Yes and no? In my experience which is admittedly somewhat limited, I think glow is a factor of how much silk inclusion is in the stone, and sparkle/brilliance is related to the cut - kind of like diamonds, an emerald-cut sapphire or diamond won't have the same sparkle as a round brilliant cut. Yes, if there is too much silk to where the stone is basically a star sapphire, you aren't going to get sparkle, but you can absolutely get a slightly sleepy stone that has a glow and some silk inclusion but is still mostly transparent, and has a cut that will also flash some brilliance.As this is my first time buying a loose sapphire I confess I'm still learning. I thought "glowy" implied less brilliance. The vendor describes the cushion as glowy.
Thanks. Very interesting. I'll look more closely and compare them.Silky/brilliance definitely depends on lighting! My sapphire looks more sparkly in artificial indoor lighting e.g office lighting, but very glowy in sunlight. There's also some lightings where it looks partially glowy and sparkly! Ideally, I like a bit of both for max performance.
That makes sense. Thank you.Yes and no? In my experience which is admittedly somewhat limited, I think glow is a factor of how much silk inclusion is in the stone, and sparkle/brilliance is related to the cut - kind of like diamonds, an emerald-cut sapphire or diamond won't have the same sparkle as a round brilliant cut. Yes, if there is too much silk to where the stone is basically a star sapphire, you aren't going to get sparkle, but you can absolutely get a slightly sleepy stone that has a glow and some silk inclusion but is still mostly transparent, and has a cut that will also flash some brilliance.
Lovely stone. As this is my first foray into buying on line, I'll stick to domestic. And I really like the vendor I'm working with. I want to be fair with her.
I would lay them on the palm side of your hand, instead of the back of your hand. I learned the hard way that stones can easily “jump” off of the back of your hand with even a slight twitch . I feel like they are better protected in a slightly cupped palm of the hand.@Rfisher I agree...I will walk very carefully around the house! I can just imagine tripping over the dogs and the stones go flying!
Hi Rad_Fan:If you route the round, are the same areas under the table staying dark? I saw sparkle from that area on a few of the living room pictures...
Is the cushion slightly more sleepy in your opinion?
I've read this excellent advice several times here for myself and others. I have very little experience with high quality sapphires in person. I live in a very small town and the next biggest town is 3 hours away. No shops here carry anything of this quality and the non-mall/well regarding shop in the larger city didn't have any stones of quality. So part of my handicap is I don't have a lot of experience. So I think this advice becomes even more important. I have to love it because I'm going to wear it for a long, long time. I trust the vendor I'm working with so I believe that the stones I'm looking at are a good quality. It all boils down to what I love and what I can get within budget. (5K)Which stone do YOU like more? If neither tugs at your heartstrings, keep looking. Don't settle and take your time finding the right one for you.
Yes, I feel like the cushion does grey out at times.However if one of them goes grey and washed out in lighting you spend a bunch of time in then that one is probably a nope -- i seem to remember they're not cheap, they shouldn't be shifting to be especially greyish.
I want to see where the hunt will take me with this vendor. These are only the first two I've seen.Does either one make you think OMG when you look at it? If not, move on. And don’t feel obliged to keep working with this vendor just because they’re nice and have given you two options. Don’t drop a pile of money so you don’t feel like you’ve wasted their time. You may buy something else from them in the future. There are other stones and vendors out there, trust me when I say you will KNOW when you see the one you want.
oh of course. Sorry! Yes the line is often present in low light/dark conditions. But sometimes if I rotate it just right, it’s all sparkly. But it’s often quite a dance to rotate it just right to see the sparkle and get the line to disappear. I know it’s not a magic stone! It’s going to be affected by light or lack there of. I just need to find my comfort level with how dark I’m ok with.I meant rotate, sorry for the typo.
Can't wait to see pics of what you evaluate next!@MainSequence yes! exactly. I confess I find describing color very difficult. As this is my first foray into high end sapphires, I am learning a lot and after seeing these two, I think I might actually like one a little lighter and on the sparkly side rather than glowy. Funny you should bring up the idea of seeing them in person vs the "glamour shots." That's exactly how I described it to the vendor. I didn't really understand that concept of glamour shots until I actually saw the stones in person. I sent them both back today and we're looking for a few more now that I have a better idea of what I want.
Thank you, minousbijoux! Very high praise coming from you. I can't wait to see what comes next!!It's amazing how different any stone looks depending on the light. I remember when I first started looking, falling in love with vendor photos, then buying the stones, not realizing that those shots were typically the best they'd look, and they would vary depending upon the lighting. I don't know what I was thinking - I guess I really wasn't. Now I'm practiced at discounting the vendor photos, going by the descriptions, and/or asking for additional photos on a hand. Funny how easy it's gotten.
SparkleC, sounds like you're well on your way to understanding sapphires and vendor photos.