Jump to content

What stone might be called a 'blue diamond'?
If it clearly isn't a blue diamond


  • Please log in to reply
23 replies to this topic

#1 Academic

Posted 28 February 2013 - 03:19 PM

There's a ring on eBay I've been considering for my new wedding ring. It's very close to what I had in mind - white gold, with something a bit different to diamonds or a plain band. It's also inexpensive (listed at $169, with offers accepted).

The thing is, the stones in it have been described as 'blue diamonds'. I am very skeptical about that because, as I understand it, blue diamonds are rare and very expensive. I get the feeling the seller just sells a lot of second-hand things and isn't a jeweller, so may not actually know better. Personally, I don't mind what kind of stone they are, but I am curious as to what they may be. They look a little too light to be sapphires. Possibly blue topaz?

This is the listing. Anyone have any idea what they might be? The photos are a bit crap, so hard to see well.

My other question is: with a fairly obviously incorrect description, would you still buy the ring, if you didn't actually mind that they weren't diamonds? Do you think there's a chance other things are incorrect as well - such as it not actually being white gold?

Edited by Academic, 28 February 2013 - 03:20 PM.


#2 ThatsNotMyName

Posted 28 February 2013 - 03:24 PM

Blue topaz are usually a much lighter colour than that. They look to me like the cheaper dark blue saphires. I'd be a bit suspicious about their claims personally.


#3 livvie7586

Posted 28 February 2013 - 03:27 PM

QUOTE (ThatsNotMyName @ 28/02/2013, 04:24 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Blue topaz are usually a much lighter colour than that. They look to me like the cheaper dark blue saphires. I'd be a bit suspicious about their claims personally.


they aren't dark though (have a look at the third photo in), but they don't jump out at me as blue topaz's either.

i really don't know OP, there are any number of stones that come in different colours, so without having the piece looked at by a gemologist it's hard to say

#4 cornflake head

Posted 28 February 2013 - 03:27 PM

Aquamarine, Tourmaline or Beryl?  Or maybe just blue cubic zerconias which are synthetic and I wouldn't be paying $169 for....  (couldn't look at the link on my work computer sorry.)

#5 DEVOCEAN

Posted 28 February 2013 - 03:28 PM

Corundum or Dark Blue Beryl perhaps.

#6 Tigerdog

Posted 28 February 2013 - 03:28 PM

Probably just a blue topaz, I've got one of these and the price seems about right.  Basically you get what you pay for, if a blue diamond is so rare then it's got to cost much more than that.

#7 Mitis angelam

Posted 28 February 2013 - 03:29 PM

They look like aquamarine to me.

It's a stunning ring.  If I had the money, I'd be tempted!  I say if you love it, and don't care what the gems are, go for it, why not?

#8 HRH Countrymel

Posted 28 February 2013 - 03:32 PM

*chokes on cup of tea at the audacity of someone to try and pass off a $169 ring as blue diamonds*

I'd say sapphire.

A very blurry shot though - I'd be suspicious.

#9 sammyv

Posted 28 February 2013 - 03:32 PM

If you google blue diamond there are such things are they are the same sort of colour.  Definately not a blue topaz as I have one and it is quite different in colour.



#10 Academic

Posted 28 February 2013 - 03:39 PM

Thanks for the suggestions! I hadn't thought of aquamarine or cubic zirconia.

I'm a bit wary of overpaying as well, but then I've seen plain white gold bands for as much (assuming that part is at least true!).

The seller has perfect feedback, so I would probably give the benefit of the doubt that they weren't trying to be completely dodgy, just kind of ignorant (although, you would think they might twig that blue diamonds are likely to be worth a hell of a lot more!).

At any rate, I'll have to go to a jeweller and get my proper ring size, because I suspect it may be too small, so could all be a moot point!

#11 DEVOCEAN

Posted 28 February 2013 - 03:42 PM

I have an aquamarine pendant and it looks nothing like it.


#12 HRH Countrymel

Posted 28 February 2013 - 03:44 PM

QUOTE (Academic @ 28/02/2013, 04:39 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
At any rate, I'll have to go to a jeweller and get my proper ring size, because I suspect it may be too small, so could all be a moot point!


It is really, really hard (read expensive) to re-size stone set bands Academic make sure you don't buy it unless it is the right size!

Have to agree with PPs btw - it sure as hell 'ain't aquamarine!

#13 Mamaidh

Posted 28 February 2013 - 03:48 PM

I thought sapphire, and they do come in all sorts of shades of blue.  Looks to me like it is a pawn shop selling.  I love the ring!  Have you tried contacting them to ask if it comes with some kind of certificate or anything (I don't know - I have no expensive jewellery!!)  Or, you could look at it that you love the ring, does it matter what the stones are??

