I swear to ZEUS, that I created this post on Friday . . . I forgot to hit “Publish” 🙂 And it’s just as well. I had some additions.
Sapphire has been identified in about 450 color variations. Experts in the field of gemology have identified color variants and placed different value on them. For example, “cornflower blue” sapphire . . . which is a softer, brighter, blue is valued higher per carat than the very dark, almost “black” sapphire that many of us are used to seeing. The above pictured sapphire (I nabbed from Gem Select) is .72 carats and sells for right around $400 per carat. Various shades of pink sapphire are valued differently depending on the in intensity of the color . . . pale pink is valued from $50 – $75 per carat, whereas very saturated hot pink runs in the neighborhood of $150+ per carat :). The pictured pink sapphires weigh .92 carat in total, AND they are smallish and palish. They are selling for roughly $148 per carat. Also included in pricing is the cut, shape and size. Smaller sapphires might go for less per carat, no mater how pretty they are. Check out this link so see more of what I am talking about.. http://www.gemselect.com/search/search.php?search=sapphire
I’ve been excited to see a movement towards color stones in engagement and wedding rings 🙂 You just know how much I love non-convention.
Sapphire is also a 9 on the Mohs harness scale. Which means it is pretty hard. Sapphire grit is often used to polish diamonds. It freaks people out when I say this, AND sapphire is more durable than a diamond – there is no natural cleavage 🙂 Sometimes a sapphire has “twinning planes” (where crystals grow side by side) – which under very stressful situations or heat, could cause a sapphire to break. This is a factor of “bad” sapphire . . . in other words, most in the field can see it right away in an “included” stone and avoid stressing that stone or pick another one.
Here’s what GIA has to say about the stone http://www.gia.edu/sapphire. Did you know that is what is in Kate Middleton’s ring . . . from Princess Diana.
You know, too, that I am a super-fan of this material and it’s synthetic version.
Lab created sapphire is virtually indistinguishable from the natural stone. Having the same mineral and chemical components, were it not for it’s size and “clean”, even color, even a GIA Gemologist has to put it under a microscope to really be sure.
I have a collection of faceted, lab created Sapphire. It’s a great price for the budget thoughtful. Just ask me for a price sheet.
Metaphysically, Sapphire is associated with prosperity, life force and energetically attracts joy and peace. Sapphire also assists in opening the mind to beauty and intuition. Sapphire is a stone of wisdom, with each color containing its own unique energy vibration and information.
I have often added Sapphire with the Rune “Thurisaz”. There are differing ideas on what this Rune means. My interpretation has been and remains that a trixster is at work in my energy field and it’s a good idea to use my energy towards the positive. I recently saw a post on Facebook . . . a lovely photo with the caption: “The temptation to quit will be greatest, just before you are about to succeed.” These are the moments when I thrown on my Thurisaz Rune with it’s lovely, lab grown, blue sapphire 🙂
I also add Sapphire to the “Wisdom” chop.
Is Sapphire your birthstone? It’s my son’s stone 🙂 It’s also how my father started out in the gem and jewelry business.
He and his wife Janice had taken a trip around the US. On their travels they, on a lark, mined some sapphires out of the Eldorado Bar and Rock Creek areas of Montana. My father had been a rock-hound for years and was most impressed with the stones they found. The next thing I knew, they had a business; were selling faceting machines and THEN heading to Sri Lanka to not only collect some of the most amazing sapphires, but to also start the cutting business. That was the trip that I was “babysitting” the biz . . . and pretty much haven’t looked back since right?!?!
From The “Vault”
I have a large stock of various Sapphire on hand, from the US JEM, INC days. Below are two sets of Rock Creek, Montana Sapphire pairs. I’m putting these in the store for $35/carat. They are practically vintage, having been mined in the late 90’s 🙂 I have more pairs, so be sure to send me an email if you want to see pictures. They work great in earrings.
What is your favorite color? How do you wear it?
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Handmade works have value and resonance. They bring a good feeling to your soul, they represent how you want to be in the world . . . don’t let that representation be “cheap” and uncaring. Treat yourself well and buy handmade from an artisan. Treat the artists you know well, and support them by buying from them and recognizing the value of their time and intention. – Delia M. T. 2014