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My recent purchase - a blue sapphire

dzop

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When my wife and I started shopping for a sapphire, we thought we'd pick a cornflower blue, ~1ct stone.

We ended up with a blue-violet, 1.9 ct, overrsaturated stone. Whoops.

But we're really happy with our purchase.

Started out ordering online, but quickly realized that I was too picky to order off the internet. Went in person to several NYC gem dealers. Ended up buying from Natural Sapphire Company - I know they're controversial on here, but they had the prettiest stones and not only were they price competitive, they were actually priced under a few other options that I would've expected to be cheaper.

Stone is a the least Ceylon-looking Ceylon sapphire ever. Heated. Intensely saturated to a flaw - the tone is too dark. But it doesn't black out in incandescent light, and when it catches the light the blue flash is utterly electric. I've never seen a stone like this - the closest I can describe it is like a true D-block tanzanite, but on the bluer side of the range of those, with all the flash and sparkle of a sapphire. Minimal color shift. No face-up zoning. Strong pleochroism (see one of the pictures below). Native cut, but little wasted weight below the girdle and critically (given the dark tone) no window.

Regrettably, I didn't save the picture from the NSC website, but I can report the picture was several ticks too light but spot on in terms of saturation.

Pics or it didn't happen? OK, pics.

Next to a north-facing window, cloudy day:
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Incandescent, medium bright room:
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Incandescent, showing the worst it ever looks when the saturation is too much for the ambient light:
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Strong pleochroism!
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Acinom

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Congrats!!! And thanks for sharing.
How will you set the stone. Do you already have a setting in mind?
 

chrono

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Congrats on the e-ring stone. I love bezels and you probably have a specific design in mind but knowing that it darkens significantly at times and that a bezel will further darken it, I'm just making sure that you are aware of this.
 

dzop

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My experience is that the bezel darkens the body color, but that's not really what this stone is about. I'm cautiously optimistic about bezelling it, but have instructed the designer to keep the bezel low so that the high crown can catch as much light as possible.

Also, not an e-ring. An RHR.
 

chrono

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dzop|1480435266|4103432 said:
My experience is that the bezel darkens the body color, but that's not really what this stone is about. I'm cautiously optimistic about bezelling it, but have instructed the designer to keep the bezel low so that the high crown can catch as much light as possible.

Also, not an e-ring. An RHR.
My apologies for not reading thoroughly. I feel that collet bezel (open pavilion) gives the best of both worlds. Light coming in from the bottom and sides will help a lot more than light coming in from the top.
 

dzop

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Interesting - I've always found light coming through the pavilion to interfere with flash by reducing contrast.
 

dzop

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The finished piece (which we picked up today) being worn by my very happy wife on a gloomy day here in NYC. Chrono, FWIW, the bezel seems to have lightened up the stone, though I suspect that's because I was scrupulous about instructing the designer to make sure the bezel didn't extend above the girdle.

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Desertrose

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What a pretty shade of blue! I also like the twisted band with diamonds...nicely balanced piece!
 

Acinom

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Wow! The blue looks even more beautiful now that it's set. Gorgeous stone and setting. Please post more pics :appl:
 

arkieb1

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Gorgeous stone, I am one of the few on here that like sapphires dark/royal but still a beautiful vivid blue like yours is, I like them in all shades actually but yours is stunning, congrats!!!!
 

RaiKai

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It is beautiful!

I am glad you and your wife went with the colour that felt most right to you; it is luscious!
 

praween_s

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Very beautiful !! I'm totally into dark blue sapphires. I have been avoiding bezel setting with this sort of color until I've seen yours. Congrats!!
 

dzop

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One more - indoors, north-facing window, sunny day.

Lesson learned from this, for me, is that there's a huge difference between a darker blue metamorphic sapphire and a darker blue igneous sapphire.

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