#14 bestnot

Posted 28 February 2013 - 03:49 PM

So many gemstones are heat treated these days that they may have started out much darker than how they end up.

Edited by zedgirl, 28 February 2013 - 03:50 PM.


#15 bestnot

Posted 28 February 2013 - 03:55 PM

I guess what sort of gemstones they are would matter if you are going to wear the ring all the time. The softer the stone on the MOHS scale, the more likely it will wear and chip or crack. A diamond is the hardest at '10' so therefore quite tough (but not indestructible).

#16 Mamaidh

Posted 28 February 2013 - 04:01 PM

Just a thought - is it possible that they are blue diamonds, but since they are so tiny, they are not very expensive?

#17 Lickety Split

Posted 28 February 2013 - 04:05 PM

I was in a jewellery store the other day and saw a stunning dark blue pendant. I asked how much it was. $3k. Cos it was an actual blue diamond. There's no way that's what this is.

#18 WhatWouldBuffyDo

Posted 28 February 2013 - 04:06 PM

Maybe they left "created" out of the listing description?

#19 klr70

Posted 28 February 2013 - 04:15 PM

Academic - I'm not sure what the stones are, but the band is stamped 14K = 14 carat white gold, so at least that part of the description is correct.

#20 DEVOCEAN

Posted 28 February 2013 - 04:19 PM

This is my white gold, diamond & aquamarine pendant. Not the best Iphone pic.


#21 bestnot

Posted 28 February 2013 - 04:38 PM

I just googled images of blue diamonds. So many different shades and colours. Some were the colour of sapphire, topaz, aquamarine...impossible to really know without testing by a gemologist.

#22 Cyaira

Posted 28 February 2013 - 05:22 PM

It is very difficult to tell with cut and set stones what gem it is.

You won't get a 'certificate', these are extremely rare for colored gems, diamonds only usually.

In all honesty, it's probably glass or a created stone. The seller has no idea about gemmology. Sorry OP. You should buy from a reputable second hand jeweler. A good sign (but not always) of genuine gems is a 'maker's mark' which you can't find here.

#23 Academic

Posted 28 February 2013 - 10:40 PM

QUOTE (countrymel @ 28/02/2013, 03:44 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
It is really, really hard (read expensive) to re-size stone set bands Academic make sure you don't buy it unless it is the right size!

Have to agree with PPs btw - it sure as hell 'ain't aquamarine!


I'll say sad.gif my wedding and engagement rings were cut off about eight months ago, and I haven't been able to afford to get them fixed yet (hence why I'm wedding-ring shopping; my original ring cost about a tenth of what I've been quoted to fix it, I'd rather get a new one since I didn't love it anyway!). I'll definitely get myself properly sized, whether for this ring or something else!


#24 Bluenomi

Posted 01 March 2013 - 08:30 AM

Having been quoted for blue diamonds in my wedding band 5 years ago I can tell you they aren't blue diamond. I don't think they are even sapphires. I've got tiny diamonds and dark blue sapphires in my wedding band (a total of 7 stones) and that was over $700. To sell something at that price they aren't going to be natural stones.




1 user(s) are reading this topic

0 members, 1 guests, 0 anonymous users

 

Wondersuit heaven: Bonds & Disney launch exclusive collection

Bonds and Disney fans with babies to buy for will be celebrating this news. Bonds and Disney have just released collaboration Wondersuits.

Perth hospital mistakes cancerous tumour for "behavioural issues"

When Naomi Holly, a mother of three, noticed her eight-month-old daughter Nora, was having difficulty crawling and standing up as normal, she knew there was something wrong.

Piano playing dad soothes son to sleep in moments

There's nothing more frustrating, or distressing to a parent than a sick child who can't  - or won't got to sleep. 

Lucky escape for mum and bub after snake found in couch

Perth mother Laurie Rushton Dyble was sitting on a recliner chair in her home holding her six-month-old son when her husband suddenly told her to get up and leave the room.

When your partner misses the birth

While no one wants their partner to miss their baby’s birth, it can happen. Here’s what to do if you find yourself in that situation.

Motherhood challenge: smug or just a bit of fun?

The #motherhoodchallenge sounds harmless, doesn't it? Some women disagree.

Who's the mum? Family photo goes viral

Last year, it was "The Dress". This year, it is a family photo that is breaking the internet.

5 easy meditation practices for beginners

So who's with me? You know meditating is one of the best things you can possibly do for yourself.

Woman to go on trial for being a bad housewife

An Italian woman could face up to six years in jail after her husband accused her of not doing enough cooking and cleaning at home.

Is the latest advice on women and drinking over the top?

While most expectant mums know to stop drinking when they’re pregnant, experts now warn women should stop drinking earlier than that. Is this necessary?

