Post # 1
Okay so on my local version of ebay, I spotted a sapphire for sale, which is about 55 USD, its advertised as
Gemstone : Blue Sapphire
Colour : Blue as in Picture
Origin : Sri Lanka
Shape : Oval Mixed Cut
Clarity : Transparent VVS
Treatment : None
Lustre : Exceptional
Weight : 1 Ct
Type : Natural
Dimensions : 7 x 5 x 2.8 mm
Okay, granted that most gemstones here in India are significantly cheaper than what they go for abroad, but still… I might end up buying it anyway, since there is a return policy, but I really can’t believe it.
Also, I’m not engaged yet, but when the time comes I definitely want a sapphire in my ring, is it wrong for me to buy the stone and then spring it on Boyfriend or Best Friend if/when he decides to propose?
(Last pic edited to remove name of seller)
Post # 3
That is really cheap, I would at least think they are fibbing on the no treatment- a no treatment stone is typically much higher and that is low for a heated stone of that coloring.
I’d beware- and if you have a local jeweler who at least can test if it is glass then I might go for it but chances are that it is heavily heated if not using other means of treatment.
On your second question: you should definitely talk to your boyfriend before making any purchases
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Post # 5
It probably is heat treated. Also, maybe this is just personal preference, but there seem to be a lot of inclusions in that sapphire, putting it at nowhere NEAR a VVS. The clarity measures inclusions, not “transparency”. The fact that they don’t comprehend the grading scales like that would warn me to stay away.
Post # 6
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If there is a good return policy and you end up getting it, take it to a jeweler right away if it’s important to you. If it’s not super important whether it’s treated, then just marvel at its beauty and no one will probably ever know the difference!
Post # 7
I have always had good luck with Ebay, until I tried to buy a ruby ring. I never got the ring, and the seller disappeared off the face of the earth. I think if it sounds too good to be true, it is.
Also, the color of that stone is extremely light. I thought that was bad, for sapphires?
And, if you buy it yourself and give it to your Fiance when the time comes, you take away his fun! Besides, you might end up with something even better.
I personally wouldn’t do it. I guess you could get it and make something else out of it, though, if it is inexpensive enough!
Post # 8
Thanks for your opinions accorn and GoldfishPie, I really appreciate your caution.
Although, it doesn’t “look” heat treated to me – trust me I’ve been trolling through the jewellery auctions for a long time, the heat treated ones are quite distinctive. Also, I’ve gone and posted this over at the pricescope forums (since someone messaged me to get an informed opinion there), so hopefully an actual expert will chime in at some point. From what I gather, after reading through some of the threads, some inclusions are preferred to signify the stone is natural? So confused…
Post # 9
@MandyW – There is a 7 day return policy, it takes about 2 days for the courier to reach the jeweler from where I am… Unsure how long it takes to get a lab report as I’ve got one done before?
@menobride – I’m sorry to hear about your ebay disappointment. I’m trying to be super cautious here, believe me.
The color I’m okay with. I actually hate the “darker” sapphires that are nearly black, I thought it was a fair color for the price. Its not gaudy like most heat treated stones I’ve seen – example here – http://www.pricescope.com/idealbb/view.asp?topicID=143147
Also, without going into too much detail about our current relationship status, we’re both practical and pragmatic people, I earn (quite a lot) more than him and I’m extremely detail – oriented about stuff like this… which Bf is sadly not, and he couldn’t care less either.
If he can find a ring with a sapphire stone that I love for a price he is not paying through the nose for, I would be more than happy and delighted to accept it. But this, for me is a backup. After reading a lot of threads on here, I really don’t want a ring or a stone that I hate. Better safe than sorry?
Its pretty inexpensive for an UNHEATED stone, @ $55, hence the dilemma. The seller seems pretty concerned about his ebay reputation, and he even posted 2 pictures of the back after I requested further photographs to gauge the cut. I suppose I could always stop the payment, request a refund/and leave a negative review if it comes down to that?