(Closed) My Alexandrite Engagement Ring!

posted 7 years ago in Rings
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2014 - Disney

Congratulations! Love it! I dont have an alexandrite but I have a sapphire that has the same type of shift. I’ve yet to be able to photograph those shifts yet. I just love it I’m always looking to see what color I will get 🙂

Post # 18
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2015

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@dewingedpixie  just wanted to say I keep coming back to this thread to look at your ring! It’s just so awesome!

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@dewingedpixie  I have that same problem. My sapphire turns this really cool blue sometimes (almost a slate blue), but whenever I try to capture it in a picture, my phone is like “nope sorry, it actually looks purple!” I’ve gotten some variations on purple, but can’t seem to get a good picture of the blue. Oh well, at least it’s fun to look at!

Post # 19
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: December 2013

Congratulations! What a beautiful ring. I have a natural alexandrite with excellent colour change and I’m always fascinated with it even almost two years later. It’s so hard to capture the different colours and they are never quite as vivid in the photos as they are in real life.

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Honey bee
  • Wedding: April 2013

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@ashleyh2014  So beautiful- congrats!!

Post # 21
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Worker bee

The setting is simple and elegant and the color changing properties of the stone are amazing. I also love the way it’s cut and it looks lovely on your finger. Congratulations on your engagement and on having your dream ring!

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Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2006

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@ashleyh2014  I love Alexandrite, and personally I much prefer the lab created kind, because it’s so much clearer, and the color shift tends to be more dramatic and complete than the natural stuff, which can look muddy. (Although I -have- seen some really beautiful natural alexandrite on the Bee, but in general it’s insanely rare.) Here’s my alexandrite, which I actually wear as a RHR since I got engaged/married.

 

 

Post # 23
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Newbee

@ashleyh2014  Amazing stone! Definitely a ring for all seasons, it gives stunning colour. Congrats!

Post # 24
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2002

@ashleyh2014  I love Alexandrite, and hope to get one someday!  Thank you for sharing pics, so beautiful! 

Post # 26
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2014 - Disney

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@pineapplez17  I think the camera phones have a filter of some sort. I have been wondering if my husbands slr in macro would work better but it is so bulky Ive yet to try it.

Post # 27
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2014 - Disney

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There are two types of lab created alexandrite. Originally all lab created alexandrite were synthetic and actually lab sapphires. Now there are actual lab grown alexandrites as well. These are more pricey still than the synthetics.

The funniest thing about the sapphire synthetic is it does occur naturally which was haphazardly found afterwards. For many years they knew of red brown to green shifters that were exceedingly rare but valued not for their beauty in color by collectors but by complete color change. Reccently 2 mines in tanzania have produced true alexandrite shifters that go from purple to green. They are now known as color change sapphires, and the blue to purple are refered to as color shift in the indurstry. The stock is limited though and has to be purchased primarily cutter direct. Luckily since its relatively unknown it can be had for a good price.

I am very fortunate to have one. These stones shift heavily like an alexandrite and their value is based on size and color shift. We bought the first stone for my ring knowing it was a shifter but we could not use it. When we bought the second it was not tagged and it actually has more color shifts than the first! The first did mainly greens and went to purple inside. This one when they shipped it to be looked at before setting they found a slight shift from orchid purple to violet and realised it was miss tagged. We found after setting it it has wild color changes! The main shift is orchid purple with champagnes/cherry tones to olive green with blue and greys! I’ve seen it cherry red, burghundy, bright fuschia, turquoise, navy blue, cognac brown now too! It is large and it has very limited inclusions so its considered eye clean. We got a rediculous deal on the stone at 2k!

This stone is the same cut and has the same main color change as the one in my ring:

Post # 28
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2015

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@dewingedpixie  do it! I’m dying to see that stone of yours in action! I’ve been meaning to try my actual camera to see if it would work, but I don’t normally have it with me (particularly cloudy days produce the slate blue color). I should start carrying it around for this exact purpose lol.

Post # 29
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2014 - Disney

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@pineapplez17  I’m considering buying a new camera next year :). My current one isnt the best either I think it has similair filters. I really wish I could get good photos of this stone there are some moments when I literally just stop and look. One time was last year when snow was moving it it turned a beautiful chocolate brown in the flurries, another was the otherday at a restaurant something about the lighting made it go red like a ruby. My husband was like WOW over that one we’d never seen that one before.

Post # 30
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2016

Congrats!! That stone is beautiful!

Post # 31
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: December 2014

@ashleyh2014  very pretty, looks mesmerizing under the different lighting. Congratulations!

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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: October 2014

Wow! Such a beautiful ring. I’v never heard of that kind of stone before…. and now i really want one!

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