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Unheated Oval Padparadscha Sapphire

Thursday, March 27th, 2014

A perfect blend of peach and pink, this super clean bright and well cut stone is of a highly desired saturation and tone of color. The beautiful even color and excellent clarity in this unheated gem is very rare and a true treat.

5638a

Item#5638  –  3.08 ct – 10.06 x 7.27 mm Oval – Unheated, GIA Certified.

A very sought after stone in a very salable size, a true beauty sure to bring a smile to anyone who wears it.

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How ripe is your “Peach”?

Monday, August 26th, 2013


Talk about noticing trends!!
Over the last month or so, we have had an unusually high number of requests for peach colored gems, primarily Sapphires. For the most part the calls have been very specific in that they were wishing to duplicate a certain shade of color in a picture of a finished ring in a Sapphire. Almost all the gemstones in the pictures were not Sapphires.

Yes, Sapphires are amazing in that they cover a real extensive range of colors, sometimes leaving one to assume they can pre pick any shade of color, then find it in a Sapphire.

The most coveted color in Fancy Sapphire with the peachy (orangey pink) tones are called “Padparadscha”. This prestigious designation really needs to be backed by a certificate from a Lab establishing that the color of the gem falls within the very narrow agreed upon range of colors. There still exists a wide difference of opinion on the boundaries of this color range between prominent labs.

Padparadscha sapphires

Padparadscha and Peach Sapphires

 

Any stone not certified as a “pad” within these colors, we refer to as “peach”. Imagine a peach; there are many shades present there, golden, orange, pink, salmon low to high saturation of colors. What matters in the end, is that one can only offer what is actually available and possible in nature and falls within the range of colors Sapphires actually exist in.

To avoid disappointments and fruitless searching, it is best to be aware of this fact before you promise to deliver Sapphires matching pictures of other gems exactly.

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Sapphires

Monday, January 25th, 2010

Mixed shape and color sapphires
Compared to many other colored stone dealers, our inventory includes a very wide variety of gemstones. This we do to offer the whole range of gems available to our customers. But by far, when we look at our sales numbers every year, most of our sales are derived from our sapphire collection. So, yes sapphires are a tried and true item and most jewelers and consumers know this. Anyone who owns diamonds, next wishes to own sapphires, and the good news is that there is an incredible range of goods you can offer your customers. There is always a color, quality and size that fits any budget your customer may have, and even collectors can pay higher than diamond per carat prices for the scarce and rare sapphires that are super special and unique.

White

white sapphireWhen super clean and well cut, white sapphires can be extremely attractive and be a wonderful alternative for a diamond look. You have to remember that they too are size sensitive and larger stones are in demand and hard to obtain. Almost all stones are heated.

Yellow

yellow sapphireHere we have the range from pastel straw yellow to almost an orange golden color. The highest demand is in the medium light to medium intense yellow, wishing to duplicate the canary yellow colors of diamonds. Clean and well cut stones can really duplicate that look, especially in smaller accent stones. There are more unheated stones available in the yellows, although finding crisp and clean stones is a challenge. We carry both heated and unheated stones only and not really deal in the beryllium diffusion treated material, which is also in the market.

Pink

pink sapphireThere is an amazing range of secondary colors that accompany pink in sapphires. Orange, purple, lilac, and fuscia are the most common. The most demand is for the more pure and vivid colors of pink, and finding rich colors in desirable shades is very difficult. Sometimes, pastel and softer shades of pure pink are also wanted, to duplicate the pink diamond look, which is difficult since, those colors often don’t exist in sapphires. Pink sapphires are commonly heated and unheated ones are rare since they don’t tend to be very attractive. Prices on pinks are also a lot more size sensitive than yellows or blues.

Blue

We experience the most amazing price range in blues, based on tone & saturation of color as well as clarity of the material. Very dark royal blues (with overtones of gray and green) are in the less expensive range, usually Thai or Australian materials. Next are Kanchanaburi materials, nice medium to rich blue. They tend to have gray secondary colors or not be super clean. There is less of this material around nowadays. We have pastel up to rich blues with a tinge of secondary violet in the Ceylon materials.

Color gradation of blue ceylon sapphires, light to dark

These seem to have more life in general and can have very vivid blues in the finer materials. Madagascar material can come close in color to the richer ceylon colors, but at times can tend to be over colored and maybe too dark, though quite gemmy. Preference for shade of color and of course budget determine which stones will prove more suitable. Offering clean stones that are well cut with minimal zoning truly adds to the life, sparkle and value of the gem, making it more salable.

