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Gem Cushion Ceylon Blue Sapphire

Monday, August 26th, 2013

Exhibiting optimum color, this gorgeous intense vivid rich blue Ceylon Sapphire is truly a rare find. It is exceptionally clean and well cut with an excellent face up and outline showing it to be at least one carat larger than its weight. It is a stone you will choose to keep for yourself or a loved one, truly the pick of the crop. Super hard to replace, you may still choose to sell it to your most discerning customer.

Item# 1107 –  5.07 ct –  11.1 x 8.6 mm

Stones in these sizes and qualities are becoming more scarce and gaining value as we speak. You cannot go wrong by acquiring this beauty.

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Fine Emerald Cut Unheated Blue Sapphire

Monday, October 22nd, 2012

A fine rich blue color, this beautiful 6.11 ct E/C Blue Sapphire shows even color and life throughout the stone.  Extremely clean and super well cut this hard to find gem is an amazing find.

Item# 1109 –  6.11 E/C 11.68 X 8.91 mm unheated AGTA Cert

Larger emerald cut sapphires are extremely hard to find.   Almost always you will see heavy zoning in this cut largely due to the nature of the step cut faceting patterns.  These factors are then compounded in an unheated stone where inclusions and clouds are also more present.

So, to find this amazing perfect stone in both unheated and emerald cut is something to recognize and cherish.  A great value to own in the present world market of larger Blue Sapphires.

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Featured Stone

Friday, January 13th, 2012

Unheated Gem Cushion Blue Sapphire

This gorgeous unheated gem Ceylon blue sapphire is truly one of a kind. It is an intense vivid rich blue color with excellent clarity and a great cut and outline. Hitting such high marks in all possible categories is indeed a feat that this beautiful gem can boast about.

Item # 1111 – 4.62 ct – 9.64 x 8.21mm – Cushion – AGTA Cert unheated.

Unheated sapphires exhibiting such high colors and clarity are super rare. The size and shape of this stone also allows it to be very salable, with a very high appeal to those who want the very best, while still staying on budget. A sure pleaser to one with taste.

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Cushion Blue Ceylon Sapphire

Tuesday, December 13th, 2011


Exceptionally clean and bright, this well cut and well proportioned gem boasts a beautiful medium rich cornflower blue color, the desirable shade that has made Ceylon Sapphires synonymous with the best there is. Recently fine quality larger stones like this have become super hard to find, particularly one with such great clarity.

cushion blue sapphire
Item # 3509
12.1 x 9 mm Cushion Blue Ceylon Sapphire

This a very popular and salable shape and size in a fine sapphire, perfect for satisfying the pickiest luxury customer at a very competitive price.

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Sapphire Prices Higher, Larger Sizes Harder to Find

Wednesday, November 5th, 2008

In general, most jewelers’ gem purchases happen at trade shows, from visiting dealers at the store, and of course the special requests through the year where we call our favorite suppliers and have them send us a few stones on memo to show to our customer. The idea most jewelers have about the price of a gem is based on what they have last bought it for, seen it at a show or from a memo sent to them by a dealer. When exhibiting at trade shows, I can tell how many years it has been since a customer has bought a certain type of stone based on how much the tell me they last paid for it. In other words, prices on most gems a have been steadily increasing. Having an updated knowledge of how much of an increase can help jewelers give more realistic quotes to their customers and also not sell a gem they have owned for many years, only to realize they cant even replace it for the retail price they sold it for!!

As wholesale dealers, being higher up in the distribution channel, we experience these shifts and increases first hand before jewelers do. To best fill jewelers needs, we have to constantly buy to keep our inventory levels high. Based on supply, different varieties of gemstones experience different levels of price increase, and in general, commercial grades of gems are less affected price wise than the gem quality materials. Also, Increases in prices are more drastic some years than others. The world’s gem supply is basically offered to the world market at large and the strength of the buyers is determined by the economies of their respective countries. Over the last couple of years, the American buyers have had a much harder time competing for the finer goods, because of a weaker dollar, the presence of emerging strong economies like India and China, and cash based economies like Russia.

During a recent purchase from a Sri Lankan dealer/cutter that specializes in finer quality, better cut gems who we have worked with for many years, we noticed a significant increase in the prices of 1ct and larger stones, and anywhere from 20-25% price increase in finer yellow sapphires from over just five months ago. The increase of blue sapphire pricing was a little less, with a more drastic increase in the medium to medium light colors. Availability of larger stones in general was down, and it was hard to replace the 3ct plus, higher sized blues. Pink sapphires of nice color and larger sizes were basically not there.

