00619-23032009">After admiring the extraordinary rings and colored stones on this forum, I decided to contact one of the jewelers about resetting my old ruby ring. For sentimental reasons I had planned to incorporate all of the stones into a single new ring, but I could not find a design that appealed to me. I found a wonderful solution to this problem: I ordered two rings, a solitaire for the ruby and an eternity band for the small diamonds. The band I chose had alternating diamonds and square bezel set sapphires, and I wanted these to be bright blue without any purple tones. The pictures I received of the unset sapphires were gorgeous, just the color I had envisioned. Photos of the finished ring also displayed that brilliant blue color. However, when I received the ring I was quite disappointed to find that the sapphires look very dark. The only way I can see their blue color is if I take the ring off and hold it up to the light.
I have read here that bezel settings tend to make stones look darker, and I am kicking myself for not taking that into consideration. I have seen other members'' rings that are similar in design to mine, photographed on their hands, and they are vivid blue. Is there a way one can predict how dark a given stone will look after it is set in a bezel? Also, is the cut of the stone a factor? Mine are princess shape, under 3mm each.
I love the ring, it is perfect in every way except the color of the sapphires. The jeweler has been wonderful, and has offered to find replacement stones for me. I want to be sure I get it right this time, I and I would appreciate any advice that you can offer.
Thank you all.