Sapphire is not just a gemstone; it is one of the most sacred gemstones which has a number of mystical powers. Just as much as it is valued now, it was valued the same or even more in our history as well.
In parts of the Orient, Saturday was the day to dress in blue and wear blue sapphire. The color blue and the blue stone indicated wisdom, and generous thinking. It is also associated with the study of heaven and the stars. During the 11th and 12th centuries, sorcerers honored the sapphire more than any other stone.
Sapphire is the birthstone of September. Since sapphire symbolizes sincerity and faithfulness, it is an excellent choice for an engagement ring.
It is also the traditional wedding anniversary gift for a couple's 5th and 45th year.
The Museum of Natural History in New York is home to the one of the most notorious sapphires in the world, the “Star of India,” a sapphire of 563 carats!
Sapphire-Shades of Blue
Sapphires come in a wide range of natural colors and shades. Sapphires are available in every color but red. Sapphires in colors other than blue are often referred to as fancy sapphires. The most valuable sapphires have a medium intense, vivid blue color.
Black, gray, or green overtones mixed in with the blue will reduce a stone's value. A more pastel blue would be less preferred than a vivid blue but would still be priced higher than an over dark blackish blue color. Color is mainly caused by the gemstone's selective absorption of certain wavelengths of light.
Sources of Sapphire Gemstone
Burmese and Kashmir sapphires are the most sought after varieties, known for their superior clarity, hue and saturation. Kashmir sapphires are mostly found in the resale market, since few sapphires are now mined from that war-torn region in Asia. Burmese sapphires of comparable quality also command high prices. Thailand has its superb quality Kanchanaburi alluvial-mined sapphires which are popular choices for high-end sapphire jewelry. Since 1996, exceptional quality sapphires have been recovered from alluvial deposits derived from basaltic rocks in Madagascar.
Sapphire Clarity Grades
Asian Gem Centre assigns the following clarity grades to Sapphires:
A+: Perfection: The stone is clean to the eye, but not necessarily at 10 x magnifications.
A: Insignificant Inclusions: The stone has very small visible inclusions
B+: Very Slightly Included: Inclusions or small internal crystals are only slightly visible on close inspection
B: Slightly Included: Inclusions or small internal crystals are visible on close inspection.
The best sapphire cuts offer a depth ratio higher than comparable diamond cuts. Stones that are too deep will look smaller than expected but they will show off more color than they would if they were cut to normal proportions. Deep-cut stones also preserve weight, increasing the cost of the stone without the expected increase in the size of the crown (top portion of the gem).
Where to buy Sapphire-
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