Jewellery Stories
By Niki Bruce
18 Feb 2020

Everything you need to know about Sapphires

The Sapphire gemstone is considered to be one of the most important gemstones in the world. They vary greatly in colour from the blue we all know, to green and pink, and are extensively used for making fine jewelry items. 

Everything you need to know about Sapphires GROUP

What is a Sapphire gemstone? 

A Sapphire gemstone can be best described as a type of corundum mineral. Most people think that Sapphires are gemstones with a bright blue colour, but they can also be found in many other shades such as green, pink, yellow, purple, orange, black and colourless options. Corundum is a very hard mineral and scores 9 on the Mohs hardness scale; only diamond is harder.

Everything you need to know about Sapphires COLOURS JEWELLERY

Sapphires come in every colour except red. Red corundum is actually Ruby. Image: GIA Courtesy Omi Gems, Inc. Los Angeles, CA, USA

Blue Sapphire gemstones have long been regarded as being symbolic of the heavens. Sapphires were regarded as important by both Ancient Indian and Ancient Greek civilisations. These gemstones also play a crucial role in Buddhism as it is believed that these stones can calm the soul and bring about great spiritual enlightenment.

September Birthstone

Blue Sapphires are the birthstone for people born in the month of September. Sapphire gemstones are worn in the form of jewellery items such as pendants, necklaces, tiaras, bracelets and earrings. Sapphires are also believed to bring great financial success and happiness to people who wear them.     

Sapphires are mined in many parts of the world, including India, Sri Lanka, Myanmar, Madagascar, Nepal, China, Thailand, Pakistan, Australia, Nigeria, as well as in Montana in the United States. 

Everything you need to know about Sapphires Padparadscha

The Padparadscha Sapphire is a rare and valuable pink-orange gemstone.

The most famous Sapphires are the Kashmiri, which are very saturated in colour and are the standard for blue sapphires; the Royal Blue – which is the name of the engagement ring worn first by Princess Diana, and now by the Duchess of Cambridge. The Padparadscha Sapphire is a rare and valuable pink-orange gemstone that was named after the Sinhalese for the lotus flower.

How to choose the best Sapphire gemstone

  • The colour of the Sapphire is the most important factor that determines its price. The best Sapphire gemstones are those that have a primary blue hue. They should also have moderate to strong saturation making the colour of the stone neither too dark nor too light.  
  • Blue Sapphire gemstones with a medium dark to medium tones are valued the most in the market. The inclusions should also not be too apparent if the stone is to fetch a high price.   
  • Padparadscha Sapphire stones are beautiful pink coloured stones that are very rare, which means that they are priced at very high rates.  

How much does a good Sapphire cost?

Everything you need to know about Sapphires BLUE SAPPHIRE RING

Our new ring has the saturation of colour that Sri Lankan Sapphires are known for, and the white gold setting, with the sapphire flanked by a trillion cut diamond on each side, makes this ring the perfect showcase for this stunner of a stone.

The price of Sapphire gemstones can vary significantly depending on a wide range of factors. While some Sapphires may be priced as low as US$25 for every carat, there are also specimens that can fetch a price as high as US$11,000 per carat or even more. Depending on the quality of the gemstone, a blue Sapphire of around 1 carat can be priced anywhere between US$450 and US$1,600. Padparadscha Sapphire gemstones will cost anywhere between US$6,000 and US$12,500. 

Discover some of our stunning Sapphire fine jewellery pieces.

Call us at +65 6733 4100 or email to experience our bespoke jewellery service. You can also visit our office at #05-04 International Building, 360 Orchard Road, Singapore 238869. 

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