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Opinions on cornflower sapphire

Discussion in 'Colored Gemstones' started by Lilith112, Jul 13, 2019.

  1. Lilith112
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    by Lilith112 » Jul 13, 2019
    So as many PS-ers have done, I am currently searching for my perfect cornflower blue sapphire. Ideally 1-5-2ct., unheated, silky, and intensely saturated with good clarity.

    It's a bit of a tall demand, so I've been talking with 25+ suppliers to find this stone. I've found 3 possible candidates so far w/a potential 4th coming from Inken this week, and I've love to hear everyone's thoughts on the current contenders! P.S. first one was taken by me, hence the horrible quality. It really was very saturated and silky in person!

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  2. icy_jade
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    by icy_jade » Jul 13, 2019
    I like the third one
     
  3. fantapanda
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    by fantapanda » Jul 13, 2019
    my vote is for the 3rd. the first one seems promising - are there better pictures of it?
     
  4. Rfisher
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    by Rfisher » Jul 13, 2019
    I envy your quest.
    Multiple photos of each one in different lighting environments is needed, although judging by photo of what we see on our monitors, and knowing how hard it is to take accurate color photos - is subjective at best.

    Lastly - and I am assuming a bit on this- I feel you are doing yourself (and more so to the 25 vendors you speak of) a disservice if you are having them all search for stones for you, not just asking to see what they have in their current stock.

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  5. Lilith112
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    by Lilith112 » Jul 13, 2019
    The seller sent me a very underwhelming video that was nowhere as beautiful as it was in real life. I actually walked around the shop and it did not blackout in any light; always saturated and blue!
     
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  6. arkieb1
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    by arkieb1 » Jul 13, 2019
    The first one is going to be closest to the colour you seek but it is silky, the next two will be too denim (particularly the middle stone) in colour IRL to be that vivid cornflower everyone is looking for, you need to get better photos of the last one to double check.
     
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  7. Lilith112
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    by Lilith112 » Jul 13, 2019
    I'm actually going to take a look at it this Tuesday! I've seen the first stone in person already, and I'm excited about the third one.

    @Rfisher I usually ask to see if they have any options in their current stock, and if they don't, I move on. I'd say the number of suppliers I actively talk to has dropped down to 4, albeit there's still a bunch in my WeChat who occasionally update me.
     
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  8. voce
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    by voce » Jul 13, 2019
    The third one looks best to me. Top one is too silky for my taste, and the second one has color zoning that make it less attractive than the third one.

    I agree that it's not a good idea having 25 vendors searching for a stone for you. Apart from making a lot of people do work for nothing, it's not good for you, since if these vendors are bidding on the same sapphire from the wholesaler, it would mean a higher cost for you.
     
  9. Rfisher
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    by Rfisher » Jul 13, 2019
    I apologize for jumping to conclusion.
    I like the silky one.
    Still envious of you;)2
     
  10. Lilith112
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    by Lilith112 » Jul 13, 2019
    No problem! Sorry for any misunderstandings.

    I'm definitely enjoying the search! I get to see something pretty almost everyday! :)
     
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  11. dk168
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    by dk168 » Jul 14, 2019
    Definitely the third one!

    DK :))
     
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  12. Acinom
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    by Acinom » Jul 14, 2019
    Based on these pics: no 3
     
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    by Lilith112 » Jul 14, 2019
    @Acinom @dk168 Thank you! Do you think the 3rd has superior clarity/silk balance or a better color/saturation?
     
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    by dk168 » Jul 14, 2019
    The third one has the best colour IMHO.

    DK :))
     
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    by lknvrb4 » Jul 14, 2019
    I like the third one.
     
    


    


  16. eapj
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    by eapj » Jul 14, 2019
    Number 3
     
  17. arkieb1
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    by arkieb1 » Jul 14, 2019
    Let us know what happens I'll be interested to see if you liked 3 better than no.1 - no.3 is a bright and open stone, but a different colour to no.1, no.1 is a silky stone.
     
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    by lovedogs » Jul 14, 2019
    Third one because the first looks too silky in a way that might be problematic.
     
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    by Lilith112 » Jul 14, 2019
    I'll definitely make sure to keep everyone updated! The 3rd stone was also shot in bright sunlight, so that could also be making the color appear even lighter (plus it looks like it's saturation has been adjusted). Do you think it looks like it has silk?
     
  20. Lilith112
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    Hmm, I see! It's so hard to find a good balance of silk and clarity; most of the times, it seems like it's one or the other.
     
  21. Rfisher
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    by Rfisher » Jul 14, 2019
    Do you happen to have more pictures of the stone you saw in person? Different lightings?

    As @lovedogs stated, the silk may be problematic, but that concept is rooted in just what personal preference you like and what look you are going for (and ultimately the asking price)
     
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  22. Lilith112
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    by Lilith112 » Jul 14, 2019
    In dark indoor lighting, it looks like this (but no black band):

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    I think this stone impressed me because it never blacked out, even when I held it under the seller's desk in extremely dark/dim lighting. It's a 1.57 ct. stone that's going for RMB12700 or roughly USD1850ish.
     
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  23. Rfisher
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    by Rfisher » Jul 14, 2019
    Very interesting.
    Any lab report?
    At what point does envy become unhealthy? Ha!
     
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    by Lilith112 » Jul 14, 2019
    It comes with a GIA certificate! What do you think of it's color in dim lighting?
     
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    by lovedogs » Jul 14, 2019
    I love it in that pic!!! The original pic made it look oddly opaque, but in the indoor light it's lovely. So I might change my vote and recommend you get that one instead of #3!
     
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  26. Rfisher
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    by Rfisher » Jul 14, 2019
    You say the “black band” isn’t apparent irl.
    It’s pretty elongated shape that it is somewhat not rare with and I personally am not of fan if it were.
    The second pic Looks to have somewhat a focused light source.
    Beggars and choosers saying insert here.
    The color of the two pics you posted is dang near my ideal, if the strong lighting isn’t needed to be focused and direct on the stone to be apparent.
    My ideals on colors don’t mesh up with most on here tho.
    ;)2

    And what does that GIA report say?
     
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  27. Rfisher
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    by Rfisher » Jul 14, 2019
    How do you feel the color of the pics compare to what you see in real life?
     
  28. Lilith112
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    by Lilith112 » Jul 14, 2019
    In real life, it glows and is a saturated medium tone blue with a tinge of lavender. I didn't think I'd like a long cushion at first, but I think it works for me oddly enough!

    @lovedogs thank you for your insights! I was immediately taken by it, especially because it's color in real life is so different from the supplier's pics (very dark). But I'm still undecided lol.
     
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    by voce » Jul 14, 2019
    I think you need to take your time and see how you feel about each over time. I've never regretted any purchases that I made after giving done tone. On the other hand, I have regretted snap decisions where I tried to grab something I grabbed as a "good deal".
     
  30. Rfisher
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    It will be interesting to see your pics and thoughts on whatever it is you are getting in from Inken!
     

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