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Unique & Rare Sapphire Colors

Purple & Violet Sapphires

Similar to pink sapphires, purple and violet sapphires exude a subtle grace and are available in a large range of hues for wide appeal.

The Appeal Of Purple & Violet Sapphires

Ceylon cushion cut purple sapphire
A Ceylon cushion cut purple sapphire with beautiful light reflection.

The colors of purple and violet, especially purple, also have a deep royal history, much like blue sapphire, and create a gorgeous depth of hue and tone in a sapphire. Purple wears beautifully on just about every skin tone and fits with every season.

The colors purple and violet are often confused, but are actually distinct hues. Purple is a blended hue of red with a mixture of blue tones. Violet, on the other hand, is a blended hue of blue with a mixture of purple tones.

The Standard For Purple & Violet Sapphires

oval violet sapphire diamond ring
A stunning oval violet sapphire and diamond three-stone ring.

These colors may be considered more obscure due to the availability of other purple and violet gemstones. However, sapphires are far more durable and brilliant than other stones of the same color. Experienced jewelers and gemologists can distinguish sapphire from amethyst by luster alone.

The color of violet and purple sapphires is much more stable under normal conditions, whereas an amethyst’s color is sensitive to heat and light. Sapphires are not nearly as susceptible, proving to offer a much more fluid color.

cushion cut purple sapphire
A cushion cut purple sapphire from Ceylon.

Many purple and violet sapphires show subtle shifts in color under different kinds of lighting, they will appear violet under daylight or fluorescent lighting, and distinctly purple under incandescent lights. These “color-shift” – as opposed to “color-change” – sapphires are popular with gem connoisseurs, who will pay premiums for stones with strong to vivid saturation and a conspicuous color-shift.

What Is The Availability Of These Gems?

princess cut violet sapphire
A classic princess cut on a pale violet sapphire.

These sapphires primarily originate in Sri Lanka and Madagascar, but can also be found in Tanzania, Kenya, and Myanmar. The mixes of purple-blue and pink are found in tone rages from light pastels to more rich and saturated shades. These are almost always untreated. These sapphires can be quite expensive in very fine qualities in large sizes. The rare colors are reminiscent of tanzanite, but are far more durable because they are sapphires.

We continue learning about unique and rare sapphire colors next with Peach Sapphires.

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