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nutsaboutgolf 460 189 September 1, 2015 at 06:38 PM More Overstock Deals
I'm very familiar the 4Cs of diamonds and have helped some friends and family find some great deals on blue nile and whiteflash, now I have a new challenge, Sapphire...

Friend's girlfriend is into comicon, plays video games, has a full sleeve tattoo so my friend think she'd want something different. Done some research but there's more questions than answers...Friend found this http://www.overstock.com/Jewelry-...archidx=22

My friend is attracted to it because you get a 2ct Sapphire center stone surrounded in diamonds...Yet, as I pointed out to my friend there are minimal details...Upon my research, Sapphire is very non-standard...For the color, "royal blue" is the most desirable color yet places like blue nile do not list that color...In general, a quality sapphire gem that has NOT been heat treated apparently costs more than a diamond...But a sapphire can have more flaws and be "eye clean"...Anyone have any advice? I'm tempted to tell the dude to just get a lab created one and call it a day...Ha ha

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I wouldn't personally buy an engagement ring from Overstock - but that's me. I just think their jewelry is really cheap looking/bad quality. To each their own. But I suppose he could order it and if it looks like crap, or he gets it appraised and it's worth nothing, he can return it.

I would recommend going to a local (non-chain) jewelry store. A lot of folks love BlueNile and Costco and it really just depends what you're looking for...but it's worth it to shop around and compare apples to apples. A lot of folks (I'm not saying you or your friend, just in general, "people") don't seem to want to shop around. I have some items from BlueNile (gifts) that I'm not impressed with, I finally had to tell my husband to stop shopping there. LOL
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I wouldn't personally buy an engagement ring from Overstock - but that's me. I just think their jewelry is really cheap looking/bad quality. To each their own. But I suppose he could order it and if it looks like crap, or he gets it appraised and it's worth nothing, he can return it.

I would recommend going to a local (non-chain) jewelry store. A lot of folks love BlueNile and Costco and it really just depends what you're looking for...but it's worth it to shop around and compare apples to apples. A lot of folks (I'm not saying you or your friend, just in general, "people") don't seem to want to shop around. I have some items from BlueNile (gifts) that I'm not impressed with, I finally had to tell my husband to stop shopping there. LOL
thanks...yeah, the issue is with a diamond, while there's lot of shady stuff, at least there's GIA which identifies the 4Cs...

With gems, it seems there's endless info...Bring a the same diamond to multiple appraisers and you'll get an evaluation within the same ball park for all...Yet bring a gem and it can vary wildly...
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thanks...yeah, the issue is with a diamond, while there's lot of shady stuff, at least there's GIA which identifies the 4Cs...

With gems, it seems there's endless info...Bring a the same diamond to multiple appraisers and you'll get an evaluation within the same ball park for all...Yet bring a gem and it can vary wildly...
I haven't found that to be true myself - but I suppose it depends on what gems you're talking about. And who is appraising it, their experience, are they trustworthy etc

I would guess though, that a sapphire from overstock is probably not the best quality.
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Totally agree, my point was that I wasn't asking if the OS was a good stone/ring, more like using it as an example to identify how do I know if it is a good or bad ring? Sure he could buy it and have it appraised but we're trying to avoid going in blind...
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I guess what I'm saying is that you don't know if it's good or bad until you purchase it, and have it looked at by a professional. The fact that there is so little specific information provided on the website about the item, would indicate to me, that he may be disappointed. Who knows...he could try emailing customer service at OS and asking if they can provide more information. He could buy it, and see if he liked it and depending on how much he spent, he may or may not want to pay for an appraisal.
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Right on...Sort of took your advice and went to a jewelry store but a chain...This was the info I got...99% of Sapphire's are treated, treated sucks for appreciation...If you want any chance of the thing appreciating you need to buy an untreated one which cost as much if not more than a regular diamond and which may or may not appreciate as fast as a regular diamond...

The takeaway...Buy a treated one which almost everyone sells, outside of a gem broker, and it'll probably takes decades to get your money back...

Buy an untreated one from a broker, costs the same or more than a diamond, it MIGHT appreciate at the same rate as a diamond...

Buy a lab created one, often 2-3 ct are like $100...

Buy a 3 stone ring with a center diamond and Sapphire side stones...
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