Sapphires In Every Color of the Rainbow

Each month we hold an evening event in our store where you can come in and learn about a special, natural gemstone or gemstone family.  Our most recent was on all the colors of Sapphire - every color of the rainbow!

If you missed it, you can sign up for our email list or follow us on Facebook to stay in-the-know about future "Inside the Vault" Gem nights at The Gem Vault. Learn a bit about Sapphire right here...

 Image from GIA.edu

Image from GIA.edu

Sapphires are precious gemstones, formed from the mineral corundum.  All sapphires are a variety of the mineral corundum, available in all ranges of colors from blue, purple, black, green, pink, yellow, and white (or clear).  Each unique color is the created when certain trace elements are present during the formation of the stone.     

DSCF0253.JPG

Blue sapphires are the most popularly recognized color of sapphire, with the shades of blue varying from light to dark. Some gemstone lovers prefer a light cornflower blue stone, while many love to see a deep, rich velvety blue. 

The blue color in a blue sapphire comes from the minerals titanium and iron. The higher concentrations of titanium in the sapphire, the more color saturation.  

 Image from Lotus Gemology

Image from Lotus Gemology

Sapphires can also be found in a range of pink hues, from pale pink to vivid, intense magenta. Often the deep pink or reddish hues of a sapphire are created by the presence of the trace mineral Chromium.

With such a range in pink hues, these sapphires look great in a variety of metal colors. Seen below both the white gold and rose gold hues of metal in these custom earrings complement the pink stone very well. 

 Custom design from The Gem Vault

Custom design from The Gem Vault

Purple/violet sapphires are similar in color to pink sapphires, but darker and always with purple or violet as the dominant color.  Purple and violet sapphires receive their color from the elements vanadium and chromium. 

Corundum-275089.jpg

Yellow sapphires also come in a variety of shades from light canary yellow to deep, rich golden hues. This color tone is related to the presence of Iron.  The yellow sapphire is an excellent substitute for a more-expensive yellow diamond, and often just as beautiful.  Set in either a cool white metal or a warm yellow metal, this stone is classic looking and elegant.  

Green sapphires also derive their colors from iron and can range from deeply-saturated green to blue-green tones, or pale, crisp pastel green.  

 Image from GemSociety.org

Image from GemSociety.org

Padparadscha sapphires are the rarest of all the colors, with a stunning peachy-pink, or orangey-pink hue. They are absolutely beautiful and almost no other colored stone compares to this unique mix of pink and orange. “Padparadscha” is an ancient Sanskrit word used to describe the color of a tropical lotus flower, a unique tone captured in this rare gem.

White sapphires are the purest as they contain no trace elements which would otherwise provide color.  They can be a great substitute for a diamond, as they are quite durable and have great sparkle, though their refraction is lower than diamond.

DON'T FORGET!  Please sign up for our email list or follow us on Facebook to stay in-the-know about future "Inside the Vault" Gem nights at The Gem Vault!