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Alexandrite - Russian w/ inclusion vs. Brazil eye clean...

anonymouse

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I have read many threads on this board including the "read this first" thread. In addition I've been reading a lot of online resources and know just enough to be dangerous about Alexandrites. I'm looking for a stone for an engagement ring.

Question - I'm looking at 2 stones - both certified, both from reputable dealers mentioned many times as such.

Stone 1 - from Multicolour ~ .72 carats, Brazil, eye clean, round cut, > 90% color change, $7500, shot under ideal lighting conditions, but looks amazing.

http://www.multicolour.com/detail/?1094223316

Stone 2 - from Pala ~ 1.3 carats, Russian, looks slightly to moderately included, oval cut, > 90% color change, $13k, shot under crappy lighting conditions with a cell phone camera, but I'm going to see it in person tomorrow.






I've read a bazillion times that if it isn't certified, it isn't real, and if it isn't certified Russian, it isn't Russian. But I don't know how to value the clarity/inclusion/color against origin. Thoughts?

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Lady_Disdain

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Re: Alexandrite - Russian w/ inclusion vs. Brazil eye clean.

Personally, I don't care much about origin. I don't wear the report on my finger :naughty: I would choose the stone I liked best.
 

aussiejamie

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Re: Alexandrite - Russian w/ inclusion vs. Brazil eye clean.

Very well said Lady Disdain!!!!!

AJ
 

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Re: Alexandrite - Russian w/ inclusion vs. Brazil eye clean.

Lady_Disdain|1443463586|3932821 said:
Personally, I don't care much about origin. I don't wear the report on my finger :naughty: I would choose the stone I liked best.

Exactly, lousy stones can come from premier origins, and great stones can come from non-ideal origins. For example, I've seen some African sapphires that look way better than some Kashmir sapphires

As for that second stone, it looks to have a huge window. I'm not saying that the cutting should be ideal on a rare gem, but the window may be distracting.
 
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