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Sapphire Gems Description:
Sapphire is a highly precious and valuable blue gemstone belonging to the Corundum mineral family. The name Sapphire originated from the Greek word “sappheiros,” meaning blue. It is a very desirable gem due to its exquisite color, durability, luster, and hardness. Some blue and grayish-blue Sapphires (Sri Lanka, Thailand, Tanzania, Colombia, and others) exhibit a reddish or violet-red tint under artificial light. Sapphires are commonly worn in jewelry plus because of its remarkable hardness; Sapphires are used in some non-ornamental applications (scientific instruments, high-durability windows, etc.)
Sapphire is one of the most popular in the jewelry world; deep blue color sapphire with excellent transparency can reach several thousand dollars per carat. It is used in various forms of jewelry, including bracelets, necklaces, rings, and earrings.
Well-known sapphire deposits are located in Afghanistan, Australia, China, Kashmir, Nepal, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, and the USA.
|Zodiac||Virgo, Libra, Sagittarius|
|Color||Blue, yellow, black, pink, white, indigo, green|
Sapphire is commonly known as a blue gemstone. Still, surprisingly, it comes in a wide variety of colors and quality. In general, the more uniform and intense the color is, the more valuable and rare the stone. Sapphires that aren’t blue are known as fancy sapphires and may be any color except red. These fancy sapphire colors are pink, orange, yellow, green, purple, and violet.
Sapphires typically have some inclusions, yet they generally have better clarity than rubies. Sapphires with extremely high clarity are valuable and rare. There are several types of inclusions that are found in sapphires. Among these are needles and silk inclusion. Other clarity characteristics in sapphire include mineral crystals and partially healed breaks that look like fingerprints, color banding, and color zoning.
Generally, inclusions make a stone less valuable. Price can drop dramatically if the inclusions affect the stone’s durability. Even so, inclusions can actually enhance the value of some sapphires like Kashmir sapphires, which contain minute inclusions that give them a velvety appearance without negatively affecting the gem’s transparency.
The shape of a rough sapphire crystal affects the finished stone’s beauty. Rough sapphires are most commonly formed in, spindle or barrel-shaped hexagonal pyramid. To obtain the best overall color and proportions as well as to preserve the most weight possible, lapidarist focus on factors like lightness or darkness of the crystal, color zoning, and the pleochroism phenomena to best determine how to orient the gem during cutting. Color zoning is a common sapphire characteristic with blue sapphire often has angular zones of light blue and blue. To accommodate color zoning in some sapphires, lapidarist orient the concentrated color in a location that offers the best visible color in the finished stone. The pleochroism phenomena refer to different body colors in different crystal viewing directions. Blue sapphires often have greenish-blue or violetish blue pleochroism. It’s most desirable to orient the cut, so the stone shows the violetish blue color when it is set in jewelry.
Blue sapphires can vary in size anywhere from a few to hundreds of carats. Large blue sapphires are more readily available than large rubies. Still, most commercial-quality blue sapphires weigh less than five carats. Large commercial-quality sapphires are rare but more accessible than large fine-quality ones. As a result, size makes more of a difference in the price of fine-quality sapphire.
Healing Properties of Sapphire:
Balance, Creative expression, Friendliness, Generosity, Independence, Intellect, Knowledge, Luck, Love, Loyalty, Memory, Optimism, Study, Self-appreciation and Wisdom
- Sapphire brings its own particular wisdom and is also known as “wisdom stone.”
- It releases depression, mental tension, depression, and confusion.
- Sapphire brings balance within the human body, aligning the psychological, physical, and spiritual planes, bringing serenity and peace of mind.
- Sapphire is an ideal stone for the fulfillment of dreams and desires; that’s why it is also called “stone of prosperity.”
- Sapphire heals blood disorders and strengthens the walls of the veins.
- Astrologists recommend sapphire to brings instant wealth, fame, and success in the wearer’s life.