The sapphire is a stone that comes in a wide variety of colors, pink, orange, yellow and purple, but the most common color are blue, which also comes in a wide scheme of tones, anywhere from mid-blue to nearly black. This gemstone is popular for being the birthstone of those born in the month of September.
Sapphires are well-known for their durability and beauty; the only harder gemstone is the diamond. Buying sapphires is an important investment, that’s why you should become well-versed in how to choose quality sapphires. Just follow these tips and you will easily discard all the potential fake or low-quality sapphires.
1. Look at the stone
Since sapphires have a widely variety of shades you can’t expect a specific color. But you can, with the help of a magnifying glass, look for inclusions. You should suspect if you can’t find any inclusions, however, keep in mind that high-quality sapphires have no inclusions that are visible to the naked eye.
2. Choose the right tone
Tone refers to how dark or pale the stone is, most of the sapphires have a mid-range dark tone. Is very important that your stone shouldn’t be so dark that you can tell if it is blue or so pale that you can’t distinguish if it is a sapphire or another gemstone that is liger in color.
3. Check the saturation of the stone
A high-quality sapphire will have a vivid and strong color saturation. It means that the color should be extremely real.
4. Inspect the cut
High-quality stones should have symmetry, uniformity and balance. Try to observe your sapphire from all the angles, try to find areas that appear watery or the color is uneven.
5. Buy them from a trusted source
Your jeweler should be able to tell where the jewel comes from if it has some treatment or any interesting history about the piece. Ask if the stone what mined or lab-created, always remember that the sapphires are mined in Burma, Sri Lanka, India, Thailand, Vietnam, Brazil, Australia and Africa.
We hope the tips listed above should help you to choose wisely your sapphires, if you are still with doubts or your gemstones please contact us in order to give you a complete evaluation of your piece.