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SAPPHIRE

Where Sapphires are found

Sapphire, hailed by many gem experts and trends trackers as the most popular color stone on the market, has been the traditional birthstone for September since Jewelers of America established the modern list of birthstones in 1912.

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Its designation as a talismanic gem is rooted in the Bible, one of 12 stones for each tribe of Israel adorning the breastplate of the high priestess. Steeped in the history and lore of nearly every religion and culture, Sapphire always has been associated with sacred and royal things.

Related to the third eye chakra, Sapphire is believed to provide energy for reflection and insight. Inspiring peace, joy, wisdom, and well being— Sapphire is said to illuminate the true inner beauty of those of wear it.

Fashion and Celebrities

And those who wear it include a long list of A-list fashionistas. The go-to-gem of stylists, Sapphire remains one of the most popular color stones on the red carpet. Bold drop earrings, big cocktail rings, statement necklaces, and bracelets stacked up the wrist are the favorite styles spied in Sapphire.

Among the most talked about Sapphire baubles at recent events include Margot Robbie at the Oscar’s in Van Cleef & Arpels’ “Zip” tassel necklace with over 300 Sapphires, fashioned after one owned by the Duchess of Windsor in the 1930s; and Maura Tierney at the Golden Globes in Sutra sliced Sapphire drop earrings totaling 80 carats. Sapphire is a top choice for Sutra designer Arpita Navlakha, for its timeless beauty, glamorous luster, and great durability. “In any form—full or rose-cut, sliced, bead or cabochon—Sapphires are remarkable to work with.”

Bridal Jewelry

Boasting brilliance and durability near that of Diamond, it’s no wonder that Sapphire is a popular gem alternative to diamonds in bridal. Research from The Knot cites about 10% of engagement ring centers are a color stone, up from virtually non-existent not too long ago, with Sapphire at No. 1. Brides too are adding color stone accents to a traditional Diamond center or in stackable bands around it. Kate Middleton, Penelope Cruz, and Elizabeth Hurley are among the famous brides-to-be proposed to with Sapphire rings. Sapphire is the suggested gem gift for the fifth and 45th wedding anniversaries, but symbolizing truth and promise keeping makes it perfect to celebrate every passing year together.

Sapphire’s popularity also has a lot to do with more opportunity to find a larger, lustrous, cleaner, better cut gem than other precious stones that inherently have more inclusions, says Sam Haghighat, partner in the New York-based Ijadi Gems, specializing in blue Sapphire. “It’s much easier to obtain a clean 10-carat Sapphire than one of the other precious stones.”

Treatments

Today the majority of Sapphires are heat-treated to produce, intensify or lighten color and/or improve clarity—results that are permanent and stable. Other treatments like oiling, dying and surface diffusion are occasionally seen. As with all major precious stone purchases get a certificate from a reputable gem lab.

Demand is especially keen for non-treated, certified goods, the supply of which continues to challenge gem houses to keep this merchandise in stock. Record prices achieved at auction speak to the growing trend among investors for important color stones.

 

Original Text courtesy of ICA
https://gemstone.org/education/gem-by-gem/96-sapphire

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