Happy Birthday September! How to choose a great Blue Sapphires!
Posted on September 01 2020
The September birthstone, sapphire, was once thought to guard against evil and poisoning. It was believed that a venomous snake would die if placed in a vessel made of sapphire. Traditionally a favorite stone of priests and kings, the sapphire symbolizes purity and wisdom.
Sapphires come in many colours:
The best-known sapphires are blue. However, the gem comes in a rainbow of colours
The only colour it cannot exist is red, because is called ruby.
- Pink sapphire: any shade of pink except “ruby red”
- Padparadscha; a rare orange gem named after a lotus blossom
- Yellow sapphire: iron makes this gemstone yellow
- Star sapphire: has a star-like marking inside the gem
- Green sapphire: with iron pigmentation, same as yellow sapphires
Sapphire is one of the Big three of jewelry colored gemstones—the other two are ruby and emerald. A durable stone that’s designated as a birthstone for September, it captures jewelry buyers with its practicality and aura of romance.
Corundum is the mineral species that includes both sapphire and ruby as varieties. Red corundum is known as ruby and all other colored corundum (including colorless, or white sapphire as it is known in the trade) is sapphire, although blue is the most well-known.
Color has the greatest influence on a sapphire’s value, and preferred sapphires have strong to vivid color saturation. The most valued blue sapphires are velvety blue to violetish blue, in medium to medium-dark tones. Sapphires with these qualities command the highest prices per carat. Less valuable blue sapphires might also be grayish, too light, or too dark.
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