Rarities glass filed ruby and sapphire
I noticed a new ring by Rarities that I thought was really pretty – a two finger gem and black spinel ring in either ruby or sapphire. The price is $229 currently. When I checked the details, I saw that the stones are "glass filled". This is a process that, from everything I have read, should be disclosed to the consumer which, thankfully, HSN has done in the detail description of the ring. However, I’m not sure how many people read the descriptions and if it is mentioned on air, it is likely there will be a spin to this process, so make sure you read up on it. One excerpt from a gem site online: …."Flux enhancements have also earned a bad reputation because in extreme circumstances poor quality gemstones are literally held together by the glassy filler. While this is not a widespread practice in the sapphire trade, this treatment is widely reported in the ruby trade. These glass or fracture-filled rubies can also be extremely fragile. Many are destroyed during the jewelry repair process, routine cleaning, or re-polishing. More treatments for enhancing sapphires have come out in the recent years, Diffusion Processes with Beryllium is one of these treatments."
Wow. Thank you for the information.
I do like the Rarities Line,however I find it a bit pricey compared to other TV jewelry sellers.I
Worthington, thank you for this thread. I appreciate participating in this informative jewelry thread.
I once saw a story done on Dateline about emeralds that were what they called, Fracture Filled, they were being sold at Fortunatoff’s in NYC.
The glass filling process makes rubies more affordable among other things. I’m not advocating the process though. Yes, you do get what you pay for. I’ve been buying Rarities since the beginning over 6 years ago and appreciate the look for the money. It’s getting harder and harder to find beautiful high quality rubies.
Are other designers at HSN also doing glass filled rubies? I’ve noticed that some rubies are described as "color enhanced". Is this the same thing?
Thanks for sharing. This reminds me exactly why I don’t buy gemstones off TV, just customer jewerly. I shop for vintage rings set with gemstones from reputable sellers/ dealers. I guess "you get what you paid".
Thank you for this info. I’d never heard of this glass filled process before. I have some
Ethiopian opals from another channel that were beautiful when I received them but now
all 3 have turned a cloudy yellow and I believe they’re only 5 yrs old. The yellow is hedious
next to the tanzanite they’re set with. I wonder now if these opals were filled.
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09.30.15 12:34 PM