Post # 1
Hey bees! Need some help finding a sapphire!
I want to know what you did looking for the stone. BF and I are putting the ring together, but he wanted to add some mystery to the proposal so I’m letting him pick the ring. But I insisted that we pick the stone together 🙂
I’ve been on Pricescope, and I did find a lot of meticulous information for the stone hunt but I feel that their opinions are more on what should be wanted instead of what I want.
Also, we stopped by a jeweler at the mall, and he said the important factors for diamonds is the fire (I get that) but because sapphires are sought after for color, sparkle should just be ignored (yeah, a jeweler told me sapphires don’t sparkle…) I’ve seen rounds and ovals and I feel that ovals are in the lead for me!
So, what made you decide to pick the stone for your ring?
Post # 3
@NinjaWings: I have a (small) sapphire oval.
I didn’t choose it – I gave Fiance a pic of what I wanted and he matched it the best I could. Sapphires DO sparkle, but in a different way than diamonds do…at least to me! Sapphires “give up” less than diamonds do. I loooove that about them – I look at mine often and because it’s such a deep blue, she looks different all the time.
Yes, color is important. A lot of sapphires are being lab created now and it’s hard to find an affordable natural sapphire. My natural sapphire is very deep blue…in the light it’s a deep blue and in the dim light of a lamp it’s almost black. Apparently that’s not “desirable” but I LOVE it. It’s really up to you what you’d prefer – do you want a bright blue or a deep blue?
Natural Sapphire Co. is a good place to look at the color variants. 🙂
Post # 4
If you post on Pricescope with what exactly you want, they will help you find that, even if it is outside of what they think is ideal. However 99% of sapphire threads on PS are looking for the trade ideal sapphire, so the posts are always geared that way.
What DO you want in a sapphire? Other than oval shape – which is the easiest to find for sapphires so that’s good. Size, color, sparkliness (they do sparkle – all the ones I own do), level of treatment, budget? If you don’t have any of that in mind, I would recommend going with for the level of treatment basic heat only, and getting a lab report to back it up. DO NOT BUY IT AT THE MALL. Sapphires from any store likely to be in the mall, even high-end jewelers like Tiffany, are usually beryllium-treated and horrendously overpriced. Find an independent jeweler who is good with colored stones. (If you post where you are, some people may have suggestions, or you can search the PS colored stones forum for your city, or google or whatever.) And then just have them bring in lots of sapphires until you find one you love.
So what made me decide to pick my EXACT stone… I knew it was the one when I saw it. Idk. When the jeweler tried to take it back from me I snatched it away, and every other stone I looked at just didn’t compare. This was the one that felt special to me.
Post # 5
Oh believe me, we had no intention of buying it there. We have a jeweler who is close with my family, very reputable and trustworthy. It’s just that the sapphire came to mind one day while we were walking around at the mall. I know what you mean when you found “the one”… we did speak to my jeweler after and he pulled all the stones he had just for us to examine the characteristics. He had a GORGEOUS oval but it was 2.55cts and $2500 so we turned it down.
At the moment I’m in central PA but my jeweler is in MD. I’m not opposed to looking for stones here in PA but my jeweler would break his back to make sure we’re satisfied 🙂
I’m a size 4, so the 1-1.5ct range is ideal and I know ct size in terms of sapphire is different compared to diamonds. And up to $1000 for the stone price range… do I sound like a nut aiming for the stone to be better overall than the ring? BF actually agrees with this master plan though. I’m leaning towards a darker than royal blue.
I’d say this is the perfect example: http://www.tacori.com/blog/tacori-royal-sapphire/