How to buy BLUE SAPPHIRES
Buying loose Sapphires or Sapphire Engagment Rings and Jewellery - Your Research tips
Blue Sapphires have a very broad range of intensity in colour. The blue variety of Sapphire is found in lighter shades of blue, almost a sky colour, to a darker shade of blue that looks almost black. The colours are generally indicative to the Sapphire’s origin. When buying Sapphire the most important thing to consider is its colour. Colour is the single most important factor in determining the value, being more important than its clarity.Keep in mind, that because of the different shades of Blue, their price can span quite a lot. Make a decision of what is your desired intensity of colour (whether it is the lighter, mid or darker shade) then, you can move on to the next step which is clarity.
The most sought after Blue colour is known as that of ‘Kashmir and Burmese’ having an intense blue that is velvety and bright, it is a blue that is not too dark and not too light. This may be the colour which is at the higher price bracket. It may not appeal to everyone, in fact, some people prefer a very light ‘Ceylon’ Sapphire colour and some prefer a dark ‘Australian’ Colour Sapphire, it is based on personal preference.When looking at colour, keep in mind that Sapphire can sometimes have patches of colorless sections when viewing it at different angles. The thing to look out for when viewing colour is how evenly spread the colour looks to the eye from the top of the stone. When viewing a Sapphire through the base, sometimes the colour can be lost, but look perfectly even when viewing through the top. These Sapphires are generally a type that you may want to select, if price is a factor, as they can sometimes be slightly lower because of this.
Sapphire being a very precious stone, and when in a large size, is generally cut mostly in Oval faceted Sapphire. Other cuts that Sapphires can be found are: Round Cut Sapphire, Pear Cut Sapphire, Emerald Cut Sapphire Marquise Cut Sapphire, Square Cut Sapphire, Cushion Cut Sapphire, Cabochon Cut Sapphire, and Baguette Cut Sapphire.When looking at the cut of a Sapphire look for general visual proportion balance. If a stone is cut in an oval cut for example, look at it to see that one of the top and bottom are of equal measurements, and that one end does not bulge out more than the other end. Most Sapphire cuts are performed by hand so therefore, often the cut may be slightly off from perfection. Visually you will see when the proportions are great and when they are too poor, with the naked eye.
Sapphires can be found in a range of clarity types. The most common is a faceted Blue Sapphire possessing silk like inclusions and needle type inclusions which are quite typical. Sapphires host many different inclusions and even the highest quality stones are expected to posses some type of inclusion when viewed by a 10x loupe. It would be very rare to see a Sapphire free from all inclusions, and therefore should be considered whether it is a synthetic stone or a glass imitation.Some Sapphires if cut en ‘Cabochon’ may display the visual phenomenon of a six rayed star when a light is shined at the centre directly above the stone. The display is caused by the silk which follows its crystal axis and therefore when polished into cabochon top (domed top) will show the star to the observer.
Sapphires are one of the hardest gemstones available. The Moh’s scale of hardness is a universal scale for minerals showing their position in the scale as to compare which ones are harder than others. As an example the hardest known mineral is Diamond, given a 10 on Moh’s scale. The softest known mineral is Talc given a 1 on Moh’s scale.
Sapphire comes in at a hardness of: 9.
Routine EnhancementsA Natural Sapphire usually displays quite a high amount of its diagnostic inclusion ‘Silk’. One of the treatments that is commonly adapted and widely accepted to Sapphire is that of Heat treatment. Heating a Sapphire at certain laboratory temperatures may aid in the displacement of some of the silk that was there naturally, and therefore allows the Sapphire to display a higher brilliance than before.
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History & Beliefs
Sapphire is the birthstone for the month of September. Sapphire is named from the Greek word “sapheiros” and the Latin word “ Saphirus” both meaning Blue. It was believed that the name Sapphire derived from its association to the planet Saturn. In many different languages, the name can almost be translated to “ dear to the planet Saturn”. In ancient times rulers of Persia believed the sky was painted blue from the reflection of Sapphires. The blue Sapphires were a holy stone to the Catholic Church and to Ancient Parisians.
In the middle ages people believed that wearing Sapphire suppressed negative thoughts. It was also believed that Sapphires had a curing power for natural ailments. Ground Sapphire was known to be used in Ancient Persia as an all purpose Medicine. The colour Blue of the Sapphire indicated Wisdom and generosity. It is closely associated with the study of heaven and the stars. The most important attribute of the Sapphire was said to be of its protection against sorcery, it was believed that Sapphire banished evil spirits and send negative spells back to its sender. It is said that Sapphires have a powerful energy that may work quickly, helping you connect to the universe, opening your internal and spiritual self to the powers of the universe.The healing powers of Sapphire are known to include clearing away negative thoughts, negative emotions and stress. The wearer then, naturally experiences inner peace and mental clarity, including benefits to concentration.