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Bridal Quandaries: Are Lab Created Sapphires Better?
Now I Need a Ring...
My mother is amazed that I get as much done with my wedding as I have. In one month I have extensively researched and ruled out vendors in two cities, narrowed down my current city vendors to 4, bought a wedding dress, tiara to match, bought the materials to sew bridal dresses…and now I need a ring.
Mom says I’m organized. I think I’m slightly obsessed, personally.
My current fascination is the wedding ring itself. Instead of buying one to match the engagement ring, I am getting a separate wedding ring, which leaves endless possibilities. I’ve always loved sapphires, so I began to research the details of what makes them so darn wonderful.
Sapphires are a 9 on the Mohs scale of hardness, which makes them only one point shy of a diamond. They’re tough cookies, which is great for those of us who are harder on our personal belongings. The beautiful thing is they come in every imaginable color; the standard deep blue-purple that they are famous for is only the beginning of beautiful center stones and accent stones. There are varying shades of blue, white, pink, purple, and even green. Unless it is red, any gem that originates from the chemical corundum is considered a diamond; a red sapphire is known as the rare and wonderful ruby. We will touch on the ruby in another hub.
Lab-created sapphires undergo the exact process as their natural cousins except that they endure accelerated growth through the use of heat. This heat leaves residue through small fissures that are only visible to a well-trained eye; thus, through the basic logistics that is, there is no difference between a natural sapphire and a lab-created sapphire except where it was made. Well, location and price.
On jewelrytelevision.com, I found a lab-created sapphire for $12.99. This is a 1.5 carat, 8x6 mm, brilliant cut, blue lab-created sapphire. On the same website, this lab-created sapphire compared to natural sapphires valued at well over $400.The photo below denotes an example valued at $419.99. Note that the natural sapphire is indeed cut more brilliantly, with greater shine. However, lab-created sapphires have the same cut potential at a significant reduction in price.
If you are in the mood for some jewelry hunting, I definitely recommend jewelrytelevision.com. They have everything from authentic gems to settings to starter kits - I will be using this website exclusively to create my wedding ring. There are ratings for each item and comments from buyers, so you know what you are getting before you buy. But back to sapphires.
The lab-created sapphire is beautiful and technically real, due to its process of creation. Of course, the end result is all about what you prefer. The simple fact is that it is a quality stone, of the same consistency as regular sapphire, and absolutely stunning when placed next to real diamond accent stones!
Comparing Lab-Created to Natural Sapphires - Can You See a Difference? (neither can I)Click thumbnail to view full-size
Comparison Information on Lab-Created Sapphires
- Sapphire - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
If you are interested in more details about sapphires in general, this is a great page to develop the finer nuances of the gem.
- Jewelry Television Lab-Created Sapphire
- Some of Jewelry Television's Current Blue Sapphires
These are the sapphires I found that compare to the lab-created sapphire, along with the lab-created sapphire link itself. Check out the reviews.