For a puzzle ring with a princess-cut or a round sapphire, then there are three potential styles for you to consider.
So let me take you on a tour – though I will caution you that some pictures won’t have a sapphire, as I want to show you the different styles, and not all have been photographed with a sapphire. Indeed, not all of these styles will be shown with an open weave, and that is the weave preferable for mating with a shadow band.
I’ll give you prices at the end, as for a given stone, the price would be the same in all three styles. The price only changes if the weight of the puzzle ring goes up for a larger stone, which I’ll also mention at the end.
No matter what style or puzzle ring or shape of stone you want, we’ll need to look at how we can get the darkest blue stone that you want.
As for pricing: First let me price the puzzle ring for you. The shadow band price may change with a new wax carver. I am pretty sure that today I scored a fabulous new wax carver who will be able to do your ring.
Prices will be for a four-band, medium weight puzzle ring in either the Athena, Avalon, or Guinevere style, fully finished in platinum.
4.5mm (0.55CT) AA round sapphire $2,297 (providing platinum doesn’t do anything crazy in the near future)
4.5mm (0.55CT) AAA round sapphire $2,788
3.75mm (0.375CT) AA princess-cut sapphire $2,297
4mm (0.46CT) AA princess-cut-sapphire $2,597
4.5mm (0.63CT) AA princess-cut sapphire $3097
Mostly what is available in sapphire right now is AA. It is usually a bit darker than the AAA, though AAA is a slightly higher grade. Truthfully with a lot of stones, we like to use AA, because it saves you money and most of us (other than trained gemologists) can’t tell the difference. But I tend to think the AAA has more flashes of medium blue in it than does the AA.
[All prices are subject to change with availability until order is finalized and payment is received – okay that’s the only “fine print”.]
Right now our main supplier, Stuller, Inc. happens to have one certified blue sapphire which looks very dark. It is a 0.78CT, so it would have to be on the just-over-medium-weight, and in platinum it would be $3,997.00. You can see the stone under this link. This is a 5mm stone, so it would look similar to the bright blue topaz shown above.
Certified stones are certainly desirable – they usually have some outstanding characteristics, which in the case of this stone is a deep, dark, blue violet color. It would be gorgeous, and it probably will go soon, so it’s likely not suitable if you prefer a more relaxed schedule for ordering. The other stones, or ones very close to them, tend to be available all the time.