A delightful new client recently came to Richard Dolgin Private Jeweler to discuss a custom ring project.
This new client was an absolute pleasure to work with. His professional background in Engineering was apparent due to his attention to detail and desire to research and learn about colored gemstone options.
When the client first came in, he indicated his wife loved green and he was interested in a new green center stone for a new ring. I told him that green gemstones such as emeralds are beautiful but are not as durable as corundum (sapphire and ruby). Other green gemstones such as green tourmaline, tsavorite garnet, and peridot are also beautiful stones but are fragile. I suggested a sapphire for the center as their durability and wearability are good. In fact, sapphires are a 9 on the Mohs hardness scale, just below a diamond which is a 10. My client became intrigued with blue sapphires and so I started teaching him the difference between treated and non-treated stones. A common and accepted practice with all corundum is heating, which enhances the color and clarity of the stone. This practice is accepted across the industry and does make the color of sapphires vibrant and beautiful. In my opinion, 90% of all corundum (sapphires) is heated as a common practice. In fact, most of the sapphires and rubies I sell are heat treated.
At this stage in my career, I am intrigued with natural corundum with no indication of heating or other treatments. A wise gentlemen I know described it like this. “The difference between a natural stone and heat treated gemstone is Mother Nature did the work, both with compression and heat, to make it naturally spectacular”. The only way to actually confirm a stone has not been treated, heat or otherwise, is to send it to a qualified gem lab such as the Gemological Institute of America (GIA) or Gübelin Report. Beautiful gems that have no indication of treatment and have been verified with a gemological report are usually double the price of a stone that has been treated.
For this client, I brought in five stones to chose from, four heated and one non-heated, mainly because at this point in my career, I am fascinated with natural gemstones. My client also became very fascinated and after talking to his wife, decided that if we could find a beautiful non heated, natural stone, that would be the way to go. After looking at the stones he chose a beautiful 1.17 carat round natural blue sapphire with a sapphire report from the GIA stating there was no indication of heating. This sapphire is an absolutely gorgeous natural royal blue and definitely one of the prettiest stones of this type I have sold.
For the ring style we talked about different metals and decided upon platinum to display this beautiful gem. We talked about designing a three stone ring and decided upon using Montana green-blue sapphires on each side of the center stone. We viewed a number of Montana sapphires to pick a pair that complemented the entire ring.
This was an intriguing project that I thoroughly enjoyed. My new client is a gentleman and a scholar that I hope to work with again in the future. Here are some pictures of the finished ring.