Emerald Ring – Show Me Yours

posted 6 months ago in Rings
  • poll: Do you prefer natural or lab created emeralds?

    Lab

    Natural

  • Post # 31
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    Newbee

    Hopping on here cuz 1) OMG all the emeralds! and 2) because I love a chance to show mine off. This is my engagement ring, it’s a natural emerald, in the direct sunlight you can see all the gorgeous little inclusions but indoor lighting just has a deep lush green.  I didn’t vote in the poll because I personally love lab and mined emeralds the same. For cost purposes, I told my hubby that I’d be fine if my engagment ring was the only natural emerald I ever owned. My grandfather ended up passing down some of my late grandmother’s emerald pieces (we both had May birthdays), and my collection now includes both natural, lab, and uncut/untreated emerald stones. I love them all equally. My personal metal preference is white metals, but I understand why they are put in yellow gold. That warm glow <3

    Post # 32
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    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: January 2020 - Titusville, FL

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    kenobee :  oh man, I’m swooning over your ring!! 

    Post # 36
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    Busy bee

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    rubyroundhouse :  Chatham is a lab that makes gemstones, they’re generally regarded as a high quality lab (I die over their Alexandrites!)

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    Helper bee
    • Wedding: December 2020

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    rubyroundhouse :  as  
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    charlie057 :  said, chatham is a company that makes lab stones. They were the first to make lab emeralds so they’ve had a long time to perfect it. This doesnt mean other lab stones arent as good, I just trusted I would get a high quality from them (and really importantly with lab emeralds, good cut, since this is where a lot of them fall short). I dont think you can buy the loose stones directly, I went through a local jeweler who made the setting and ordered in the stone 🙂

    Post # 39
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    Busy bee
    • Wedding: October 2020

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    rubyroundhouse :  Colour was also important to me, as well as size (I wanted it to be large enough for me to appreciate at a glance haha). So natural really wasn’t an option.

    We made my ring and ordered the emerald through a local jeweller – I don’t know where he got it from but he ordered in three(?) I think and got us to choose the one we liked best.

    Post # 40
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    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: January 2000

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    littlemisspetite :  Your stone does seem to have depth and mystery. I like it it’s very nice.

    Post # 42
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    Newbee

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    rubyroundhouse :  

     

    I would go lab created, but specifically a hydrothermal emerald in a gold setting

     

    Post # 44
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    Newbee

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    rubyroundhouse :  

     

    I’m so sorry for the confusion – that is not my ring! That was a photo I took off of Stag and Finch to answer your question. They’re one of at least two precision cutting faceters in North America (the other I’m aware of being Alternatives Lapidary) who hand-cut lab-created hydrothermal emeralds. As far as I know, they also did that setting themselves. S&F is Canada-based, Alternatives-lapidary is USA-based, if that’s a factor.  I like the idea of hand-cut gemstones – yes there are some disadvantages compared to robots (which is what I believe Chatham uses, for example), but they can do all kinds of fancy cut designs (I believe the above is Marco Voltolini’s Hanami cut), and they will almost always polish stones to a much higher grit than commercial mass production houses.

     

    I don’t mean to disparage Chatham though – I’ve seen a ruby and some alexandrite cut by Chatham before and they were still pretty stunning in person. 

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