Sapphire

The name “sapphire” can also apply to any corundum that’s not ruby red, another corundum variety.

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BIRTHSTONES &
ANNIVERSARIES

Sapphire is the birthstone for September and the gem of the 5th and 45th anniversaries.

 

ABOUT SAPPHIRE

Besides blue sapphire and ruby, the corundum family also includes so-called “fancy sapphires.” They come in violet, green, yellow, orange, pink, purple, and intermediate hues. Some stones exhibit the phenomenon known as color change, most often going from blue in daylight or fluorescent lighting to purple under incandescent light. Sapphires can even be gray, black, or brown.


WHY WE LOVE THIS GEMSTONE

KASHMIR

Intensely saturated and velvety, rare sapphires from Kashmir set the standard for blue.

PADPARADSCHA

The world’s most famous engagement ring: Kate Middleton’s and Princess Diana’s sapphire.

PARAIBA

A rare and valuable pinkish-orange sapphire named from the Sinhalese for lotus blossom.

VIVID AND SATURATED

Sapphire’s blue can be vivid and saturated, like it’s lit from within. 

DURABLE

It’s so durable, synthetic sapphire is used for the windows of supermarket scanners and spacecraft.

DELICATE SILK

Sapphire often contains delicate intersecting needles of rutile that gemologists call silk.


QUALITY FACTORS

Each color of sapphire has its own quality variations.

CUT Sapphire is often cut with a brilliant pattern on the crown and a step cut pattern on the pavilion.

CUT
Sapphire is often cut with a brilliant pattern on the crown and a step cut pattern on the pavilion.

COLOR Sapphires come in a variety of colors. Preferred sapphires have strong to vivid color saturation, regardless of hue.

COLOR
Sapphires come in a variety of colors. Preferred sapphires have strong to vivid color saturation, regardless of hue.

CLARITY Blue sapphires typically have some inclusions, but they generally have better clarity than rubies.

CLARITY
Blue sapphires typically have some inclusions, but they generally have better clarity than rubies.

CARAT WEIGHT Blue sapphires range in size, and large blue sapphires are more readily available than large rubies.

CARAT WEIGHT
Blue sapphires range in size, and large blue sapphires are more readily available than large rubies.