help – finding loose black sapphires…

posted 3 years ago in Rings
Post # 3
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: February 2014

Have you ever considered black diamonds? Most of them that are reasonably priced are heated to look more black (as are black saphires) and have the same look, but the strenth of a diamond.

Post # 5
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: February 2014

Youll find some black diamonds that are even more exspenisve then white. Those ones have normally not been treated, and appear from a light grey, to a dark grey to a light black to a almost “wet” looking black. My engagment ring is a natural black diamond. I love it! 

Its almost 3cts (the black diamond that is) with a littled under 1 ct of white diamonds threwout it. I have a 5.5-6.0 sized finger if that helps. Sorry for all the post. Im a black diamond lover 🙂

Post # 7
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: October 2013

try etsy but i also know shane co sells them on their website!

Post # 10
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: October 2013

@chica95110:  oh i never search by section on etsy. just type “loose black sapphire” into the search bar at the top and bam, results. it is a bit difficult to do on your tablet or phone if that makes a difference. a real computer is better! WEIRD that shane co only had one. i do think they are a bit overpriced in general but i knew they carried all kinds of colored sapphires! :)also the folks over at the colored gem forum on pricescope may be able to help, or maybe the natural sapphire company or diamondsbylauren may have some ideas…

Post # 12
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2007

@chica95110:  the site is confusing, this shows prices for the rectangular ones, and it lets me proceed to paypal with just the one stone… so maybe they do to individual sales? 

 

Edit 

Their info page says there is no minimum order 🙂

“- Minimum order : There is no minimum order required. Gemstones have only one price. Although for our jewelry if you would like to buy wholesale quantities of the same product, you should contact us prior to your purchase to discuss a wholesale price with us.”

Post # 15
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Busy bee

Most black sapphires are actually blue, they’re just a very very very inky stone with high inclusions and color that blacks out under most light. That’s why they’re cheaper because by industry standard and typical demand for sapphires, it doesn’t appeal to most. However that’s a super plus for you. Love of gemstones is 80% subjective so since you love something that isn’t popular it will be more available to you. 

I’d widen your internet search by looking for dark blues as well. A lot of sellers try to sell blacker gems as blues so it might widen your results. Try going to a gemfaire or intergem show if you live in the US, as there are often blacker stones available there. 

Also, this is just an aside, once you get your black beauty be sure to know what sort of treatments it may have had if any. For a couple reason. A) The more its treated the cheaper it should be and you don’t want to overpay and put more markup money in the pocket of a less than honest dealer. B) Certain treatments, like dying, lattice/beryllium, change the stone’s structure. Most of which is permanent except if you take it to be cleaned and the jeweler uses a sonic cleaner. The sonic cleaner could seriously damage the stone or at least alter its appearance drastically. If you know its been treated though you can tell the jeweler and they’ll clean using a different method and save you the heartbreak of losing your stone.  

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