(Closed) Where can I buy a loose gemstone for my engagment ring??

posted 5 years ago in Rings
Post # 3
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216 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2013

Ask on pricescope.com they have a whole section of gemstone experts. They will also be able to tell you where to get the best bang for your buck.

Post # 4
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2273 posts
Buzzing bee

My fiance picked out the ring (Setting? Is that what it’s called when it’s a ring without the center stone?) at a local jewelry store.

My center stone is an Alexandrite and that’s not a very popular stone to have in many stores.
Apparently they have people that go around the U.S. to “gem shows.” I don’t know if they fly them out there or just have representatives in different parts. That’s irrelevent though.

They bought 3 alexandrites in Arizona and shipped them back to Georgia. He picked out the one he liked and they shipped the other two back. Our local store placed the Alexandrite in the ring, because it would be kind of dumb if we were left to do that.

That’s all I know though. I can always ask him for more details. It may be different for different stores. You just have to ask the different stores!

Post # 7
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Buzzing bee

My baby. I post this picture way too much. Ugh bad braggart! Bad!

I’m sure someone in Baton Rouge will do it. I came from small Augusta, GA and we found someone who could do it!

I’d try describing my situation from there. I don’t trust myself to pick out the stone from a million others, I’d rather have an expert who is PAID to do that pick out the top 3 or 4, then I can pick my favorites from one of those. That way you’re getting to pick what you want AND you can trust that you picked out something good because there weren’t any “bad” choices!

Post # 11
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Newbee

ooooh, i know exactly what you mean!  i actually went with my SO’s mom to a gem and jewelry show earlier this year and she helped me pick out a loose ruby at a gem vendor there.  she knows a lot about jewelry and stones, so she was able to help me pick a good one, but it was AWESOME!  they had a great selection of multiple types of gems, and i was able to pick exactly the color, shape, and size that i wanted.  then you can take your loose gem to a jeweler and they can show you which settings will work with your stone.

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

The natural sapphire company deals in rubies as well since they are both corundums. You may want to check there. Gem shows are awesome if you know what you are looking at, if not dont try it.

http://www.thenaturalsapphirecompany.com/Rubies/

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