Post # 1
I’m very happy to be newly engaged! My FH proposed on Saturday and I was completely surprised. We had looked at rings together twice, and I picked out a favorite. It’s a new setting poured from a mold in the 1920s with engraved lovebirds on the sides. The stone is a 1.5 carat round cut sapphire. I just fell in love with the setting immediately in the store.
But now that I’ve worn it for a few days, I’m starting to wish I had paid more attention to the stone itself. It just doesn’t seem as sparkly as friends’ diamonds or even as sparkly as other sapphires I’ve seen. It cost around $2,000. Maybe it’s because it’s natural? Or has no side stones? Or is a less deep cut in a very tall setting? Maybe I should get it appraised to make sure our lovely jeweler didn’t rip us off with a lower quality stone?
We certainly can’t return it, or afford to change the stone just 4 days after the proposal. Ha. I feel ridiculous about this. Any advice?
I would just love some feedback from fellow vintage jewelry lovers.
Post # 3
I can’t answer your question, but wanted to say how gorgeous it is!
Post # 5
Do you have another photo that shows the sapphire better?
Post # 6
- Wedding: June 2014 - Cedar Lake Cellars
I’m not a jewelry expert but I think it’s gorgeous. It’s a beautiful deep color and the filigrie is very artistic. It may not sparkle as much as different stones but that doesn’t mean it isn’t completely beautiful in its own way.
Post # 7
I love it and think it is GORGEOUS the way it is. I don’t really expect saphires to ‘sparkle’ too much. especially compared to other stones. I would also rather have a natural saphire than a man-created one that sparkled more. Maybe you can just get a really blingy wedding band??
Post # 8
It’s beautiful! In my experience, the darker natural sapphires don’t sparkle quite as much; it’s more of a glow in the right lighting…but I’m by no means an expert.
Post # 9
I think it’s beautiful. I would not expect that a sapphire would sparkle as much as a diamond, but it has its own unique qualities and color that make it beautiful. Love your setting as well!
Post # 10
I would get the stone assessed by another jeweler just to see, out of curiosity… But a dark stone doesn’t usually sparkle as much a lighter one does.
Post # 11
Exactly, what every one else is saying is the truth!
Deep blue sapphires, and sapphires in general don’t sparkle AS much. For example, take a look at Princess Kate’s sapphire…it doesn’t sparkle much!!!
I think the design of the ring is beautiful! And I think a natural sapphire is SO much nicer than a lab created sapphire.
I do suggest you get an appraisal…not only to make sure you didn’t get ripped off, but for insurance purposes!
By the way, the blue tone of your ring is very pretty! I’d love to see other photos!!
Post # 12
@Heather-Lili: From the picture it looks really nice. I have a coworker who has a sapphire and it doesn’t sparkle. I didn’t think sapphires were supposed to. Not like diamonds do, anyway!
Post # 13
I’d, too, love to see more pics of your ring; I think it’s gorgeous!!!! As others have said, that dark blue sapphire won’t sparkle too much, but it doesn’t have to because the color alone is breathtaking! You should love it, girl 🙂
Post # 14
Aw, I’m sorry you’re feeling this way. Your ring is gorgeous!
Sapphire will never have the sparkle/fire as some other stones (like diamond), instead it has a velvety smooth depth with hints of throwing light.
If you want to add some sparkle, you could have sparkly stones in your wedding band, like a half eternity ring or a bead set antique filagree diamond band.
Post # 15
Geez that setting is gorgeous
Ideally, sapphires should have “flashes” of color (from the facets) when you move it around. They shouldn’t be super sparkly like diamonds because that’s just not how they’re built to behave. From the picture it looks like your sapphire is pretty transparent, which is great.
I definitely second getting the opinion of an independent appraiser (as in not attached to a jewelry store). If you were completely overcharged for the stone, I’d say that’s grounds for return if you’d really like to do so.
You can also ask for more opinions at Pricescope. They tend to be either jewellers or huge jewelry buyers there. It’s where I did a lot of research on stones, and they’re quite helpful there. Just a word of caution: many of them are also incredibly loaded and have access to very, very expensive stones, so don’t let that make you think that their stones are the norm!
Check that forum out here: http://www.pricescope.com/forum/colored-stones/
Post # 16
Wow! That is such a stunning setting and sapphire. I love them both. I only have side sapphires on my ring, but they are dark. They don’t really sparkle much, but they do kind of “glow” in the right light- they become super blue. My diamond may sparkle more, but that glow is a different kind of (equal) beauty. I’d love to see more photos of your ring though, and congratulations on the proposal!!