14. May 2018 · Comments Off on Sapphire Attributes and How They Influence a Sapphire’s Value · Categories: Gemstones 101, Sapphire

Sapphire Attributes and How They Influence a Sapphire’s Value

Incredible Untreated Emerald Cut Blue Sapphire
Incredible Untreated Emerald Cut Blue Sapphire
Radiant Cut Nature Green Sapphire
Radiant Cut Nature Green Sapphire

Just as with a diamond, a ѕаррhirе’ѕ color, cut, сlаritу, and carat weight influence the value of the individual gem. There are two other factors that also contribute significantly to value. They are treatments and origin. Sapphires are categorized in broad quality categories, such as commercial, gооd, оr finе ԛuаlitу, based on the grading using these 6 factors. A bluе sapphire’s overall quality or grade diсtаtеѕ itѕ place in thе mаrkеt, whether it be in a line of mass-market jеwеlrу, in a unique сuѕtоm piece, аt a prestigious аuсtiоn house or even at a museum.

Thе most important influеnсе оn bluе ѕаррhirе’ѕ vаluе iѕ itѕ color. Sapphire can appear in a wide аrrау оf huеѕ, tоnеѕ, аnd degrees оf saturation. In standardized соlоr tеrmѕ, ѕаррhirе’ѕ соlоr rаngеѕ frоm very light tо very dark viоlеtiѕh bluе tо grееniѕh bluе.

In general, the most highly valued sapphires within the trade are the vеlvеtу, viоlеtiѕh bluе to bluе, in mеdium tо mеdium-dаrk tоnеѕ with ѕtrоng tо vivid degree оf color ѕаturаtiоn. The ѕаturаtiоn ѕhоuld be as strong аѕ роѕѕiblе withоut dаrkеning thе tоnеѕ аnd соmрrоmiѕing the brilliаnсе.

The cut and clarity are also quite important since that impacts the overall beauty of the gem. Sapphires that are free of visible inclusions are actually quite rare and highly valued. Nearly all sapphires have some type of inclusions visible under 10x magnification. A sapphire can be cut as a calibrated stone but this is rare since a large amount of gem material is lost in the process. Due to the value of the gem material, most sapphires are cut with a step cut, which can be used to preserve the weight and increase the value of the gem.

Of course, size does matter. Sapphires over 2 carats are considered rare and gemstones over 10 carats in size are considered ‘important’. The value of the sapphire does not increase in a linear fashion with carat weight. For example, a 3 carat sapphire can easily be valued at well over 3 times the cost of a 1 carat sapphire.
The most common treatment for sapphire is heating and nearly all sapphires used in jewelry are heated. Sapphires that are unheated are more rare and do have a higher value.

The origin of a sapphire has some effect on the value but not as much as the other characteristics. A very fine quality gem (cut, color, clarity, carat, treatment) from Sri Lanka is valued just as high as the same quality from Madagascar, for example.
When selecting a sapphire, the first thing that you will notice is of course the color. That’s why it has the most impact on the value. Look for the color that you are drawn to, then begin to weigh all of the other considerations. Natural, mined sapphires are all different and all unique. So keep in mind that it may be difficult to find one that has each and every one of the features on your wish list.

18. January 2016 · Comments Off on Look Out Diamonds! Sapphires are Tougher · Categories: Diamond, Fun Fact, Gemstones 101 · Tags:
3.57 ctw Ceylon Sapphire and Diamond Halo Ring in 14k white gold

Sapphires are tougher than diamonds. Example of a sapphire ring from MyJewelrySource.

Most people have heard that diamonds are the hardest colored gemstone and are harder than most things on the planet. Hardness is defined in the jewelry industry as resistance to scratching. So that means that almost nothing can scratch a diamond. And that is why a diamond is generally recommended as the top choice for an engagement ring stone.

Consider a MyJewelrySource sapphire for your engagement ring

Consider a tougher than diamond MyJewelrySource sapphire for your engagement ring

But did you also know that while the hardness of a diamond is excellent, the toughness of diamonds is only fair to good? Toughness is defined as resistance to breaking, chipping or cracking. In considering day to day wear and tear, this is a critical consideration. If hit just right, a diamond can easily break or chip. So that’s why we encourage consumers to consider various gemstones, particularly sapphire, when selecting an important ring that will be worn every day. Sapphires and rubies are the second hardest colored gemstone and have a toughness level of excellent (better than the toughness of a diamond). Sapphires are much less prone to breaking or chipping than a diamond.

