When you think of the word “Sapphire” what color comes to mind? For most, it’s probably blue. In fact, in the Greek language, “Sapphire” means “blue”. Blue sapphires are generally the most sought after and popular, but it isn’t the only color that sapphires come in. Sapphires can be found in almost every color of the rainbow including pink, yellow, orange, peach, and violet colors. These beautiful Sapphires we speak of are the official birthstone of September!
Sapphires have been loved by royalty for many centuries and many sapphire pieces are still around today. St. Edward’s Sapphire is set in the cross on top of the Imperial State Crown, part of the British Crown Jewels that are now kept in the Tower of London. One of Queen Elizabeth’s most cherished items is the Prince Albert Brooch which boasts a large oblong sapphire surrounded by 12 round diamonds. This brooch was given to Queen Victoria at Buckingham Palace in 1840 and has been passed down to the reigning Queen ever since. Perhaps the most famous as of late has been the sapphire engagement ring that Prince William gave to Kate Middleton back in 2010.
Sapphire can be found in many parts of the world with Kashmir, Burma, and Sri Lanka being the most famous. It has also been mined in Vietnam, Thailand, India, and Cambodia along with other countries. Madagascar and Tanzania are now considered two of the most important sapphire sources.
When it comes to pricing, “Color has the most important influence on blue sapphire’s value. The most highly valued blue sapphires are velvety blue to violetish blue, in medium to medium dark tones. Preferred sapphires also have strong to vivid color saturation. The saturation should be as strong as possible without darkening the color and compromising brightness. Sapphires with these qualities command the highest prices per carat.”*
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Posted by Alyssa