What Do You Need to Know Before Purchasing a Blue Sapphire?

Now that it’s September, allow us to introduce to you the gemstone of the month. That’s right; Sapphire’s are the birthstone for September. If you have a loved one born during this month, treat them (or yourself) to a stunning and valuable sapphire. 

Jewelry with Blue Sapphires

Here is everything you should know about a Sapphire before gifting it: 

What Colors are Sapphires? 

You may recognize a sapphire by it’s the deep, intense and velvety blue color. However, sapphires can come in a wide variety of colors. Some of the more popular colors include violet, green, yellow, orange, pink, purple, and intermediate hues. Some sapphires can also go through a color change where they are blue in the daylight and then change to purple under incandescent light. 

Believe it or not, sapphires can even come in neutral colors of gray, black, or brown too! 

Sapphire’s Are a Durable Stone

Sapphire’s are ranked just under the hardest mineral on the Mohs Hardness scale, sapphires. Are ranked at a 9 out of 10 on the scale. Because of its higher rank, sapphires are dependable and don’t scratch, break, chip, crack, or are affected by abrasion as easily as other stones. Plus, your sapphire can be polished to a bright, glossy stone and will not become etched or lose its polish under everyday conditions. That’s why you can commonly find sapphires replaced as a diamond alternative. 

Silk Is Found in Sapphires

Sapphires are known to have some inclusions. Usually, signs of inclusions decrease the value of the stone. However, sapphires contain a long thin mineral inclusion called needles. When the needles intersect, they are known as silk. In cases like these, it can increase the value of some sapphires. 

Sapphire’s Carat Weight 

Blue sapphires can be anywhere from a few points to hundreds of carats. However, usually, most sapphires will weigh less than 5.00 carats. Although larger blue sapphires are rarer, they tend to be more available than large rubies. 

How to Purchase Sapphires 

If you’re ready to add a valuable sapphire to your jewelry collection, Laura’s Jewelry Design has custom-made jewelry that will showcase your style and taste. Shop online or give us a call at 573-336-0171 with any questions!