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Lilith112

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Get natural light pics!

The first looks promising! The cut looks decent too.The second is too purple for me.
I asked the vendor and she says the seller won't let her leave :/ Says it's about 60% orange and 40% pink, and is going for HKD18,000 for 1.08ct. unheated Sri Lankan pad.
 
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mellowyellowgirl

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True, more zoomed in pics. She says in person, it's very sparkly.

I like the 1.08ct, I'm just unsure if it's worth overUSD2000. :/ I guess I'm just unsure if the quality matches the pricetag.
How does it stack up to other stones you have looked at?

Have you tried Gemfix? I always find his cutting so pretty!

Not necessarily recommending this stone but here is another for you to look at and compare prices. carat weight etc

https://www.mastercutgems.com/Products-301-Crescent_Gems_Sapphires_Direct_From_Sri_Lanka/9997-Sri_Lanka_Natural_Peach_Sapphire_2_28_carat_VIDEO_-Gem.php?FromPage=1

It's hard isn't it!?

You've made me want to set my weeny one though! It is tiny but it holds its colour under most lights.
 

Lilith112

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How does it stack up to other stones you have looked at?

Have you tried Gemfix? I always find his cutting so pretty!

Not necessarily recommending this stone but here is another for you to look at and compare prices. carat weight etc

https://www.mastercutgems.com/Products-301-Crescent_Gems_Sapphires_Direct_From_Sri_Lanka/9997-Sri_Lanka_Natural_Peach_Sapphire_2_28_carat_VIDEO_-Gem.php?FromPage=1

It's hard isn't it!?

You've made me want to set my weeny one though! It is tiny but it holds its colour under most lights.
Hmm... the color's not really to my liking, it's a bit too peach for my liking? I think so far, this 1.08ct is my fav...the color seems to hold up pretty well even w/flash and white light on.

She sent over more photos that she took with flash and white light on:

WeChat Image_20190918171905.jpg WeChat Image_20190918171909.jpg WeChat Image_20190918171913.jpg whitelight.jpg
 

mellowyellowgirl

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Has it got a legit report?

Sorry got so excited forgot to mention this. At those prices I think you need a report from somewhere reputable.
 

Lilith112

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Has it got a legit report?

Sorry got so excited forgot to mention this. At those prices I think you need a report from somewhere reputable.
No problem! My contact is actually going outside w/the seller so she can snap some outdoors, natural light pics. If I do pick it, I'll definitely ask to see the certificate in advance. :)

I believe it's 6.4mm long. I don't normally go for ovals...but the color's quite appealing. It doesn't seem to have any purple or brown?
 

icy_jade

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Does it have the half extinction effect? Seems so in the initial pics.

Ditto re cert. Must state unheated pad from Sri Lanka. I do think it’s a little pricey but then again I don’t usually buy pads...
 

Lilith112

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Does it have the half extinction effect? Seems so in the initial pics.

Ditto re cert. Must state unheated pad from Sri Lanka. I do think it’s a little pricey but then again I don’t usually buy pads...
True! That does seem to be an issue for elongated shapes....how could I ask the seller about that in a way that would garner a truthful answer lol?
 

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Have you asked your vendor how she feels her camera is capturing the color accurately?
I sure had a hell of a time capturing pad color.

And ask for pictures without strong direct lighting. That will help show darkened areas that will be apparent in everyday lighting scenarios.
 

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True! That does seem to be an issue for elongated shapes....how could I ask the seller about that in a way that would garner a truthful answer lol?
Ask a direct question I think lol. Hard to evade. If you try to be tactful it can be misinterpreted?

Unless the seller pretends not to know what extinction is. Then I’ll be even more worried and not buy haha.
 

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Hmm... the color's not really to my liking, it's a bit too peach for my liking? I think so far, this 1.08ct is my fav...the color seems to hold up pretty well even w/flash and white light on.

She sent over more photos that she took with flash and white light on:

WeChat Image_20190918171905.jpg WeChat Image_20190918171909.jpg WeChat Image_20190918171913.jpg whitelight.jpg
Now we’re getting somewhere!!! Nice stone!
 

Lilith112

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Have you asked your vendor how she feels her camera is capturing the color accurately?
I sure had a hell of a time capturing pad color.

And ask for pictures without strong direct lighting. That will help show darkened areas that will be apparent in everyday lighting scenarios.
Ask a direct question I think lol. Hard to evade. If you try to be tactful it can be misinterpreted?

Unless the seller pretends not to know what extinction is. Then I’ll be even more worried and not buy haha.
Asking the vendor for these things now! Chit chatting with her about that right now and seeing if she can talk down the price to roughly USD1600. She did say her camera tends to pick up more pink rather than showcase its peachy pink-orange shift.

@T L that's great to hear! I actually saw another promising candidate today...has a noticable window but the color looks promising so far. Waiting on direct sunlight photos for tomorrow.
 

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think that’s personal preference on ‘ideal’ pink to orange.
I like the unpopular color zoning in pads- so my thoughts wouldn’t be the same as others.
Just mentioned the camera not picking up the orange, so you can discuss it with the vendor and you can be aware.
 

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In my experience pad sapphires are super super hard to photograph totally accurately. I still am not totally happy with any of mine! Can they send video? I find I can evaluate cut better with video
 

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Time to see it in person?
 

Lilith112

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Time to see it in person?
I could fly over (just a 2 hr flight to HK for me), but I have work tomorrow...unfortunately :/

So here's the dilemma. The vendor-- who's at the HK Gem Show-- says she can bargain w/the seller tomorrow and see if she can talk the price down to USD1700. However, if this price is accepted, then she-- and by extension-- I-- have to buy it.

I do like it a lot, but there's also a Shanghai-based vendors who seems to have some really nice ones. But I also don't want to let this slip through. So now I can't decide lol.

Pad the other vendor is offering (indoor lighting; color reads as much more saturated on my phone than on the screen):

lisa.jpg
 
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So here's the dilemma. The vendor-- who's at the HK Gem Show-- says she can bargain w/the seller tomorrow and see if she can talk the price down to USD1700. However, if this price is accepted, then she-- and by extension-- I-- have to buy it.
Then, the Gem Show seller needs to obtain the right to return for you; this service is worth something if anything is. I trust this is quite a customary request.
 
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