by VividRed » Dec 25, 2018 Hi All, I’m new to PS and new to colored gemstones but, red being my all time favorite color, I already fell in love with rubies - may my bank account forgive me one day Jokes apart, I just made my first online purchase from an ebay seller and I am not quite sure I want to keep the stone. I know there are quite a few well known sellers out there (AJS, Wildfish, GemFix, Awesome Gems, etc.) but somehow I could not find the right combination of price and quality. I found this 1.33ct GIA certified ruby which I bought for USD 2.5k after some bargaining. - vendor picture (uploading here sort of killed the picture’s quality) - Youtube video link: - GIA certificate link: https://www.gia.edu/report-check?reportno=2173594127 Upon receving it I was fairly disappointed with a couple of things: 1. It is way darker than suggested on the video. That much I understand but the difference is quite sustantial 2. It has a much stronger purple/pink component than suggested by the GIA report which describes it as RED 3. Under anything but daylight, the stone looks really dark purplish. Daylight will bring out a pretty pinkish-red glow but not red enough to my taste I will try to take some descent pictures over the next couple of days (both indoor and outdoor) but in the meantime I was wondering of you could give me some feedback: - Do you think I overpaid? - What can I realistically expect at this price point? I’m not ready to spend big money yet as I am really new to this, so this might be as far as I can go and I may decide to give it back and wait until I find “the one” - Would you recommend a specific online seller? Size I am interested in is 1 - 1.5 ct. - as close to vivid red as it gets, heat treatment is no problem (I don’t even bother with unheated stones, too expensive for the quality I seek). Last point: I can still return the stone for full refund so please be candid Peace and merry Christmas!!