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Topic: Best way/place to shop for a Star Sapphire ring
Message: Posted by: Chessmann (Oct 20, 2019 12:19PM)
Am in the market for a star sapphire ring, but am finding their isn't much market for them these days, haha.

Just wondering if anyone might have a good idea re: shopping for this kind of ring (men's, btw).

I know there's eBay, and some online stores I've found - would prefer to deal with a known quantity.

For those unfamiliar with a star sapphire, here's a pic of one (they come in various colors):

Message: Posted by: karnak (Oct 20, 2019 01:27PM)
Message: Posted by: Chessmann (Oct 20, 2019 02:52PM)
Haha, Karnak, how long have you been waiting for an opportunity to spring that clip on someone? That was great!

Now I know what to ask prospective dealers!
Message: Posted by: tommy (Oct 20, 2019 03:32PM)
Our bar is in the Jewellery Quarter in Birmingham England and I grew up there and so know many of the jewellers there and can ask.
Message: Posted by: Chessmann (Oct 20, 2019 04:15PM)
Thank you, Tommy!

[quote]On Oct 20, 2019, tommy wrote:
Our bar is in the Jewellery Quarter in Birmingham England and I grew up there and so know many of the jewellers there and can ask. [/quote]
Message: Posted by: tommy (Oct 23, 2019 06:49AM)
I have spoken to our jeweller friends. Their advice, in general, is to buy a loose stone from a reputable Gem Dealer and have the ring made. That way you are dealing with the trade rather than retailers. Tell the gem dealer how much you want to spend and they will show you a range to fit the bill. The price of them is essentially determined by the Assay Office: they certify them as genuine and grade them. Genuine star sapphires are rare and so can be expensive even at trade price. The details of that particular ring above are here: https://eragem.com/mas10377.html
Are you really looking for a genuine large expensive star sapphire like that? There are inexpensive synthetic star sapphires.
Message: Posted by: Chessmann (Oct 23, 2019 05:06PM)
Thank you, Tommy, much appreciated!

I did go to a local jeweler who said they had some stones to look at, and from that visit I've pretty much decided to go with lab created, due mostly to the consistent 'presence' of the star. Lower price is a good bonus. I will take your advice and look into having the ring made up for me. It will be a pinky ring, btw.

Thanks again!
Message: Posted by: tommy (Oct 23, 2019 07:55PM)
Some of today’s synthetic stones are excellent.

“The first synthetic sapphire was produced in 1902 by a French chemist using the flame fusion method. This was not a very sophisticated process and a trained gemmologist can easily distinguish a flame fusion synthetic sapphire from a natural sapphire. In the 1960s the flux grown sapphire came into the market, followed by ‘floating zone’ and hydrothermal processes. These synthetics are not as easily identifiable and advanced laboratory testing may be required to differentiate them.” - The Birmingham Assay Office
Message: Posted by: Chessmann (Oct 25, 2019 08:56PM)
I've heard that lab created diamonds are creating a lot of consternation due to their being considerably less expensive than natural.

Here's a video I saw a few weeks ago that talks about lab grown vs. natural diamonds. I found it very interesting.

Message: Posted by: tommy (Oct 25, 2019 09:53PM)
The colour in the gem is the spirit of the metal captured as it tried to escape the fire and as a reflection in a mirror, you can see it but you can never touch it.