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Discussion in 'Colored Gemstones' started by gatorsss1981, Jan 8, 2019.

  1. gatorsss1981
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    by gatorsss1981 » Jan 8, 2019
    Hi All,

    I've been looking for a blue/green Sapphire that I can make into an engagement ring, and I found this one on Pristine Gemstone Jewelry. They aren't on the list of preferred vendors, and when searching for their name I found a few references but nothing really good or bad.

    https://pristinegemstonejewelry.com...cts/round-peacock-blue-green-sapphire-2-50cts

    The color seems like just what she wanted, but the pictures weren't as good as some other websites. I e-mailed them and they said they would send it to www.ishy.ca for an appraisal from a GIA trained gemologist. They also said it didn't have any inclusions with a 10x loupe.

    The price seems lower most of the Montana Sapphires I have looked at. I haven't bought any gemstones before, is there something that I might be missing as to why this wouldn't be a good purchase?

    Thanks,

    Andrew
     
  2. chrono
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    by chrono » Jan 8, 2019
    You have pictures of the colour she wants? Cut looks fine but the stone is dark and grayish.
     
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  3. lovedogs
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    by lovedogs » Jan 8, 2019
    This isn't a good example of blue/green color. That's why it's so cheap compared to others, bc the color isn't great . It will be dark in person.
     
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  4. gatorsss1981
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  5. SparkliesLuver
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    by SparkliesLuver » Jan 9, 2019
    They all seem really dark to me too. Maybe she likes that? I'd double-check though. Stones typically darken a bit when they're set, so keep that in mind as well.

    I'd ask Blaze about this one: https://blaze-n-gems.myshopify.com/...lor-change-sky-blue-to-green-montana-sapphire

    I'd be curious about its blue side, if he can capture it. Or if you can swing it, to see it in-person and decide.

    ETA:
    I'd also inquire about these. Possibly ask for hand shots, if they interest you at all. The 1.03 might be too dark, but worth an email.
    https://www.africagems.com/sapphire-round-1-03-201810670.html
    https://www.africagems.com/sapphire-round-0-9-201810633.html
     
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  6. gatorsss1981
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    by gatorsss1981 » Jan 9, 2019
    I bookmarked the ones that she picked, so I'm sure those are what she liked. We didn't know that they would get darker when set. Do you have any idea how much darker it would get? Will it still show the color?

    The Blaze one looks much lighter than anything she picked, and the africagems look just blue to me. She did like the blue/green color of the ones I posted.
     
  7. qubitasaurus
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    by qubitasaurus » Jan 9, 2019
    When they are that dark they shouldnt be expensive, here is another example to compare against

    http://www.stevorocks.com/Home/Detail/2218015

    Expect everything to go 1-2 (probably 2 shades) shades darker once set. There is a chart in the new to coloured gemstones sticky thread at the top of this forum which you can use to interpret that statment.

    Once the stone you are looking at is set, I would not expect it to show any colour under flourescent lighting (especially at night). Montana sapphires shift colour as well depending on lighting, so try to make sure you can return whatever you purchase easily for a refund. Have you looked at gemfix? They often have something in this colour but a little lighter. Edit for examples

    https://gemfix.com/gems/sapphire-montana-12-769
    https://gemfix.com/gems/sapphire-montana-12-780
     
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  8. rockysalamander
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    by rockysalamander » Jan 13, 2019
    As noted by others, sapphires darken when set. So, to get the color she wants, once set -- you need to choose a lighter stone. Something like this (you did not post a budget).

    https://www.earthstreasury.com/product/1-91-carat-blue-green-montana-sapphire/
    http://www.customgemstones.com/SAPPHIRE/sa1832.html {too small, but very pretty}

    Not suggesting this stone, but its a good example where you can see just how dark it gets (white gem box) versus on its own.
    https://pristinegemstonejewelry.com...sapphire-2-64cts-for-sapphire-engagement-ring
     
  9. Anne111
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    by Anne111 » Jan 15, 2019
    I liked the color of the original gem. it's sold now, so I can't see the price but it looked good to me.
     
  10. mellowyellowgirl
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    by mellowyellowgirl » Jan 15, 2019
    Hi There

    I don't really have helpful advice except to say I bought a dark sapphire in the colour your GF likes and I love it. It is darker but looks excellent when there is sufficient lighting. I would say it looks best in the shade in natural daylight.

     
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  11. lovedogs
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    by lovedogs » Jan 15, 2019
    I have an Aussie sapphire that color (but less grey than the original you posted). It's darker than id like in most light, but wjne it's "on" it's amazing.

    It's the 5 stone shown here.


    I'll try to find brighter pics to compare.
     

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