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white sapphires - rarer than diamonds?
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In all my years, I've never heard of white sapphires!

Now I've inherited an antique pair of platinum earings reportedly with a white sapphire stone (each approx. .5 ct).

I'd like an opinion (all things being equal) - how does the price of white sapphires compare to diamonds)?

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Re: white sapphires - rarer than diamonds?
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In all my years, I've never heard of white sapphires!

Now I've inherited an antique pair of platinum earings reportedly with a white sapphire stone (each approx. .5 ct).

I'd like an opinion (all things being equal) - how does the price of white sapphires compare to diamonds)?


white sapphires (that i've seen) go for around $100 for that size (.50).
A diamond of the same size will run you quite a bit more.

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Re: white sapphires - rarer than diamonds?
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I have some white sapphires stud and they were less then a $100. Diamonds would probably cost more for the same carat weight.


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Re: white sapphires - rarer than diamonds?
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Pure white-white sapphires are indeed much much rarer than diamonds!

Especially when you are looking at untreated natural ones.

This said, they are nevertheless not as expensive as diamonds, yet.

If diamonds would not be artificially limited in the supply, white sapphires probably would be more expensive than diamonds, but that is a different story.

Quite a few people buy white sapphires from us as alternatives to diamond, especially since diamonds have gotten bad press lately.

Sapphires do well, and everybody loves them, but they are not diamonds. The refractive index of diamond is higher than sapphire, that equals more luster.

Other gems, like zircon, titanite or demantoid have more luster than diamonds, but they are rarely colorless in their natural form.

White sapphires you may get in sizes really expensive in diamond but if you are looking for a diamond-like luster better check out zircon, demantoid or best: titanite.

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Re: white sapphires - rarer than diamonds?
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I have a beautiful natural white sapphire stone that is nearly 3KT and nearly 9mm in diameter. It is an "early American" round cut stone. It is absolutely stunning. I just had it set in a thick, solid 22KT gold setting with one smaller white sapphire on each side. If you are interested in purchasing this very very rare stone, please contact me at jburke1976@yahoo.com. White sapphires are the perfect gift for the 5th or 45th anniversary... and this one is by far stunning! Gem collectors- this gem is so rare that it's sure to be one of your favorite prized pieces! Starting $6K.

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Is that untreated?

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Re: white sapphires - rarer than diamonds?
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Is that untreated?



I am not sure. I am having it certified and they should be able to tell me. One jeweler said it is untreated while i've read that all sapphires are treated - the white are usually found brownish so they must be treated I would think... I can send you photos via email if you send me your address. (jburke1976@yahoo.com)

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