- Wedding: October 2014 - Disney
Have you picked a setting? How much do you know about sapphires? What is your price range? Are you looking for Untreated, Natural and Treated, or Lab Grown? Since you mentioned purple do you mind color change? What cut are you looking for? What clarity?
Price range is a big deal here it will determine what type of sapphire you can afford.
My stone is what they call eye clean at one angle you can see the rutile silk in the top quadrant otherwise you can not. Its natural the silk proves it hasnt been heat or chemical treated. This stone was over 2000 it was a good deal and cut by a master cutter who has won awards. Note that 2000 is a very very good deal for a stone over 2 carats, but it also came from an obscure mine in Tanzania that is now becoming known. My purple is actually what they call an alexandrite shifter we bought it without them knowing it was a shifter till they mailed it to us for inspection. I think they would have raised the price if we had not purchased since the stones they knew had this change were higher priced.
Know that purples in particular have a variety of colors and also have a range of secondary colors they can put off. Purple is classified as having more red than blue. Violet has more blue than red. Purples and Violets in sapphires typically are color shifters if not full color changers. These are the reason you will want to see the stone before keeping it and your fiance to be may want some say in her stone.
Hue saturation is a big deal too. Lighter stones will be cheaper, and stones with higher saturation more expensive, unless you get one over saturated then the cost goes down but the brilliance does too.
Clarity is also something we’d need to know before setting you on a stone buying quest. Know that a lab created stone or a heat treated stone will have the best clarity, but the lowest value. All sapphires have silk its what gives them rich colors heat destroys that and in my opinion gives them a harsh tone. Untreated sapphires are the most expensive per carat and will at best to an untrained eye be eye clean. They will still have feathers and silk.
As to 2 carats a 2 carat sapphire is going to be smaller than a 2 carat diamond. Sapphires are denser than diamonds. So do you want a 2 carat sapphire or do you want a sapphire the size of a 2 carat diamond?
Once you answer a few more questions I can direct you towards some stones :). If you have not selected a setting the people who made my ring typically have a selection of purples on hand or can easily get them and they will ship you the stone overnight for inspection. Note many larger chain jewelers can not get purple sapphires they may never have even seen one. If they can get one they will hike the price to its actual value. For example the stone in my ring is probably worth 4000-8000 atleast and will continue to rise since that mine is almost depleted and becoming known. Tiffanies can get purple sapphires but charges astronomical prices for them. Smaller jewelers maybe able to get them but it depends on their source the price you will pay. If you’d like a stone preset there are a few etsy dealers who have nice set stones at a good cost just know what you’re looking at before buying.
I buy my stones loose. I typically go to a gem show and study on what I’m going to buy before going. I have also purchased online. I only do this if there is a good return policy.
So size, color, clarity, type of stone, and more information on the color? I maybe able to help you. Pricescope is also a good place to get information.
This is my stone and ring 😀