Natural vs. Lab SAPPHIRE?

posted 7 years ago in Rings
Post # 3
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

I’m not an expert on sapphires, but since they’re my birthstone I’ve owned my share over the years.  My first husband ALWAYS bought be ‘natural’ sapphires as opposed to lab created ones, because in his mind they were better (whether or not this is true I have no idea…but he didn’t know either so he always assumed lab created meant cz which isn’t the case).  The ones I’ve purchased myself over the years have been lab created, because they were cheaper more fun things.  I don’t have pictures at the moment, but I will say that the natural ones were a much darker shade of blue (almost navy blue) while the lab created ones were a lighter, brighter more ‘Ceylon’ sapphire color.  Other than that, I don’t know of any differences, but I’m sure one of the Bee’s will have more info for you 🙂 

As far as my rings go, some of them I’ve had for 10+ years and were worn daily for a lot of the time during those years…they’ve all held up nicely with no noticable scratches or damages (I’ve never truly inspected them with a loupe or anything, so I can’t say for certain).  Keep in mind that we bought all of them from chain jewelry stores, and all of the ones I bought were during their specials where you would only spend $30 on a gold ring with created sapphires….not a bad deal.  If you were to go to a place like The Natural Sapphire Company (I think that’s what it is called??) you would most likely have more options and a higher quality.  Hope this helped a little.  Good luck!

Post # 4
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Buzzing Beekeeper

Lab sapphires are still real sapphires, they are just created in a lab instead of in nature. But I prefer natural. I like the colors of natural better than lab, I like the little imperfections, I like silk, I like the glow of a natural sapphire as opposed to the crystal clear look of lab created.

It’s personal preference though, they will both hold up just fine for jewelry.

Post # 5
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

It’s not a center stone, but they were half carat each with two for the ring and two for the earrings, I think for four, half carat tear drop natural ceylon sapphires was 400 or so from a gem and jewlery sale. It looks a more “bluer” in less direct light.

Post # 6
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

I don’t have a sapphire ring, but my sapphire necklace is lab-created. My husband bought it for me for almost a year ago and it’s a really nice deep blue color, I get compliments on it often. And it wasn’t too expensive – maybe $150? Anyway, I wear it all the time and there’s no wear and tear on it at all. Maybe too soon to tell, but it seems like the lab ones hold up fine (and come in the color you might lean towards).

Post # 8
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

@pharmy:  In that case I would have him order some in (since you don’t HAVE to buy them) and look for yourself also.  If you find one you think you’ll love, order it and compare…just make sure you can return it.

Post # 9
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: December 2010

I don’t know the price of these sapphires. But the ones in my anniversary band are lab created with both blue & white sapphires in it:

 

Post # 10
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

@pharmy: We tried ordering stones through local jewelers (we were going independant for the actual ring) but Darling Husband found better deals through the wholesale show. Can you google if one is coming near you guys? You can negotiate prices and see a good number of lose stones at one go.

Post # 14
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

This is going to be a picture overload but I ADORE my ring! I told my FH about a year ago that I would prefer a sapphire to a diamond, but we didn’t discuss when he was going to propose (although I did know he was going to lol, he’s not as sneaky as he thinks he is!) and he picked out the ring with no help from anyone! It’s a natural stone and I dont’ know the cost of the individual sapphire. I prefer the look of natural because I think that lab-created look too… bright? My stone is very, very dark. In the sun it is clear enough to see through it but inside it almost looks black sometimes. I most love the way that it looks by the light of a fire! I wish I had pictures to capture that. The diamonds around it are very shiny in the sun. Here are wayyyy too many pictures to show you!

Here it is in the box when he first proposed:

And on my finger… i had to squish together my fingers because he didn’t know my size so it was a 7.5 and I had to get it sized down to a 6!

This is outside with cloud cover, so you can see here how clear and dark it really is:

And lastly, here are 2 pictures from our engagement session so you can see how it actually looks on my hand/in natural light:

I hope this was helpful!

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