PURPLE SAPPHIRES

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A gift of a sapphire symbolizes a pledge of trust and loyalty. It is from this tradition that Sapphire has long been a popular choice for engagement rings. One of Nature's most durable gemstones, Sapphire shares this quality with its sister, the Ruby.

 

Besides blue sapphire and ruby, the corundum family also includes fancy sapphires. Sapphire comes in violet, green, yellow, orange, pink, purple, and intermediate hues that show combinations of different colors. Some sapphires exhibit the phenomenon known as color change, most often going from blue in daylight or fluorescent lighting to purple under incandescent light. Sapphires can even be gray, black, or brown.

 

Purple sapphire belongs to the mineral species corundum. It can be any intensity of purple color from a light lavender to a vivid ultra violet color. Purple Sapphires are extraordinarily beautiful and perhaps the most valuable and attractive purple gemstone.

 

Purple sapphires are stunning gemstones that continue to increase in popularity.

Color is the most important factor when it comes to the beauty of a purple sapphire’s. While deeper hues tend to be more valuable, you should choose the shade that appeals to you the most.

 

WHERE DO PURPLE SAPPHIRES COME FROM?

The leading producer of natural purple sapphires is Madagascar. Purple sapphires were considered incredibly rare prior to the 1990s when the Madagascar mines were discovered. The quality and quantity of purple sapphires from Madagascar make these gemstones more widely available and affordable. Purple sapphire mines are also present in Myanmar, Sri Lanka and East Africa. A purple sapphire’s place of origin doesn’t usually impact its price or value.

 

HOW RARE ARE PURPLE SAPPHIRES?

Until the new deposits in Madagascar were discovered in the 1990s, pink sapphires were considered to be quite rare. Now, these purple gemstones are still rare but more widely available.

 

Fancy sapphires are generally less available than blue ones, and some colors are scarce, especially in very small or very large sizes. Still, fancy sapphires create a rainbow of options for people who like the romance associated with this gem, but who also want something out of the ordinary.

 

Traditionally, sapphire symbolizes nobility, truth, sincerity, and faithfulness. It has decorated the robes of royalty and clergy members for centuries. Its extraordinary color is the standard against which other blue gems—from topaz to tanzanite—are measured.

For centuries, sapphire has been associated with royalty and romance.
In ancient Greece and Rome, kings and queens were convinced that blue sapphires protected their owners from envy and harm. During the Middle Ages, the clergy wore blue sapphires to symbolize Heaven, and ordinary folks thought the gem attracted heavenly blessings. In other times and places, people instilled sapphires with the power to guard chastity, make peace between enemies, influence spirits, and reveal the secrets of oracles.

In folklore, history, art, and consumer awareness, sapphire has always been associated with the color blue. Its name comes from the Greek word sappheiros, which probably referred to lapis lazuli. Most jewelry customers think all sapphires are blue, and when gem and jewelry professionals use the word “sapphire” alone, they normally mean “blue sapphire.”

Sapphire is found in many parts of the world, but the most prized sapphires are from Myanmar (Burma), Kashmir and Sri Lanka. The purer the blue of the sapphire, the greater the price the gemstone can command, however, many people find that the darker hues of sapphire can be just as appealing.

 

But colorless corundum is rare. Most corundum contains color-causing trace elements. When the trace elements are iron and titanium, the corundum is blue sapphire. Only a few hundredths of a percent of iron and titanium can cause the color, and the more iron the corundum contains, the darker the blue. Chromium can cause the red color of ruby or the pink of pink sapphire.

In the 1990s, discoveries in East Africa and Madagascar brought fancy sapphires widespread recognition. The new sources supplemented production from traditional ones like Sri Lanka and Madagascar and increased the availability of yellow, orange, pink, and purple sapphires.

The colors attracted jewelry designers who wanted to move away from traditional hues of red, blue, and green. Now, contemporary designers arrange fancy sapphires in stunning rainbow suites.

Both blue and fancy sapphires come from a variety of exotic sources including Madagascar, Tanzania, Sri Lanka, Myanmar, and Australia.

 

Over the centuries, methods have been developed to enhance the purest hues of sapphire. This is now commonly achieved by controlled heating, a technique that not only improves color but also improves clarity. But heating will only improve the color if the gemstone already contains the chemistry required. Heating sapphires is a permanent enhancement, as lasting as the gemstones themselves.

 

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