06. January 2016 · Comments Off on The Colors and Shapes of Blue Sapphire · Categories: Gemstones 101, Sapphire · Tags:
Oval Ceylon Blue Sapphire Solitaire Ring in 14k yellow gold

Fine quality oval Ceylon sapphire in a 14k yellow gold solitaire ring setting

The blue sapphire rings we offer come in a range of sapphire colors and shapes. Some of our favorites are the classic solitaire or past present future styles like  GR-5654 (pictured on right), GR-5656 and GR-5678. GR-5654 features a gorgeous intense cornflower blue Ceylon sapphire in a substantial yellow gold mounting. The warmth of the yellow gold complements the sapphire’s hue. Our GR-5678 has a lighter blue Ceylon sapphire in a cushion cut. This particular gem is very lively and is set with fine quality trillion diamonds in platinum.

If you’re looking for a more unique shape, we have a spectacular heart shape Ceylon sapphire in a vintage styled semi mount. Our GR-5218 also has a matching band for those looking for engagement ring. We also love our band style ring, BR-100. Featuring a large and hard to find 8.2mm cushion cut light blue sapphire, this impressive design is made to be worn and enjoyed daily. The setting has a low profile and the wider band (nearly 8mm) sits comfortably on the finger.

3.63 ctw Cushion Cut Blue Sapphire and Diamond Wide Band Ring

8.2mm cushion cut light cornflower blue Ceylon sapphire in wide band ring setting

For those looking for a darker tone in sapphires, we have two elegant emerald cut designs, GR-5677 and GR-5761, and a dazzling round diamond halo setting, GR-5785. One emerald cut design is done with a vintage style setting with engraving and milgrain edging. The faceting of the sapphire is completed by the baguette diamonds that flank each side. The other is done with a trio of round diamonds on either side of the sapphire for a more traditional look. Sapphires look amazing by themselves but there’s something about a diamond halo design that brings it to another level. Our GR-5785 features a wonderful rich blue 7.8mm round sapphire framed by a ring of diamonds. The contrast between the fine quality diamonds and the intensity of the sapphire is quite striking.

18. November 2015 · Comments Off on A Quick Introduction to Sapphires · Categories: Gemstones, Gemstones 101, Sapphire · Tags: ,

An Introduction to Sapphires:

Although sapphire means blue in Latin, sapphires can be found in a rainbow of colors. Kings once believed these stones offered protection form harm and envy. Sapphires are calm and relaxing. Until the discovery of extraordinary stones in Kashmir in 1880, Sri Lanka (formerly known as Ceylon) was the standard bearer of sapphire. The Kashmir supply was essentially exhausted by 1930, leaving Sri Lanka as the location of the world’s most beautiful sapphires. In the 1990′s Southern Madagascar became one of the top sources of good to fine quality sapphires. Sapphires are also mined in the US (Montana), Australia, Thailand, Cambodia and Northern Madagascar, however these locations don’t produce as fine a sapphire and are mainly used to supply “commercial grade” sapphires to the industry. Sapphires come other colors such as red, orange, yellow, green, blue, purple and pink. Colors other than blue are referred to as “rainbow sapphires” or “fancy sapphires”. Sapphire is the traditional gift for the fifth and forty-fifth wedding anniversaries and the birthstone for September.

Buying a Sapphire:

2.83 carat Oval Ceylon Sapphire Solitaire Engagement Ring in 14k white gold

A Beautiful Blue Sapphire Ring

Overall, sapphires can be considered the ideal colored gemstone. Besides the amazing selection of colors, sapphires are highly durable with a rating of 9 on the Mohs scale of hardness. Sapphires in sizes of more than 1 carat are considered to be important. Minor inclusions are generally acceptable although certainly not as many as with ruby or emerald. Nearly all of the sapphires sold by MyJewelrySource are eye clean and most important, all are very pleasing to the eye. We offer a wide range of colors from a traditional Ceylon blue, to rich lustrous royal blue, to many styles with bubble gum and baby pink, orange, and yellow sapphires.

Care of Sapphires:

Since sapphires are tough and durable, they can withstand most cleaning methods. While steaming and ultrasonic cleaning will not damage the gemstone, these methods are not recommended by us as they may loosen the setting, and subsequently, stones may fall out. Your jewelry may be cleaned with a soft-bristled brush or a cloth with plain or soapy water. Sapphires should not be put in hot or boiling hot water since a stress fracture due to thermal shock my result. Avoid exposure to hairspray, perfume and chlorine, which can dull gemstones.