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Learn About Sapphire

BENEFITS OF SAPPHIRES

  • Excellent value as an affordable diamond alternative.
  • Extremely durable and ideal for everyday wear.
  • Limitless array of options in color, size, and shape.
  • Responsibly mined with minimal environmental impact.
  • A favorite amongst royalty, most notably Princess Diana.
GEMSTONE BEAUTY DURABILITY Toughness
BRI-Brilliance Refractive Index Fire Dispersion Hardness MOHS Scale
SAPPHIRE 1.77 0.018 9 Excellent
MOISSANITE by Charles & Colvard 2.65-2.69 0.104 9.25 Excellent
DIAMOND 2.42 0.044 10 Excellent
RUBY 1.77 0.018 9 Excellent
EMERALD 1.58 0.014 7.5 Good to Poor

THE FOUR C’S OF SAPPHIRES

CUT

 

Skillfully faceted with proportions that use smaller crowns and larger pavilions to enrich color, luster, and brilliance.

CLARITY

 

Similar to the GIA diamond clarity scale, but there is no flawless rating for natural colored gems.

COLOR

 

Determined by a gemstone’s hue, saturation, and tone. Available in any color except red.

CARAT

 

Sapphires are much denser than diamonds. They are measured by millimeter size as well as carat weight.

3 FACTORS OF COLOR

HUE

The basic color. While a sapphire’s color might be described as pink or blue, more often gems are a combination of hues. For example, a blue sapphire can have secondary violet or green components that affect its beauty and value.

TONE

Describes how light or dark a stone’s color is and significantly influences the value of a sapphire. The preferred tones for natural sapphires vary from hue to hue, but most fine sapphires have a medium to medium-dark tone.

SATURATION

Describes how pure or intense a color appears, and it is a key component in determining a sapphire’s value. Regardless of a natural sapphire’s hue, higher and more intense levels of color saturation are preferred.

Ethical Origins

 

Ella Rose sources ethical, traceable, and natural sapphires from our partner mines in Sri Lanka. Our sapphires are in alignment with fair trade and environmentally responsible principles. Sapphires from Sri Lanka are still referred to as Ceylon Sapphires.

Sri Lanka (formerly known as Ceylon) is an island nation located south of India in the Indian Ocean. Famed for diverse landscapes and ancient Buddhist ruins, Sri Lanka is the top producer of natural sapphires that are considered to be the finest untreated stones in the world.

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ABOUT SAPPHIRES

Sapphires are precious gemstones made up of the mineral corundum and belong to the same family as the ruby. The only difference between a ruby and a sapphire is the color. Red corundum is a ruby. Other colored corundum gems are called sapphires which naturally come in a rainbow of colors, blue being the most notable.

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