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Sapphire Jewelry for Her

Updated on January 6, 2015

The Perfect Gift of a Sapphire

Sapphires are one of the most beautiful and wearable stones in the world. Their luster, shine, and clarity have brought them to the attention of jewelers all throughout the world. Not only are they beautiful but they score a 9 on the Mohs scale of hardness. This makes them second only to diamonds in hardness.

Although called a sapphire, the actual stone is a corundum. Corundum is a crystallized mixture of aluminum oxide. If the color is red, it is referred to as being ruby. All other colors are the beautiful gemstones known as sapphires. The fantastic color within the sapphire is the result of impurities introduced within the forming of the stone. There are a wide range of colors which are found in sapphires. Completely clear sapphires are very rare and most used in jewelry are lab-created.

Creating sapphires in the lab is like giving a rapid steroidal growth spurt to the creation of the gem. Natural sapphires are formed in silica-poor environments under high pressure. Labs recreate this by using heat treatments which apply pressure forming the crystallized aluminum oxide. Unfortunately, the high levels of heat leave tiny cracks within the sapphire. These are tiny enough that a naked-eye would have a great deal of trouble finding them. Still, a good jewelry designer should easily be able to separate the natural from the lab-created without the use of a microscope.

Lab-created sapphires are very common in jewelry. Many earrings, necklaces, bracelets, use lab-created white sapphires to offset another gemstone. They appear sparkly and clear like diamonds but are far cheaper. The expense and difficulties in finding large natural sapphires make them rare and not affordable to most people. However, the ability to create sapphires with the lab have enabled more people than ever to purchase sapphires in every size and shape at affordable prices.

Kings and queens have proudly worn sapphires and so do many famous people today. The stone is timeless, classic, and close to as long-lasting as a diamond. Sapphires are the gift to give a person you love, care for, or simply admire. If you are looking for a gift for a special person, then consider the beautiful gift of a sapphire.

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The Purple Sapphire

Purple sapphires are far less common than those which are blue. The color may be caused by impurities from titanium and iron. Colors can range from a blend of red and blue (purple) to a blend of blue with purple (violet). Those who are not familiar with the stone must be careful as they do not end up purchasing the semi-precious amethyst. True purple sapphires are typically found in Sri Lanka, Tanzania, and Kenya.

Purple Delight - Give the Gift of a Purple Sapphire

Non-lab created purple sapphires are expensive but worth the cost. To give someone something so unique is truly special. Finding the perfect piece to display such a natural beauty is often difficult. However, purchasing the loose gem is not the end of the world. Many jewelry stores will work with you to perfectly place your stone within a ring or necklace. This ensures you get what you want with the stone you desire.

3.38ct Oval Purple Natural Sapphire Loose Gemstone
3.38ct Oval Purple Natural Sapphire Loose Gemstone

Purchase a loose purple sapphire in a beautiful shade like the one here. Then take it to your favorite jeweler to create a truly unique piece.

 
0.69ct. Natural Untreated Pinkish Purple Sapphire Ring with 34 pave diamonds 0.39ct. total. (J2900)
0.69ct. Natural Untreated Pinkish Purple Sapphire Ring with 34 pave diamonds 0.39ct. total. (J2900)

Diamonds are a sapphire's best friend in this ring featuring a beautiful pinkish-purple sapphire.

 

The Green Sapphire

A Hidden Secret Beauty

Green sapphires are very rare. Most of the public is not even aware of their existence. Although rare, green sapphires are relatively inexpensive. They can range in color from a soft yellow-green to olive and blue-greens. Emeralds can even be outshine by a beautiful green sapphire and their hardness makes them a far more durable choice than peridot. The green color does not affect the price of the stone but it does make it very easy to spot stone imperfections. Clarity is key in a green sapphire and well-worth the extra cost for such a beautiful stone.

Green With Envy - The Gift of a Green Sapphire

In the case of a green sapphire, most will probably be lab-created. Lab-created pieces can be just as beautiful as natural. Just make sure to always check if you are buying natural or lab-created. There will be a huge price difference between the two so be suspicious if it says 'natural' but comes at a very cheap price. Either it's very flawed or the seller has labeled it incorrectly as natural.

