When looking to buy sapphire
rings it is helpful and interesting to know the origins of a sapphire.
You may have already purchased your new sapphire ring and are gazing
at its beauty.
Sapphires have both natural and manufactured origins. They have a
wide range of uses not just as exquisite gems found in sapphire
rings, broaches, earrings, necklaces and many other jewelry pieces,
but as optical components used in electronics.
Interestingly sapphire can also be used to make watch faces in
expensive watches as the durability of the material make it very
difficult to scratch or crack the surface.
Sapphire is not the hardest substance known to man so it is still
possible to damage the surface if contact is made with diamond or
Sapphire can also be made into high quality windows due to the strength.
Sapphire is manufactured in large crystal boules. Naturally the
sapphire we get in sapphire rings is a single crystal form of
aluminium oxide which is a mineral recognized as corundum. We
commonly consider a sapphire to be a blue colour. When small amounts
of iron and chromium are found it gives a sapphire its colour.
Sapphires come in a variety of colours dependant on the amount of
iron and chromium inclusion together with certain other mineral
types. Pink, purple, orange, green, yellow and red
sapphires can be found, all of which can be polished to make
sapphire rings. It takes true craftsmanship to cut the stone to
ensure the vibrancy of the colour is realised. A poor cut gem will
produce a dull appearance and a blue colour, which is too dark.
Sapphires are found in exotic locations such as Thailand, India, Ceylon,
Vietnam, Brazil, Australia and Africa.
Fancy sapphires are considered to be any other shade of colour other
than blue or red. Pink sapphires have traces of chromium, the darker
the colour the higher the value. Yellow and green sapphires have
traces of iron and purple sapphires have traces of the element vanadium.
You may have noticed that some sapphire
rings have the ability to change colour in different light. They
can often have a blue colour in outdoor light but then shift their
colour to a purple when in indoor light.
sapphires are normally baked for several hours at very high
temperatures to improve their colour which quite often is a greyish
brown to begin with.
Some sapphire rings have a star
like shape which is known as an asterism. These exceptional and
beautiful sapphire rings are formed from the mineral rutile that
gives the appearance of a six pointed star, when viewed from above.
The clearer the colour of the stone and visibility and brightness of
the star would generally reflect in the sapphire
rings overall value.