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Thread: I just had to share this with you....

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    I just had to share this with you....

    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.

    Will let you ALL know what the final outcome will be.

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    Looking forward to hearing the final outcome!

    How exciting!

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    How Exciting! I hope that when you get it to a gemologist that the appraisal comes out as good as the local jeweler has predicted.

    I hope you have a photo of it to show us .... Please!
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    That's an amazing story. Good Luck!

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    WOW!!! Be sure to let us know how this turns out!!!
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    yes! Would love to see a picture!!! Pretty exciting

    I love gem stones - I'm attracted to bright and colorful things like a Magpie! I hate wearing jewelery (except a watch and the plainest wedding band), but I LOVE gem stones. I do have a small collection of gem stone stud earrings though and I wear them on occasion. I only wear studs, and I like them BIG. One of my favorite stones are my Padparadscha. I have two pair ... one synthetic and one natural. I got the synthetic ones first, and found the natural pair quite by accident - had them appraised at 20 times what I paid for them. I actually like the synthetic ones better because of the shape and size.

    Good luck with your color changer!! I'll cross my Padparadscha for you
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    Oh wow! So wonderful for you... I'm always afraid to do anything like this, cause generally I always end up losing instead of winning. Sure sounds as if you WON on this one though! Congratulations!

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    That is awesome...everyone's dream find!! Do you still think the setting is ugly? With the price of gold...you can have it remade into something you like. BUT...DO NOT LEAVE the stone with anyone! You should be allowed to watch them put the stone into the setting...if they don't like that...find another jeweler. Can you post a picture?

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    How wonderful for you - lovely to hear of such a good find -- look forward to hearing the result !!

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    Whatever the results, enjoy your stone.

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    How exciting! PICTURES, PICTURES!

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    The anticipation is killing me!

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    Don't do anything about the mounting, however ugly it might be. If its a vintage piece, it will destroy a lot of the value if you remove the stones. Wait till you get it checked out, and don't let those out of your sight while its being checked, either. Lots of dishonest folks out there....good luck!

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    All I can say is " I wish you a very Merry Christmas and a prosperous New Year minus your grateful 10%".

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    that's exciting. About 10 yrs ago we were having a silent auction here at the childrens hospital that I work at (non-profit) and I saw a rolex ladies watch, so antique that you have to wind it. I waited until the last day and a few minutes before it was supposed to end I put in a bid for 20 over current bid; as soon as I did that it was counter bid. I knew then someone else was out there watching it too. I put my next bid in the box but waited until there was only a few seconds left before hitting enter to submit it. I was so close to the end of the bidding that as soon as it refreshed the screen it was over and I won. I spent 200 on this watch and it had a value back then of over 700. I plan on selling it this yr to pay bills, as soon as I find a good dealer but it is so pretty and just the thrill of the bidding was great. Even sitting watching for the last second and the screen refresh was great. I'd never done that before but since it was for the hospital I knew it was for a good cause and it was legiment. Congratulations and I hope the gemologist gives you the same good news that the appraisers seem to have.
    Judy

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    What a wonder! Hope you are blessed with a treasure.
    Have a Blessed Day

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    can't wait to hear the outcome....post a pic too, please

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    I have an alexandrite and and when they told me what it was worth, I almost choked. It's very pretty and I do wear it occasionally. Hope yours comes with a high priced appraisal!

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    I would not send it anywhere. I just don't trust anyone. If it is reallt worth lots of money, how will you ever know it is the ring you get back?
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    How cool! Hope you get great news!
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    I have not heard of this stone and curious how it looks. Truly sounds unique - I love auctions and bidding - hoping the news on it's value is astounding!
    Quilting makes me happy!..

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    How wonderful. Good luck no matter what.

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    We buy alot of stuff of auction sites and have done really well, most of the time. But LUCKY Lady was calling your name. If I tell my DH " I just have a feeling about this" he says "buy it"
    GOOD LUCK and I'll be waiting to see what happens!
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    I didnt even know there was such a thing as a color changing sapphire! Sapphires are my birthstone, but I much prefer Opals because..yep...all the difference in colors on them! LOL Good luck and definitely would love to hear a happy ending for you and SEE a picture

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    You're one lucky lady. As others have said, don't leave it with anyone. Hope it's worth a lot and please pics

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