(Closed) White sapphire? Show me!

posted 12 years ago in Rings
Post # 18
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2009

My Mother-In-Law has a white sapphire, the stone is almost the same size as my diamond and quite honestly, side to side you can’t tell a difference! I’ve seen some beautiful white sapphire rings and are A LOT more inexpensive and budget friendly.

Post # 19
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2010

@iggies: I love, love, love your ring. I drool everytime I see it. I think white sapphires are such a pretty stone. I heart engagements rings with non-traditional stones.

Post # 20
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Busy bee

If the white sapphire looks just like a diamond to the untrained eye and budget isn’t an issue, I would just get a conflict-free diamond. 

Post # 21
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Blushing bee

yeah even if it looks the same and since we (he) can afford it, I would still want a diamond.

Post # 22
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2010

I started looking at moissanite mostly because while I love the look of diamonds (damn you, DeBeers’ marketing team!) they don’t fit our budget and I have issues with the diamond industry and certain attitudes about diamonds–probably the same reasons you said you wouldn’t get into here.

However, the more I researched the stone..the more I liked it. They rate very high in hardness & toughness (above all other stones, except for a diamond). The retractive index (brilliance) and dispersion (fire) rate above a diamond–basically they’re really sparkly!

I don’t want to derail the thread entirely by posting a pic of my moissanite ring in a white sapphire thread, but if you’d like to see it let me know 🙂

Post # 23
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

I don’t think it’s necessarily meant to be a substitute for a diamond. It’s a gorgeous stone…these rings are beautiful, ladies! I could look at ring photos all day.

Post # 24
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2010

I agree @ZoeKat. Alternatives, sure…substitutes no.

Post # 25
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2010

As requested…

 

 

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Post # 26
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: April 2011

Beautiful rings! I really enjoy the personality of white sapphires. They remind me of snowflakes.

I find it quite funny that some people think there can’t be any colorless gem except diamond. To me, that says those people are pretty uneducated about jewelry. 😉

Post # 27
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Sugar bee

I never had anyone say anything rude, but there’s definitely a difference between someone who knows it’s a sapphire and someone who doesn’t.  I told one coworker all about my ring, the centerstone, everything, and when she saw it she just said “Oh it’s pretty.”  Another coworker walked in on the “viewing” and said “Is that your ring?!  Holy crap it’s GORGEOUS!”  I think it’s a pretty typical response to equate size with “gorgeousness” and so most people have that reaction before they know it’s a sapphire.  Afterwards, they’re just like “Oh.”

I agree with ZoeKat that a white sapphire isn’t (for me) intended to be a diamond substitute.  I tell everyone it’s a sapphire.  I didn’t WANT a diamond.  There’s no such thing as “conflict free” and I refused to support that whole industry and the value of diamonds by purchasing one.  Instead I went with lab stones.  I have 9 lab diamond accents and three sapphires (my centerstone and the two blue sidestones).  I begged my DH not to buy me a diamond, and he aquiesced.  But he still wanted a colorless gem, so we went with my birthstone!

My mom asked me if I would be more comfortable wearing a diamond since we can afford pretty much any stone I would want.  And honestly the answer is no, I would NOT be more comfortable with a diamond!  I think too many people place the value of their relationship on their stones.  Just because you can afford it doesn’t mean you should buy it.  Otherwise I’d have a Benz and not a Jeep.

Post # 28
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

Ooooh I never knew this existed! My birthstone is a saphire, but not really in to the colro blue, so this is a great option for me! And I totally agree with MightySaphire I think many people due place to much value on size of stone. I admit I was guilty of this in the past sneeking glances at larger center stones than mine but I’ve snapped out of it!

Post # 29
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2009

I recently learned from a neighborhood jeweler (I haven’t confirmed it myself) that sapphires do come in many colors, including clear (white), blue, and red. Blue and red sapphires also come in different shades. Another name from red sapphires is “RUBY”! Wow.. that’s an interesting thing to note. I don’t know anything about gemology but I’m guessing that all these stones that I thought were originally completely different probably have same/similar compositions to  begin with.

Good luck finding your stone!

Post # 30
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

“Just because you can afford it doesn’t mean you should buy it.”

I’d like to buy as much advertising as I possibly can to share that message.

Post # 31
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

I guess there is some essential quality about diamonds that I just can’t wrap my head around…if it looks the same and is cheaper, why are people going for the more expensive option? Marketing? Resale value? Sentiment?  I love my 1.5 carat Asha. Recently held it up to my friend’s 1.5 carat tiffany stone. Indistinguishable and about 10K less.

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