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I’m looking for some advice on where to buy high quality lab-created gemstones. I’m hoping to get a sapphire under two carats. I don’t want to buy something only to find out that it’s something similar to CZ, and I don’t really know where to look. I’ve looked into moissanite already, so that’s a possibility, but I’m really hoping for a lab-created sapphire! Any suggestions would be great! Of course, I’d LOVE to see a picture of your rings if you want to include them!
This topic was modified 2 years, 7 months ago by pmaliz.
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I don’t know about lab created but le vian has lab enhanced sapphires. they are still mined gems but enhanced to be a lighter shade of blue.
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pmaliz: Look on Amazon and Etsy. They have lots of stuff.
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future.mrs.koban: Why would anyone “enhance” a sapphire to be lighter?
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I think Helzberg might have them. I’m not sure though. My friend got her engagement ring with a lab created white sapphire from them. It’s beautiful.
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a_day_at_the_fair: I guess some people don’t like how dark natural blue sapphires can be. at least thats how the saleswoman explained it to me. personally I prefer them dark almost black so I buy my sapphires natural and non enhanced.
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I’ve heard good things about geolite.com.
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- Wedding: April 2016 - Gorse Hill, Surrey, UK
Have you tried betterthandiamond.com?
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I second betterthandiamond
Post # 11
stuller carries Chatham lab created gems, but I think you’ll have to have your jeweler order them for you.
Post # 12
I bought some beautiful lab sapphires from vivicgems. They cost next to nothing, but are really stunning.
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Jewlery TV, jtv.com. Love them!
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- Wedding: October 2014 - Disney
Sapphires come in a range of colors and shades. The enhancement is probably to make the color brighter and to give the stones better clarity.
pmaliz: Can I ask why you are insistant on a lab created stone? There are plenty of ethical alterantive mined stones. When you go this route and buy cutter direct you are supporting a family mine, and an artisian cutter. When you buy a lab stone you are creating a carbon footprint and supporting a machine putting artisians out of business. Just a thought, and its why we bought my stone cutter direct.
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Thank you all! This is all great help.
dewingedpixie: It is for ethical reasons, but I had been thinking about everything you mentioned too. If i found an ethical stone that I could afford, I would absolutely got for it. I already know about Brilliant Earth, but not much else. Where did you get yours?