Star K Round 6mm Simulated Green Sapphire Flower Earrings Studs Sterling Silver
Star K Round 6mm Simulated Green Sapphire Flower Earrings Studs Sterling Silver

Simple yet elegant, these green sapphires make a great gift.

 
Green Sapphire Songea Unset Loose Gemstone 6mm Pear Tiny (Qty=1)
Green Sapphire Songea Unset Loose Gemstone 6mm Pear Tiny (Qty=1)

Tiny in size but bursting with green color, this loose sapphire is perfect for any piece in need of a pear-shaped center.

 
3/4 Carat tw Green & White Sapphire Claddagh Ring in Sterling Silver - Size 6
3/4 Carat tw Green & White Sapphire Claddagh Ring in Sterling Silver - Size 6

One of the most popular designs for unique rings with a stunning green sapphire center.

 

The White Sapphire

Not White but Clear and Transparent Beauty

White sapphires or leucosapphire are very common in all types of jewelry. Cheaper than diamonds but still beautiful, jewelers use them to enhance the beauty of other gemstones, like rubies or emeralds. They are not actually "white" like their name implies. White sapphires are transparent and colorless. They are the most pure of corundum and gem-quality stones are rare. The larger the white sapphire, the higher the likelihood of imperfections, so clarity is very important. Despite it's rarity, it is relatively inexpensive and commonly found in many type of jewelry pieces.

Clear and True Beauty - The Gift of the White Sapphire

A beautiful alternative to diamond, a white sapphire can be the perfect gift. Remember clarity is the key and always check to see if you are buying lab-created or natural.

White Sapphire Complements - The Gift of a Gem Complemented by White Sapphire

White sapphire is beloved as a sparkling aspect to other gem pieces. They can compliment the perfect gift for the perfect person.

Sterling Silver Pink Cameo Oval with Created White Sapphire Ring, Size 7
Sterling Silver Pink Cameo Oval with Created White Sapphire Ring, Size 7

This pink cameo is a truly unique way in which the white sapphire has been used to bring out the beauty of a vintage look.

 

The Color-Changing Sapphire

A Sapphire So Beautiful it Changes

One of the rarest of all sapphires is the color-changing sapphire. The stone can be a greyish or green-blue in daylight and change to brownish-red under incandescent lighting. Most of these stones are not so extreme and alternate between shades of blue and purple or violet. Unlike most sapphires which are priced based upon clarity, the color-changing sapphires become more expensive with the dramatic color change. Very few exist which are perfectly clean-cut and even the most-expensive will still have some imperfections.

A Worldwind of Color - The Gift of a Color-Changing Sapphire

The rarity of such a beautiful gem means finding pre-made jewelry pieces difficult. For those who have fallen in love with the color-changing sapphire, they are best off purchasing the loose stones. A good jeweler will be able to take the gorgeous stone and place it in your choice of jewelry. Nothing is more beautiful than wearing such a unique piece in a beautiful ring or around the neck as a pendant.

The Orange Sapphire

Orange sapphires were once largely ignored in favor of their blue counterparts. With the arrival of orange as a fashionable color, these sapphires have started to become popular. The actual color may be the result of chromium and iron impurities. The chromium gives the red and iron the yellow to create a beautiful variety of orange colors. Natural radiation can also be the cause of the orange-coloring. The natural radiation which causes the brilliant color is capable of fading under long periods of daylight or exposure to high levels of heat. Natural orange sapphires are not mined in huge quantities so clarity is less-important than with their blue or white counterparts.

Orange Sapphire Jewelry - The Color of Fall, Warmth, and Joy

Orange hues reach us in every season making the orange sapphire always a perfect choice. Whether it be the orange colors reflected in fall or the fiery orange of a sunset in winter, there is always an orange shade for the world around her.

Cognac and Brown Sapphires

Brown sapphires were once considered inferior to other sapphire colors. Jewelry designers have now branched into using the warm honey tones, light browns, and cognac colors as focal points in their work. They have found the stones to be popular with men who are now wearing more jewelry as they do not have the same feminine look as other colors. Part of their popularity is they are a cost alternative to the "cognac" colored diamonds. Clarity is very important for these stones. Any noticeable imperfection drastically impacts their price.

