Good evening lovely bees…. I am no jewelry expert, but thought there would be some bees out there who could help and/or offer opinions on this.
So earlier this week I happened to fall in love with a gorgeous yellow radiant cut diamond. It was flanked with two small trapezoids- one on each side. it was lovely, but far out of my price range. From what I can gather, yellow diamonds are far less common than regular/ white diamonds, so the price is higher overall.
I was wondering if having a replica of this ring made with a yellow sapphire instead of a yellow diamond would be a realistic ( aka more affordable) option. That said….the ring I saw was SO sparkly it was insane! I would hesitate to go down the sapphire path if a yellow sapphire would not have the same or comparable sparkle factor as a yellow diamond. I haven’t even seen a yellow sapphire in person, and it is very hard to tell in looking at pictures online.
For those that have experience with this sort of thing, what are your thoughts? I wouldn’t want to be disappointed, but the price difference is quite large, so I am hoping that this might be a worthwhile consideration. I welcome all feedback!~
The diamond is going to sparkle much more than the sapphire. in my experience sapphires are shiny more than sparkly. Diamonds have undeniable sparkle which is why they carry the premium price tag. If it is the color you love find the color in whatever stone. If it is the sparkle you love most you will have to find a well cut diamond in your price range.
I have a yellow sapphire center stone on my ering, and I absolutely love it. The yellow color was much more vivid and bright than unenhanced yellow diamonds, which I preferred (I really wanted a natural stone). My sapphire is quite sparkly, but it does not have the same kind of sparkle as a diamond. Diamonds reflect a rainbow of colors to create the sparkle, whiile the sparkles of my sapphire are mostly the color of the stone. I have diamonds as side stones, and I quite like that each stone sparkles differently. Another thing you should know about sapphires is that they get dirty much easier and faster than diamonds. If I don’t clean it with an ultra sonic cleaner fairly regularly it starts looking really dull pretty quickly. I’ve attached a picture (not the greatest picture- just happens to be on my computer) with flash- you can see how the sapphire sparkles different than the diamonds on the band.
SmartCookie1: I have a lab grown diamond. I love it. I specifically asked for a lab grown one and I am so happy with my choice. It has all of the sparkle at a fraction of the price, and none of the ethical concerns. And the yellow you get with lab grown diamonds is much stronger than the non-lab ones. It’s amazing.
This Canadian gem dealer has absolutely stunning sapphires for good prices. His cuts sparkle so much, and I think you would be very happy with the sapphire substitute. Diamond as side stones and a setting that let’s in lots of light would up the sparkle factor. I’m in the process of having a custom sapphire solitaire made with them to replace my current engagement ring, and it was really difficult to choose between all of their stunning stones. They sent me videos of each one I was looking at to help me choose. Their price for a custom setting was also comparable to pre-made ones from James Allen and the like.
I have a yellow cushion cut lab grown diamond. Same checmical make up as a mined diamond. I’m currently going to sell it back to dneadiamonds.com because of their great buy back trade in policy. It’s a fancy vivid or intense and super sparkly so I say diamond.
Yeah, if you want the sparkle of a diamond…go with a yellow diamond (lab or natural). The price can be $$$ though especially as you move into fancy intense and fancy vivid yellow! Sapphires are lovely and yellows will be be easier on the wallet, but are definitely not going to give you that high (or comparable) sparkle you liked about the diamond.
Looks like I will have a bit more research to do before making a choice. One piece of info that I didn’t share previously is that I don’t actually want a ‘fancy vivid’ color yellow diamond. I prefer the yellow that is a bit lighter in color. I don’t know if I will be able to find that in a lab diamond? (genuinely don’t know- from the 10 seconds I spent scouring the links, I didn’t see alot of variation in the yellow color, so I don’t know if this even exits? )
this is the actual ring I am lusting over… but that I can’t afford. Funny how dh thinks that eating is a priority. 😉