Heres my baby, I've been in love with her for a few years before nobody found her and I finally had the cash to purchase her.
Thank you! I have 0% regret when it comes to her! I almost didnt purchase her because she sat for a while but it became evident that she was the one as more time passed.
Now that I know the other dealer was Leibish, I’mOkay, here are the details:
Vendor was Bright Green Stones in Bangkok. I was nervous to purchase from an overseas vendor but they were very communicative and happy to respond to my many questions and requests for photos and videos.
The stone is Colombian, BG says it is from Muzo, minor oil, 3.43ct, 10.85 x 8.90 x 5.46 (which I am guessing means it is cut quite shallow - I was (pleasantly) surprised at how large it looked in person). Price was $8,100 (negotiated) which was quite a bit cheaper than the other (slightly smaller) stone I was interested in, which was from Leibish.
I know, right? I couldn’t find much in the way of reviews on them at all, so was nervous. But they were really great: responsive, willing to answer all sorts of questions, and shipped quickly.So glad to know someone has purchased from this vendor. Their Instagram feed is spectacular.
@T L, is that your ring pictured??It is so incredibly difficult to judge Michelle’s ring from that photo under all those bright lights, and taken several yards away. My guess is that she has a medium dark fine Columbian emerald, very clean, and of extremely fine quality. It looks medium toned in your photo, but the photo isn’t accurate at all. Ive attached another.
My preference would be to get the cleanest, medium dark toned, saturated bluish green Columbian emerald you can find, even if it’s less than a carat, if you want to emulate her ring.
She wore it in the film, “Crazy Rich Asians,” and I think this film still is a better representation of the color. My stone looks darker toned than hers, which isn’t for everyone, but I think medium darks are gorgeous as well. You also don’t want a dark stone with poor saturation.
Thank you for the kind words in my stone.
I believe her stone is similar to this hue and tone IRL, but more bluish (cameras fail to capture the blue in emeralds most if the time), it will have that metallic sheen and also glow.
My stone is like this hue and color in the below link, and looks very similar, but I have some jardin in mine. The color is slightly bluish though, and I suspect it is for this stone as well, but the camera fails to show it. This is too dark for some people, but I love this color. Under bright direct sunlight, it does glow, and other lighting, you get that sheen.
The stone you picked out in Etsy is a medium toned one like my larger 2.76 carat emerald. It will glow in sunlight and have a nice indoor satiny sheen, but not the metallic sheen that reminds me of green Christmas bows.
Any updates? Hope it works out for you.
AGL changed my order to a verbal assessment, which takes 1.5 weeks. That seemed to be the fastest they could do. It seems like all of their staff are at the Vegas show, so perhaps that’s why the 72 hour rush order wasn’t suggested to me as an option. I reached back out to BG to let them know updated timing and they are yet to respond...Any updates? Hope it works out for you.
Thanks. Live and learn. Guess we all need to time the purchase according to these big trade shows next time...if possible.
They offered to send it to GIA in Bangkok if I paid the cert fee, and if the stone came back with minor oil only I would pay the purchase price and they would ship it to me (I don’t think there is an AGL in Asia). The other option they gave me was for me to purchase and then I could send to GIA or AGL myself. I preferred the AGL cert, and also wanted the ability to see the emerald in person and so if I just wasn’t thrilled with it for whatever reason, I could return it without bothering with the certification.Thanks. Live and learn. Guess we all need to time the purchase according to these big trade shows next time...if possible.
Glad BG is willing work with you. BTW, have you asked if BG could send it to AGL directly? I guess you were very excited to see it in person before deciding to send it to the lab.