I'm looking for a website where I can buy a loose facetted ruby in the UK (has to ship from UK). Bonus points if certification is offered (even at extra cost)
Its my parents' Ruby wedding anniversary in a couple of months and my Dad has asked me to make my mum something with a ruby in it as he doesn't know anything about jewellery - this will be the first item of jewellery he's got her since her wedding ring! I've made her jewellery before but nothing quite so valuable or significant. (ie a fake ruby will not do!)
So I only want to buy from somewhere where I can be 100% certain that what I'm buying is the genuine article. (so ebay is out!). Ideally I'd like to find somewhere that lists the colour and clarity (as well as offering certification to back that up) and has good quality undoctored photos of every stone. I've been looking at Ruby Fair but the stones are 100% natural, no heat treating at all so the ones with a good colour and clarity (based on the photos, they don't have official ratings listed) are way out of my budget. If I couldn't find a facetted stone that wasn't too small (I don't have the skills or equipment to deal with very small stones) with a good clarity (clear to the naked eye) and colour, I'd probably go with something more like this
. If I can't have something totally clear to the naked eye, I'd rather have a stone like that because it has character.
I have a budget of £300 for the stone.
I wanted to include our birthstones to make it more personal but I can't think of a way that wont look tacky because of the colours (2x citrine for my parents, garnet for my sister and sapphire for me) so bonus points if you can think of a way to incorporate them into the piece without it looking garish.
I hope the hive mind can help, this is a huge pressure but my Dad wont be swayed (on anything, ever), things have to be done his way or not at all. So I just want to find the best stone he can afford so he can give her something beautiful for their anniversary.