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This is what I have learned over the past few weeks of researching white sapphires: There are lab grown stones that are actually "real" in that they are made of the same stuff as naturally occurring sapphires. They look quite pretty, actually, but they are not worth very much. You can find them on Ebay for a few dollars. Next, there are "natural" stones that have been heat treated to make them clear and less included. These stones may be from Ceylon (Sir Lanka) and will likely cost between $50.00-$250.00 per carat, depending on the seller and the quality of the stone. Make sure yours comes with GIA certification. This assures you that your stone is real. The reason you want this is that lab grown stones look a lot like natural stones; don't be duped. Finally, there are natural, untreated stones that have not been heated or chemically altered. These stones may also be from Ceylon (Sir Lanka) and will likely cost between $500 to $1,000. per carat for the clearest stones. If you do not mind a bit of imperfection in your stone, you may get a 1 carat stone for $200 and up. Make sure to get a GIA certificate with your stone so you know that it is authentic!