Types of Sapphires and their color significance

 Sapphire Gemstone

Sapphire is the most respectable gemstone among many other gems showing characteristic fancy colors.  When someone hears the word “Sapphire” he inevitably thinks of color blue. The different colors and intensity of Sapphires look gorgeous and holds value in every variety.

Blue Sapphire: Blue Sapphire is the most coveted variety. The rich, blue color is heavenly which is cool to eyes. Magnificent blue Sapphire gemstones have been used in all types of jewelry since time immemorial. Massive blue colored Logan Sapphire is the largest, weighing 423 carats. An intense, velvety-blue colored specimen is termed Cornflower blue Sapphire and often used in association with those originating from Kashmir, India.

Pink Sapphire: It is a fancy Sapphire from the whole assortment of colored Sapphires. Pink Sapphire is gaining popularity fast. The vivid pink color diminishes the line between pink Sapphire and Ruby. It is rather difficult to identify in general. According to American Gemological Laboratories (AGL) more intense the color, graduating towards more of red is termed Ruby. Psychological resilience achieved by pink Sapphire stimulates forgiveness and helps solves mysteries of world.

Yellow Sapphire: Sapphire gemstone is treated to obtain yellow or golden Sapphire. It is rather less known.  The intensity of color depends on heat temperature and duration of exposure. Natural pale gemstone can be turned gold, deep orange or varying shades of yellow. This bright yellow Sapphire holds astrological importance. It is worn to enhance wealth and intellect.

Padparadscha Sapphire: Rare orange-pink Sapphire known as Padaparadscha is highly prized. The color resembles to that of Lotus, hence the name is Sanskrit derivation of the word meaning “Lotus color”. This rare variety is a collector’s gem. It may be natural or treated. Sri Lanka, Tanzania and Madagascar are chief producers of Padparadscha Sapphire. Natural Padaparadscha Sapphire from Sri Lanka fetches price as high as $10,000 per carat.

Purple Sapphire: Sapphire from Myanmar and Africa reflects purple shade. The divine shade encourages telepathy, perception, mysticism, and emotions. The color assortment ranges from electric purple to plum shades.

Colorless or white Sapphire: Clear white Sapphire gemstone is as alluring as Diamond. When used in place of white Diamonds it greatly reduces the cost of jewelry.

Green Sapphire: Africa, Australia and Thailand produce natural green Sapphire. Blackish or grayish overtones reduce its value. The compassionate color is relaxing. Greenish blue Sapphires from Burma are sold at good price.

Black Sapphire: Opaque black Sapphire is rarely used. It promotes intuition in wearer and ward off negativity.

Two special heart stealing varieties of Sapphire gemstone with very distinct characteristics are-

Color change Sapphire: They are exotic gems that appear in different colors in natural light and artificial light. It is blue in natural light, but appears violet under artificial lighting condition.

Star Sapphire: They are special Sapphires which are cut and polished cabochon that produce amazing star like effect. Refraction of light exhibits asterism in the form of six or twelve ray star.

Sapphire is the birthstone for the People born under the sun sign Virgo / Libra. It occurs in many significant colors. Owning a premium quality colored Sapphire is indeed a prestigious affair.

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