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Is this star Sapphire natural or synthetic?

fiona00004

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Hi,

I fell in love with this ring with its single cut diamond halo, prongs and Sapphire. Upon questioning the seller, he claims the Sapphire is natural but I still suspect that it is synthetic because the stone looks very milky and opaque. Would u think the same as me or is there possibility that it is indeed natural?

Also, it's a size 8... Can it be resized down to 4.25 properly?

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Bron357

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With a genuine star sapphire the "star" rays should move as you rotate it under a light source. Your "star" seems fixed in the one spot, in this case it would be synthetic.
 

fel

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Looks synthetic to me. With some of them it is hard to tell, but that one seems to have the telltale opaqueness of a synthetic.
 

Michael_E

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Shine a bright light through the front of the stone while looking at it's back side, (since the back looks open). If the stone allows enough light to pass it should show obvious growth lines...angular growth lines indicate natural origin, curved growth lines indicate synthetic origin. The attached pictures show a natural dark star sapphire from the front and the back.

Yes, the ring can be sized down that far, but the ring will probably need to be somewhat oval to keep from bending the halo area.

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acaw2015

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+1 Michael E. I think it is likely synthetic based on the color/opaque, but a straight on pic with the star showing would be helpful too. If the star is perfect the stone is likely synthetic.
Also, synthetic stars can move freely and be "lively" over the stone too so this is not enough to tell a true star from a synthetic.
 
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