Post # 1
Hey just a question for you girls,
I work in jewelery sales… long story, kinda hard to explain what I do, but anyway, I help a few stores that sell Alexandrite.
Here is my question for you all….
I dont mind lab created rings… either diamond substitutes or lets say heat enhanced blue diamonds etc.
but for some reason I was a little bugged with lab Alexandrite. I am trying to figure out why? maybe because of how rare it is and the whole appeal to me is it is a NATURAL stone that changes color…which is AMAZING. Also I know I cant afford it right now and when I do it will be under a carat. Which makes the stone so much more special to me.
Anyway, I am in NO WAY trashing lab created Alex, just wanted to get opinions if people feel this way or if they LOVE LOVE LOVE the stone no matter what!
Post # 3
Well, I don’t mind lab created Alexandrite. I have been told by many jewelers that lab created can be even better than the real thing because natural Alexandrite can end up not being pretty at all. Alexandrite is so, so rare. It is hard to find and even if you do, you run the risk of it being lab created.
Post # 4
To echo what futurebaker said, lab alexandrite just makes more sense than natural alexandrite for a couple reasons:
1) Natural alexandrite is really rare. Jewelry-quality alexandrite is not easy to come by.
2) Because of its rarity, it’s really expensive
3) A lot of natural alexandrite’s ugly. Lab created alexandrite’s going to be far more beautiful than most of the natural alexandrite you see out there.
Personally, I prefer lab created stones. They generally have better color, clarity, and price tags than their natural counterparts. Ethical issues are a plus too, but I don’t want to get into that on this thread. I also love how humans are clever enough to make something in a lab that took millions of years to grow naturally. Bottom line is I love lab created stones, and don’t have too much interest in getting something mined unless it’s an heirloom or antique. I see why some people want something ancient grown from the earth, but if the chemical and physical properties are the same, I’ll take the lab grown one! Lab grown sapphire and Amora Gem are on my wishlist!
Post # 5
You have to have serious, serious cash to buy natural Alexandrite, as others have mentioned. I remember a thread on PriceScope I read a while back where a guy was looking to buy a natural, 1+ carat natural Alexandrite with strong color change. If I remember correctly, he spend upwards of 80,000 dollars (if not more) on a 1 ct. stone. It also took him a long time and lots of advice from knowledgeable people to find the stone. If lab Alex didn’t exist, most people would never get to own Alex in any form.
A natural stone will always be more “special” than a lab stone in the sense that it will be unique, no one else will have a stone with the exact same color, shape, inclusions, etc., especially with natural Alex as they all exhibit different shades and degrees of color change. Lab stones, while gorgeous, are more “flawless” and usually come in commercial cuts and uniform colors…so even with the existence of the Lab Alex, your natural Alex will still be “special”.
I’m not sure why you would have a problem with lab Alex, which is pretty much what it claims to be (a lab created stone) and not blue color enhanced diamonds, which are marketed in a more deceptive way, IMO.
Post # 6
@starla: $80,000 on a one carat stone?!?!?! Holy crap!