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Shiny_Rock
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He's on his way! Over 3cts of chubby blue boi, approximate dimensions 7.5x7x6.5. Am I crazy or am I seeing kozibe in this cut? Can any experts here tell by the cut if this is an old stone or a modern native cut? Can't wait to have this guy in hand! Once I see him in person, I'll have a better sense if he's a good candidate for a recut. Even if he would clean up nicely, I wouldn't want him to lose his personality. :))
 

Cerulean

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I have no real expertise to offer - but my knee jerk reaction is that it looks antique to me with some minor wear and tear.

Oh and I think it is awesome and adorable. Where did snag this chubby cutie from? I personally think the cut is charming and I am usually anti-recut but that's just me.
 

yssie

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chrono

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I see a certain old charm and love it. I recommend sprucing it up with a repolish, not a recut.
 

Rfisher

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When do you expect to receive it?
I hope you plan on posting many more pictures.
I think it’s very lovely and and can see why you are smitten.
 

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This was an ebay find. It should be here Friday, but I know there have been some crazy delays with USPS! I suspect the color is going to be much more gray in hand, but it's so quirky and unusual that I don't really care. Obviously this stone is far from perfect, but in this case, the imperfections lead me to believe that this is a natural, unheated sapphire. The seller stated it is likely from Sri Lanka, but I don't think it's going to be worth it to find out. I will definitely post many more pictures when it arrives!
 

Bluemuse

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I love wonky sapphires and their unique personalities! Yours looks spunky and chubby. I’m loving all the facets.
I see what you mean about kozibe, but it’s hard to tell. I’ve never heard of it in a colored stone. Someone with more experience will know better. The color is an interesting mix of violet and grape.
It will be fun once you have it in hand to get more of a color read and learn about how it behaves in different environments.
That should help guide how you decide to set it. Can’t wait to see what you think and how it all develops!
Also would definitely hesitate on a recut.
I’d worry about losing color intensity and the already interesting character of the stone. Good luck!
 

Rfisher

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Somebody here has a blue sapphire with what I thought was kozibe...

here it is. It’s keroppi_bud’s beauty
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Polyhex

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I can see why it touched your heart, I LOVE it! Yes I see kozibe too and colored stones can definitely display kozibe when the angles line up, as it's the reflection of the culet facet. I have an OEC zircon that displays crazy kozibe, and an old mine tourmaline that shows a few culet reflections at the right angle. I am pro-recut but I would NOT personally recut this because of the absolutely charming cut, but if it has bothersome facet abrasions they can be repolished without changing the cut.

Super congratulations to you, I can't wait to see more photos!

Crazy zircon kozibe:

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Tourmaline with a some discrete kozibe:
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Polyhex

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Wow, it's gorgeous!! That's amazing that the color is generated by one spot reflecting throughout the stone! Congratulations!

I don't see an open culet on the stone, I wonder if the effect is being generated by a reflection of a tiny window, or the beautiful blocky faceting.
 
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