Is this a real alexandrite ring?

posted 3 years ago in Rings
Post # 3
Hostess
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

@saraleelovescake: Welcome to the bee! I would’ve thought you’ll be best taking it to a professional jeweller as I bet it will have some sort of stamp etc.

Post # 4
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

I think that photo is not a real photo, it’s a CAD so it’s hard to tell.

Post # 5
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

@saraleelovescake:  I  went to the site – at that price, it had better be real!

Post # 7
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Buzzing bee

@Mrs. Myrtle Beach:  What is a CAD??

@saraleelovescake: Welcome to the Bee! I would definitely have it taken to a jeweler to verify. The site does say that it’s natural so you’d THINK they wouldn’t lie! Very good choice by the way! I love Alexandrite. Here is my e-ring:

 

Post # 8
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

It’s a rendering not an actual pic, IMHO. Sometimes it is hard to tell! But see how the color looks like it is EXACTLY half and half? Most ring pics on sites are computer drawings…not actual photos.

Post # 9
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2014 - Disney

@Mrs. Myrtle Beach:  No they are using a cad to show the color change. Alexandrites shift colors. Some sapphires do the same thing.

Post # 10
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

@dewingedpixie:  No I know, she didn’t know what I meant by CAD. That isn’t actually the real ring, in a photo was what I meant.

Post # 11
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2014

CAD =Computer aided design.

Most pieces of jewelery are designed using special software on the computer.

Many sellers use pictures of their rings that were drawn by in this way rather than a real photo either because the ring is made to order or just because taking photos of real rings that show the details clearly is very difficult.

That picture looks real but has been photoshopped to show that how the  stone changes colour in different light

I would take a ring bought for that price to a trusted jeweler and see what they say. You cannot tell from pictures and there are normal very few test you can do to the stone. They may be able to verify if the stone is natural or synthetic. If you dont trust the site don’t buy form them.

I would go to a local independent jeweler (thats what we are doing) and see if they can make you a ring to your exact specification. Its actually not more expensive than buying one already made. They can find interesting stones to fit your budget and set them exactly how you want and you know you can trust them. It’s their reputation thats at stake.

 

 

Post # 12
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2014 - Disney

@yorkiemad00:  Most synthetic alexandrite is easy to determine under a microscope because its lab grown sapphire not alexandrite. The ones that are alexandrite come from only one or two labs and their color changes are not the same as natural plus their clarity is also usually better. Lab grown also are heat treated as well which can be seen with a loop because it changes the crystal structure.

 

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