Sapphire Jewelry for September Birthdays as Sapphire is the September birthstone.
"A Sapphire is blue. Right? "
Wrong! Sapphires can be blue, but they can be almost every other color as well and the Japanese have a gazillion terms for the word 'blue', so exactly which shade of blue is sapphire anyway?
Sapphire comes in two main shades of blue, associated with geographical origin: the deep blue Kashmir. The color seems to draw you in and absorb your attention for ever and ever.
Then, the bright blue, like cornflowers, seen in Ceylon (Sri Lankan) gems. Cheerful to the nth degree.
Somewhere between these colors are sapphires mined in other countries. Burma or Myanmar as it is now known, mines wonderful sapphires of every shade. 100 years ago, pale blue sapphires were mined in America and many jewelry makers used them as a mark of patriotism.
But sapphires come in a lot of other colors. Sapphires range through almost every color from yellow, orange, purple, red through pink. Sapphires can be white and transparent, in which case, they are often confused with diamonds. The maker of antique sapphire jewelry was not out to fool customers when he used sapphires that look to us like diamonds. It is important that we check our stones and get them accurately appraised. One more word about colors in sapphires: remember that a sapphire can be red or pink and many a stone has been called a ruby, when technically, it is a sapphire. Since rubies and sapphires are on the same level on the Moh’s scale, this usually does not matter.
When not being used as gorgeous center stones, sapphires may be used to highlight quality and contrast with other colors. Tiffany & Co., famous for their designs used sapphire to offset other stones. Think about a necklace with moonstones surrounded by deep blue sapphires. Montana sapphires of a paler blue were also immensely popular with American jewelry makers early in the 20th century.
Finally, where is the woman who doesn't love pink? Pink sapphires are highly desirable whether antique or modern.
As with so many gems, bigger is better – at least as far as value goes. There are other factors that control the value of sapphires. The color is one; the clarity or how pure the gem is, is another. Consider the design and quality of the workmanship in the sapphire jewelry. Is it a creative wonder or is it another plonked down, mass-produced bauble?
Sapphires can be synthetically produced in a laboratory. During the Art Deco period, it was very common to use synthetic sapphires to highlight diamonds in line bracelets, brooches and other jewelry. While you should be aware that this is often the case, it is also important to remember that this was considered quite acceptable. Don’t reject a beautiful antique jewel because it includes synthetic sapphires. In the old days, these were often considered as valuable as the ‘real deal’.
While the market for sapphires and other brilliantly colored stones is stronger than ever. We are becoming aware of the limited resources in the world of gemstones and so beautiful sapphires are much in demand. All of our antique jewelry with sapphires is sent to an independent appraiser to ensure that what you buy from us is correctly graded. You can buy your sapphire jewelry from us with total confidence.