White Sapphires are now pink! Help!!!

posted 3 years ago in Rings
Post # 3
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416 posts
Helper bee

I have never heard of this happening to natural sapphires. I’m thinking maybe they are glass/fracture filled and that is why they are absorbing color.

Post # 4
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: July 2015

@atacrossroads:  +1

If they were natural sapphires that would not have happened! JCpenny doesn’t have the best quality…my mom had a bracelet that she got from there and had to return it 5 times because it broke within days of getting it.Maybe he can take his money elsewhere!

Post # 7
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2014

the rings are from JC Penny… I gaurantee they are lab created….. 

 

and why are you going to go in there and cause a stink? It really sucks what happened.. but it isnt JC Penny’s fault… If your dad didnt buy a care plan then JC Penny has no obligation to fix it or replace it… ESPECIALLY since it isnt a defect with the ring.. it was wrecked by an oversight by your mom… 

i’m a afraid this is a live and learn experience.. 

Post # 8
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2010 - parent's backyard

some of the dye may be embedded in grime under the stones where you can’t reach it. I have a diamond ring that I got blue paint in, and it still looked blue after I cleaned it really well. I had to take it in for a professional cleaning. 

as far as I know, sapphires are not porous — not even lab created ones. I think she should be good with a professional cleaning. 

Post # 9
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

@Makemeamrs:  she stated her father DID purchase a care plan. Also, i think it would be the company’s fault and they should return the item, maybe not a refund but for a new ring. Who would ever think that foodcoloring would dye their gems? 

Also, Op, I’m pretty sure that JCP only sells lab created stones.

Post # 10
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: November 2014

@Makemeamrs:  she has every right to cause a stink if they led her dad to believe they were real and they were in fact, not. 

Post # 11
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2014

@JemmyGee:  my mistake.. I didnt read that right… 

however… JC Penny is NOT real gemstones.. therefore absolutely could be stained… this is not JC Penny’s fault 

Post # 12
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2014

@Baybeejulia:  there is no being led to believe anything.. .it says right on their webpage that their sapphires are lab created… 

Post # 13
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Helper bee

A normal lab grown sapphire will react the same way a natural sapphire would because it is physically identical to natural on a molecular level. That means it would not stain unless it had some sort of fracture, hole etc that would allow the dye to wick inside the stone (resulting only in localized staining) or it had some sort of clarity treatment using glass or epoxy. In this situation either the white sapphires are not actually solid sapphires, or there’s still a residue on them (unlikely considering the overnight vinegar soak).

Post # 14
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

@Makemeamrs:  I worked in the fine jewlery department at JCP for 6 years. And their gem stones are lab created unless they specifically say CZ. Blue topaz, sapphire, opal, citrine are ALL lab created. a few years back a few gems, ones that were set in gold, were actually natural, albeit treated. I have a pair of blue topaz earrings in 14k gold that are natural. 

And like another bee said, lab created acts the exact same way as a natural stone. So either the set was a CZ set, or something weird could have happened, who knows.

Post # 15
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: November 2014

@Makemeamrs:  my apologies. I wasn’t aware of that. 

Post # 16
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: January 2013

A sapphire shouldn’t absorb color – lab created or natural.

I would guess there’s some color stuck under the stone which is reflecting through, making the stone look pink. I would take it for a pro cleaning. 

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