Sapphires The Gemstone For A Princess – Gemstone Guide

Sapphires The Gemstone For A Princess

History says that tablets brought down by Moses with Ten Commandments were made of Sapphire. Persians believed that the world stood on a sapphire and color of the sky was a mere reflection of that stone’s color.

Many cultures believe that Sapphires had health giving properties. Whilst that may exaggerate the truth, to this day, many people believe sapphires bring you good luck and good fortune. This is one reason why the stone is so popular for jewelry such as engagement rings. Sapphires the gemstone for a princess; Prince William gave Kate Middleton, Princess Diana’s lovely blue Ceylon Sapphire….so it truly is a stone meant for Royalty.

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Sapphires The Gemstone For A Princess

Sapphire is an aluminum oxide mineral that is so hard that it resists nature’s efforts to erode it. It is one of a handful of gemstones of this structure and as a result can be found in sediment where softer stones may wear.

It is a stone found on many continents of the World with its value dependent on gemstone’s size, color and clarity. Blue sapphires, especially those with “cornflower” blue tend to be most valuable in terms of color, with one of the best (and largest) examples ever discovered available for your viewing pleasure in Washington DC; the Logan Sapphire on display in the National Museum of Natural History is 423 carats, 83g.

Colors

Sapphires come in a range of color deriving that color from impurities such as iron, titanium or chromium.   The quality can vary enormously and one element of value can be the region it came from.  Sapphires are mined in Australia which is the largest producer of Sapphire by volume, East Africa, Madagascar, Thailand and Sri Lanka. The best deposits in USA are in Montana, especially those known as Yogo Sapphires.

Those sapphires of blue with an element of violet regarded as fine quality all other things being equal. If secondary color has a greenish tinge that regarded as a negative. Blue said to be the most popular color on planet and depth of blue found in a sapphire makes it a real find….

However, whilst it is mostly famous for its blue color, several other colors are fairly common, green, yellow and pink; and some rare stones which can appear to change color in different light.  Such rare beauties with that pleochromatic property best exploited by expert and skilled cutters have the skill to see the best way to cut a particular stone to bring out the color change.

Synthetic sapphire is made on a fairly large scale, about 250 tons annually mostly in the USA and Russia. It has none of the impurities of the natural gemstone; which is one way of distinguishing between natural and synthetic sapphires.

 

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Properties of Sapphire

Color                                                     Various except ruby red.

Crystal                                                  Trigonal

Mohs                                                    9

Specific gravity                                  3.95 – 4.03

 

Uses for Sapphires

As already stated sapphire is extremely hard so it has uses far beyond the decorative. Uses included industrial use for solid state electronics and optical components, scientific instruments; wrist watch crystals and movement bearings. Synthetic production means there is never a shortage of raw material for industry.

However, sapphire is a prized and valuable gemstone for jewelry and its hardness means that it is extremely difficult to damage.  Cutters tend to shape them into ovals or cushions. Those that made into round shapes involve removing a good deal of the rough sapphire; at the later stages in the cut and hence they are more expensive than the oval or cushion.

Sapphires The Gemstone For A Princess

Sapphire is a highly valuable gemstone which is extremely popular for standard jewelry; albeit expensive, and for gifts to commemorate anniversaries. Blue is the most popular of the colors which reflects both the popularity of the color in general and the range and depth of the blues that can be found.

It is also a stone with uses far beyond decoration but it’s the appearance that wins the day for sapphire in its natural form.

 

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Floating Oval Sapphire and Diamond Micropavé Diamond Halo Ring

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A true classic! Elegant oval sapphire and diamond halo ring can be for everyday or your engagement. Crafted in polished 14k white gold, it features a deep blue faceted sapphire surrounded by a glittering floating halo of petite round brilliant-cut diamonds on a slender band.

 

 

 

 

Source: Gemstone Guru

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