Sapphires, Sapphires, Where to get Sapphires

posted 6 years ago in Rings
Post # 3
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9824 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper

http://www.palagems.com This site is kind of annoying because you have to have the gems sent to someone in the gem/jewelry trade first, but they have some of the best stones I’ve yet seen online

http://www.precisiongem.com/ Mostly untreated gems, great cuts

http://www.gemfix.com/

http://www.finewatergems.com/sapphire.html

http://www.planetarygems.com/rare%20gemstones3.htm Careful with this one, their communication is patchy and the pics aren’t always accurate, but nice variety if you catch them at a good time

http://wildfishgems.com My favorite for natural, untreated gems.

http://precisiongem.com/

I’ll dig up more if you don’t see anything that strikes you from these sites! I have probably 50 different sources.

 

Post # 4
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Worker bee

Africagems sell sapphires, that’s where I was going to get mybpink sapphire, I don’t know what u guys look for in a sapphire so this might be a really poo company, I’m very inexperienced *blushes* xx

Post # 5
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: November 2012

Idk if you’re open to lab created, but I have an blue Avarra sapphire from better than diamond that’s beautiful.  Chatham’s also supposed to make great sappires.

Post # 7
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Buzzing Beekeeper

@Blue-Bird:  That’s a good one too, his cuts are so nice. I wish I could list all my links, my Bookmarks are a mile long and I’m lazy.

Post # 10
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

You might want to shop around for settings, but if you’re looking for loose stones, I do recommend Jewelry Impressions for Chatham Lab-Grown sapphires. They have all sorts of shapes, including oval.

I bought a 5.5mm round cut yellow sapphire in the #3 hue, to replace the center stone on my engagement ring.

Post # 10
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Wannabee

I tried to work with Ed at Wildfishgems for my white, white sapphire. What a nightmare. I was EXTREMELY specific about wanting a precision cut, pure white stone of a certain size.  He sold me one that was all lopsided and looked slightly blue.  When I complained, he said it could be recut at his expense.  After being recut, it was too small to look good on my hand and it was now obviously baby blue once it had a really nice cut. He baulked at taking it back when all along he said, “not happy, send it back!”   After a prolonged fight with the credit card company, I won because I kept meticulous records and made him write everything out to specify what my rights were.  Now on his website, he shows the poorly cut stone as being “sold”…ok, we did pay a deposit at one point (which he ended up charging the whole amount rather than the % he claims he will to start looking and promised to refund it if we weren’t happy), but the new picture of the same stone after recutting is still there -its the same stone for crying out loud.  The certificate clearly shows its blue but he still tries to pawn it off as white with only hints of blue now and then.  Ugh.  After researching the heck out of my stone and vendor I thought for sure I would have clear sailing.  Buyer beware with this man.  His real name isn’t even Ed and he doesn’t really live in Germany (found that out after having to mail the stone back to Portugal).  The man who recut the stone is brilliant and very, very nice.  He’s in the US.  Peter Torraca at Torraca Gemcutting.  I’d go directly to him. 

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