How household chores can double as a workout

If there's less than a slim chance you'll find time to get out for a jog or to hit the gym today, take heart in knowing that household chores contribute to the calorie equation.

I have no idea what I'm doing - and that's okay

Why don't we talk about the fact that when everything goes right, we may still feel completely lost, and certain that we have failed?

Dad warns of hair tourniquet danger after baby almost loses toe

A shocked father has shared his family's experience in a bid to warn other parents about the dangers of hair becoming entangled around a baby's toe.

Town welcomes first baby in 28 years

Since the 1980s, the Italian town of Ostana had not seen the birth of a single baby.

How to start teaching your kids road safety

It's something that can be taught as early as possible and reinforced as they get older and more mobile - even from toddlerhood.

Just announced: Bugaboo Cameleon³ Classic+ Collection update

Meet the brand new understated chic model from Bugaboo.

The emotional moment a mum hears her late son's heartbeat

It's been two and a half years since Heather Clark's seven-month-old son Lukas passed away.

Nine reasons why you have 'brain fog'

One minute your productivity is skyrocketing and the next you're sitting there trying to focus – just like that you draw blank, your brain, mush.

I had a caesarean and it was beautiful

Guess what? Despite not pushing him out, I cried, and my heart skipped, and I felt the rush of love and pride when I saw him for the first time.

 
Advertisement
 
Advertisement
 
 
 

What's hot on EB

Penny Wong

'The most hurtful argument in the marriage equality debate'

Labor frontbencher Penny Wong is used to to hearing arguments against same-sex marriage. But for Australia's most prominent gay politician, one hurts more than others.

Does exercise have to be fun to work?

Some things in life are inherently served with a big scoop of fun: balloons, bubbles, cupcakes to name but a few, but exercise?

Hair dye gives woman second-degree burns

She wanted a fresh colour for 2016, but instead she got chemical burns.

Kelly Slater saves mum and toddler from 'freak wave'

A Perth family has thanked US surfing "legend" Kelly Slater after the star saved a mother and a young toddler from "a freak wave" in Hawaii.

Apple recalls millions of power adapters

Tech giant instigates massive international recall of power point adapters due to risk of electric shock.

Toddler's adorable alphabet goes viral

It's impossible not to share this little boy's excitement  about the alphabet.

Tot's nighttime waking saves family's life

Like all tired parents, Monique and Kyle Ruppel were looking forward to the day their 15-month-old daughter Celia would start sleeping through the night. 

Australian mum gives birth to quintuplets

An Australian mum who has shared the ups and downs of carrying quintuplets has welcomed her five babies into the world.

Dad of four girls faints at gender reveal for fifth baby

It was all too much excitement for this dad.

The simple way you can help your baby's language development

The way parents respond to their child's babbling can shape how their infants communicate.

Zika virus is 'spreading explosively': WHO

The World Health Organization announced that it will convene an emergency meeting about Zika.

National database recommended for child protection cases

Baby Ebony was repeatedly failed by the agencies tasked with her protection before her horrific death at the hands of her father, South Australia's deputy coroner says.

Hospitals put babies at risk by ignoring policy on elective caesareans

Thirty-eight weeks or 39? Non-medical factors are pushing women to have elective caesareans earlier than official guidelines - and hospitals are playing along.

Police help deliver baby on busy roadside

Two police officers delivered more than a traffic fine by the side of a busy Melbourne road yesterday.

1D's Louis Tomlinson shares first photo of baby

One Direction's Louis Tomlinson has posted the first picture of his baby boy, Freddie, on social media.

 

FREE TICKET

See Hi-5 LIVE in Melbourne!

Get your ticket to The Essential Baby & Toddler Show - register online now!

 
Advertisement
 
 
Essential Baby and Essential Kids is the place to find parenting information and parenting support relating to conception, pregnancy, birth, babies, toddlers, kids, maternity, family budgeting, family travel, nutrition and wellbeing, family entertainment, kids entertainment, tips for the family home, child-friendly recipes and parenting. Try our pregnancy due date calculator to determine your due date, or our ovulation calculator to predict ovulation and your fertile period. Our pregnancy week by week guide shows your baby's stages of development. Access our very active mum's discussion groups in the Essential Baby forums or the Essential Kids forums to talk to mums about conception, pregnancy, birth, babies, toddlers, kids and parenting lifestyle. Essential Baby also offers a baby names database of more than 22,000 baby names, popular baby names, boys' names, girls' names and baby names advice in our baby names forum. Essential Kids features a range of free printable worksheets for kids from preschool years through to primary school years. For the latest baby clothes, maternity clothes, maternity accessories, toddler products, kids toys and kids clothing, breastfeeding and other parenting resources, check out Essential Baby and Essential Kids.