park fees) seems a little steep for what they are providing.
Does leaving a pizza stone in the oven make the oven more or less efficient? [more inside]
Cleaning recommendations for unsealed stone. [more inside]
How can I find places where it's legal to gather rocks? [more inside]
ItalianFilter: So I'm studying Italian via Rosetta Stone, and I'm noticing a huge emphasis on stare + a gerund (like andando, tirando, spingendo, etc). How common is this in written or spoken Italian, and what is the difference between it and plain present tense? Also, I've never seen Rosetta use 'ed' in place of 'e' when it precedes a word starting with a vowel ("Un bambino e una bambina" vs "Un bambino ed una bambina"). Are there rules for "ed"? Is it basically optional, but something people use in speech?
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