I was finally able to figure out how to post a picture of the ring......
I received some GOOD NEWS the other day that I just wanted to share wil all of you. I recently bid on a ring (and won it) at an on line acution site. They said it was a color-changing sapphire mounted in 14K gold. The mounting of the stone was the ugliest mounting I ever saw, but the stone was very pretty. I was anxious to recieve the ring in the mail to see if was as ugly in person as it was online. IT WAS EVEN UGLIER, however, the stone was absolutely goergous. I was hoping I didn't throw my few hundred dollars away. I've never done anything like this before, but there was something about this ring that I just had a feeling.
I took it to my jeweler wanting to get an appraisal. He could not do an appraisal. He had never seen a color changing saphire. It has an RI 1.66-1.67, which says it is a color changing sapphire. He couldn't tell if the stone was natural or synthetic. If the stone is natural and a color changing sapphire, it could be valued around $75,000. If it is a natural alexandrite, it could be valued in the six digits. He got a little excited while he was looking at it though his microscope. He told me I would have to take it to a licensed gemologist. I took it to another jeweler who is not a gemologist either, but he also go quite excited while looking at it. He asked what I paid, and when I told him, his eyes got extremely large, his mouth flew open and he mutter "aaahhhh". Naturally that got me a little more excited.
Unfortunatley, I will have to wait until Christmas is over before I can get in to see a licensed gemologist. They are all to busy with Christmas. This waiting is driving me a little crazy. As you can imagine, I took it straight to the bank to put in my safety deposit box, until I can find out more information. I may have fly it to NY or Carlsbad, CA to a GIA lab.