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SENSATIONAL SAPPHIRES

Sapphires are perhaps the most beloved colored gemstone of all time. As surely today as in antiquity, this captivating jewel begs to be worn and treasured. One of the original “Big 3” precious gemstones, sapphire boasts a nearly endless range of colors, as well as the magical light phenomenon known as asterism. Sapphire’s durability makes it perfect for frequent or daily wear in jewelry, while its diversity offers something to please every taste.

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Sapphire Legends and Lore

As one of the most universally cherished gemstones, sapphire evokes many positive associations including nobility, honesty, romance, peace, and even the revelation of mystical secrets. From the modern fairy tale of Princess Diana and her famous engagement ring to historic royal treasure and crown jewels, sapphires shine prominently from the pages of history. To ancient Greeks and Romans, sapphires functioned as a talisman of protection against envy and harm from others. Through the Middle Ages, sapphires were believed to bring divine favor and were often worn by the clergy. Today, the sapphire is a popular symbol of romantic love as well as the September birthstone, thought to bring luck and health to its wearer.
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Sapphire Description & Origins

Although the classic blue sapphire jumps readily to mind for most people, sapphire may refer to any corundum other than those with a rich, blood-red color, which is instead called a ruby. Often the term “fancy” is used when referring to a colored sapphire other than blue.
In order to form, the mineral corundum requires a silicon-free environment, which is unusual given how common silicon is on earth. As such, natural sapphires are rare and highly valued. Sapphires come from many locations around the world including Australia, Thailand, Madagascar, Myanmar, Tanzania, and Sri Lanka.

SAPPHIRE VARIETIES

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Royal Blue Sapphire

The greatest determinant of value in sapphires is color, with vivid blue representing its pinnacle. Ideally, a blue sapphire should be medium to medium dark, with a hue from pure royal blue to slightly violet blue.
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Ceylon Blue Sapphire

The Ceylon Blue Sapphire retains a historical name from its place of origin: Sri Lanka. Ceylon produces a variety of fancy colored material, but its blue sapphires are best known. These specimens stand out for a brighter and lighter color than sapphires mined in places like Thailand or Australia.
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Montana Blue Sapphire

Though uncommon in North America, some extraordinary sapphire finds have come out of Montana. In particular, Yogo sapphires, named for the Yogo Gulch in which they were found, are prized for their pure cornflower-blue color. Montana is also a source for a spectrum of fancy sapphire colors.
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Pink Sapphire

Pink is among the most popular fancy sapphire colors. The highest value pink sapphires are a rich pink with slight purplish overtones.
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Purple Sapphire

Purple is another beloved fancy sapphire color. Depending on the material, color might range from a reddish purple to a pale violet.
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Padparadscha Sapphire

The Padparadscha sapphire takes its name from the lotus flower. These exotic beauties are known for a vibrant pink-orange color, which some have described as “sunset” or “salmon”. For their rarity and collectible status, Padparadschas are much more highly valued than a typical fancy sapphire.
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Star Sapphire

When light seems to spread across the surface of a sapphire in the shape of a star, this effect is called as asterism. This light phenomenon occurs when crystal structures through many layers at very specific angles reflect light. In order to showcase a star sapphire’s asterism, the gem must be carefully cut and polished into a cabochon. Sapphires may show a 6-pointed star, or even a 12 pointed star in rare cases of hematite and rutile inclusions. The best quality stars are sharp, visible from a comfortable viewing distance, and pronounced at the top and center of the stone.

Sapphire Quality

As with diamonds, sapphires can be considered using a “4-Cs” framework, which considers color, clarity, cut, & carat. Value increases with greater size (carat weight) and clarity. Cut should result in beautiful proportions while taking into consideration how to best flaunt the color of the specimen. Sapphires of many different colors are prized, and typically for each hue, an intense and uniform color is the most valued.
Another important quality factor for sapphires is whether or not a gem has been treated. Untreated or “natural” specimens are rare and command premium prices. The majority of sapphires on the market have been treated in some way, either introduced to heat or diffusion in order to enhance their color and/or clarity. These are permanent treatments accepted within the industry. Advances in treatment technology have made some of the most beautiful sapphire colors more accessible than ever before in history. Buyers should be wary of irradiated gems, however, since they can have unstable, impermanent color changes.
There’s a lot to consider when selecting a sapphire. We’re here to support you, from research and gem selection, to creating an unforgettable piece of jewelry. As a Graduate Gemologist (G.G.) certified by the world-renowned Gemological Institute of America, Adam is highly trained to assess and advise clients regarding sapphire value. We’re proud to have built relationships with many of the premier gemstone dealers and lapidaries in the world, allowing our clients access to truly exceptional gems for Adam’s unique and timeless jewelry designs.
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