What is Blue Sapphire?Sapphire is a beautiful gemstone that comes in a variety of colours. However, if a sapphire is red or dark pink, it is a ruby. Depending on the other elements within the sapphire, the colour will change. Blue sapphires have a range of hues as their primary hue. The most common ones are violet, purple and green. Green is not classed as a good hue because it doesn’t make the sapphire as vivid. A blue sapphire, hence, needs to have at least 15% of purple of violet in order to be classed as fine quality. The biggest blue sapphire is the Logan Sapphire. It is 423 carat (equating to 85 grams) and can be seen in Washington’s National Museum of Natural History. The blue sapphire value depends on the amount of carats and the hue of the stone.
Why Buy Loose Blue Sapphire?One of the main advantages of buying a loose blue sapphire is that you can then place it in whatever setting you want. You may, for example, already have a necklace that has lost its gemstone, or perhaps you want a specific kind of ring that is not made with blue sapphire. If you do buy blue sapphire as a loose gemstone, you can place it in whichever jewellery and setting you like.
A second benefit of buying loose blue sapphire is that you will be able to check its quality all over. Often, if a gemstone is set in a pendant or ring, there will be certain areas where you will be unable to see if it has any impurities or imperfections.
Blue Sapphire Myths and LegendsBlue sapphire is said to have mystical powers, leading towards spiritual enlightenment and helping towards finding inner peace. Furthermore, it is attributed to have terrific healing powers, including for colic, rheumatisms and even mental illness. It is classed as an antidepressant and is very important in paranormal circles, where it is said to help in astral projection, telepathy, psychokinetic powers and clairvoyance.
Blue Sapphire SourcesThe main sources for blue sapphire are Burma (Myanmar), Sri Lanka (Ceylon), Madagascar, Australia, Tanzania and Thailand. The most beautiful sapphires were found in Kashmir, but it seems this source has been fully exhausted, as no new sapphires have been found here for over a century.
Burma, for example, is actually more famous for its mining of rubies (as discussed earlier, they are from the same family of gemstones). Their blue sapphires are mainly mined in the Mogok area. There has been quite some controversy as these sapphires were previously not classed as being of high quality. In the late 1800s and early 1900s, these sapphires were classed as much too dark. However, now that more information is known about what a high quality sapphire consists of, it is actually agreed that Burmese sapphires are of the highest quality in the world. There is even one mine that is now famous the world over for star blue sapphires, which is one of the most beautiful sapphires available and has one of the highest blue sapphire prices. Their saturation allows for far more colour to be present in the stone.