A Brief History
It is believed by many that sapphire derived its name from the Greek word ‘sapheiros’ which means blue. In the 13th century, it was said that if a person was untrue to their partner, the sapphire ring they wore would change color. So sapphires used to be a test of fidelity which made them a favorite with erstwhile kings and clergy. Later, in the 18th and 19th centuries, diamonds from South America and Africa were available in plenty and hence their prices declined. This led many to conclude that sapphires, rubies, and emeralds were more valuable and rare than diamonds. As a result, engagement rings with colored gemstones such as sapphire were more valued.
The most famous royal blue sapphire engagement ring in modern history was of Princess Diana’s sapphire ring, which Prince Harry gave to his fiancée, Catherine Middleton on their engagement. This ring features a 12 carat oval, blue diamond surrounded by a halo of 14 solitaire diamonds and is revered all over the world.
Along with being romantic symbols of commitment, sapphires are also said to boost productivity and keep the wearer from negative thoughts.
Today, young couples buy sapphire jewelry because of these very qualities like sincerity, truth, faithfulness and nobility. Blue, pink, or yellow, you get all the sapphire jewelry designs at MySolitaire.
4Cs of Sapphire
A sapphire’s worth is determined by a combination of hue, tone and saturation. Hue is your first impression of a gem’s basic color. Tone is the darkness or lightness of a color. Saturation is a color’s strength or intensity.
The most highly valued blue sapphires will be cornflower blue in color without any modifying colors, such as gray, green or black. The saturation should be as strong as possible without darkening the tone. Also, it is important to examine a stone from all angles to determine the presence or degree of zoning (unattractive colors) before making a purchasing decision. Go for sapphires that aren’t blue as they are a great option if you want the unique appeal of a colorful center stone for a lesser price.
The stone’s cut isn’t as important as the cut of a diamond as it’s difficult to notice inclusion on darker gemstones. Asterism in a sapphire will only be revealed if the stone is cut as a cabochon. Look for a cabochon with a symmetrical outline and a star that’s centered when the gem rests on its base. The dome of the cabochon should be a bit high—about two-thirds of the stone’s width—to focus the star sharply. An oval-cut one has an inherited feel, while a round bezel setting gives off a contemporary touch.
Sapphires with extremely high clarity are rare. So, need not to worry looking for a flawless stone as long as there aren’t major dark inclusions. Besides, the price comes down significantly with more inclusions on the gemstone.
Sapphires can range in size from a few points to hundreds of carats. Generally, blue sapphires weigh less than 5 carats as large sapphires are exceedingly rare.
Heating is one common treatment, particularly for blue sapphires. The results are stable and durable, and heat-treated blue sapphires typically retain their enhanced effects permanently. Because of this, the practice is commonly accepted in the colored stone market.
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