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I'm very appreciative for the quick responses and information [on my repair]. Besides her great work and wanting to support an independent artisan, another reason I chose Lisa for purchasing a wedding ring was the level of comfort and personal care I felt when dealing with her. I'm glad to see that I still feel that way even though she has expanded her business (I bought the ring when Lisa's shop was still in the little [studio] behind her actual house). Thanks again.

- Sam White
Seattle, WA


Physically, Optically & Chemically Identical to natural sapphire!

Synthetic Blue Sapphire in Pave Engagement RingWe offer you synthetic sapphires from Chatham, a renowned leader in lab-grown gemstones. Founded by Cal Tech chemist Carrol Chatham (who tried to recreate diamond in his home lab at age 12!), the company has been producing synthetic gemstones, from ruby and sapphire, to emerald and alexandrite since the 1930s.

A Chatham sapphire is not an imitation, but a real sapphire grown in a human-controlled environment. This is not dissimilar from the way pearls are cultured. Once the required combination of chemical and environmental factors is duplicated from nature, the crystals grow over the course of a year, the length of time depending on the gemstone.

Why purchase a synthetic sapphire?

Identical Physical, Optical and Chemical Properties

Synthetic sapphire has pretty much the same atomic and optical properties of a natural sapphire. Unless you're a certified gemologist with a powerful microscope, you won't be able to tell the difference between created and mined gemstones. Lab grown sapphires may even look better than their natural counterparts! Under laboratory conditions, computers control temperatures, while foreign materials found in the earth are eliminated from starting chemicals.


Synthetic Pink Sapphire in Mokume Engagement Ring

A lab-created sapphire is less rare than a natural sapphire. As a result, they may be more suitable for conservative budgets. Price differences between Chatham created and natural gemstones of like quality are notable, sometimes as much as $100,000 per carat as in the case of colored diamonds. Synthetic sapphire is an excellent choice for those seeking an affordable precious gemstone without compromising the quality or sacrificing the aesthetic of their jewelry.

Environmentally Friendly

Because the crystal formation occurs in a lab instead of Mother Earth, there is less of an environmental impact. Go green by choosing a lab grown sapphire.

Color Choices

Lab-grown sapphires are available in a few shades of blue, pink, and yellow. Red (ruby) is also an option.
Search for the synthetic sapphire in the size, color and shape you desire. You can also let us help you find the right stone by emailing or calling 1-888-KRIKAWA!