One of the most unusual sapphire colors featured in our Unique Section, is the green sapphire. Some people in the jewelry trade will even confess to never having seen one, and yet in recent years interest in this rare stone has grown considerably. An often non-traditional choice for an engagement ring, green sapphires have grown in popularity these past few years.
Perhaps it is the aura of the color green; soothing to the eye, calming and focusing. It’s little wonder that a green sapphire is known as a stone of tranquility. Green sapphires are quite beautiful and in the right setting they look as spectacular and impressive as any fancy color sapphire engagement ring.
Another selling point for green sapphires is price. Although relatively unusual, green sapphires are not simultaneously rare in terms of availability, and therefore are priced significantly lower than blues, pinks, yellows and padparadscha sapphires.If you are thinking of going green then please read on: The tips below are designed to give you some knowledge about the facts that can help you achieve a successful and rewarding purchase.
Each category of sapphire has its own color range. Greens can range from light mint green to dark forest green. Some may have a light to dark bluish elements, others may display a yellowish green. Its most common coloring might be described as khaki or olive, because most stones tend to have relatively low color saturation.
When pure, all sapphires are colorless; its color being derived from transitional elements caught within the crystal structure. Green is caused by iron being present during its development. Sapphires of every color are incredibly tough and scratch resistant, and rate 9 on the Mohs scale (the third hardest mineral, right behind diamond at 10 and moissanite at 9.25). At the end of the day, color is always a personal preference. You must choose the gem that you and your partner love the best, it’s the both of you who will be admiring the gem for a lifetime.
Most of the green sapphires in our inventory come from Montana, subsequently, one of the only states in the US that can produce sapphires. While Montana’s most famous sapphire happens to be the corn-flower blue, they produce quite a few greens in vivid color or mixed hue stones that sit somewhere between green and blue. They are not only very unique and seriously beautiful in color, but it’s worth noting that these stones were mined right here in the states, making them even more valuable, rare and one of a kind!
A sapphire with no inclusions or obvious marks is often viewed with suspicion; it may be a synthetic stone or even a glass imitation. It’s important to check that there is genuine documentation for the stone you are purchasing. The best clarity grade for sapphires is Perfection, which means it is completely clear to the naked eye – ‘eye-clean’. This is followed by VVS (Very Very Slightly included) and VS (Very Slightly included) gradings, this recognizes very small inclusions, but not enough to seriously impair the sapphire’s appearance.
What are inclusions? Inclusions are a natural consequence of crystal growth and even the best stones are not expected to be totally inclusion free. For surface blemishes, like scratches or chips, it is important you inspect the stone carefully yourself.
The cut is the main factor affecting your sapphire’s sparkle. If the cut is poor it will look dull and lifeless. Cut does not refer to the shape of the stone, rather the facets on the gem’s surface, which allow light and color to shine through at their best.
Green sapphires, being less costly than blues or pinks, means that cutters don’t compromise brilliance in favor of weight retention. As a result, well-cut greens are easier to find. A good cut is especially crucial if the stone color is light. Darker stones can look lively and dramatic, even if the cut is not perfect. With light or colorless gemstones, the stone’s ability to reflect light is doubly important.
Although not rare, it is unusual to find a green sapphire over two carats in weight. And the larger you go the higher the price. A five carat sapphire can cost five times more per carat than the same quality one carat stone. Most of our green sapphires are between one and two carats in weight, although we do have a few larger stones too.
It is very important to find the right setting style and ring metal to make the best of your chosen sapphire. If you are creating your own personal ring design our advice would be to pick your stone first and then test it against different ring metals. At the Natural Sapphire Company, you can view high quality images of what your chosen stone and setting would look like together. An unrivaled service.
In saying this, green sapphires tend to suit the more silvery metals (platinum, palladium and white gold) and go well with quite ornate settings. Silver itself is quite a soft metal and is susceptible to tarnish, unlike the other metals mentioned. But, beauty is in the eye of the beholder. It is what you like that counts.
Green Sapphire And Emerald
Emeralds tend to be more vivid green in color and command a higher price per carat than green sapphires. One of the key differences between a sapphire and an emerald is their hardness and durability. Sapphires have a hardness rating of 9 on the Mohs scale and are used in scientific instruments and as wrist watch crystal faces. Emeralds are an 8 on the same scale which means they are reasonably durable, but liable to cracking and scratching.
As emeralds are type III gemstones, it is common for even very beautiful emeralds to have a great many flaws and inclusions. It is acceptable for mined emeralds to be oiled to improve their color and clarity, an industry standard. The process of oiling involves immersing an emerald in oil which seeps into the cracks and fissures which are commonly found in emeralds. The majority of commercial emeralds have been oil treated.
Another important difference is that sapphire have trigonal crystals while crystals of emerald are hexagonal. This means sapphires can be cut to many different shapes while emeralds are limited to more rigid-cuts.
And Finally …
As with all gemstone purchases, insist on verified documentation; preferably independent examination reports that detail the identity of the stone. Factors such as weight, dimensions, clarity and color rating and whether there are indications of heating should all be recorded.
Please examine our collection of green sapphires in our Unique Sapphires section on our website. Here you can refine and filter your choice of stone color, price range and carat weight. It really is a tremendous amount of fun.
Would You Wear Green?
A very lucky color, a green sapphire ring would surly make a great engagement ring. Tell us, would you choose a green sapphire for your wedding or engagement ring? What about other articles of jewelry?