I’m going to drive u all mad I know, but what do we think of lab made sapphires?

posted 6 years ago in Rings
Post # 3
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Bee Keeper

Who’s going to know it’s a man-made stone except you, unless you tell them? Just tell them it’s a sapphire, and let them all do the customary ooohs and ahhhs!

Post # 4
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5786 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: May 2011

I have a lab made sapphire ring and it doesn’t look like my natural sapphire jewelry. Maybe I got a sh*tty one (its a few years old) but anyone who knows what sapphires look like should be able to tell.

Post # 6
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5786 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: May 2011

They were a gift, so no idea. I don’t think you can tell over the internet, just order from a place with a good return policy.

Post # 7
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: January 2015

I personally think that they are more beautiful than natural ones because, personally, I don’t like the look of inclusions in stones. They’re also more ethically sourced and don’t scar the environment.

Post # 8
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5199 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: January 2010

I have had two Better Than Diamond lab created Kashmir sapphires and they are absolutely gorgeous. I am on my iphone and cannot post pics but here are my threads showing my larger stone (page 2 has more real life shots and there are links to smaller stone within that thread too with lots of pics):

http://betterthandiamond.com/discussion/ubbthreads.php/topics/565372/1

Lots of other examples on those forums of lab created sapphires!

The method of creating them makes a difference. Cheaper made ones can look glassy but created sapphires share the same chemical makeup as naturals. The inclusions are different so someone with a loupe and who knows what to look for can tell but just looking at it? Nope. Someone knowledgeable may suspect as they are so perfect in colour and clarity, but I have yet to have anyone say anything other than it is gorgeous, etc.

 

Post # 9
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5199 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: January 2010

Oh, and they are REAL sapphires! Just created and not mined. They are more affordable because of that. A mined sapphire my size, clarity and colour would be incredibly expensive, though, and very, very hard to find. 

Post # 12
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

I LOVE them!

Post # 14
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

@RayKay:  Everytime I see your set on BTD, I drool.  It’s gorgeous!

Post # 15
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5199 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: January 2010

I personally woukd probably only buy BTD created sapphires or Chatham. 

Post # 16
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

@MissSam2b:  Oh it’s a real sapphire, it’s just lab grown and not mined.  Lab created sapphires have the same properties as mined sapphires.  I ordered it from betterthandiamond.com.

That is a rose gold setting from moissaniteco. The metal is pinker than it looks in the pic, but it’s really hard to capture it in a photo.

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