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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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Unheated Gem Pear Shape Yellow Sapphire

Thursday, May 16th, 2013

This gorgeous unheated gem Ceylon Yellow Sapphire is amazingly clean and bright. An intense vivid medium yellow, the most desired shade of yellow, resembling fancy color yellow diamonds, this super well cut and proportioned pear shaped gem is super stunning.

unheated yellow sapphire

Item # 4540  – 7.59 ct – 16.02 x 10.51 mm
Pear Shape Unheated with an AGL Cert.

Unheated sapphires exhibiting such high clarity and life are extremely rare. This stone also has an excellent face up look for the size and appears to be a much larger stone.

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Cushion Unheated Natural Yellow Sapphire

Tuesday, May 15th, 2012

Extremely clean and bright, this well cut natural unheated cushion Ceylon yellow sapphire truly resembles the life and color of a fancy colored diamond. With a very popular outline this beautiful gem will shine in any piece of fine jewelry it is mounted in.

Item # 973
10.06 x 9.59 x 7.12 mm – Cushion – 6.40 ct – Unheated
AGTA Cert.

Clean and bright unheated yellow Sapphires are highly in demand and very hard to find. This beautiful and very salable gem is sure to only grow in value.

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Selling “the color”

Friday, July 2nd, 2010

Effective and highly communicative, using names of existing objects in nature or standard shared experiences is a very common way of describing specific shades of color in gemstones.

Besides the obvious, light, medium or dark adjectives, using specific references such as “grass green” or “forest green” brings to mind a more descriptive picture, helping us realize more what secondary colors might be present in the referred to green. Now we have to also be aware of what species of gems offer those shades of green or if that shade falls outside the range of colors that gem exists in. For example, both those shades can be found in Tourmalines or tsavorites, but not in Peridots, since it has more yellow in it. Greens in Emerald usually have too much blue for a “grass green” color but darker shades of Emerald could be described as “forest green”.

“Pigeon blood red” is a term reserved to describe the finest Burmese rubies, meaning that it is a rich red with a tiny tinge of pink. I have also heard the term “pomegranate seed” red used among a few dealers at a more wholesale level to describe the life and brilliance present in a fine gem ruby. The catch here seems to be that both parties should be very familiar with the standard reference used; In this case, what a ripe pomegranate seed looks like!! As you can see, this by far is not a purely scientific method and could have a lot of overlap or hits and misses, based on subjective personal experience of color.

When requesting blue sapphires of Ceylon origin the term “cornflower blue” is probably one of the most used terms in the industry, but even that reference covers quite a wide range from medium light to medium to rich shades which can amount to the difference of hundreds of dollars per carat. But, at least we know that in this case the secondary color they are requesting be present in the blue sapphire is violet.

An underlying principle of marketing and advertizing, using descriptive terms such as, names of fruits, flowers and items that are linked to romance and luxury like, chocolates, champagne, cognac, canary, sea foam, lagoon… also have the added benefit of evoking a desire and longing for ownership and partaking in that experience when used effectively. For example, naming a natural fancy color brown Zircon, cognac or chocolate or if it has lighter tones, “champagne” adds to the appeal of ownership.

Being in this business, we all know how the “right” name alone can do wonders for a gem or vice versa. Some jewelers even to this day have shared with me how they still struggle to overcome the association of “synthetic” and “manmade” with gems such as Zircons and Spinels. At times like this using geographic location descriptions helps dispel those untrue assumptions, such as “Burmese” Spinels or “Madagascar” Zircons, reminding the buyer that these gems are actually natural and mined at these actual locations.

This last JCK show, a customer at our booth sounded frustrated when she asked me why there was not a better name for “Color Change Garnet”, after I had shown her some beautiful ones from Kenya that duplicated the color change of Alexandrite. My reply was that one can always take the information that is out there as common knowledge, build on it through education and expertise and then steer the customer’s interest back to what is originally exciting about a gem, as opposed to only dwelling on what it’s name is, the same way she herself was loving the gem in front of her!!

Then of course, many species of gems themselves historically are one of the most common and standard shared experiences of color known to mankind. Other industries commonly use the name of gems to evoke luxury and romance. Lapis blue, turquoise blue, jade green, emerald green, ruby reds… are often used to describe colors of objects.

Besides the existing very scientific terminology taught by GIA to describe color and the Gemset used in the industry, communication between jewelers and colored gem dealers could also benefit from the usage of some of these terms, especially when they are following up on a request from their customer finding them that specific shade of color.

Included is a chart we have developed that helps us see the availability of gems in specific shades of colors, giving us options of gem materials and price points in order to get the colors that we want.

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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 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 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 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.


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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