Where is the best place to purchase a loose ceylon sapphire for my e-ring?

posted 4 years ago in Rings
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Helper bee

I think if you go to pricescope.com the experts there can help you! They even have a forum dedicated to colored stones, so I’d start there.

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Bumble bee

wildfishgems is reputable. 

Post # 4
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: July 2015

I purchased mine from the Natural Sapphire Company.  It’s a  GIA certified, natural, untreated Ceylon sapphire.  They were very helpful and easy to work with, and they will send it to you for an inspection period.

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Buzzing bee

I will always recommend buying straight from a cutter. Usually they are gemologists to start with. And they only buy rough or material they can turn into a good quality gem. They are helpful (in my experience) and sure, you pay a bit for the cut too but trust me, it’s SO worth it!

good luck! 

I can send you a few links and names. PM if interested

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Busy bee
  • Wedding: February 2015

I went through a local custom jeweler. I scoped out online retailers but my jeweler found the best looking stone I had seen. The cut was also magnificent and exactly how a sapphire should be. The lighter, more vibrant the sapphire color, the deeper the cut needs to be.

I also liked being able to see the stone in person. So, I would strongly suggest finding a local, reputable jeweler who’s also knowledgable in stones. Pics to follow… 

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Busy bee
  • Wedding: February 2015

Sorry so pic heavy but here is an idea of how deep the cut is. It literally fills the whole setting and its set very high. It’s so light can hit it at all the right angles to show off the multi-facets! Mine is 1.6 carats. It’s a custom job; my hubby and I love it! 

 

 

Post # 11
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: February 2015

Here’s the only picture I could find of my stone before it was set. I had quite a few but I deleted them!

 

Post # 12
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Worker bee

I think a gem show is a great option, if you can find one near you that has a lot of options. However, sometimes the good stuff at a bigger gem show is in a vendor’s only area.

If you know anything about gems at all, you can find great deals online. My fiance is very into gemstones, and found my loose sapphire on ebay from a cutter in Sri Lanka, and then had a local jeweler set it. You just have to be very careful about the kinds of treatments the stone might have been put through.

For reference:

Post # 13
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Bumble bee

peacealienus:  However, i know at least the people on pricescope are typically not so keen on the natural sapphire company. i would look into their threads about it. 

Post # 14
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Bumble bee

peartree:  I think a gem show is a great option, if you can find one near you that has a lot of options. However, sometimes the good stuff at a bigger gem show is in a vendor’s only area.

Often (but not always) you can get access to these kind of “restricted sale” places at gem and bead shows with a reseller permit.  To get a reseller permit, you just need to have a business license.  If you don’t already have a business license, it’s usually not hard to set one up, and you can cancel the license at the end of the year/after you make your purchase.  (Though a business license will make doing your taxes that year slightly more complicated, it won’t be too terrible, and if you don’t actually do any business, it’s usually not very bad at all.)  Just don’t try anything stupid like claiming the gemstone as a business expense – there are very specific rules about that!

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