When most people think of the sapphire they think of a beautiful blue gemstone. However, did you know that sapphire comes in almost every color of the rainbow except red? Sapphire’s breathtaking range of colors have captured our imagination and inspired one-of-a-kind designs. Ancient lore tells us that blue sapphire brought spiritual enlightenment, inner peace, wisdom, insight, and the discernment to choose what’s right. It is September’s birthstone and celebrates the 45th wedding anniversary.
Sapphires are rated “excellent” for everyday wear. Avoid exposure to heat and contact with chemicals. To clean, gently scrub with a soft toothbrush and a solution of mild dish soap and warm water, or clean in an at-home ultrasonic unit.
Where do Sapphires Come From?
Australia, Cambodia, East Africa, India, Kashmir, Madagascar, Myanmar, Sri Lanka, Thailand, United States
The color blue holds an endless fascination. From the high dome of the sky to the oceans that cover two-thirds of the globe’s surface, blue literally surrounds us. Seen from space, Earth is revealed as a shimmering blue planet. It’s little wonder, then, that the breathtaking blue of Sapphire has captured man’s imagination from the beginning. Ranging from the deepest midnight to brilliant cornflower blue, Sapphires have long been prized for their intense, velvety color.
Many people believe that the darker the color, the more valuable the gem. In many instances, this is not the case. Sapphire is one such example where the best and most valuable color is a mid-toned hue. In the case of Blue Sapphire – it is the vibrant “cornflower” hue that is most prized.
The ancients believed that Blue Sapphire – holding in its depths the power of sea and sky – had influence over the spirit world as well; among its reputed powers was the ability to make peace between warring parties. The calming influence of blue has also made it an enduring symbol for loyalty and trust – one reason that women around the world choose Sapphire for their engagement rings. In all its rainbow of color, Sapphire – is the gem given to those born in September. Those who celebrate their 5th, 7th, 10th, and 45th wedding anniversary find the brilliant blue color of Sapphire makes the perfect gift to represent the faith and steadfast commitment to their relationship.
Several countries produce gem-quality Sapphire, including the United States, Asia, Australia, and East Africa. Our Blue Sapphire is mined primarily in East Africa. With colors ranging from inky blue to voluptuous azure, there is a Blue for everyone who chooses to experience the enchantment of this splendid gem.
AAA: Medium navy to royal blue; eye clean; good brilliance; excellent cut; excellent polish
AA: Medium navy to royal blue; eye clean; good brilliance; good cut; good polish
A: Medium to dark navy, little or no color zoning; slightly included; good brilliance; good cut; good polish
B: Dark navy, little or no color zoning; slightly included; good cut
Commercial: Commercial quality; variation in color; included
AGTA Code: H or N –
Working with this gemstone
Ultrasonic: Usually safe
Steamer: Usually safe
Heat: Poor – may sometimes improve color, but may cause loss of color
Harmful Chemicals: Borax
Specific Gravity: 4
Optic Character: DR
Phenomena: Asterism, Color Change, Chatoyancy (very rare)