Kei accopanied me stroll around Greenhills to look for someone who could restring my (mother’s side) grandma’s pearls. After a short while we got someone willing to restring and add a few more pearls for a fee. Search is over.
To pass the time we found ourselves looking at all the loose multicolored gemstones displayed on the glass cases. No plans on buying. Just window shopping.
Then we got curious. Asked prices of their ready to wear jewelry, the price is actually reasonable. Then we turned to ask about the loose gemstones in the glass cases. They sell it by piece, then you get a “latero” (Filipino/Philippine term for jewelry maker) to set the stone for you.
I asked for a blue sapphire. They offered me a lot!
Pretty huge ones that reminds me of Kate Middleton’s ring. Best of all, you can haggle. Just wow.
*Just in case you are curious, there is an abundance of Kate Middleton’s ring look alike/s there!
I told them I wanted a small round one. To be made into an everyday ring I could wear without the fear of losing my engagement ring. I was given a lot of options. They were actually convincing me to go with a bigger stone! But no, that would look tacky on me. Think granny-ish. No offense to the grandmas out there, I just think it’s still not age appropriate for me to wear a huge rock.
There are natural sapphires (pricier/differs in color/may have inclusions), and lab created (cheaper/looks perfect) ones, in all sorts of colors. All huge, by that I mean as big as a thumbnail, should that be too small for your liking they also have bigger stones as big as a thumb. I insisted that I wanted a small natural one. So they handed me a melee of natural blue sapphires (from India) to choose from. There were hearts, rounds, ovals, square, baguettes…etc. and in different shades of blue. It was overwhelming.
Kei helped me choose what to get from the melee. While I really tried to remember how my Grandmother’s (from the father’s side this time) sapphires look. When she was still with us, she taught me to look for good color, vividness of the stone, she always says gemstones must always look “alive”. Unlike my mother’s side grandma, my father’s side grandma collects gemstones.
The best color is royal blue. The least valued is the black blue color.
And also look at the stone clarity. Must be eye clean at least and clear for light to pass through it and make the stone “alive”.
In the end, we picked out a natural royal blue sapphire, vivid and I believe very good clarity!
Not a huge one of course, it’s actually pretty small. Its extremely hard to get the color right in the photo, it looks dark here, but it is a royal blue color. Sorry, this was my best shot.
But it’s a pretty stone nonetheless; even the shopkeepers told us that we got the best one in the pile.
Even the shop owner validated that we did get a good one.
I am pretty sure we will go back here someday.
*They have sapphires in other colors too.
**they also have other gemstones like rubies, emeralds, spinels, tanzanite, jade…etc
***All my reviews, opinions, and other stuff expressed here are our own and based on our own experience. This is not a sponsored post, We paid for this (from) our own pocket.