(Closed) Where ( besides Brilliant Earth and Nat.Sap.Co.) to find quality sapphire?

posted 6 years ago in Rings
Post # 3
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Buzzing bee

@mixtapehearts:  Are you familiar with the website/forum “pricescope”?  I would absolutely post this question over there.  They have amazingly knowledgable members who can definitely lead you in the right direction.  They have a “colored gemstone” forum and there’s also a list of reputable vendors who deal with natural, untreated sapphires.

Post # 4
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: November 2012

KatyElle knows a lot about this stuff.  Hopefully she’ll post some suggestions soon.

Post # 5
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

I don’t know if this company will sell or set only the sapphire, but it can’t hurt to ask. We purchased our wedding bands through here and have been happy with them. They have a store (Reflective Images) in Santa Fe, NM.

http://www.artisanweddingrings.com/engagement_rings/c

Post # 6
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: February 2010

look for some local jewelry designers who can educate you on this.  look it up in yelp, and be sure they have lots of positive user reviews.

some businesses have user reviews in google too. 

are you open to having a lab created sapphire? that way, you can get a real sapphire that is totally flawless at a fraction of the price. 

Post # 8
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: November 2012

I got this one recently through Better than Diamond:

http://betterthandiamond.com/products/Kashmir-Blue-Lab-Sapphire%3A-Round-Diamond-Cut.html

It’s a beautiful stone.  The cut makes it sparkly, and the color is dark, but not blackish like many sapphires are.  It’s a true blue, and in different lighting it has different colors.  It’s usually royal blue.  In person, I’ve never seen a better looking sapphire.  I was afraid a color that deep might black out, but it doesn’t.  It’s not like the lower quality navy/black sapphires so widely available.

Chatham is famous for making good quality lab created sapphires as well.

Post # 9
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Newbee
  • Wedding: June 2013

I got my white sapphire from Shane Co. and I love it. They also have all sorts of different colored sapphires, and they can have their stones shipped between stores so you can see them before you buy. They have a great upgrade policy and the best customer service out of all the jewelry stores I went in while looking for my engagement ring. There aren’t stores everywhere, but if there is one near you, I would recommend going and looking.

Post # 10
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: February 2010

@aehkamstra:  good to know. I really love that store too. it’s one of the few brick-and-mortar big chain stores I trust.  If I ever get a sapphire ring, I think I might look there first. 

 

Post # 11
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2009

We’re looking at the natural sapphire company as well, and they seem to be very reasonably priced thus far.  We’ve also looked on etsy, but I’m not sure how I feel about that.  I’ve been conversing with the shop owner of MountainMommaGems (from Etsy)…but I’m not sure which way we’ll go.  I too hope KatyElle will get on here, she’s got some sapphire wisdom! 

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