Sapphires online guide
Sapphires: A online guide to buying loose Sapphires and jewelry
Sapphire... September birthdays as well as both fifth and forty-fifth wedding anniversaries and as a talisman for the sign of Taurus are the traditional times to give Sapphire. Or, you can indulge yourself impulsively.
My name is Sapphire. Centuries ago, I gazed into the sky and now reflect it's image for all eternity. Past the vivid blues, I express myself in all the colors of the rainbow. Buddhist monks have derived their inspiration to pray from me. Emperors, saints and sorcerers have worn me as a talisman to protect them from falsities. Unity of the universe with humanity is said by the Hindus to originate from my inner being. You will be sincere when you wear me and the truth will shine forth from your soul as I protect you always.
The Gem... Like Ruby, Sapphire is a variety of the mineral, corundum. Durability and beauty are two of the reason to treasure it. Most gemstones, including diamond, need enhancement through cutting or treatment to be enjoyed in a piece of jewelry. As far back as Pliny's time, it was known that Sapphire could be heated to permanently purify it's blue color and release one of the most brilliant hues you see. Marco Polo observed heat enhancement firsthand in Sri Lanka during his visit there. Today man continues where nature left off by heating Sapphires as the ancients did. This permanently purifies their magnificent color.
Wear-ability... Nature has proclaimed Sapphire to be among the most durable of all gemstones. You'll want to pass your jewelry through the generation, so protect it from scratches and hard impacts by treating it as you would a fine garment.
Ben-Dannie Signature Collection
We have been collecting and dealing in colored stones for over thirty years, For our signature collection we buy natural rough and faceted stones directly from the mines and then re-cut them in order to obtain maximum brilliance and fire. Almost no other colored stone sellers will do this as they do not want to lose the weight. For our signature collection we only deal in the top 1% qualities of all stones making sure to get the ideal color while still having as clean as a clarity as possible with ideal cuts. Please do not compare these stones to others of lesser quality. When putting this stone next to others you will know immediately.
The three pictures below are some examples of sapphire jewelry we have made, on the left is a three stone ring featuring a yellow sapphire with two side kite shaped diamonds. The middle is a three stone ring featuring a vivid intense electric blue sapphire with two round side diamonds set in 18k Yellow gold. On the right is a pair of blue sapphire and diamond ear ring jackets, can feature any diamond studs.
Below is an example of a Sapphire Cocktail Ring we designed and manufactured. Available for purchase here
Sapphire Color Variations"Some of the different colors sapphires come in are shown below... there are also thousands of combinations of of different secondary colors, hues, saturation's, ect... that will effect the overall look.
- Yellow Sapphire (sometimes also called "Golden Sapphire" if intensely colored)
- Pink Sapphire (blue and pink are the most sought after colors and have the highest demand)
- White Sapphire (describes Sapphire that is colorless like a diamond)
- Green Sapphire
- Purple Sapphire
- Orange Sapphire
- Black Sapphire -
Color-Change Sapphire - Sapphire that exhibits a different color in natural and artificial light, usually the shift is from blue to purple. It is also possible to have Color-Shift instead of change in which the change is not as intense.
Cornflower Blue Sapphire - Describing Sapphire with a cornflower-blue color, which can be better described as an intense, velvety-blue color. This term is often used in conjunction with Kashmir Sapphire to describe the Sapphire of that region, but it can also be used to describe any Sapphire with such color. Cornflower blue is the most desirable color in a Sapphire.
Fancy Sapphire - Any Sapphire with a color other than blue.
Kashmir Sapphire - Sapphire with an intense, velvety-blue color, has fine silk like inclusions that give it a silky look. Described from the Kashmir Province of India. Kashmir Sapphire is considered to have the finest color of all Sapphire.
Padparadschah - Orange-pink variety of Sapphire that is found in Sri Lanka; highly regarded and one of the most valuable forms of Sapphire.
Star Sapphire - Well-known form of Sapphire displaying asterism in the form of a distinct, six-rayed star. Star Sapphire is most highly regarded, there can also be color change star sapphires which are even more valuable