If the stone has sentimental value the origin is moot. To a
cutter a sapphire crown repolish is equally time and supply
consuming whether it be synthetic or natural. Without a loupe the
colour is the first clue for possible man made origin. Nobody
synthesises off colour or zoned sapphires nor blue sapphires that
are tinged green when viewed girdle on.
I disagree with you. You do know what you are talking about, you
were able to see and discern the problem, you are correct it
needs repolishing. I charge my customers $30-35 for this type of
I would suggest you contact your local lapidary, faceters, or
rockhound clubs for a convenient cutter near you, many amateur
cutters take on commercial work if you have no time restrictions.
Don’t worry, amateur does not mean incompetent, just the
opposite, amateur hobby cutters consistently produce the finest
cutting and polishing of gems available and often have the
knowledge of a professional gemmologist.
This community can often be a valuable resource for art
jewellers as you will often see beautiful stones that are never
seen in gem suppliers stock or other wholesale stores. You may
also be delighted to learn they are of local origin. Warning!
these people have less business acumen than art jewellers, they
enjoy showing you stones that they won’t sell to you. They also
prosyletise which you should be aware puts you in danger of
becoming addicted too. The most valuable of gems can be those
that were given to you freely by mother earth herself.
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