Ceylon Sapphires Education Guide


Cushion Sapphire Medium Blue 5.35 cts. 10 X 7 MMAs mentioned previously, when we buy sapphires, the first qualities that we look at are the four C's: Color, Clarity, Cut and Carat Weight. There are various permutations of these, which provide value distinction of one sapphire from another. However, the industry is also dominated by another feature when buying sapphires. The fifth determinant in our list is the place of origin. Sapphires are mined from a number of sources worldwide and include, but are not limited to, Madagascar, USA (Gem Mountain and Montana), Brazil, Tanzania and Cambodia. That is, where the Sapphire has been mined. Keep in mind, these factors apply to only natural sapphires and not lab created ones.
However, the oldest and best known sources of sapphire remain in Ceylon and Sri Lanka. Depending on where they are mined from, the color, intensity and hues of the cut sapphires can vary significantly. This leaves plenty of options for you. For example, lighter blue like summer skies or a deeper cornflower blue are more praised. There is a general consensus that deep blue Ceylon Sapphires remain incomparable. Ceylon is a place where sapphires have been mined for ages. The recognition of Ceylon Sapphire is made by the luminosity of their light to mid-blue common colors.
After Ceylon sapphires, Kanchanaburi sapphires from Thailand are the next best choice. The reason they are considered behind Ceylon, is because larger Ceylon Sapphires (two carats and more) still exhibit the characteristic of deeply saturated cornflower blue. So, any customer who is slightly aware will go for Ceylon Sapphires, not only for the value they carry, but also because of their long-term return on investment.
Kashmir sapphires from India were prized for their velvety blue shine, but the mines have been exhausted over a period of time, but can be sourced for a premium price.
Some of the largest blue Ceylon Sapphires are listed below. Barring The Lone Star, owned by Harold Roper, the top five largest blue sapphires are Ceylon Sapphires:
SAPPHIRE NAME SAPPHIRE ORIGIN SAPPHIRE WEIGHT
STAR OF INDIA CEYLON 563.35CARATS
BLUE GIANT OF THE ORIENT CEYLON 486.52 CARATS
QUEEN MARIE OF ROMANIA CEYLON 478.68 CARATS
LOGAN SAPPHIRE CEYLON 423.00 CARATS
BLUE BELLE OF ASIA CEYLON 400.00 CARATS
*Queen Marie of Romania is actually larger than a hen's egg and mounted by Cartier, and sold at an auction in 2003 for 1,916,000 Swiss francs (US$1,494,000). It went to a telephone bidder.

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Author : Ankit Daga