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stone options for sugarloaf ring?

moneymeister

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Hi CS folks. I have always wanted a sugarloaf ring (bullet-shaped cabochon). With it's smooth finish, I am wondering if a sapphire would scuff over time? Are there any other well-wearing stone contenders you might suggest?

Thanks in advance!
 

chrono

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With it having a smooth surface (no facets at the crown), it is less likely to be scuffed or chip, unlike a faceted stone. The only concern is the very top, but even then, it's pretty safe if worn with care.
 

T L

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I think any cabochon can scuff up. It depends how hard you are on your jewelry. However, sapphire being extremely hard, it’s less likely to scuff up then an opal or a moonstone, which can lose their polish over time.
 

moneymeister

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Thank you @chrono and @TL
I gather sapphire would probably be at the top of the list for cab choices. Thank you for your input.
Generally, I am pretty easy on jewelry, being a lady of a certain (ahem) age, I am not doing much more than deskwork and dishes.
 

moneymeister

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I have this untreated ruby sugarloaf, and I managed to scratch the ruby right away. :cry2:

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Jpie no - that must have been heart breaking. That ring is everything perfect about a sugarloaf. A wet looking colorful gumdrop of jewel goodness. I wonder if someone could buff it out without too much trouble. It's a beautiful design.





Oh that is FABULOUS!. It definitely helped. I love designs that have that deco design look. Yummy!
 

moneymeister

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Anyone and everyone PLEASE post your delicious sugarloaf rings here!
 

LilAlex

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Sapphire. Lots more emeralds but I think that's too fragile for such an exposed setting. If you go emerald, I would absolutely insure it and wear it sparingly.

Jade is "softer" but incredibly tough for a cab -- but a nice color, nice translucency piece would be five figures and not your "sugarloaf" shape.

I agree it's a great look. Spouse has a very purple star sapphire that is like a jellybean. I like a transparent sugarloaf better but not really compatible with an asterism.
 

moneymeister

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Sapphire. Lots more emeralds but I think that's too fragile for such an exposed setting. If you go emerald, I would absolutely insure it and wear it sparingly.

Jade is "softer" but incredibly tough for a cab -- but a nice color, nice translucency piece would be five figures and not your "sugarloaf" shape.

I agree it's a great look. Spouse has a very purple star sapphire that is like a jellybean. I like a transparent sugarloaf better but not really compatible with an asterism.
LilAlex, I agree that emerald is a little too fragile for a daily wear ring. I do love the look though. The jade idea is a great one and I had not thought of that. While the shape is not the coveted gumdrop, a beautiful antique jade cab is a great idea for a daily wear ring. I have recently become interested in jade, so that would be a nice choice. Although, my budget does not go into the imperial range, I might find a bit of translucent apple jade that would fit the bill.

I have also considered a star sapphire. I bet the spouses' ring is lovely. It's on the short list of interesting items to be sure. Also a ruby star would be nice.

There is no shortage of options, is there?

Heh, I am off to Ruby Lane to explore jade cab rings :)
 

JPie

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@moneymeister I stumbled upon this sapphire sugarloaf and thought of you. The price is crazy but I figured the design is still good inspiration.


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moneymeister

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@moneymeister I stumbled upon this sapphire sugarloaf and thought of you. The price is crazy but I figured the design is still good inspiration.


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What beauty and unusual. Completely out of my wheelhouse, financially (honey would shoot me), but a great example of an inspiration ring. I love the fine level of craftsmanship in just about everything made long ago.
 

moneymeister

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PreRaphaelite

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Just another option, this one in 18k white gold and a live auction ending tomorrow. Just sharing, in case anyone likes it. I think the setting is gorgeous!

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mellowyellowgirl

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Not a sugarloaf but I've banged my Jade cab a few times and it's been fine. Not a scratch.

I've also banged the more delicate Jade flower carved rings and they've all been fine. The moh score is low but it seems really tough to me.
 

moneymeister

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Just another option, this one in 18k white gold and a live auction ending tomorrow. Just sharing, in case anyone likes it. I think the setting is gorgeous!

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Absolutely beautiful and very unique. I love the carving on the stone.
I'm having a 16 x 12 rounded top-grade polar jade cabochon cut for a ring. Not a true sugarloaf, but will be a happy daily wear ring. I am on a jade binge right now. Etsy shop JadeCarvingCanada. I also picked up a blue Guatemalan bead and a leaf pendant from the same vendor (vendor's photos).

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moneymeister

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Edit...that blue bead is a natural blue jade colors.
 

moneymeister

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I guess my Ruby counts as a sugar loaf.

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DK :))
It’s wonderful, domed goodness is welcome to the party. I would love a ruby ring like that one.
 

moneymeister

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I guess my Ruby counts as a sugar loaf.

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DK :))
Actually DK, a good ruby is on my bucket list. I am very leery of anything I can afford :) Synthetics are great but not mind clean.
 
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