Sapphire Gemstone: the September Gem
Traditionally, Sapphire symbolizes nobility, truth, sincerity, and faithfulness. It has decorated the clothes of royalty and clergy members for centuries.
In 1881, a Sapphire was found at an altitude of 4500 meters in the Kashmir region, in a hard-to-reach area with continuous conflict between Pakistani Indians and local separatists. This discovery gave a start to intensive excavations that were conducted by quite primitive methods, but brought to light a legendary Kashmir Sapphire.
Sapphire is the birthstone for September and the gem designated for the fifth wedding anniversary.
Unforgettable Lady Diana
In February 1981, Prince Charles gave Lady Diana the jewel that is considered to be the most famous in history: a ring with a central Sapphire of incredible beauty surrounded by Diamonds and mounted in white gold. Lady Diana selected it because it reminded her of her mother’s engagement ring. But the story of the ring didn’t end here. In 2010, Prince William, Duke of Cambridge, proposed to Kate Middleton with his mother’s ring. It was a very meaningful gift, and William said: “This was my way of making sure that my mother didn’t miss out on today.”
This gift, so symbolic and so romantic, significantly boosted sales of Sapphires.
Sapphires? Fancy Sapphires? Let’s make it clear
When the word Sapphire is used alone, it indicates the blue variety of Corundum. When the color is mentioned as a prefix to the sapphire (yellow, pink, orange sapphire and so on), it is usually referred to as Fancy Sapphire. So if you find pink corundum, you can certainly call it Pink Sapphire, hoping it’s natural and as large as possible!
Americans are fond of Sapphires!
Almost half of the Sapphires sold worldwide are imported from the United States of America. A leading exporter of Sapphires is Thailand, with average price of $30/ct, followed by India with average price of $8/ct.
Despite the fact that India exports 8 times more Sapphires that Sri Lanka, Indian export of Sapphires is less profitable as the prices for Ceylon Sapphires exceed an average $100/ct.
In 2010, the United States of America imported 1.73 million carats from Thailand at an average price of about $30/ct.
In the same year the US imported only 13,700 carats from Switzerland, but at an average price of 1400 €/ct.
But how many trade names are there to describe it?
In addition to the Fancy Sapphires that may appear in a wide range of colors, there can be a variety of other terms to describe the Sapphires. In addition to a legendary Kashmir Sapphire Gemstone we should also mention a Burmese Sapphire, Ceylon Sapphire, Pailin or Cambodian Sapphire, Kanchanaburi Sapphire, Thai Sapphire, Australian Sapphire, and we can’t fail to mention the much discussed Geuda and Dhum.
Set a Sapphire understanding the reason
The hardness of the Sapphire is a strong point of this Gem. It can withstand significant pressures and high temperatures without fracturing, since it has a hardness of 9 on the Mohs scale. Taking advantage of this excellent feature, the Sapphires are often mounted in rings that are worn in an area exposed to blows. Its superior toughness makes it a great choice for rings as they can take a stress of everyday wear.
Among the recommended settings we would consider the solitary with prong setting, the three stone (trilogy) setting, and the Cluster (or Margarita).