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Paraiba Sapphire @ Finewater Gems

seaurchin

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I'm curious too.

I love the lab sapphires because they're so high on the Mohs scale (also inexpensive compared to mined sapphires of course and easier on the environment). I have three of his so far, two light pinks and a dark pink. But I am a little leery of the blue colors though, because I don't want something that just looks like blue topaz. That's probably a little snobby but yanno... :)
 

Rfisher

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Count me in too!

I asked him back in May if he’s seen any other colors of lab sapphire with this type of microscopic inclusions. Sadly the answer was no.
I think it’s very interesting - wondering if it takes away from what I see as the ‘flat-ness’ of color that comes with lab gems.
 

Double E

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I'm curious too.

I love the lab sapphires because they're so high on the Mohs scale (also inexpensive compared to mined sapphires of course and easier on the environment). I have three of his so far, two light pinks and a dark pink. But I am a little leery of the blue colors though, because I don't want something that just looks like blue topaz. That's probably a little snobby but yanno... :)

I simply can’t find this color from other vendors. It would be special and nice to have a harder and more budget friendly “paraiba” you know what I mean:)

I understand your consideration on blue colour. Just wanna mention there’s a lab cobalt spinel offered and sold recently. Guess he has more supply in that~

btw, how does your “dark pink” look like? Is it closer to magenta, purplish pink or something more reddish pink? I am curious on pink colour too!
 

Double E

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lol I came here because I thought "oh! someone bought one--I've been waiting to see how they look IRL". So suffice to say I feel the same and want to see pics!

Sorry for my misleading topic :roll:Will you consider doing the other way around? Getting one and post pics here for all of us:cool2:
 
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Double E

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Count me in too!

I asked him back in May if he’s seen any other colors of lab sapphire with this type of microscopic inclusions. Sadly the answer was no.
I think it’s very interesting - wondering if it takes away from what I see as the ‘flat-ness’ of color that comes with lab gems.

I also want to know if I will see the flatness or beauty of lab gems. I am waiting for my first one, from Gene. Look forward to it^^
 

seaurchin

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I'd call my dark pink lab sapphire magenta or purplish pink, not reddish. In certain conditions (which I'll have to pay more attention to since I couldn't get it to do so for these photos) it lights up to a bright, hot pink. It is about 5 carats (10mm). There's one like it on Gary's site now (the middle two photos below- sorry, the attachment function is doing strange things).

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Double E

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Also noted from his IG just now! This colour is equally beautiful with different flavours!

I can’t remember it Gary has mentioned what lab created method is used or not. May be it’s a flame fusion material, and colour varies on different part of the boule? I am not sure though.
 

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I'd call my dark pink lab sapphire magenta or purplish pink, not reddish. In certain conditions (which I'll have to pay more attention to since I couldn't get it to do so for these photos) it lights up to a bright, hot pink. It is about 5 carats (10mm). There's one like it on Gary's site now (the middle two photos below- sorry, the attachment function is doing strange things).

dark pink sapp1.jpg finewater1.jpeg finewater2.jpeg

Ooooh @seaurchin I love that color and I have a setting almost exactly like that that needs a 10mm stone.
I saw Gary’s hot pink 10mm stone but am stuck between that and the pale seafoam lab sapphire stone,
What is your opinion???
Delicate and feminine?
Or
Bold and beautiful?
 

Mooshi

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I know I know, I'll probably kick myself repeatedly for selling it, but I went on a bit of a buying spree retail therapy style and told myself I cannot keep them all. We'll see if I can stay true to that.
 

Double E

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It's here! It's 8mm. As much as I love it, I think my heart is set on finding a sugarloaf cab, so it might be on LT soon.
These are shot with the iphone on an overcast day. Also video:
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It’s so tempting! The colour looks quite vivid in the photo, is it the same colour intensity looking at it in person? And it looks slightly more green than blue~
 

Mooshi

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It’s so tempting! The colour looks quite vivid in the photo, is it the same colour intensity looking at it in person? And it looks slightly more green than blue~

It really is that vivid and intense in real life, at least on cloudy overcast days which is when I took those shots, and all we've had since I've gotten the stone. It leans more green than blue to me in this lighting so far, between Garys photos and mine I think it's spot on.
 

Double E

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It really is that vivid and intense in real life, at least on cloudy overcast days which is when I took those shots, and all we've had since I've gotten the stone. It leans more green than blue to me in this lighting so far, between Garys photos and mine I think it's spot on.

Have to say once more it’s insanely beautiful! I wish to get one if I have more fund for a fun ring, but not able to as I just made another daily ring;)2
 

Double E

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I'd call my dark pink lab sapphire magenta or purplish pink, not reddish. In certain conditions (which I'll have to pay more attention to since I couldn't get it to do so for these photos) it lights up to a bright, hot pink. It is about 5 carats (10mm). There's one like it on Gary's site now (the middle two photos below- sorry, the attachment function is doing strange things).

dark pink sapp1.jpg finewater1.jpeg finewater2.jpeg

Hi @seaurchin, return to my question for your lab pink earlier~How do you think it’s similarity to natural hot pink sapphire or even Jedi spinel? I wonder if it has the glow that some hot pink sapphire do?
 

seaurchin

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Hi @seaurchin, return to my question for your lab pink earlier~How do you think it’s similarity to natural hot pink sapphire or even Jedi spinel? I wonder if it has the glow that some hot pink sapphire do?

Sorry, I don't know how to answer that. I've never seen a hot pink sapphire or Jedi spinel in person.
 

Double E

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Sorry, I don't know how to answer that. I've never seen a hot pink sapphire or Jedi spinel in person.

No worries^^ So do I, not have that chance to look at really high quality gems often, the commercial stones which we can always see in the market are just…normal~
I just saw Gary compare this material with Jedi in his new gem section~So curious~
 
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