Sapphire Stone

Sapphire Stones.

Colorful semstones such as sapphire are a version of corundum gems and perfect for beautiful jewelry. Physically sapphires are the same as rubies (corundum) but other colors which include pink and white plus yellow are available and more actually the corundum stones is the family with most colors.

There is quite a wide color spectrum the stones are available although the premier color is "cornflower blue" but there is pink yellow white and some variants from.

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Sapphires are most sought after in the pink and blue color spectrum but also an excellent substitution for diamonds with yellow and white hue they are gemstones with a timeless value and they also are a girls best friend not only diamonds. 


Sapphire Color

Sapphire Heat Treatment

Sapphire Colors

Star Sapphire

Why the blue color of a sapphire gemstone?

Most popular are cornflower blue pink plus white and yellow sapphire their  color result from a process known as inter-valence charge transfer. Involved in this are traces of both titanium and iron. The mystery of the magnificent blue color was not discovered until recent times. Auguste Verneuil, the “father” of the synthetic ruby discovers that titanium and iron were responsible for the blue color but the mechanism involved eluded detection until much later.


Hues of blue sapphire

A few hundredths dot percent of titanium in corundum produces no color whatsoever while the same amount of iron imparts only a pale-yellow color appears. However if both iron and titanium are present together beautiful deep-blue color results. Iron and titanium both substitute for aluminum in the corundum crystal structure.

Together with some diamonds to add "fire" or sparkling it could give a perfect engagement ring in blue or pink colors. The demand for the stone is maybe a bit less compared to a ruby with the right parameter but quite similar. Since this two gemstones come from the same family which is corundum they are always found in the same area (in Myanmar e.g. in Mogok and Mong Hsu) they are also on the market as synthetic stones.

Now what make them valuable? If the stone has no inclusions at all it’s probably a synthetic one just the same as the red version because natural gems of this type without inclusions are extremely rare.

The blue sapphire stone.

The blue sapphire stone is a bit like jade when sold and someone asks for quality parameter he/she will find out there are none like it is with diamonds. Every dealer makes his own price and this leads to manipulations. If you stick to the four "C'" color cut carat the the clarity you are on the way for a good buy. This is are the parameters which are valid for every gemstone also all color variants of sapphires.

Further values to check are the origin Burmese (Myanmar) sapphire stones are higher rated although heat is often used to melt out impurities but this is a difficult subject because without a proper laboratory environment nobody can find that out. The problem is heated stones always have a much lower value but since most people are not able to know yes or no.

The dealer usually always tells you whatever you want to hear so keep one thing in mind if you buy let’s say over $ thousand have the precious stone evaluated in a lab to be on the safe side. You can be sure everywhere they sell them there is an evaluation possibility somewhere in Yangon check in the Bogyoke Market.

The sapphire cabochon.

The sapphire cabochon which usually is oval and diffuse inside is the least expensive of the natural sapphire family. Actually, there is one exception and this are star sapphires which form a star when a light source is pointed to them because of the internal structure with rutile needles that's the same with rubies since both are corundum stones.

Precious stones in blue and oval shaped are full of inclusions that is natural means they are usually heat treated to enhance color and clarity. This is often done already at the mine e.g. at Mong Hsu in Myanmar where the mined stones are on average less valuable than the Mogok Stones because of this issue they sell for up to $ 200 per carat but the main parameters are still the 4 C's.

There are others which have been diffusion treated with beryllium to enhance color they are available for a lower price if the dealer is honest but most are not are not honest. There is rarely a business like gems and jewelry where cheating is so entrenched.  Prices for natural unheated stones with excellent four “c” can easily rich $ 5000,- per carat and more but they need diamonds to make them sparkle.

The blue version of corundum is a sapphire.

Sapphires are known since several thousand years similar to the red edition which is the ruby. Because they only can be cut and polished in a good manner since about 150 years they never were able to show the real beauty but that has changed.

Sapphire Jewelry.

On this page you find great engagement rings and other expensive and cheap. If the prices are quite low first thing to do is to check if it is a natural stone or a synthetic. The basic idea to see this is take a magnifying glass and look for inclusions if there are none it's probably a synthetic gem.

Bright dazzling glitter there are some attributes people fix on this colorful jewelry but it always needs some diamonds to make it shine. Although the precious stones mostly come as blue gems they can be found in a variety of colors as you can see in the first picture above, in recent years pink become very popular for jewelry.

If you every buys one of this precious items as stones in any form take it out to daylight to have a close look since jewelry shops use lights with special wavelength to enhance the color. Great bracelets earrings pendants necklaces rings and another knickknack in various designs are made from. With a shiny piece of sapphire jewelry you will always be in the spotlight and add elegance to your dress. Keep in mind that these little precious stones need some care to preserve its beauty. Just clean them with a toothbrush and make sure to remove any remaining liquid afterward.

Sapphire cabochons with different colors.

Sapphires are available from white to almost black in recent years pink is highly sought after. Smaller ruby and sapphire jewelry often is paired with diamonds set in white or yellow gold are popular with younger ladies. They are still in the low-end price spectrum and very decorative of course it also depends on of the design. Actually most Myanmar creations are rather conservative.

Pink Sapphire are fashion jewelry.

Pink beaded jewelry is always popular because most are fashion items in the low price segment but still look quite attractive. They come in all variants but mainly as beaded chains and necklaces, maybe with a pretty pendant. Blue and pink sapphires are magnificent opaque and clear gemstones they can be fine when polished and somehow shine but all are topped by the star version.

Colorful Sapphire Gemstones from around the world.

Sapphires are another version of the corundum family. Keep in mind, when you see the word "created" it means synthetic which again indicates not natural. The other version of the corundum family are rubies.

Physically sapphires are the same like rubies (corundum) but other colors which include pink and white plus yellow and more. In the pink spectrum, it is an excellent substitution for a diamond and who tells about the blue gem only just watch the header picture.

Together with some diamonds to add "fire" or sparkling it could give a perfect engagement ring in blue or pink colors. The demand for the stone is maybe a bit less as a ruby with the right parameter but quite similar. Since this two gemstones come from the same family which is corundum they are always found in the area, they are also on the market as synthetic stones.

Now, what is the main difference? If the stone has no inclusions at all it’s probably a synthetic one just the same as the red version because natural gems of this type without inclusions are extremely rare.

The blue stone is a bit like jade when sold and someone asks for quality parameter and will find out there are none like it is with diamonds. Every dealer makes his own price and this leads to manipulations. If you stick to the four "C'", color, cut, carat, the clarity you are on the way for a good buy. This is the parameters which are valid for every gemstone, all color variants of sapphires.

Burmese Sapphire.

Further values to check are the origin of Burmese stones since they are higher rated when they are from Mogok but as usual heat is often used to melt out impurities but this is a difficult subject because without a proper laboratory environment nobody can find that out. The problem is heated stones always have a much lower value but since you are not able to know without the needed test equipment..

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