Pale Blue Sapphires vs Medium Blue Sapphires

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The Gatsby design, shown with a pale Cornflower blue sapphire surrounded by diamonds. 

Cheap vs Expensive Sapphires

Buyers who are familiar with sapphires usually appreciate the enormous difference that one blue sapphire can possess compared to another. A large proportion of sapphires sold in jewellery are lower quality, commercial grade gemstones suitable for cheaper jewellery. You’ve probably seen small blue-black sapphires set into diamond cluster rings lacking any noticeable colour—certainly not the vibrant blue sapphires that make it into fine jewellery collections. Cheaper sapphires typically receive less attention during cutting. Natural inclusions and varying colour distribution within some sapphires can result in visible flaws and uneven colour through the stone. This is less likely to be an issue with better quality sapphires. The dichroic properties of Sapphire can mean a difference in the appearance and colour depending on the angle viewed at.

Medium blue sapphire round brilliant cut

Intense medium blue round diamond cut sapphire photographed for our client

From Cornflower Blue to Kashmir Blue

The finest colours of blue sapphire range from the paler Cornflower blue sapphires to the intense Kashmir blue sapphires. Darker shades typically originate from Australia. Sapphires deposits are found in many countries including Sri Lanka, Burma, Africa, Thailand, Canada and USA. It is generally the vibrant medium blue sapphires and lighter sapphires with a violet-blue appearance that is more valuable.

Medium Blue Sapphires

Blue heart shaped sapphire with a heart shaped diamond

Heart shaped diamond and polished heart shaped blue sapphire photographed for a client during a recent two stone ring commission. 

Many buyers seek a medium blue colour—with a noticeable intensity. This tends to be the most sought-after shade for blue sapphires. The colour is more pronounced as a result of heat treating natural sapphires which is a standard treatment that most sapphires receive. Untreated natural sapphires with beautifully intense colours are far more valuable especially if accompanied by certification

Pairs of Blue Sapphires

Both single sapphires and matched pairs of sapphires need careful consideration for color. Pairs of blue sapphires are always best cut from the same rough to ensure consistency in both the make of the finished gemstone and consistency in the colour.

Pairs of diamond cut blue sapphires

Pairs of diamond cut round blue sapphires

Ethical Blue Sapphires

Wherever possible, we do our best to source sapphires from ethical suppliers. There are many specialist ethical gemstone suppliers within the UK, working closely with other ethical jewellers. A great example is the ethical gemstone specialist Nineteen48 experts in responsible sourcing for gemstones. Just one of many jewellers in the UK, dedicated to educating and ethically sourcing gemstones.

Buying Sapphires Online

Buying a blue sapphire or piece of jewellery online can be very tricky if you’re not in a position to look at the stone in the flesh. Over the last few years, we’ve worked around this issue for clients ordering commissions online. Using high-resolution photography with colour balancing, we’re able to send clients to close up photography with accurately showing true colours. Photographs reveal the distribution of colour and choices can be included. In many ways, the photographs are more revealing than seeing the sapphires in person. For us, this works wonderfully. Clients feel more reassured having seen their stone ahead of manufacture and we are less likely to receive items back as a result.

Finished commission, engagement ring set with outer blue sapphires

Finished commission – an engagement ring and shaped wedding ring featuring Royal blue diamond cut sapphires.

Final Word

In conclusion, if you are considering either purchasing a diamond, sapphire or another gemstone, it is always worth getting in touch with us to see how we can help. With many years experience and a track record of great customer service, we would love to be put to the test!

For most clients, we provide colour corrected photography to make a choice of stone before committing to any order. Enquire today about your perfect commission.

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Mark Johnson

About Mark Johnson

Mark attended Liverpool University and went on to pursue a career in the diamond industry. After more than a decade working in polished diamonds, Mark moved to the Isle of Wight where he launched Serendipity Diamonds. He works most days from their busy Ryde showroom, photographing jewellery and writing for the Serendipity Diamonds website. Anyone interested can connect with Mark on Linkedin via the profile link.

Mark Johnson

About Mark Johnson

Mark attended Liverpool University and went on to pursue a career in the diamond industry. After more than a decade working in polished diamonds, Mark moved to the Isle of Wight where he launched Serendipity Diamonds. He works most days from their busy Ryde showroom, photographing jewellery and writing for the Serendipity Diamonds website. Anyone interested can connect with Mark on Linkedin via the profile link.