(Closed) Where did you buy your sapphires?

posted 7 years ago in Rings
Post # 3
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

Mine were originally from Tiffany’s (and were passed down to me by my mother) – she went there because she liked that they do inquire as to ethical sourcing (for instance, they do not offer rubies due to the situation in Burma) and…they were pretty! I am OBSESSED with them – I have 2, each natural and .75 carat, and they are flawless in a …um, high? setting (I didn’t pick out my ring, so I have no idea what all the right terms are!) – which gives them an amazing color.

Good luck with your search, can’t wait to see what you find!

Post # 5
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

Although my sapphire is yellow, we just used the jeweler who was doing my setting (on Etsy) and we went through about 17 stones before deciding on the perfect one.

If you just want a company to buy it from, check out the natural sapphire company.

Post # 7
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

Darling Husband went to the gem and jewlery store when it came through Houston. He was able to inspect them in person and get close to wholesale prices

Post # 9
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

@yumiyumi: We definitely only used pictures. The jeweler we used is LaurieSarah Designs on Etsy. They don’t photograph that well, as they look better in person.

It’s always better to have the stone at least sitting in the setting to get the full look of how it would be, which is what she would do. When she showed us pictures without it in the setting, it would look a little lighter than what it actually was.

Here’s a better closeup of my ring:

Post # 11
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

@yumiyumi: I believe that’s the one, it sounds right at least

Post # 14
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Buzzing bee

Darling Husband bought my ring at an independent jeweler. He went in to look and saw and ring he really liked. It had a diamond in it so he asked the jeweler if they could replace the diamond with a blue sapphire. I’m assuming they had the sapphire in the store then because he bought the ring (with the stone info) then and there. It did take a week for them to change out the stone. 

Post # 15
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Newbee
  • Wedding: September 2012

FH has a jeweler in the family(mom’s cousin), so we were lucky enough to have him make our rings. He suggested sapphire as the next best choice as it’s hardness is only one level down from a diamond. I also gave him another challenge – It had to be orange. it took him I think about a month to find some for us to choose from. (I think it took that long was because orange is harder to find, since most people go with blue) Anyways, he had brought 3 over for us to look at and I ended up choosing a pear cut as it made the stone shine more. The other 2 were another pear cut and a round cut. The round cut one looked really dull even though its carat size was bigger than the rest(the cut was not the best for the stone). We chose a design from some books he brought with him.

I would say you should look at stones in person if you can, it makes a huge difference.

but enough words, here’s a pic of my ring:

as people have mentioned in previous post, pics don’t do it justice.

Post # 16
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

None of the sapphires we saw in the stores around us had the look we wanted. He chose a jeweler and then got in contact with someone in NYC’s diamond district. It’s really amazing how they do business. They will insure the gem and ship it to you so you can inspect it. Then if you want it, you keep it and buy it. Then you can take it to get set. I never knew they could do all this. We had a little setback when the original sapphire got stolen in the mail, but it was covered by insurance and they sent us something equally as breathtaking. Also, before he proposed he heard about a practice they do in India. Apparently there the sapphire is like the diamond here. Everyone gets a sapphire e-ring. BUT the sapphire chooses its owner. So the man has to put the stone under the woman’s pillow while she’s sleeping and if she reports any bad dreams, that stone is not for her. He told me I slept on it for 3 nights and I didn’t know. Thankfully I didn’t have any nightmares and we were good to go. Make sure your Fiance knows about this one. 🙂

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