Today corundums of gemstone quality of all colors except red are
called sapphire. Red varieties are called rubies. The various colors
of sapphires are qualified by description, green sapphire or yellow
sapphire. The coloring agents in blue sapphire are iron and titanium.
The color is very stable against light and heat. The most desired
color is a cornflower-blue. There is no definite demarcation between
ruby and sapphire.
Physical Properties: Sapphire Color: Blue
in various hues, colorless, pink, orange, yellow, green, purple and
black; Sapphire Moh's Hardness: 9.0; Sapphire
Density: 3.95-4.03; Sapphire Chemical Composition:
Aluminium Oxide; Sapphire Transparency:
Transparent to Opaque; Sapphire Refractive
Index: 1.762-1.788; Sapphire Dispersion:
0.018; Sapphire Pleochroism:
Blue; Definite; dark blue, green blue.
Colored Sapphires: These
different types of sapphires and their colors are because of traces
of titanium, chromium, vanadium and iron found in these gemstones.
Each sapphire uses the preface of its color for the name so you have
the yellow sapphire, blue pink, purple, green, white and orange
sapphire and the red sapphire is of course called as Ruby. One of the
most exotic sapphires that come in orange-pink shade is called as
Padparadscha sapphire. Learn
More About Sapphire Colors.
| Rings: Sapphires are
widely used in rings such as sapphire wedding rings, anniversary
rings and wedding rings; also in sapphire earrings; sapphire pendants
and sapphire bracelets along with diamonds. We have an inspirational
collection of rings with sapphires in platinum and yellow gold. Look
for a rich blue color sapphire with a light shade in rings with
sapphire and sapphire jewelry.
Sapphire Buying Guide
"celestial" sapphire, symbol of the heavens, bestower of
innocence, truth, good health, and preserver of chastity, is reserved
today as the birthstone of September.
Other important sources of Sapphire now include Thailand, Sri Lanka
(Ceylon), and Kenya. The wonderful, rich color of Sapphire combined
with its high brilliance and wearability make it an unusually fine
choice for any piece of jewelry. This guide defines the five
essential characteristics of sapphire quality. By understanding these
characteristics, you'll be able to shop with confidence. Print this
helpful list and take it with you when shopping so you can choose a
beautiful piece of sapphire jewelry.
The finest sapphires are considered to be the blue variety-specially
those from Burma and Kashmir, which are closest to the pure spectral
blue. The Ceylon sapphires are a very pleasing shade of blue, often
on the pastel side.
Clarity refers to the absence of internal flaws or inclusions. Type
and placement of flaws are also very important. Sapphires also
contain inclusions and even quality sapphires are lightly included.
Dark sapphires show less inclusions and light sapphires show more.
Jewelry industry prefers moderately included sapphires and that's
what we offer.
Saturation (color purity) is the brightness or vividness (dullness or
drabness) of the color. It refers to the degree to which the hue is
hidden by brown or gray. Colors with minimum amount of brown or gray
are described as vivid or strong. For color purity GIA uses
saturation and AGL uses intensity. Saturation can be "highly
pure" and "slightly brownish or grayish".
Cut effect the depth of color seen in the stone and influence the
liveliness projected by the stone. A good cut will enhance stones
natural beauty to the fullest. A poor cutter make may make the same
stone less desirable, beacause a poor cut will significantly reduce
the vividness and alter the depth of the color (saturation), usually
producing a stone that is too dark. We offer well cut sapphires in
our rings, earrings and bracelets.
The common unit of measurement for stones is weight, expressed in
carats and decimal parts thereof. Also, remember again not to confuse
weight with size. Some stones weigh more than others because stones
have different density. Size of stone which can be diameter, or
length and width is expressed in millimeters. Our stones are not cut
deep to gain weight but are well cut sapphires offering you maximum size.
Heating sapphire is a practice that is accepted by the jewelry
industry. Sapphires that are not heated are very rare and demand very
Sapphires which are well cut, cornflower blue colored and have
minimum inclusions are most valuable.
Gemological Institute of America (GIA) and the American Gemological
Institute (AGL) divides color into three components: hue, tone
(lightness/darkness) and saturation (color purity). This provides a
more precise and accurate description of gems. Evaluate gemstone
color taking into consideration hue, tone and saturation. Pure, vivid
colors are far more desirable than dull, muddy ones. Look for a rich
blue color sapphire with a light shade in sapphire
Refers to the depth of color (light or dark). The lighest possible
tone is colorless. The darkest is black. Tone is another word for the
degree of lightness or darkness. Judging the tone of a stone is
difficult because it doesnot display a single, uniform tone. To judge
the tone of a stone, examine it face-up and look for areas of light
and dark. Sapphiires can have tones: "light-medium,"
"medium," "medium-dark," and "dark". We
prefer sapphires with medium tones and thats what we offer in our
rings, bracelets and earrings.
Refers to the basic colors of blue, gren, yellow, orange, red, purple
and violet. All sapphires
exhibit some other colors (hues) in addition to their basic blue
color. To determine the hue, look for the dominant color in the
face-up view. When you move the stone in different directions you see
the different colors. Australian sapphires have a tint (hue) of green.
Both intensity and tone of color can be significantly affected by the
proportioning of the cut. In other words, a good gem cutter working
with a fine stone will be able to bring out its inherent beauty to
the fullest. A poor cut will significantly reduce the vividness and
alter the depth of the color (saturation), usually producing a stone
that is too dark. In sapphires a shallow cut might bring more color
saturation than a deeper cut. Some stones are cut deep for additional
weight and tend to be dark in color. Inclusions are generally more
apparent in light- to medium-color sapphires. Since sapphires
generally embody some inclusions, look for a sapphire with a darker
tone, as the inclusions will be effectively hidden in these darker gems.
Sapphire in Rings? Sapphire ring has been popular since the
Middle Ages. Sapphires are the
jewels of royalty - Diana Spencer wore a sapphire engagement ring.
The beautiful Gene Tierney wore her elegant sapphire and diamond ring
in the classic movie, The Razor's Edge (1946). Sapphire is one of the
most durable stones available and comes in an array of colors from
yellow and pink to blue. We have a large collection of sapphire
engagement rings, sapphire
wedding rings, sapphire
eternity rings & anniversary
rings. We prefer a rich blue color sapphire with a lighter shade
in rings with sapphire. View
Sapphire and Diamond Rings.
Read our guide to Sapphire Engagement Rings: Page 1, 2,
3, 4, 5,
6, 7, 8,
9, 10, 11,
12, 13, 14,
diamond bracelet is a piece of jewelry that drapes softly around
the wrist. Diamond gemstone bracelets
are an elegant piece of jewelry that provides a shimmering circle of
diamonds and gemstones around the wrist. The
proper length of a bracelet will vary with the size of the wrist it
is to be worn on. With the bracelet on the wrist, the space between
the bracelet and the wrist should be one finger width. If the
bracelet is too long it will catch on clothing and can put stress on
the hinge joints. If the bracelet is too short, it will not only be
uncomfortable and cause damage to the links and joints. View
originated in the Middle East in about 2500 BC. Today, earrings are
considered part of everyday life that can be worn day or night for
every occasion. Earrings can be fun and flirty or sophisticated and
stylish. Wives, mothers, daughters, friends. The special woman
deserves a special piece of sapphire jewelry, to show your love
choose from sapphire earrings
and sapphire pendants.
Choose from sapphire stud earrings, hoop earrings, drop earrings to
mark the most special occasions in life including engagement, wedding
and graduations. Today, sapphire has become a symbol of love. View