Known for their beautiful blue colour, Sapphires represent royalty, nobility, trust, and sincerity; this gemstone is also the September birthstone. They are the second hardest gemstone in the world and are rated 9 on the Mohs scale of hardness. This makes them an excellent choice for an engagement ring or daily wear jewellery.
Mined from all over the world, the sapphire stone comes in different shapes, colours and sizes.
When it comes to shapes, there are a lot of options to choose from. The most sought-after shapes for Sapphire are round, oval, cushion and pear. But they also come in other shapes such as triangular, princess, baguette, marquise, etc. Pick the shape you like to customize your sapphire engagement ring, pendant, bracelet, earring, or necklace while bringing out the best in the gemstone.
The origin and colour of a Sapphire is the most important factor that affects its value. The most popular choice is a Royal Blue Sapphire, which is a vibrant blue colour with a medium to medium-dark colour tone. Greenish blue sapphires are commonly found from basaltic sources including Australia, Thailand, Cambodia, Nigeria, China, Laos, and Vietnam.
Intense to Vivid blue sapphires are the most popular but ultimately, it is up to your preference. Sri Lanka is the best source of vivid Royal Blue Sapphires - they have been producing Sapphires for thousands of years and are the oldest source known for blue Sapphires. Alternatively, you can also look into Sapphires from Burma or Madagascar.
If you're looking to splurge, Kashmir Sapphires which have been adorned by kings and queens throughout history, are the most expensive and sought-after in the market today.
For a softer colour, Sri Lanka, Myanmar, Madagascar, and Tanzania are good sources of Cornflower Blue Sapphires which have a lighter pastel blue colour.
Sapphire stones come in most of the rainbow colours, including, pink sapphire, yellow sapphire, green sapphire, orange sapphire, and many more. Any other colour but blue is referred to as a “fancy sapphire”. While there are many varieties of colours, the most popular choice is still a blue sapphire!