Blue Sapphire Price Guide
Published on Jun 21, 2020
Blue Sapphire is one of the most coveted precious gemstones on the planet. This robust Vedic gemstone is recognized for its extraordinary astrological advantages as well as active healing qualities. Blue Sapphire benefits by alleviating joint pain, gout, and arthritis and keeping sensory organs in good shape. It soothes the mind and releases people of confusion, anxiety, and depression..
When it comes to the price of a Blue Sapphire gemstone, it is broken down and analyzed on the basis of its quality factors, i.e, the 4Cs of quality; its Color, Clarity, Cut, and Carat Weight. In addition to this, the Origin of the Blue Sapphire gemstone, as well as signs of treatment also influences the prices.
The factors and their influence on Blue Sapphire prices are discussed in detail below:
1. The Color and The Price
For highly sought-after gemstones like Blue Sapphires, the color plays a vital role in the determination of the price. Ideally, a ‘True Blue’ or ‘Royal Blue’ color is the most demanded and loved by both jewelers and the customers. However, other attributes such as tone, saturation, as well as color consistency also have a substantial play in determining the prices. As a general norm, a bright, pure blue, and sharply saturated Blue Sapphires are desired more than the ones with a dull or too dark of a color.
Blue Sapphire varieties such as Kashmir Blue Sapphire and Cornflower Blue Sapphire are perfect examples of the color people look for in a Blue Sapphire. Having said that, Kashmir and Cornflower Blue Sapphires are amongst the most expensive Blue Sapphires in the world.
The Clarity and The Price
Blue Sapphire is a type of gemstone which is naturally consisting of inclusions. Therefore, the presence of inclusions is generally overlooked. Visible inclusions in blue sapphire usually exist as fine silk (needles), fingerprints and color bands. It is not just the presence of inclusions that affects the clarity of Blue Sapphires. Generally, the location, the volume, as well as the type of inclusions also affects the prices of Blue Sapphire. Natural Blue Sapphires without visible inclusions are rarely discovered and henceforth are highly expensive.
The Cut and The Price
Skillfully cutting or faceting a gemstone leads to its color being significantly enhanced, and most of the visible inclusions concealed. Therefore, faceting and cutting naturally increase the price of Blue Sapphires as its quality is improved. However, another reason behind the high pricing of faceted Blue Sapphire is that cutting requires harder labor and moreover, incurs a lot of rough gemstone wastage, which is then compensated for by the high price. One could always go for economical choices such as Blue Sapphire cabochons, or simple cuts such as oval, round, etc.
The Carat Weight and The Price
Blue Sapphire is a highly precious gemstone, which means that it is very remarkably rare. Therefore, gemstones over a certain carat are seldom found in the business. Even if a Blue Sapphire gemstone of a significantly large size is found, chances are that the quality of such a gemstone would be very poor in terms of color and clarity. Nevertheless, if the quality remains unchanged, a larger Blue Sapphire gemstone will have a much higher price per carat in the market.
The Origin and The Price
A Blue Sapphire can be sourced from several places around the world, with mines discovered in places ranging from Kashmir, Sri Lanka, Myanmar, Madagascar, America, and Thailand. However, considering the fine color and texture, a Kashmir Blue Sapphire is considered the most precious of all these sources. Other sources like Sri Lanka, which is known to produce the fine quality Ceylon Sapphire, are also highly appreciated in the gemstone trade and are amongst the highly-priced variants of Blue Sapphire.
Treatments vs The Price
Blue Sapphires are heat-treated to enhance the color and to remove color-zoning. Natural, unheated Blue Sapphires are usually more valuable (depending on other factors) than heated or chemically reconstructed gemstones. Lab-created Blue Sapphires are often sold as the genuine Blue Sapphire but are neither worthy nor astrologically significant enough. It is always advised to consult a gemstone lab to check for signs of treatment in your Blue Sapphire. Alternatively, you could also ask for a lab-certificate verifying the same when you purchase a loose Blue Sapphire gemstone from an online or offline vendor.