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stepcutnut

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If you had the choice between a lovely blue sapphire(around 4cts) or a gorgeous red spinel(around 3cts)? Color and cut being great on both! And why?
 

purrfectpear

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Red Spinel. I can pick up a nice blue sapphire pretty much any time.
 

ChargerGrrl

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Red Spinel

reason #1- it''s my favorite color
reason #2- PP took the words right out of my mouth!
 

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Red spinel. I love them, they are rarer and harder to find.

Besides, 4cts is too big for me
 

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Blue sapphire for me, mostly because it''s my favorite stone and i don''t particularly care for red gemstones (for the most part).
 

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Tough decision. Do you have a blue sapphire already? A great red spinel would be harder to find than a great blue sapphire.
 

LaurenThePartier

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Red spinel!

What are you planning? ? ? ?
 

chrono

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Finding a great red spinel of size 2 carats and upwards is very difficult. Blue sapphires are easier to come by.
 

T L

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Well it depends. If it was a top blue unheated authentic Kashmir sapphire, um well
 

Magenta

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I''d go the red spinel! Hopefully it performs better in all lights, too!
 

FrekeChild

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Sapphire. Because blue is my favorite, and it trumps my love of spinel.
 

Brown.Eyed.Girl

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sapphire. i love blue whereas i''m meh on red, and sapphire''s are one of my favorite stones!
 

ma re

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Spinel - there''s a much larger variety among nice blue stones, but nice reds are really hard to find.
 

stepcutnut

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Well, I had a poll-but it didn't show up I guess. But, it looks like there are mixed choices-with a few more leaning towards the spinel.

It is too early to spill the beans on what this project might be, so I will wait a little longer before I open my big mouth :)

I am a little torn, the spinel is a little small for me-but I love, love, love the cut and color.

The blue sapphire is a much better size for me and has a lovely cut and color, but I know that they are easier to find.

From what all of you have seen on the market, how much per carat would you pay for a really nice red spinel? I have seen prices all across the board!
 

chrono

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Fine quality red spinels of around 1 ct usually run close to $1000/ct these days, but this varies based upon final size, colour, clarity and to a smaller degree, cutting. I long for the bygone days of $400/ct to $600/ct for pure reds.
 

stepcutnut

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Date: 4/21/2009 9:06:10 AM
Author: Chrono
Fine quality red spinels of around 1 ct usually run close to $1000/ct these days, but this varies based upon final size, colour, clarity and to a smaller degree, cutting. I long for the bygone days of $400/ct to $600/ct for pure reds.
Thanks Chrono! I have a feeling that the one I have fallen for is going to be outrageously priced!!! Do you feel that the prices on really nice reds you've seen lately over 2cts have gone up significantly as well?
 

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Ordinarily there would be no contest, the blue sapphire hands down but since I already have my set and I don''t really have any large reds I might just go for the spinel. Do you already have a large blue or red and if so then I would go with the one you don''t have. If I was starting from scratch then I would go with the blue sapphire. It''s my favorite color.
 

stepcutnut

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Date: 4/21/2009 9:38:43 AM
Author: Catmom
Ordinarily there would be no contest, the blue sapphire hands down but since I already have my set and I don''t really have any large reds I might just go for the spinel. Do you already have a large blue or red and if so then I would go with the one you don''t have. If I was starting from scratch then I would go with the blue sapphire. It''s my favorite color.
Hi Catmom! I love your blue sapphire set!!!

I do not have a large nice blue sapphire, that is one of the other reasons I am torn between the 2 options! I told myself that my next ''large'' gem purchase would be a nice, big blue sapphire.

But, I adore the spinel(even thought I think the price is going to be at the top of the market)!!! I have a nice, small ruby ring that is very special to me already and a 1ct red spinel-so I kind of thought that the gorgeous larger red spinel might be a little redundant for those reasons too!!!

I am torn I guess!?!?!
 

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Date: 4/21/2009 9:30:22 AM
Author: stepcutnut

Date: 4/21/2009 9:06:10 AM
Author: Chrono
Fine quality red spinels of around 1 ct usually run close to $1000/ct these days, but this varies based upon final size, colour, clarity and to a smaller degree, cutting. I long for the bygone days of $400/ct to $600/ct for pure reds.
Thanks Chrono! I have a feeling that the one I have fallen for is going to be outrageously priced!!! Do you feel that the prices on really nice reds you''ve seen lately over 2cts have gone up significantly as well?
There''s no question the pricing on red spinel of all sizes have gone up. The price increase is even higher as the carat weight increases.
 

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Could you have both sent to you and then choose? I am terrible at making a choice when I can''t see the stone, even then it''s tough.

Good Luck!
 

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Date: 4/21/2009 10:06:00 AM
Author: Chrono
Date: 4/21/2009 9:30:22 AM

Author: stepcutnut


Date: 4/21/2009 9:06:10 AM

Author: Chrono

Fine quality red spinels of around 1 ct usually run close to $1000/ct these days, but this varies based upon final size, colour, clarity and to a smaller degree, cutting. I long for the bygone days of $400/ct to $600/ct for pure reds.
Thanks Chrono! I have a feeling that the one I have fallen for is going to be outrageously priced!!! Do you feel that the prices on really nice reds you''ve seen lately over 2cts have gone up significantly as well?
There''s no question the pricing on red spinel of all sizes have gone up. The price increase is even higher as the carat weight increases.
No Kidding
 

stepcutnut

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Date: 4/21/2009 11:30:13 AM
Author: Stone Hunter


Could you have both sent to you and then choose? I am terrible at making a choice when I can''t see the stone, even then it''s tough.


Good Luck!
I am very torn on this decision too! I may have to see them in person :)
 

chrono

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I prefer reds in yellow gold if it has a blue/purple undertone. If it has an orange undertone, then white metal is fine.
 

stepcutnut

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OK so another spinel question...

The stones origin: Burma or Tanzania---would you lean towards a stone from one location over another?
 

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I''d go with sapphires, only because I love blue and don''t really wear red much.
 

stepcutnut

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Well I have fallen for 2 different Red Spinels...

One is from Burma and is a little under 3.5cts

The other is from Tanzania and is a little under 3cts

Both have great cuts and gorgeous color and are the same shape, but the first one I listed is about 2K less than the 2nd!

The First has a bit of extinction, but nothing too bothersome---I am so confused!
 

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Date: 4/22/2009 3:59:43 PM
Author: MakingTheGrade
I'd go with sapphires, only because I love blue and don't really wear red much.
I actually wear alot of both, so that isn't too much of an issue for me, plus Ruby is my birthstone---red spinel is similar right??? But, I would really love a gorgeous blue sapphire too! I think this will be my last larger purchase for a little while-tough decision
 
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