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Lab grown color change sapphire


#1

I have recently bought a piece of vintage Taxco LOS BALLESTEROS

bracelet. (see picture) I am trying to put a fair price on it for
retail. There are 2-15 mm lab grown color change sapphires. They are
purple/blue color change. They are eye clean. I have not been able
to find a price(wholesale or retail) on any stone that size. Does
anyone have any suggestions as to where I can find a price?

Thank you. Angela Hamptonin N. E.Texas where the days are about as
perfect as they can be weatherwise.

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#2

I have recently bought a piece of vintage Taxco LOS BALLESTEROS

bracelet. (see picture) I am trying to put a fair price on it for
retail. There are 2-15 mm lab grown color change sapphires. They are
purple/blue color change. They are eye clean. I have not been able to
find a price(wholesale or retail) on any stone that size. Does anyone
have any suggestions as to where I can find a price?

Thank you. Angela Hamptonin N. E. Texas where the days are about as
perfect as they can be weatherwise.


#3

optima gems sells them. you could get a price (your cost) there.

john


#4

Hi

I can buy them wholesale in Oz for between $2 to $15 depending on
size. They look like synthetic Alexandrite.

Great fun to play with.

Richard


#5

I use two sources for lab grown stones, Rio Grande and Tripps. Both
have a large selection of stones and are reasonably priced. Tripps
does not have color changes, but Rio does. The most beautiful stone
i own is a color change Alexandrite, it has three colors, and they
are cobalt, teal and pepto bismal pink. It is a 14mm, cost me a
song, and had a chance to sell the ring for $5,000 but said no,
because i know that i could never replace that stone, and finally i
think i am work keeping some of my best work.

Best of luck, i love synthetics, they are so much fun to learn on
and make mistakes on before i buy that perfect spinel that i have my
eye on.

Pat from Alaska where finally we have snow, and it was -20f
yesterday and even the dog complained. blessings


#6

Hi Pat

that would be a synthetic Alexandrite for those colours. Was not
clear in your post.

Richard


#7

I am sorry Richard, i thought i had said Alexandrite, and it is the
most beautiful stone i have ever seen, lab or not. it has a mind of
it’s own and is a pleasure to wear, or just sit and roll around
looking at the twinkles of color. This man made wonder has put the
desire to create my own stones. I think it would be a fun workshop
to have tourists able to come in and be involved in their own mixing
and firing. Then when they got a stone made in Alaska, they were
sure that it really was.

What a process, the Betty Crocker of stones. Mix up a batch, pop it
in the oven and watch it grow.

Blessings from the winter wonderland where it is raining on snow and
making the roads look like piles of slick stones.


#8
Mix up a batch, pop it in the oven and watch it grow. 

I wish it were that easy.

Al Balmer


#9

Not in seconds and minutes it is not, but combine the right element
and put it in a kiln and we have created something as special as a
gemstone. I did not mean to make the process sound fast, it is
miraculous and people who do it have a great reward at the end of
the process. blessings pat


#10

Not in seconds and minutes it is not, but combine the right element
and put it in a kiln and we have created something as special as a
gemstone. I did not mean to make the process sound fast, it is
miraculous and people who do it have a great reward at the end of the
process. blessings pat


#11

Does your kiln get to 2050 degrees Centigrade? Of course, you can’t
make a crystal by just melting it.

This is one way:

Al Balmer