I had been looking at those earrings too. Earrings don't normally catch my interest, but those certainly did. I once bought a neon apatite ring set with diamonds. At the time it was not disclosed as treated, but when I received it I knew something was off. Later they did change the description online.colljoe wrote: ↑2 months agoDidn't notice about the treatment on my blue spinel when purchased, but it really is nice so I will enjoy.
I just received my Paraiba Apatite hoop earrings (mentioned in another post) and well, BACK they are going.
They are a big disappointment. Have no sparkle (maybe they are dirty), one stone is smaller than the others, and of course it's right in front. And they are off kilter...bent slightly. Just enough that they fit weird and hard to snap in. I wonder if they are a return. I contacted CS to let them know I am sending back due to being defective using their return label and I don't want to be charged for shipping. They said ok, and I saved the chat transcript to make sure I don't get charged for the shipping. What a bummer. Was looking forward to this purchase.
Most apatite is GREEN, and since blue is the more popular color it's heated to turn it various shades of blue. When this happens it causes more fracturing. The stone itself is soft and brittle, most places don't bother with it since it's so hard to NICELY work with and set. It's difficult to polish since it tends to crumble.
One of the nice things about SLC is that they DO take risks on softer stones, which allows us access to items most places refuse to carry. BUT, they are also mass produced, so it can be difficult to get a GOOD product.
I'm glad at least your spinel was nice, would have been a bummer to have to send BOTH items back