From soft pastel green to dark rich forest green and every possible colour in between, Sapphires can be a great choice of coloured gemstone if you adore green.
Emerald lovers will probably never settle for a Sapphire, but Sapphires offer lot more durability due to their hardness and less natural inclusions. Another great coloured gemstone available in green are Tourmalines. They are also much cheaper than Sapphires and readily available in larger sizes. For a unique stone alternative you could choose a Tsavorite Garnet.
When designing a piece of jewellery like your engagement ring, it is important to not only choose a beautiful stone, but practical one as well.
Most Australian green Sapphires are mined in Queensland, which is also a large producer of parti Sapphires.
Australian green material is mostly known for highly saturated colour and pale shades of green are more rare and usually tend to have yellow undertones. We have a direct source from local suppliers and cutters, just get in touch with us and if we don’t have the right stone in our collection, we will source one for you.
Ceylon type Sapphires are available from pale mint green, to rich dark green. Ceylon Sapphires were originally sourced from Ceylon (todays Sri Lanka and Burma to name a couple), which are extremely rich in Sapphire deposits.
In recent years Madagascar has produced a large amount of Sapphires and thus they are called Ceylon type as there is no differentiation in some stones in their genetic makeup to identify the source of origin when being certified.
We have a direct supply of both Sri Lankan and Madagascan Sapphires and most shades of green and the best way to choose your stone is to view it in person if possible.
Colour, Cut and Clarity
When choosing your Sapphire, colour will be the most important factor, which is why you are choosing a coloured stone in the first place. Most people seem to be attracted to a colour first, followed by the cut of your Sapphire which is also very important, because it will play a major part in the design of your ring. Unless you have a design in mind and then your search will be a lot more specific.
Clarity of the gemstone is also very important and all natural Sapphires have natural inclusions. Unlike Diamonds where clarity is extremely important, in Sapphire colour can be more important than clarity and sometimes we can compromise but never with heavy inclusions as they can compromise the stone’s integrity. Our stones are eye clean or better, but inclusions are a natural occurrence, they also mean the stone is natural and we look at them as a fingerprint.
Our large collections of both Australian and overseas Ceylon Sapphires of many shades of green and various cuts are ready for viewing in our Paddington jewellery boutique.
Custom made process
When you choose to custom make a ring with us, we start by helping you choose the right stone, design and metal. The best way to choose your Sapphire is in person, because all coloured stones react to different lights. If this is not possible, we always do our best to show you images and videos of each stone in different light. Natural outdoor daylight is the best.
It is not until you see several stones side by side, that you realise they are so different from each other in their colour hues and usually one stone will stand out.
Enjoy some of our previous custom designs.
Standard heat treatment in Sapphires and many other coloured stones is common within the jewellery industry and we are very open about it.
Nearly all of our overseas Sapphires are certified (some with origin, stating where the stone came from) and the certificate states if the stone has heat treatment, but due to the cost we do not offer the same for Australian stones. To guarantee natural unheated Australian Sapphire, we would need to send the stone away to obtain an independent Laboratory certificate, which we can arrange at a cost to you.
We do not sell Sapphires which have been beryllium heat treated or irradiated.
This blog was written by Tereza, our design consultant.
If you have any questions, we would love to hear from you. You can also book your design session with Louise or David and see these beautiful stones in person.