Sapphires are best known for their deep royal blue color but come in a multitude of different colors!
Sapphire is one of the most popular and valued gemstones in the world, best known for its mesmerizing blue color. But, did you know that sapphires come in almost every color? The most sought-after sapphires are royal blue or Padparadscha (a specific mix of pink and orange).
Sapphires can be found all around the world, from Sri Lanka, to Madagascar, Myanmar (Burma), the United States (specifically Montana), Kashmir, Australia, Thailand, Cambodia, and more!
Birthstone of September
Sapphire is the official birthstone of September, representing truth, sincerity, and royalty. The ancient Greeks and Romans believed that blue sapphires protected them from harm and envy. The ancient Persians believed that the blue sky came from earth being made of sapphire.
Sapphire ranks a 9/10 on the Mohs hardness scale, meaning that it is an excellent option for all types of jewelry.
A Sapphire's value can vary greatly based on color, clarity, carat weight, cut, and origin. For example, a lower quality, dime-sized sapphire with a dark color, visible inclusions, and poor cutting can cost around $500. A similar sized sapphire with high color saturation, no visible inclusions, and perfectly symmetrical cutting can cost around $500,000!
The origin of a sapphire can also significantly affect the price. Two identical high quality stones, one being from Kashmir and one being from Madagascar, will have a price difference of about 1000%, Kashmir being the more expensive option.