Post # 1
Hi everyone! I am pretty sure I want a gemstone engagement ring and I have been particularly interested in Chatham rubies. My only concern is that it may look a little costume like (even though I know it’s basically just a very perfect ruby!).
If you have a Chatham ruby ring (or any other Chatham gemstone ring) would you mind posting it so I can see some real life versions? Thanks so much!
Post # 3
I had a Chatham sapphire, but I do not have a picture of it. It looked like a natural sapphire from head on, but at some side angles (and before being set) it was more grey than blue.
Also, I looked at about 5 different Chatham sapphires before choosing one. Different cuts can either make the stones look better (or worse), and the color saturation was better in some stones than others, so I would look at them in person before buying.
Post # 4
I’d love to see some too.. I was debating a ruby as a right hand ring, in the future though. It is my hubby’s birthstone. I heard they are supposed to be really nice.
Post # 5
Oh man, I have been really curious about Chatham gemstones, too! I’d also love to see pictures of any jewelry with their gemstones if anyone is willing to share… 😀 Anyone?
Post # 6
I’ve been looking for some real life pictures of these too! Any bee’s have them? The chatham emeralds look so gorgeous online but I’d love to see some real pictures!
Post # 7
If I recall correctly, I think one Bee has a 3 stone with a Chatham ruby centerstone. Don’t remember her name but she’s got a gorgeous ruby & diamond set. The ruby color was an amazing deep red.
I do not have a Chatham stone, but my sapphire’s from Better Than Diamond. If you look at their message boards users post pictures of the company’s sapphires, rubies, emeralds, and other stones. The great thing about Better Than Diamond is they have some awesome cuts available, including concave cut and hearts & arrows.
to be honest I don’t think I’d ever buy a natural sapphire or ruby given the choice. You can get some really gorgeous lab created stones for a lot less than their natural counterparts, and oftentimes the lab created ones look better. I even purchased a cheap ruby from here http://www.diamondcz.co.uk and it’s really pretty.
Post # 8
@abirdword: Your ring is gorgeous! I had my eyes on the BTD Colombian Emerald but they stopped making it
Post # 9
@abirdword: +1 I prefer the lab-created to the “natural”. Science is awesome!
I don’t know what Chatham is, but I’m guessing it’s a brand. Anyways, just to show off my ring (cause I want to), here is my 3 carat lab-created emerald.
Post # 10
@Shamus11: Gorgeous emerald! Can I ask where you got it from?
@abirdword: Yay BTD sapphires!
Post # 11
@Miss Circe: I believe Kay Jewelers, but I’d have to ask my FI.
Post # 12
@Miss Circe: I love your BTD rings! They came out beautifully!
Post # 13
@abirdword: Thank you! I love your ring – it was one of the reasons why I went with a BTD sapphire
I am really curious to see if any Bees do have pics of Chatham gemstones and how much they cost.
Post # 14
I toyed around with getting a chatham ruby, but in the end I did my research and I couldn’t find a definitive benefit to ordering a chatham ruby versus any other lab created ruby. Yes, they took longer to make, and feature more natural looking inclusions, but I decided on a non-branded lab ruby, and I love it.
Post # 15
@abirdword: I love your ering, the stone is amazing! Do you have any pics of your Chris CZ ruby? Did you get the cultured ruby?
Post # 16
What is “Chatham” vs. “non-chatham” ?