Inspired by the Colored Stone article saying that pink tourmalines
are hot, as well as by my bank balance, I am hoping to sell this
ring. But I would love some advice, if anyone feels willing…
A gemologist looked at it long enough to do an ID and determine that
he wasn’t interested, since he specializes in vintage colored
sapphires and old diamonds. I said something about how included the
center stone is and he said pink tourmaline is always highly
included, because of the “paragenesis” of the rock in which it forms
(I use quotations because it’s Greek to me. Isn’t it?)
So I thought of putting it on eBay, since a friend of mine is doing
that now. However, the pink tourmalines I see there don’t look very
included. And everybody seems to list carat weight for their stones.
I’m assuming that, to get carat weight, the (faceted, but bezel-set)
tourmaline, and one of the surrounding sapphires, would have to be
removed, and then re-set (am I right?). I’m wondering if the ring is
worth the cost of that (it’s not something I’m set up for, and I’ve
never removed stones, only set them).
On top of which, while the sapphires seem to be in excellent
condition, there’s a chip in the table of the tourmaline. I don’t
know whether it’s worth re-cutting, or worth much “as is”–especially
since the ring is only 10k, with some sterling. However, when I asked
the gemologist, a week or so after he’d looked at it, he suggested I
ask for $600-800 on eBay… I wonder if he forgot the chip, or if
Using my funky brass calipers, I get 8 x 10 mm for the tourmaline
and 3.5 mm each for the 10 sapphires. To my eye, it’s a very pretty
ring (a nice, strong pink) and I’d rather keep it. But…
This doesn’t seem like thread material, so please feel free to email
me off list. And forgive me if I take a while to get back to you.
PS: I don’t have a camera, so I don’t have a picture. I could try to
get a scan, though.