gem aware bees, help??

posted 2 years ago in Rings
Post # 2
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Buzzing bee

cut make a spaphire , I got my 0.77ct untreated and unheated pink sapphire off ebay , clarity with a sapphire really not a big deal because the impefections is what gives it’s beautiful color . My pink sapphire came from indain where it was mine . I like untreated because treated or heated makes a stone more weak . so look out for that . I didnt pay as much as others bees do for their stones . I cant afford $$$ ,like esty I think way over price but , but that’s just me . my pink sapphire is clarity s1 and great cut , my jewelry said i did a good job 

  • This reply was modified 1 year, 10 months ago by  Spiritway11.
  • This reply was modified 1 year, 10 months ago by  Spiritway11.
Post # 3
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2014

I have a gorgeous 1 carat marquise natural yellow sapphire.  I bought it from Jareds.  They had to special order it, as they don’t have any in stock (they may have some blue ones to look at).  You have to prepay for it for them to bring it in, but if you don’t like the stone when it comes in they can order another one or just refund it.  We put it on a Jared credit card so we didn’t have to put money down on it.  My husband picked out the stone, and choose the first one that came in.  It is great quality.  No visable flaws in the stone (and I have quite an eye for that) and a gorgeous yellow lemon color- lots of shine and sparkle!  They have a HUGE reservoire of stones, and will bring in anything imaginable for you.  I would imagine other stores would do that as well.  

Lots of people buy them from sapphire and co too, we just didn’t feel comfortable buying something like that online.  But I’ve heard great things about them.  

Post # 5
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

Neither cut nor clarity; with gemstones I find it’s all about color. With regard to color you want to see the level of saturation and you want to know if the stone has been heated/treated in any way. Unheated stones are more expensive. You also want to avoid a stone with a window. If you are interested in natural sapphires, gemsny.com and thenaturalsapphirecompany.com are good places to start.

Post # 6
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Buzzing bee

doberman:  cut  does matter that how it gets it sparkle , color is too . but most time to get a darker color or brigther it is heated or treated which makes stones weak . 

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Post # 8
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

vhenke1:  I realize that, but the OP asked what do you prioritize cut or clarity. Windowing is an indication of poor cut which is why I mentioned it. And I’m well aware of the drawbacks with heat treatment (with and without beryllium)and glass filling. But it is not true that most gems are heat treated – none of my stones are. It’s just that you have to pay a bit more for them.

Post # 9
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: January 2050

Yipeebee:  Clarity is only an issue in real bargain basement stones. (Or if you’re looking specifically for a light “denim” color.) If you’re paying a reasonable price for a nice dark stone, there will be minimal inclusions that you’ll see barely, if at all. Most sapphires at the jewelry store have been heat treated using standard procedures that do not weaken the stone — that’s only a concern if you’re buying gorgeous blues for super cheap from a guy who approaches you on the street in Thailand. Otherwise, there is nothing wrong with heat treated sapphires, and in fact you would have to seek out and pay a much higher price for “untreated” stones. And even those probably have been heated, just by natural geological processes before mining, instead of by human processes after mining.

Post # 10
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Buzzing bee

doberman:  yep. Color is king! 🙂

I mean, great color and an awful is not a good thing, but that’s not the usual combo I’ve seen. I think the best and most valuable rough goes straight to more experienced cutting hands even in native cuts? 

 

Post # 11
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Buzzing bee

Yipeebee:  hi. If you can and are comfortable posting the specs in terms of color, shape, size you want I Could help you with pictures and links.

Post # 12
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Helper bee

I prioritized cut and color, in that order. Cut is everything with any stone- a bad cut can make a stone with a great color look dull and lifeless. My white sapphire, for example, sparkles more than the ‘good’ cut diamonds of my friends.

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