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Help finding sapphire for newbie

Discussion in 'Colored Stones' started by lovepink, Apr 23, 2010.

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  1. lovepink
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    by lovepink » Apr 23, 2010
    I was hoping you all could help me because I''m so confused! I got some great advice about which halo to go with, and where to find a sapphire. But so far I have had no luck finding a light pink sapphire. So at this point, I''m just looking for a beautiful sapphire.. I still don''t want blue.. and I would prefer a lighter pink (as opposed to the hot pink) but I''m getting ancy!

    I was wondering what diameter I am looking for. I would like the sapphire to be about the same size as a 1 carat diamond. I know sapphires aren''t weighed the same as diamonds? So I''m unsure how to find a beautiful sparkly pink sapphire.

    Can anyone help, I don''t mean to bother..

    http://www.gemselect.com/group/gemselect.php?c_14=on&c_19=on&c_4=on&c_2=on&c_8=on&Submit=Submit&t_4=on&x_Single=on&s_1=on

    I found the site above but I''m still unsure what to look for.

    Thank you !!

    (by the way this is for engagement ring going into Michael M. Halo setting.) [​IMG]
     
  2. Jim Rentfrow
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    by Jim Rentfrow » Apr 23, 2010
    If you mean a round brilliant then the size can be anywhere from 6-6.5mm depending on the angles used. Typically a 6.2mm standard round brilliant will be a one carat stone in sapphire. I hope that helps
     
  3. Taylorbug!
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    by Taylorbug! » Apr 23, 2010
    This is a pretty color, but not sure it is large enough for your setting.

    http://www.thenaturalsapphirecompany.com/Sapphires/Pink/P2383/Round/stoneid=P2383
     
  4. lovepink
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    by lovepink » Apr 23, 2010
    Oooh thank you.. while I''ve been looking for sapphires... I have another question.

    Would a spinel work as an engagement ring stone? I''ve seen a few with the light pink color I''m looking for. Would a spinel sparkle next to diamonds? Sorry if that''s a dumb question!
     
  5. lovepink
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    by lovepink » Apr 23, 2010
    Or Tourmaline?

    http://www.acstones.com/productcart/pc/viewPrd.asp?idcategory=139&idproduct=3219
     
  6. ma re
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    by ma re » Apr 24, 2010
    Spinel could work very well as an e-ring stone cause it''s one of the most durable stones you can find. It can also be very sparkly (in theory even more so than a sapphire), but things like clarity and cut will have a major impact on that. I wouldn''t suggest tourmalines for e-rings unless you don''t plan on wearing it too often and have no problem paying more attention to not hitting it around during wear.
     
  7. Arcadian
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    by Arcadian » Apr 24, 2010
    If you don't use sapphire, then spinel would be the next best choice. They hold up very well with diamonds and can typically be a bit cheaper than a sapphire as well.

    By your OP, I would guess about a 6-6.5mm stone would be about the size you're wanting. Have you measured the size of the setting to see what it takes? Colored stones can be cut a bit on the deeper side and if the setting has a basket, you really need to also check how deep the stone is cut so that it sits correctly.


    Just so you have an idea of the color spinels, I would check a few places to get a feel for what you really want.

    Dana over at mastercutgems has some. http://mastercutgems.com/index.php?page=view&cat=250 If you can't find what you want, you can always ask him if he has it.

    I'd also check Gene too. he's got a few that may meet your color requirement but might not on shape/size



    http://www.precisiongem.com/html/html/Spinel.html






    -A
     
  8. T L
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    by T L » Apr 24, 2010
    I think spinels, when cut well, sparkle more and have more fire than sapphires. The great part is that they're all untreated (as far as I know) and much less expensive than pink sapphires. [​IMG]. They're slightly less durable, but still very durable if you're careful. I wear a spinel ring every day because I can't stop staring at it. It's not top color, but boy, does it sparkle like no tomorrow, and since it's a violet spinel, I get lots of blue and some pink flashes from it. If you're looking for a pink spinel, I would try to find ones that aren't overly brown or grey. They can be. However, if pure sparkle is what you're after, a well cut spinel sparkles like nothing else.
     
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