Warm and Distinct Beauty - The Gift of a Brown or Cognac Sapphire

Brown or cognac sapphires are a fabulous option if considering a jewelry piece for a man or woman. A cheaper alternative to cognac diamonds yet still completely beautiful, they make an excellent and unusual gift. If you are looking for a unique sapphire, then look to purchasing one. Do not forget clarity is key so be careful when making your purchase.

The Blue Sapphire

Sapphires are known for their intense range of blue colors. Prices can vary widely and range from thousands of dollars to less than one hundred. The most rare of sapphires are known as Kashmir or Burmese sapphires. Their intense and velvety blue shade is difficult to find and even harder to purchase. Typical sapphires range from a light sky blue to an intense dark blue.

Sapphire Rings in Beautiful Blue

Sapphire rings can be true works of beauty. Those with diamonds and natural sapphires will run very high in price. Lab-created sapphires with Swarvoski crystal or white sapphires are more affordable. Remember, with a sapphire you should get what you are paying for. The more beautiful and higher clarity, the higher the price.

Truly Blue Beauty-Sapphire Necklaces - Sapphire Necklaces

The brilliant blue of a sapphire is typically combined with white sapphires or diamonds to reflect and bring out its beauty. Pieces can range from a simple single hanging piece to a completely unique pendant.

Earrings Featuring Blue Sapphires - Truly Blue Beauty

Sapphire earrings can range from simple studs to intricate pieces. No matter the size or shape, choose a pair based on what you love and not solely on price. If you can't find a pair you adore within your budget, then wait for another time or opportunity. Sapphires are to be treasured throughout the receiver's life. Don't buy what you can't see being loved for years to come.

Truly Blue Beauty - Loose Sapphire Stones

So you have looked through all of the necklaces, earrings, and rings without finding the perfect piece. Do not be frustrated. Loose sapphire stones may be purchased and a good jeweler able to help you set the perfect one. You may want to consult a jeweler first about which stone is best. Look at shape, size, and of course, the cost before purchasing.

Unheated Untreated Natural Green Blue Ceylon Sapphire (EMIL) 3.245 carat
Unheated Untreated Natural Green Blue Ceylon Sapphire (EMIL) 3.245 carat

I had to share this Natural sapphire find. The loose gemstone is of an unusual Green Blue shade which reminds me of the ocean's waves.

 
Natural Untreated Blue Sapphire, 6.68ct. (B5440)
Natural Untreated Blue Sapphire, 6.68ct. (B5440)

The price for natural untreated sapphire might be shockingly high for you to guess on this beautiful gemstone.

 

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      Charito Maranan-Montecillo 3 years ago from Manila, Philippines

      I like the blue and purple sapphires. They look so elegant!

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      FastSecrets 4 years ago

      Wonderful, what a lens it is! This lens presents valuable facts about Sapphires to us, keep it up.

      I loves Blue Sapphires.

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      Lareene 4 years ago from Atlanta, GA

      This is such a lovely lens. Such beautiful gems!

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      Kalafina 4 years ago

      @Snakesmum: I'm so jealous! I have always wanted to go fossicking for gems. Do you mind if I ask where you went for your fossicking?

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      Jean DAndrea 4 years ago from Victoria, Australia

      Love sapphires, and have been lucky enough to go fossicking for them, and even found a few small ones. Only ever found one of gem quality though, but the search was really enjoyable. Nice lens

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      Kalafina 4 years ago

      @Dressage Husband: I love sapphires because they also match my eye color. Last year I got a pair of square cut natural studs. I used to wear them everyday until I lost one. I was so devastated about it that I asked for the same 400 dollar pair from my boyfriend to give me again this Christmas. You have a great eye for giving such a beautiful gift!

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      Stephen J Parkin 4 years ago from Pine Grove, Nova Scotia, Canada

      My wife has blue eyes and we chose a diamond and sapphire ring that matches her eye colour as an engagement ring. It is absolutely beautiful and often gets comments when people notice it. All three stones are almost perfect with incredible clarity so it really catches the light, which is what usually gets it noticed.

      This was a really well researched lens well done.

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      CoolFool83 5 years ago

      Women should love these gift ideas from us guys. Really cool lense.