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Help Finding a Ruby for an Ering

annee

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So my future BIL is thinking of proposing and has asked me to help him find a ruby for his girlfriend. And the first thing I thought was I better pop into the colored stone forum and ask for help after seeing all the beautiful creations in here :love:

The criteria I was given:

  • Color: a true red (or close to it)
  • Max budget of ~6k for the gem
  • Would like a natural, unheated ruby.. but would not dismiss heated ones
  • Shape: I think hes really interested in pears, but then again he would be open to any shape
  • The carat size is not as important, but he has mentioned she is overly embarrassed by her man hands (as she calls it) so perhaps anything over a carat would suffice?

I have browsed most of the recommended vendors and I am completely lost. So here I am hoping you wonderful ladies can help me out.
 

Pandora II

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I would recommend he looks at heated stones as a true red unheated is likely to be out of budget - let alone looking for a red, unheated pear-shape.

Have you looked through the recommended vendors?
 

LD

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Definitely look for heated as Pandora as suggested as unheated is unlikely to be in budget especially as you want one of a decent size.

Pears are also less common so why don't you email a few of the vendors on the list you've already looked at? Gene at Precision Gem often has pretty rubies and may be able to help.

Edit:

A quick search has found these. They may not be big enough but are within budget and some are unheated as an added bonus!

http://www.wildfishgems.com/inc/sdetail/11857 would as about the colour on this and how red it is. It looks quite pinkish red in the photos although the description doesn't match and indicates it may be darker/redder.

http://www.wildfishgems.com/inc/sdetail/9834 has some inclusions, a small window and probably too pink.

http://www.wildfishgems.com/inc/sdetail/13397 I love this one because it's long and skinny so will help with the size issue! If you added some great side stones (diamonds maybe) this would be stunning and it's well within budget.
 

LD

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A few more:

http://www.gemselect.com/ruby/ruby-279284.php# Looks a little hazy but throwing this in for consideration because of the price.

http://www.multicolour.com/detail/?1499516036 a bit hazy looking

http://www.multicolour.com/detail/?336464426 heated, and you'd need to check the colour. Typically I find MC's photos slightly brighter and more vibrant than the gem in real life.

http://rwwise.com/products/id%7C1708 I would doubt whether these are in budget but might be worth a call

http://www.webgraphicsengineering.com/Gemstones/query3.cfm?yVarieties=All&ySpecies=Corundum Gem 5786 - maybe too pink
 

annee

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Pandora|1316944539|3024918 said:
I would recommend he looks at heated stones as a true red unheated is likely to be out of budget - let alone looking for a red, unheated pear-shape.

Have you looked through the recommended vendors?
Thank you Pandora, I will keep this suggestion in mind. I have looked through all the recommended vendors listed but color stone is not my forte, and I would only have my monitor to judge :errrr:

LovingDiamonds, thank you for the wildfish suggestions. I actually quite like them a lot, but I will contact them regarding exactly how red they may be.

In addition to Gene at Precision Gem are they any other vendors you would suggest for us to contact?
 

NKOTB

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chrono

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Top red, unheated ruby of 1 ct will be way above $6K. Even a heated ruby will be pushing the budget. If possible, please attempt to dissuade the couple from the idea of a pear stone as it is difficult enough to find the stone with all the specifications you have shared with us.
 

Lee Little

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Being a tradesman, I am not sure how much latitude I have on here in making a recommendation for another vendor.
When a trades person knows a vendor that can fill the request, what is the correct procedure on this forum? Best regards, Lee
 

chrono

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Lee Little|1317055799|3025919 said:
Being a tradesman, I am not sure how much latitude I have on here in making a recommendation for another vendor.
When a trades person knows a vendor that can fill the request, what is the correct procedure on this forum? Best regards, Lee
Lee,
I'm afraid your hands are tied on this one. Just to be sure, contact the mods to verify.
 

annee

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Chrono|1317055692|3025918 said:
Top red, unheated ruby of 1 ct will be way above $6K. Even a heated ruby will be pushing the budget. If possible, please attempt to dissuade the couple from the idea of a pear stone as it is difficult enough to find the stone with all the specifications you have shared with us.
Hi Chrono and thank you. I have spoken with BIL and he is fine with heated since through his own searches he has realized an unheated ruby is way out of reach. I am trying to open him up towards other shapes, but I think that if we find a ruby in the right color the shape won't even matter anymore.
 

pregcurious

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There are some rubies here within your budget, including 3 over 1 carat that have some kind of AGL cert. at the bottom (all unheated):
http://www.gemfix.com/ruby.html

They have a 2 ct round (untreated) that does not look perfectly round on the bottom left, which I like for the color, and it can be hard to find a round shape in a ruby. There's also a 1.71 ct round (heated) that looks very round, but it does not have a cert. The 1.52 carat cushion (untreated) on the bottom right looks very clean, but I am not sure how pink it is. I would not want pink in a ruby. I've never bought from Gemfix, but others have and you read reviews by searching for "Gemfix" using the PS search feature.

I would definitely get an AGL cert. on a stone (if it does not come with one) to check that the treatments have been properly disclosed. You can ask the vendor to send the stone directly to AGL first if you want to get it out of the way. Make sure that your refund period includes enough time for AGL, and for you to receive the stone to determine if you like it. If you buy a Burmese stone, you may want to pay for a Prestige Report with origin because you are paying for the Burmese pedigree, but a report with origin is pretty expensive.
 
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