(Closed) I was given my late grandfather's uncut sapphires! What to do with them?

posted 5 years ago in Rings
Post # 3
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: December 2011

I don’t think most jewlery stores would have the equiptment, one with a certified gemnologist might be able to point you in the right direction though.

Post # 5
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: March 2008

What are you planning on using them for?

Post # 6
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: March 2008

The only reason I ask is that not all sapphires are suited for jewelry and may be more sentimentally valuable to you uncut. Once they cut them it’s impossible to go back 🙁

Post # 7
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: April 2014

look for a local lapidary shop they generally do a lot of gem cutting from the raw stone into usable cuts. if they are not in the best shape i would reccomend maybe cutting them into cabochons and then maybe contact a customer jewler maker ( i recommend etsy if you dont have someone local) that can take your cut stone and work with you into creating a beautiful piece of jewlery

 

 

Post # 8
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

I would find a high end NON-CHAIN jewellery store. They should be able to cut and set the stones for you. I would get a couple of quotes. I would have some sort of idea of what you want done with the stones before you approach the store, though. My mom has a gorgeous gypsy set necklace that might work really well for that number of small stones.

Post # 9
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2015

I would first have a plan for what you want to use them for and the shapes you have in mind. Also remember that you can lose a lot of the size of a stone when getting it cut because they want to find the best cut, not the best amount. 

It is possible that your grandfather never had them cut because they aren’t worth cutting.

BUT a jeweller should be able to assess them for you. 

What about putting them, uncut (if they aren’t good to cut) in something like this: – BAH! I can’t find the picture I want. It’s of stones which are loose but have been placed into a crystal ball type pendant so that they roll around. Do you know what I mean? 

Also, you can mount uncut stones in rings and things, they just aren’t as sparkly. 

Post # 10
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2015

Kind of like this, but loose: 

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