Post # 1
So, I have been looking at engagement rings for the past few months. Originally, I looked on Etsy, and found some BEAUTIFUL black rhodium coated ones. I especially loved the ones with an alexandrite as a center stone. Then, I realized that my fiance would be paying tons of money for a ring that has zero warranty on it. Um…no thanks. I’m far too clumsy for that. SO, I have decided to go to Zales instead. I want to buy the setting from Zales, and buy the stones separately. I want to stick with an alexandrite for my center stone, or maybe even a color-changing sapphire. While browsing, I came across RIDICULOUSLY cheap loose alexandrite stones on Ebay. As in about $3.50 for a 6mm stone. That seems WAY too cheap for a good lab-created alexandrite, but then again, I don’t know much about them in the first place. I definitely prefer synthetic, since they are cheaper and more colorful. Anyone have any advice or suggestions for me? I’m a bit overwhelmed! Any input is appreciated. =)
Post # 2
I know quite a bit about these stones. My gradma owns one and I also have a friend who is a jeweler and is a big fan of alexandrite. A real mined alexandrite of very good quality costs much more than a diamond of the same size. They are very rare and very expensive stones. However you can get a lab created or a completely fake one for much cheaper. The only problem is that the completrely fake ones are actually covered with some sort of “paint” and it chips-off over time and the stone stops changing color. At least thats what happend to my fake one (was may be 100-200 dollars, bought 50 years ago). I do not know anything abouyt lab-created vs fake, I just know that that is a non-real stone and honestly it doesnt really last…
Post # 3
Yeah, I definitely don’t want my fiance to spend the money to buy a natural one. I actually prefer the synthetic alexandrites over the natural ones. They are so much more colorful. I certainly want it to last, but I very much want the color-change aspect as well. Anyone else know anything about lab-created alexandrites?
Post # 4
Hi! My niece actually went for a lab Alexandrite. And I know what you mean. Most of the “lab” Alex you find on Ebay is not really synthetic Alex, which would have sale composition as natural. It is more of mere colored glass. The best lab Alex can be quite expensive, although certainly nos as near the cost of naturals which as PP said, which can be more expensive than diamonds by a ton. Good luck.