Rated 4 out of 5 by 2
Rated 5 out of 5 by StellaM Lab-created gemstones FOR THE WIN!
This is a lab-created sapphire, exactly as perfect as the lab-created sapphire sheets which serve as the windows on the space shuttle. That's pretty cool all by itself.
This ring in particular wasn't as large as I expect or wanted, but I wanted something Elvira-sized. It's okay, this thing is a genuine sapphire and it's well over two carats (maybe more, I'm not great at measuring gems). It reaches from knuckle to knuckle in length and is about a third the width of my finger. Yesterday I observed it to be noticed and envied by a group of women sitting at the next dinner table over, so it's NOT small.
This size stone would be priced in the thousands if it were a mined gem.
Obviously those whose livelihoods are invested in selling mined gems will poo-poo lab created stones but that doesn't change the fact that they are perfect on a molecular level (and over 80% of mined stones are "enhanced" one way or another to hide flaws). Don't let their commissions discourage you from buying.
Lab-created stones for the win!
November 28, 2014
Rated 3 out of 5 by jcgw Pretty, but didn't love it
I was so excited about this ring!!! I thought the contrast with the gold and the deep blue would be breathtaking, and I couldn't wait to receive it. Once it arrived, I ripped open the package and thought it looked pretty, but not the wow-factor I was going for. It didn't look very good on my hand, as the stone is quite long and skinny. Unfortunately, I ended up retuning it :(
July 28, 2013