Iâ€™m in love with this gorgeous precious gemstone.Â We all think of blue but read on to learn
about all the other colors of this gorgeous stone. Â Â Sapphire is the birthstone for those who are
born in September. As for the Zodiac, it is regarded as the stone for the
Taurus. If a Taurus wears a sapphire, it will protect one from and cure one's
Ruby and sapphire are the same material, the mineral corundum,
and the second hardest gemstone after diamond. Red corundum is
known as ruby,
while all other colors are referred to as sapphire. While blue is
the classic sapphire color, sapphire is actually found
in a wide range of colors.
is the most famous of the sapphire colors. The prized Kashmir and Burmese
sapphires have a deep blue that is intense and velvety. These sapphires are not
often seen on the market today. Sri Lankan and Madagascar sapphires are the
most common today, with a wide range of colors from light sky blue to dark
blue. Other producers of blue sapphire are Australia, Tanzania, Thailand,
Cambodia, and Montana.
Besides for the varieties of Sapphire listed below, Sapphire
with color other than blue are prefixed with their color names. The main
gemstone colors in addition to blue Sapphire include:
Purple:Â rare, but
found in Sri Lanka and Tanzania. Iron and titanium impurities together may
cause the purple hue of the stone.
Yellow: Â sapphire is on the lighter side. Heat
treatment can produce a more intense yellow golden color, and beryllium-treated
sapphire may be a brilliant yellow. These stones are found in Sri Lanka,
Thailand, Australia, Tanzania and Madagascar. The yellow color is caused by
traces of iron in the stone.
is the Sinhalese word for a Sri Lankan lotus flower. This very rare sapphire
color should have a pink and orange color simultaneously. Color, brilliance,
size and clarity will determine the value of these stones. A true padparadscha
will always have a hint of pink.
Many sapphires that appear green consist of fine alternating
bands of blue and yellow
sapphire, which may be visible under the microscope. Green
sapphires are found in Thailand, Sri Lanka, Australia, and
There are also White Sapphire (describes Sapphire that is
colorless) and Black Sapphire.
A star sapphire is a type of sapphire that exhibits a
star-like phenomenon known as asterism; red stones are known as
"star rubies". Star sapphires contain intersecting needle-like inclusions following the underlying crystal
structure that cause the appearance of a six-rayed
"star"-shaped pattern when viewed with a single overhead light
source. The inclusion is often the mineral rutile, a
mineral composed primarily of titanium
dioxide. Â The stones are cut en cabochon,
typically with the center of the star near the top of the dome. Twelve-rayed
stars are occasionally found, or parallel whisker inclusions can produce a
The Black Star of Queensland is believed to be
the largest star sapphire that has ever been mined, and it weighs 733 carats.
The Star of India (weighing 563.4 carats) is
thought to be the second-largest star sapphire, and it is currently on display
at the American Museum of Natural History
in New York City.
The 182-carat Star of Bombay, located in the National Museum of Natural History,
in Washington, D.C., is an example of a blue star
sapphire. The value of a star sapphire, however, depends not only on the weight
of the stone but also the body color, visibility and intensity of the asterism.
Sapphire is a tough and durable gem, and the only natural gemstone harder than
Sapphire is Diamond. Despite this, Sapphire is still subject to chipping
and fracture if handled roughly, and care should be taken to ensure it is