Kashmir and Burma stones are usually accompanied with an origin cert, suitable for the collectors, are very rare and have very high premiums. Seek them out only upon request.

Padparadschas and Peaches

Padparadscha sapphireThere is always a combination of orange and pink in these colors and mostly from Sri Lanka. The african ones tend to also have some brown, seen as salmon. To call a stone a padparadscha officially, simply means a lab decided that it indeed fell within the specific range of color requirement. This call is somewhat subjective and not consistent among the labs. So, a peach sapphire without a certification for a “Pad” is usually a better deal in general. Also due to the Beryllium treatment in the market, labs have to also determine that the stone is only heated or at times unheated. With these shades of color you can truly offer something unique and delicate, besides the traditional blues.

Other Fancy Colors

fancy colored sapphiresGreen sapphire are for the most part an olivey army green color, some a blue green color, but never a vivid green shade. Pure intense orange sapphires are very rare, and usually in smaller sizes in only heated stones. Diffusion treated stones are available in this color. Purple sapphire covers a large range of colors from pinkish purple to bluish purple. This makes matching stones in purple very difficult. To better understand the shade, I usually ask, “Amethyst purple, Tanzanite purple, or Lavender”? It is one of the hardest colors to describe, though extremely dramatic and rich in the more vivid shades. There are also many less desirable in-between shades that can sometimes still look pretty attractive at great lower price points for the bargain hunters.

All in all, you can not loose by educating yourself and investing in a nice selection of sapphires to offer your customers, who by the day are getting more and more savvy and well informed, desiring to own more unique and special pieces.

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Gem 2000 at the Columbus Jewelry Show

Monday, August 11th, 2008

The Columbus Jewelry Show is taking place in Columbus, OH on August 23,24.  Come visit us at booth # 909. We have been exhibiting at this show for around 20 years and have been witness to many changes and trends in our industry. As you are all aware, the margins in diamonds have gotten smaller. To combat this, you can offer more value and size in a piece of jewelry by using colored stones. We offer a very wide range of gems in all colors and price per carat to fit every budget and call. We are proud to say that we constantly offer nicer qualities, even in lower price point gems, never sacrificing beauty in the end product, thus adding value to each piece of jewelry sold.

Interesting and unusual items that have been doing well:

– Fancy color Zircons as well as fine blue Zircon. The yellows, cognac, brown, and greens are a nice fancy color diamond look since Zircon has such a high RI. You can definitely achieve a diamond look with this gem. It’s hard to find clean and bright materials in these colors. Our fine cutting and brilliance make them a sure sell.

– A few parcels of fine 5-15ct Kunzite with saturated colors and fine cutting, offering soft pinks that are so popular in today’s colors.

– A few parcels of fine Iolite, the great color of these goods, a reminder of fine Tanzanite.

– A nice range of colors and sizes in Spinel. Being durable, bright and clean, many colors resemble sapphires at a much lower price point.

– Great selection of the peach colored Sapphires including many Padparadschas.

– Couple of larger fine Andalusites, a hard to find item.

– Diamond cut, clean and bright White Sapphires, a great diamond look in a natural stone.

Our sure sellers in a wide selection:

Sapphires: blue, pink, yellow, purple, peach, green, padparadscha. No zoned, cloudy, or lopsided stones in our inventory. Every stone is well cut and bright, giving you maximum life at all sizes and colors. Our rounds are all diamond cut and our selection of pairs is extensive. We also offer many beautiful unheated stones.

Aquamarines: You can compare the color and quality of the stone of your choice as we have a great range to offer you. Softer shades of blue are a sure winner.

Precious Topaz: Golden, peach, sherry, and pink. One of the best inventories around on this hard to find gem. Some nice matched pairs are also available.

Ruby: Beautiful colors at all price points. Life and brilliance of the gem increases as we go up in price. Many great stones to choose from. A few small, uniform parcels for  production at great prices.

Alexandrite: Clarity and color change are what sells this rare gem. We have great Brazilian material with exceptional cutting, and also parcels of small rounds.

Tourmaline: Fine Rubellites, blue greens, mint greens, and Tsavorite green colors in well cut singles and hard to find matched pairs (especially rounds). Also offering a few unusual colors.

Peridot: One of the finest selections in better calibrated material as well as fine larger singles in Arizona, Pakistan, and Burmese material. Many beautiful matched pairs to choose from.

* We cant list everything, so please come by our booth if you are attending the show and let the stones speak for themselves. We’d also be happy to respond to any other requests or inquiries. Let us help you offer fine color to your customers regardless of their budget.

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