- Sep 12, 2011
So beautiful! Interestingly, I have a similar looking stone - but yellow. The color is pooled in a very small area at the culet point and then another layer near the top. I still don’t know how to link posts, but it’s under the title “Definitely not a peridot”
I would hope it's pretty reasonably priced?
I like it (!) and not to be a killjoy, but I have a bit of an aversion to stones that "fool" you into thinking they are blue by virtue of a thin stratum of color at the table or girdle or culet.
I don't think the cutter was a genius; he or she found a way to get some color into otherwise low-value near-colorless material. That's the basis for the whole industry, right? So few blues are truly homogeneously colored, even if they ultimately "face up" as such.
What do people think: should I get a Gem Brief before setting? It might be nice to have the official weight and stamp of approval, especially since including the cost of the report would still be below my maximum bid for the stone (about $100 higher than what I paid).
I mean, if he finds a way to cut material in an attractive way to get value into a stone that otherwise would have been much cheaper, that is kind of genius, right? It's not like this is low-grade material that has been beryllium-treated; even if the sapphire were completely clear it would still be a pretty good quality white sapphire. I personally do not care that the stone is not blue all the way through - like, why would I? It looks the same face up, and no one will be able to tell once it's set.
It's about as genius as pulling apples off the tree but leaving the branches. That's the actual job of the cutter.
Contrary to what you wrote, they do not look at all the same. Maybe looking straight down through the table, it could pass. But rocked even a few degrees off axis, they look "watery" and blah with no color intensity. I mean this one has no color intensity anyway so there's that.
I get that you are sticking up for this little fella and I'm just an ogre here but they are not the same. And if you saw them side by side you have discern the difference.
I guess it's also part of the reason that I'm not a fan of the newer distinctive radiant-type cut for colored diamonds in which the "color" primarily arises because the light path criss-crosses the stone six times. It is not a result of the intrinsic saturation of the material. It's like veneer vs. solid hardwood. They are both pretty. I think of one being more authentic.
Reminds me of the blue Sharpie dot on the diamond culet That's just as good, right?
For your own curiosity/entertainment/education (after polishing if that’s the plan)What do people think: should I get a Gem Brief before setting? It might be nice to have the official weight and stamp of approval, especially since including the cost of the report would still be below my maximum bid for the stone (about $100 higher than what I paid).