I was being kind of snooty about the idea of buying a lab created sapphire, but when I saw that Gene Flanagan will custom cut a lab created gemstone, I decided to give it a go. I'm so glad that I did! This stone sparkles even under the clouds of the Pacific NW. It is just the color that I wanted and he cut it to exactly the right size to fit into my existing setting. No one should think twice about buying a lab created gemstone as long as it is precision cut by Gene.