Royal Blue Sapphire – The Darling Gemstone

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<p>Sapphires have been the darling gemstone of the royalty and well-to-do for centuries, so it is no surprise that they have gained in popularity of late as the middle stone or accent stone in bridal and fashion jewelry.</p>

Gorgeous Blue Beauty

<p>The fact <a href=”,_Duke_of_Cambridge”>Prince William</a> proposed to Kate Middleton with his mother’s 18 carat blue sapphire engagement ring definitely set quite the precedent, and has sparked a growing trend amongst couples looking for colored gemstone engagement rings here <a href=””></a>. However, before Princess Di acquired her gorgeous blue beauty, these indigo rocks had been appreciated for generations as symbols of good fortune, virtue, holiness, and wisdom.</p>

<h3>Sapphire Legends</h3>

<p>The ancient Persians believed that the world rested on a giant sapphire that reflected its color to the sky. Another legend holds that the tablets of the Ten Commandments were made of sapphire and were so powerful that they could withstand a hammer’s swing but would break the hammer to pieces if struck.</p>

<h2>Blue Sapphire</h2>

<p>The word sapphire most probably arrives from the Hebrew “sapir,” as it is understood in the Hebrew Bible to refer to blue sapphires. Sapphires, members of the corundum family of minerals, generally refer to the blue variety unless otherwise stated.</p>

<h3>Sapphire Varieties</h3>

<p>The other varieties include pink, yellow, green, orange, brown, clear and red – otherwise identified as rubies. Sapphire is September’s birthstone and the traditional and classic wedding anniversary present for the 5th and 45th year.</p>

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<h2>4 C’s Of Sapphires in Their Order of Importance</h2>

<p>They score a 9 on a scale of 1 to 10 on the Mohs’ scale of mineral hardness; second only to diamonds at a perfect 10.Let us take a look at the 4 C’s of sapphires in their order of importance.</p>

<img src=”″ align=”right” width=”400px” alt=”Hidden Diamond Double Cat Claw Prongs Sapphire Ring – Hazel No. 73″><ul><li><strong>Color</strong> – Color is the most essential factor when buying a colored gemstone. The color of the sapphire is what captivates us, and attracts us in for a better look. But this is only when the color of the natural stone has the appropriate measures of hue, tone, and saturation. Without these, the stone may seem dull, colorless, and gray.

</li><li><strong>Clarity</strong> – It is highly unlikely to get sapphires without having any inclusions, or imperfections, at all. If there are no inclusions, gemologists will certainly suspect the sapphire to be fake or treated. All sapphires will have rutile needles or “silk”. Most sapphires on the marketplace these days have been heat-treated to enhance their clarity and color. 

Whereas with diamonds, gemologists use 10 x magnifications to examine the diamond’s inclusions, with colored gemstones, we are only involved with non-magnified careful examination. In other words, we are searching to observe if the natural stone is “eye-clean” to the undressed eye. The cleaner the stone, the greater the price tags.

</li><li><strong>Cut</strong> – There are no standardized cuts for sapphires as there are with diamonds. Whereas with diamonds you could select an “ideal” cut to highlight the diamond’s color and fire, with sapphires – and most colored gemstones – you are depending on the gem cutter to increase each individual sapphire’s unique combination of color, clarity, and brilliance. In general, a well-cut sapphire will be symmetrical and reveal light at the appropriate angles in order to improve the stone’s luster. It is normally the case that gem cutters will cut more deeply when the sapphire’s tone is light. 

</li><li><strong>Carat</strong> – Just as gemstones vary broadly across the spectrum in terms of their color and hardness, so too they also vary in density. This is apparent when we think about the carats, or weight of the sapphire. Since sapphires are generally heavier, a one carat sapphire will appear smaller than a one carat diamond. It is more appropriate to determine the size of the sapphire in terms of its millimeter diameter. A rule of thumb is that a one carat sapphire normally measures 6 mm.</li></ul>

<p>Beautiful and classic blue sapphire engagement rings are available in Segal jewelry. You may visit us or contact us (+1)800-231-7851 for more information.</p>

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