Sapphire is a precious stone made from the mineral corundum. They are commonly known for their striking blue color, although they come in a number of other color variants. Sapphires have an incredible history, from stardom in the royal family to role-playing. in ancient legends. Therefore, sapphires (alongside diamonds) are among the most coveted gemstones.
Color is the most important factor when purchasing a colored gemstone. It is the color of the sapphire that captivates us and tempts us to take a closer look.
However, this is only the case if the color of the stone has the correct measurements of hue, tone, and saturation. Without these, the stone can appear dull, colorless, and gray.
There are no standardized cuts for sapphires like there are for diamonds. While with diamonds you can choose an “ideal” cut to bring out the diamond’s color and fire, with sapphires and most colored gemstones you rely on the gem cutter to select each sapphire’s unique color combination, clarity, and brilliance to maximize.
In general, a well-cut sapphire is symmetrical, reflecting light at right angles to enhance the brilliance of the stone. Gem cutters often cut deeper when the sapphire’s hue is clear.
This makes the stone appear deeper and darker. And the reverse is also true: if the sapphire is very dark, the gem cutter can choose a shallow cut to let in more light and brighten the whole. stone appearance.
Sapphire prices can vary widely depending on many factors. Sapphires can be as cheap as $25 per carat to over $11,000 per carat. A blue sapphire of around 1 carat costs between US$450 and US$1,600 depending on the quality.
The 4 C’s described above make a big difference in the cost of the stone, as does the region they come from. The color is the most important price factor. The most valuable sapphires are those with a rich deep blue hue.
Lab created sapphires almost always cost less per carat than natural sapphires because naturally occurring stones are rarer and more desirable.
The sapphires from Kashmir, in the Indian region of the Himalayas, are particularly prized and therefore have a higher value than the others. They originally come from mines in the Zanskar Mountains of the Himalayas, which are difficult to access. Sapphires from Ceylon and Burma are said to look similar to Kashmir sapphires, although not on the same level.
Pure blue sapphires are the most valuable in color and therefore tend to be the most expensive. This is one of the qualities of the Kashmir sapphire, which is said to be “blue velvet” in appearance.
For a high-quality sapphire, you’ll likely see costs of around $8,001,200 per carat. For the more common sapphires, which are of decent quality but not particularly notable, you’ll be looking for a little less, around $400,600 per carat.
Take this 0.79 carat blue sapphire from James Allen, for example, which is priced at $340 for just over ¾ carat.
Check out this similarly sized pear shape from the Blue Nile for comparison. Take out the price of the setting which can range from $1300 to $1400, the sapphire from $120 to $220.
Leibish and Co have a range of high quality sapphires, primarily from Sri Lanka. A 1 carat sapphire costs around $1,0001,600 here. A high-end example is this 0.99 cushion-shaped sapphire for $1,625.
Larger stones (3 carats or more) are rarer and therefore fetch a higher price. Prices range from around $5,000 for this 3.38-carat heart-shaped sapphire from Leibish and Co. to more than $80,000 for a blue sapphire over 10 carats.