Sapphires are among the earliest known gemstones and are highly valued for their durability.
Sapphires are beautiful gemstones that have been widely used in jewellery throughout history. Not only does it come in breath taking colours (blue being the most popular) but it is also a great alternative to a diamond engagement ring if you would like to have a pop of colour in your ring.
They are part of the corundum mineral family and have a hardness of 8.5 on the Mohs scale. This makes them the second hardest gemstone after the diamonds which is why they are suitable for jewellery like engagement rings that you can wear every day.
Sapphires can be sourced in a variety of colours from different shades of blue to yellows and vivid pinks.
The Cornflower Blue is the most sought after colour in sapphires but there are in fact many other varieties.
The main fancy sapphire (meaning “not blue sapphires”) colour categories are padparadscha, pink and purple, orange and yellow, green, and colourless and black. Each of these have its own colour range, causes of colour, and market. Generally it’s safe to assume that more intense the colour and the fewer the zones of unattractive colour inside your gem, the more valuable your sapphire will be.
The most popular cuts for sapphires today are usually cushion cuts, ovals or rounds and pear cuts. The most classic style out of these is usually an oval cut sapphire which has quite a regal look to it, especially when it’s surrounded by diamonds.
Some clients are unaware that most of the sapphires have received some kind of treatments to enhance its color. These treatments do not change the quality of the original mineral and usually isn’t an issue when you take into account the beauty of the color range. However there are completely untreated sapphires on the market, but they usually represent a higher price point.