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what do you think of this UNHEATED sapphire

babydoll_mini

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it is 6.7 x 5.71 x 4.8 mm
Origin: Madagascar

vendor rates:
Tone: 6 Medium Dark
Hue: vB
Saturation: 6 Vivid

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babydoll_mini

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it is declared to be UNHEATED, so another question is that if I were to purchase it, what cert should I ask for?
Is AIGS memo enough for unheated sapphire?

Thank you!!
 

T L

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babydoll_mini|1304948016|2916153 said:
it is declared to be UNHEATED, so another question is that if I were to purchase it, what cert should I ask for?
Is AIGS memo enough for unheated sapphire?

Thank you!!
It looks a little dark, but as I don't buy many sapphires from that vendor, I can't read his "sapphire photos" as well as some other gems.

AIGS should suffice if and only if it's unheated. If it's deemed heated by AIGS, I probably won't go through with the purchase.
 

minousbijoux

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If its the stone I think it is, then I would agree with TL that it may read as too dark, unless you like those really deep, rich sapphires that occasionally throw off sparks and flashes of pure, vibrant and vivid color....also know that of course you'd have to take real precautions in the setting you choose so as not to make it closeup even more.
 

LD

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I've bought a sapphire from that vendor and it was much much darker than the photos. I too have problems "reading" his sapphire photos. This one does look dark and it's also very deep so I'm guessing it'll be more black than blue.
 

Indylady

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Seems too dark to me too.
 

Arkteia

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I like this color but would pass on this stone because it does look dark to me. I suspect it is the result of the way the pavilion is cut (too deep). Unfortunately, it is too small to be worthy of a recut.
 

chrono

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I expect it to be quite dark in person and will only show its personality under very strong lighting. In terms of verifying that it is untreated, AIGS will suffice.
 

babydoll_mini

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Hi experts, thank you so much for your opinions!
I have asked Tan to inspect this stone personally to see if it is too dark.
I sure want to avoid overly dark stones.

btw, I think the price is quite good ($560, is it ok to post the price here?)
so I'd like to give it a chance, if Tan came back saying it is not too dark.
What do you think?

Thanks a lot again!
 

T L

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Ask him if it loses lots of saturation in certain lighting as well, or if it goes more violet. Tan recently told me that a spinel wasn't too dark, and when I got it, it was way too dark. I think he has to grow accustomed to what you like before he makes a judgement. Be careful.
 
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