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Unheated Color Shift Sapphire with Rutiles in Sterling Silver Ring

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So here's a very odd combo in a gemstone. This sapphire is unheated, African in origin, with mild color shift effect and rutiles. Unheated stones are hard to come by these days, but I bought this as part of a small parcel and had it spot checked in the lab. The color shift in sapphires is less pronounced in sapphire than in alexandrite. Sapphire is dichroic meaning that in different light it has different properties. This piece is medium blue in daylight and purplish blue in evening light. The rutiles would ordinarily be a drawback and devalue the stone, but I think they're just unusual. I have no other piece like it and have never seen one either. The stone weighs about 1 carat.

The ring design is simple. I hammered the domed shank, which is just under 3mm, and soldered a bezel setting in between which I set at an angle, like a leaf (it's roughly at 2 p.m. if you know what I mean by that). I thought it would stack well next to another ring, like a twig ring for instance. But it is also prominent enought to be on its own.

The ring is a size 6 1/2. I can make it both smaller and larger. For larger sizes, silver has to be added, and I charge $10 for that. Smaller sizes cost $5. Resizing takes about a week and will be billed via paypal.

Sapphire is the birthstone of September.

Unheated Color Shift Sapphire with Rutiles in Sterling Silver Ring


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  • Materials: sterling, bezel, color change sapphire
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