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  • Sapphire – In Its Many Colors

    Widely known as a birthstone for the month September Sapphire is prized globally. Though its name in Latin means blue, this gemstone is not always blue. Its occurrence is in multitudes of colors that are not known to many people. Apart from these colors, the red sapphire is normally referred to as ruby. Unfortunately the other colors are rare than the blue sapphire. Since the red one as we have seen refers to ruby, hence then the word sapphire refers to sapphire. Sounds confusing? It shouldn’t.  The blue sapphire is normally highly priced than the rest. The rest have a special name; fancy sapphire.

    Photographed for the CIBJO project from the Dr. Eduard J. Gubelin Collection.

    This gemstone is a representation of divine favor and it’s actually for this reason that it has become a choice for the high and the mighty in society. Kings, Queens, High Priests name them, and they all adorn this great stone in its entire splendor. A good example and perhaps this is what is in your mind is The British Crown Jewels which are filled by large blue sapphires, which gives symbolism of purity and wisdom. The most famous and valuable sapphires are a rich intense blue, a truly royal hue. Being a birthstone for September, as I have mentioned above it’s perhaps not known to you that is the very month when the most babies are born. Ancient lists also name it as a Aprils birthstone and gemstone for the sign of Taurus.

    This stone it’s known for its toughness and durability. Surprisingly it has no cleavage plane so it can’t be cut with one blow like a diamond. In fact, its synthetic type is used for scratch-proof watch crystals, optical scanners, and other tools because of trust in its durability. This is the same reason that this stone will be treasured for generations.

    The sapphire with the range of fancy colors comes from Montana in United States of America. Those from the world largest deposit of Yogo Gulch are smaller in size but they have an elegant beautiful blue. But getting them is not a walk in the park, for they are found deep in the rocks hence making it hard to get them and that’s why they are costly.

    Most the finest sapphire on today market originates from Sri Lanka, which is a producer of a wide variety of beautiful blues from soft sky blue colors to very rich concentrated hues. Yellow sapphires from this area are large, and may even hit sizes of several hundred of carats. These large stones are mostly museum pieces, yet are shockingly cheap despite their rarity. Pink and violet sapphires from Sri Lanka are very intense and vibrant in their color and are mostly much rarer than the blue gemstones. Kanchanaburi and Pailin are famous for deep blue, even colors. The most priced sapphires have a medium intense, clear blue color. The best of these stones hold the brightness of their color under variety of lighting. Any black, gray, or green overtones mixed in with the blue will reduce a stone's value. In general, a more pastel blue would be less preferred than a vivid blue but would be priced higher than an over dark blackish blue color.

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