Dear Arnold, Rung, Saah, and anyone else I am missing,

I got the sapphire I saw on your site, and it's not the first time someone from my family has ordered
something from your site. I sincerely doubt it will be the last either. I took it upon myself to do some in depth
studying for certain tell tale signs of various things and for good reason. Cornflower colored sapphires are not
something you see very often at all
, and the price was more than reasonable. It's a little shallow of a stone,
but it is in fact a cornflower blue as described. There are no 2 ways about it. I am not a gemologist, but I can
attest to certain things based on what information is available from various sources credible in the industry.

The day the package came was not exactly the best day to try and judge a sapphire as the lighting in
this house is not very ideal, and it was quite cloudy outside. In different types of light, I got a better idea as to
what this lovely stone looked like, and I decided to take a closer look under a microscope. I know that there are
a lot of people who are skeptical about buying things online, so I will shed some insight as to what I found, and
didn't find, and why I say what I do.

I have yet to find any evidence of any kind that this stone is a synthetic. In fact, I have found
evidence to the contrary
upon studying this thing under 30x magnification. I saw something quite pleasing in
fact that says that it is natural, and consistent with it's description and enhancements disclosed.

I didn't have a strong enough microscope to find out how the growth rings were shaped. However, I did
find at least one case where there is what is referred to as a single phase solid inclusion being a solid crystal
within the stone without terminal ends, and consistent in shape with that of natural corundum.
A synthetic is
more likely to have other types of inclusions. However, based on everything I have read from places that are
experts in these things, labs from around the world, crystals within a stone are naturally occurring and
are not found in synthetics.

Here is what is even more interesting, most of the inclusions you see in a heat treated sapphire are
melted. To find something that has a well defined crystal trapped inside a host tells me that this heating was
not the typical extended heating that is typical, but possibly via a wood stove for a much shorter time frame. If
you have any crystals within the stone, and you heat it to the temperatures that a lot of material is exposed to
for great lengths of time, those crystals may in fact melt. What I saw was solid, and unscathed. I also didn't
see anything that said to me that the stone was diffusion treated.
Then again, this isn't the most saturated
stone either (not that this is a bad thing). Had this been diffusion treated, it would have had a lot more intense
color, and there would have been a rim or some other zoning near the surface. There is none of that at all.

There is one thing I did notice though that I found quite interesting, and suggests certain things that in
my personal opinion are good. When I looked at the pavilion with my own unaided eye, there was this very
interesting silver gray tone mixed in with this lovely lavender-blue shade. This silver gray tone is something I
have only seen in these famed Kashmir sapphires. The difference is that this tone is more superficial, and not
as obvious as it is in a true Kashmir. There is a touch of that effect on the surface of the pavilion, though in the
right light there is a very slight gray tone.

According to what I have read from credible gemological labs, the above supports 2 claims of
AJS Gems.
This is something that is found in natural corundum that originates from Madagascar, and even if
you heat the Madagascar material, this grey tone is in fact rutilite inclusions creating a silk on the surface. In
specific, it is a tell tale sign of originating (possibly) from the Illaka mine. In my opinion, it creates a lovely tone
that you can't always see in all lighting conditions that gives it the shade of the eyes of a small kitten.This
stone was said to have originated from Madagascar, and has being heated only. I have found
evidence to support both of those claims based on the documentation of experiments and research in
Asian and Swiss gemological labs.

There is another thing that synthetics won't exhibit that a natural sapphire will-a noticeable pleochroic
effect. Pending the light source, there can be shades that change from lavender to a darker violet along with that
lovely flash of blue that we all know to be cornflower; just like the blue trim on certain corning ware.

In efforts in trying to check for other anomalies, I decided to throw a UV lamp on the thing. When I
place the lamp right on top of the stone, there is a flash in a facet or 2 here and there of a strong blue. I mean
literally a facet or 2. If I space a few inches between the stone and the lamp, forget it. It's completely inert. Had
this been a synthetic stone, it would have exhibited a much stronger blue in its entirety.

When I first looked at this stone under 10x with the same microscope, I was taken by surprise. I am
use to seeing something like a fracture of some sort in a given sapphire. Usually those things are visible under
a loupe, and that is what I was expecting to see. To my surprise, I saw some pin point inclusions scattered
around rather sparcely. When I zoomed in to 30x, there were some pin point inclusions that looked about the
same size and about as sparce. While saying the stone is eye clean is in fact accurate and truthful, I think it's
an understatement. The stone turned out to be cleaner than I was expecting. If you had a diamond as clean as
this sapphire, it would be at least VS1-VVS2 by that standard. On the GIA clarity grading scale for colored
stones, this is VVS(I) with ease.

I have always wanted a cornflower blue sapphire. The problem is finding one that is good and affordable.
While it certainly is an unusual color, it is lovely and rare the same. I love the face up color in indirect diffused
incandescent light and the lovely, but ever so slight silvery silk tone in this stone.

I am quite pleased with the stone. It is in fact as described. I also agree with the opinion presented on
the site that said it was a reasonably priced stone and a lovely shade of cornflower blue. I specifically wanted a
cornflower blue because of its uniqueness and rarity. If you want to see a jeweler who has been in the business
for years shudder, show him a cornflower blue sapphire from AJS Gems of any appreciable size. For anyone
who likes to collect sapphires, I would recommend AJS Gems to anyone who is interested, and I hope that
what I am saying might put to rest certain suspicions someone might have about AJS Gems.

I can say that AJS Gems is a reputable and honest dealer in colored stones, as well as the rest of the
staff. It is an establishment worthy of honor and respect, and a place of integrity.


Joseph S.
NC, USA / January, 07