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Tammy Gallagher

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Oct 15, 2019
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I was being kind of snooty about the idea of buying a lab created sapphire, but when I saw that Gene Flanagan will custom cut a lab created gemstone, I decided to give it a go. I'm so glad that I did! This stone sparkles even under the clouds of the Pacific NW. It is just the color that I wanted and he cut it to exactly the right size to fit into my existing setting. No one should think twice about buying a lab created gemstone as long as it is precision cut by Gene.
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dk168

Ideal_Rock
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Concur that lab CSs are great!

I have four so far: an emerald cut Emerald by Jeff White; a cushion Paraiba YAG and a medium blue Asscher Sapphire by Gary of Finewater Gems; and another Paraiba YAG in emerald cut (can't remember the name of lapidary artist).

DK :))
 

JackTrick

Shiny_Rock
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Jul 23, 2019
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I bought some random lab gemstones from an online store, and found none of them lit a fire in my heart.

Then I purchased a lab stone from a named lapidary, and I was amazed how much I loved it. I really think there's something to lab stones from actual people. It comes with it a lovely 'craftsperson' type feel :)
 

emeraldhummingbird

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May 25, 2020
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Beautiful sapphire! Glad you came around! I am pro-lab stones all the way. Clean and sparkly is what I aspire to, which to me means lab stones can't be beat! Most affordable natural stones have inclusions (which a lot of people like because it adds character), but getting a super clean stone for a fraction of the cost of the equivalent natural stone was what hooked me.

I have a natural blue sapphire and pair of natural emerald studs. They were far more expensive than my lab stones but they look really dull and lifeless in comparison. I hardly wear them.

Also I have to say that precision cutting makes a world of difference in either natural or lab stones.
I bought a precision cut amethyst not expecting much because amethysts are known for their low RI. Well the sparkle blew me away, which I attribute to cut.
Precision cut + lab rough = match made in heaven :razz:
Enjoy your new ring!!!
 

MamaBee

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I’m pretty excited. I‘ve been looking to find a blue gray sapphire without luck. It has to fit in a very low profile setting that was set with my engagement diamond... I‘ve been looking for a full year. The problem was the depth had to be in the shallow size for a gem. Someone on here recommend Stag and Finch for lab stones. They had a blue gray lab sapphire option. I’m going to get it cut in the sirius faceting I like.. It will be done the end of January..early February..:appl:
 

MeowMeow

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Nov 27, 2009
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I’m pretty excited. I‘ve been looking to find a blue gray sapphire without luck. It has to fit in a very low profile setting that was set with my engagement diamond... I‘ve been looking for a full year. The problem was the depth had to be in the shallow size for a gem. Someone on here recommend Stag and Finch for lab stones. They had a blue gray lab sapphire option. I’m going to get it cut in the sirius faceting I like.. It will be done the end of January..early February..:appl:

Yay! I hope you love it! They do such a great job!
 

emeraldhummingbird

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I’m pretty excited. I‘ve been looking to find a blue gray sapphire without luck. It has to fit in a very low profile setting that was set with my engagement diamond... I‘ve been looking for a full year. The problem was the depth had to be in the shallow size for a gem. Someone on here recommend Stag and Finch for lab stones. They had a blue gray lab sapphire option. I’m going to get it cut in the sirius faceting I like.. It will be done the end of January..early February..:appl:

Keen to see pics when you get it! I've been admiring the Stag and Finch website for ages, but haven't seen enough examples on here for me to be brave enough to pull the trigger. Is the colour you're going for listed on the site? Is it the arctic blue or the periwinkle?
 

MamaBee

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Keen to see pics when you get it! I've been admiring the Stag and Finch website for ages, but haven't seen enough examples on here for me to be brave enough to pull the trigger. Is the colour you're going for listed on the site? Is it the arctic blue or the periwinkle?

@emeraldhummingbird I chose the blue-gray color. I wrestled with getting the colors you mentioned... They’re so pretty...but I wanted the blue-gray color for a long time. I just went for it. I’m a pastels person so I think this color will be nice for me.
 

emeraldhummingbird

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@emeraldhummingbird I chose the blue-gray color. I wrestled with getting the colors you mentioned... They’re so pretty...but I wanted the blue-gray color for a long time. I just went for it. I’m a pastels person so I think this color will be nice for me.

Oh!!! There's a blue-gray YAG on the site now, that's new!! Very exciting. I think it will be lovely :)
 

MamaBee

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My lab blue-gray sapphire will be finished next week from Stag and Finch! This will go into a setting that I had made for my engagement ring. It swallowed my diamond so I reset that. I think the blue-gray sapphire will look pretty in the setting! If I like it I may get another one custom cut..if he does that..for my halo diamond cushion setting. I’ll post photos as soon as I get it. I really enjoy seeing everyones rich saturated color gems..but I like pale soft colors. Just a warning before I show pics! Haha :appl:
 

MeowMeow

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My lab blue-gray sapphire will be finished next week from Stag and Finch! This will go into a setting that I had made for my engagement ring. It swallowed my diamond so I reset that. I think the blue-gray sapphire will look pretty in the setting! If I like it I may get another one custom cut..if he does that..for my halo diamond cushion setting. I’ll post photos as soon as I get it. I really enjoy seeing everyones rich saturated color gems..but I like pale soft colors. Just a warning before I show pics! Haha :appl:

Ahh! I am so excited to see what it looks like! Did you pick the periwinkle or the Arctic blue?
 

MamaBee

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Ahh! I am so excited to see what it looks like! Did you pick the periwinkle or the Arctic blue?

I picked the blue gray. I may get one of those two for the larger cushion one I need to set!
 

MeowMeow

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I picked the blue gray. I may get one of those two for the larger cushion one I need to set!

So you picked the lightest one? Not the medium or the dark right? Darn. All the rings I have seen by them are pretty much the light shade lol. Mine was supposed to be the lightest blue but I ended up with a between shade. Trying to decide if I want to replace it with the light shade I wanted or a royal blue for my 7th anniversary. I just worry about the light shade turning more purple than the one I already own does in yellow/orange light.
 
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