Jack and Darla along with their lovely baby girl graced us with their visit at INTA Gems today. The lovely family stopped by to purchase 1.07ct diamond GIA certified D color and SI1 clarity stud earrings and have some simple ring maintenance done on their rings. We hope to see them again soon!
No two stones are exactly alike, which can make shopping for one somewhat difficult. One of the most significant attributes of the selection process is whether or not the stone is certified. Certification is the written proof of a stone’s unique characteristics.
GIA Fancy Colored Certificate
GIA Gemstone Certificate
White Sapphire Origin
Unlike other sapphires, white sapphires are considered colorless. There are two major sources of white sapphires. Over 90% of gemstones are heat treated to enhance or improve the color. And big sources of white sapphires are those that have been heat treated. Natural grey to light yellow sapphires have been treated to become clear. Natural sapphires are found in Southeast Asia, the Indian subcontinent, parts of Africa, the Middle East, and in the Western states of America. One of the main contributors of sapphires can be found in Sri Lanka. Another source of white sapphires are synthetic white sapphire. These sapphires are lab grown and tend to be less expensive, because consumers perceive lab-grown gems as inferior.
Why White Sapphires Make a Great Alternative to Diamonds
Diamonds have a hardness rating of 10 out of 10 on the Moh’s Hardness Scale (measures the resistance a stone has to scratching). And stones classified in the corundum family (crystal structure comprised of aluminum oxide that includes sapphires and rubies) have a rating of 9 out of 10, making it extremely hard versus other colored gemstones. Therefore, many choose white sapphires as an alternate engagement ring center stone to a diamond.
Like a diamond, white sapphires can be cut and polished to be extremely brilliant, refracting light in a bright and dynamic way. Although sapphires may not have the same cultural value as diamonds, they provide certainty for being conflict-free and the origin of the gemstone is traceable.
In conclusion, sapphires are perfect replacements for diamonds because they tend to be much less expensive, are very durable, and are perfect for ethically conscious consumers who are concerned about the origin of their diamond. Many consumers worry that they may purchase conflict diamonds. These consumers can avoid political issues by purchasing sapphires instead. Sapphires have been mined in conflict-free zones such as Sri Lanka. It is extremely rare to find naturally colorless sapphires. Therefore, most white sapphires are heat treated to obtain their clear color. Some may also be chemically treated, depending on the quality of the stone and its intended use. Featured in this blog are photos of a marvelous INTA Gems radiant cut white sapphire that weighs 2.71 ct. The stone costs only $950, making it tremendously affordable for its substantial size.
We all know how important bees are to the world. Not only do they buzz around flowers in the spring and summer, but they make honey which we all enjoy. Well, one of our clients, Terry, made a special proposal with a INTA Gems & Diamonds ring in a field full of lavender flowers to his now fiance, Hanako. It was buzzzzingly amazing proposal… and Terry looks too cute in that bee suit! lol…
I was interviewed today by one of the largest news media outlets called German Radio ADR. They wanted to do a report on the Los Angeles Jewelry District and called INTA Gems. It was really fun because I got to practice a little bit of my German, which I’ve been learning on my own for a few months…. so it was fun!
Jan Tussing is the Los Angeles ARD Bureau Chief and conducted the interview with me. The other reporters, Christine and Marcus, also were here. They were all really great to work with. The interview was in English, but will be translated into German and broadcasted in Europe and over the Internet. For our German speaking clients, I’ll post the link when it come up.
We’re so proud to have Dayana Mendoza, Miss Universe 2009, visit INTA Gems & Diamonds today! She tried on some beautiful diamond jewelry. She was here with Miss USA, Kristen Dalton, the new Miss California USA, Tami Farrell, and Chelsea Gilligan, Miss California Teen USA 2009. All here to promote the new “I Believe” pendant. More photos to come.