According to the Christian calendar, a gemstone is assigned to every month. Blue Sapphire belongs to September. Some common Indian names of Blue Sapphire are Neelam, Nelashma, Indraneel, Neelratna, Neelmani, Shaniratra (cause it is the stone of Shani) and Shanipriya.
There are many articles on the web which tell you about Blue Sapphires, their family, their origin and many such facts. So we decided to go slightly off stream and share some interesting facts about Blue Sapphires.
10 Interesting facts about Sapphire:
Types of Sapphire
The types of Sapphires are – Blue, Yellow, Pink, White, Green, Purple, Orange, Black, Padparadscha, Star, Color Changing and Parti.
This is the rarest kind in this category of gemstones. They are found in pink-orange colour and are rarely treated. Its colour makes it often gets compared to lotus. You may not know about it because it’s preserved by the experts.
This category of gemstone showcases an asterism (a pattern or a group of stars which is smaller than a constellation). The biggest sapphire known to us is Star Sapphire.
These change colour when seen under different light sources. It happens when impurities such as Vanadium and Chromium are present and different wavelength is absorbed by the stones. As you can understand, these categories of Sapphires are also very rare.
These gemstones usually have 2 or more colours. They are very rare. They are mostly found in Australia and are usually very dark.
Blue Sapphire is said to be the stone of Shani or Shani dev. It is believed that wearing of these can save you from the wrath of Shani.
Second hardest element
These are the second hardest element on Earth after Diamonds. However, rough handling while working with them might make them get chipped and fractured.
Heat Treated Sapphire
Sapphires are usually heated to make the colour intense and increase clarity. However, naturally occurring Sapphires with intense colours are highly expensive.
In order to get a customised colour, sapphires are made to go through diffusion treatment. In this treatment, the gemstone is heated in a beryllium metal overlay.
Sapphires are priced differently based on different factors. For instance, naturally occurring intense colored ones are highly expensive while gemstones which have gone through diffusion treatment are quite cheap.
Blue sapphires are often confused with Iolite, Blue Tourmaline and Blue Zircon.
Blue Sapphires are mined in different parts of the world. For example, the blue Sapphires mined in Burma and Kashmir is most pure and tend to have a velvety touch. The Sapphires found in Sri Lanka are pastel blue in colour, the ones from Australia are dark blue so on and so forth.
There is no point in getting a Blue Sapphire stone. It’s better to get a Blue Sapphire Indian jewellery for yourself. Before you head over to Candere to get one of these for yourself, you might want to get a look at our top 9
- Magnificent Ring
- Anjali Diamond Ring
- Jigyasha Blue Gemstone Detachable Earrings
- Annie Blue Earring
- Alva Pendant
- Mya Split Loop Blue Sapphire Pendant
- Divena Blue Band
- Dhanishta Band
- Elora Necklace
*Note: The gold used in the above-mentioned rings can be made using 14K or 18K gold.
**Note: The diamond used in the above-mentioned rings can be changed to fit your desired quality or budget.
That’s all from us. We would love to read your view on Blue Sapphire or our products on this gemstone in the comments below.
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