It always takes a while for new prices to establish themselves all the way down to retail and going through a major trade show usually helps the industry with that process. The next major upcoming gem show is the Tucson show, February 2009, where we will be exhibiting at the AGTA GemFair, Booth #1006. Please come and visit!

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Often Asked Questions: Blue Sapphires

Sunday, August 10th, 2008

Question: In blue sapphires, are lighter or darker colors better?

As you already can tell there is no short answer to this question, so we will start by talking about what blue sapphires are presently available in the market and the range of qualities and colors for each source.

Ceylon or Sri Lanka: This is probably the most asked for and known source for blue sapphires, often referred to by its cornflower blue color. Stones from this source range from pastel blue to fine rich blue. Ceylon blues are more of a pure blue with different amounts of the desirable secondary color of violet. The medium and lighter colors can sometimes come close to colors of tanzanite. You can get some intense pure blue in a medium to medium dark tone that can be very stunning. Some top fine quality Ceylons can come very close to some Kashmir or Burmese materials in color.

Outside Sri Lanka, no other source produces the medium light to light colors that have no unwanted gray overtones. Stones free of inclusions and zoning are hard to find, particularly since inclusions become easier to see in the lighter shades of blue. Clean material and great cutting makes a world of difference to the brilliance and life of these stones.

Thai: These stones are usually a darker shade of navy or inky blue, not the most coveted of colors. They are usually found in commercial mass produced jewelry since large quantities of calibrated goods are readily available. You might have a need for them, replacing missing stones in repairs.

Kanchanaburi or Chantanaburi Materials: When this material became available over a decade ago it became a great choice for an in between color and price point, filling the gap between Ceylon and Thai materials. In general Kancha materials are brighter and better blues than the over dark, more commercial quality of Thai goods. The finer Kanchas come close to medium dark Ceylon colors, offering medium to rich navy blues. In the better qualities, this material is generally less zoned and included than Ceylon goods. Because of this, certain shapes like emerald cuts where both these factors show up more, look particularly nice from this source. At present Kancha material is not readily available and the steadily increased prices don’t really make them much of a bargain compared to Ceylon goods in the better qualities like they used to. The lower qualities have more of a cloudy look to them and gray overtones.

Madagascar: Most of the materials from this source are so close to finer richer Ceylon colors that sometimes they are not differentiated and hard to identify just by looking. What is certain is that, there isn’t any medium and light blue colors from this source and some tastes might find the darker ranges overly dark, though rich looking. Since they are priced the same as Ceylons of comparable color, there isn’t much distinction for this source category.

Burma and Kashmir: This category is reserved more for the collector or the connoisseur, with large finer stones traded at auctions. Their price per carat could go up to 3 to 10 time’s regular fine blue Ceylons. Their pedigree and provenance has to be ascertained by the more advanced testing done by reputable gem labs determining and indicating origin on their certificates. Though usually quite beautiful in color it is their rarity that commands the prices they fetch, with Kashmir’s more than the Burmese.

Montana Sapphires: The U.S. customer is also aware of and might request Montana and Yogo sapphires. There isn’t much availability on these materials especially in larger sizes. Their colors are closest to medium to medium light Ceylons with more of a chance for secondary colors like gray. The finest colors in these are seen in the Yogo sapphires, which are not easily available. So unless someone specifically asks and insists on this source, you have a much better chance of finding and selling a Ceylon stone any day.

Our Selection

We, at Gem 2000, have always carried a wide range of blue sapphires in our inventory. Over the last 20 years the sources of our offerings have varied based on availability and new finds. Blue sapphires have consistently been our biggest seller. Presently, our largest inventory is in the Ceylon material covering a large range of color and price points. Our emphasis and strength in this material, is also largely due to us doing our own cutting at facilities on location. Offering very high standards of cut on all of our sapphires, makes a bottom heavy, off center and zoned native cut blue sapphire an extinct item at Gem 2000.

So, how would one describe the color of a fine blue sapphire? It would be the most intense pure blue with the least secondary color or overtones in medium to medium rich colors. In more scientific terms, high saturation and medium tones indicate higher valued gems. As usual beauty is in the eye of the beholder and each eye sees color differently. So, clarity and cut are the other factors to keep in mind as they help bring life and sparkle to the stone regardless of the color.

Feel free to look at images of our gems to actually experience for yourself the subtle differences of colors available in this popular saleable gem.

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