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Django0413

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I just bought this 14k ring for crazy cheap on eBay (barely the cost of scrap). The seller said her jeweler looked at it and said it’s topaz — which I suppose could be imperial topaz but it almost seems too dark and saturated. So... it’s a mystery stone and I’ll have some fun figuring it out under my microscope and other tools. I have another loose stone that may fit this setting if this stone turns out to be a dud. In the meantime, I’d be curious of everyone’s best guess. What do you all think? Maybe tourmaline or spinel? The terrible lighting makes this guessing game especially challenging!
 

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Bron357

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It’s probably a synthetic sapphire. Nothing wrong with that.
I remember back in the novice days excitedly buying a spessartite garnet... that wasn’t.... it was a synthetic sapphire. I’m ashamed to say I didn’t even know then that sapphire, let alone synthetic, came in orange.
DCC1F274-EDD8-4AD6-B203-C10C92EFEBFB.jpeg Oh well, it’s still really gorgeous.
 

femmemannequin

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It’s probably a synthetic sapphire. Nothing wrong with that.
I remember back in the novice days excitedly buying a spessartite garnet... that wasn’t.... it was a synthetic sapphire. I’m ashamed to say I didn’t even know then that sapphire, let alone synthetic, came in orange.
DCC1F274-EDD8-4AD6-B203-C10C92EFEBFB.jpeg Oh well, it’s still really gorgeous.

pretty nonetheless!
 

Django0413

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Ok, I’m back with tons of pictures. I’m thinking it’s synthetic but can’t quite tell. The color is a lovely orange/red/pink and the setting is a really nice no-snag style so I’ll likely keep it but I’d love to know more about the stone. Place your bets — synthetic or natural, spinel or sapphire?

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Django0413

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A few more pictures... There is clearly a visible inclusion — pretty sure it’s a chip in the stone... but I’m still learning... unfortunately, my phone camera and microscope hardly display what I can actually see...

Amazing the things we find to stay busy during COVID. I suppose I could be into far more destructive habits than overanalyzing gemstones.

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stracci2000

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Could it be Andesine Labradorite?

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I'm late to the party, and I see you've already decided it is a lab stone. Very pretty, tho!
 

T L

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If it’s more glassy in appearance, it could be a quartz (citrine), and if it’s more sparkly, perhaps synthetic sapphire. However, even though those are the two most likely contenders, no one can say for sure from a photo.
 

MjK1

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It looks like a coated topaz to me...
 
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