Teal Sapphires

The “newest colour” in the Sapphire spectrum, which has only just been recognised as a genuine Sapphire colour.
40 years ago, there was no teal, but today it seems that everyone knows it and even better, everyone wants one. It always existed, but it was undesired and nameless.  But that all changed 5 to 10 years ago and a
ccording to our records, 2019 and 2020 Teal Sapphires were the most wanted / asked for of all colours available.

Teal is the blend of blue and green with a hint of yellow. Teals are divided into TEAL GREEN  and TEAL BLUE and as the name suggests, teal green (green is more prominent) and teal blue (blue is more prominent.) 

The ideal teal sapphire has 50/50 blend of colour. These colours are well blended and not zoned like in parti Sapphires (parti means partition / zoning), so when looking at the gem you see one colour.  

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Origin

Teal Sapphires are found mainly in Australia, Madagascar, Sri Lanka, Nigeria, Tanzania and Montana (USA).

Australia produces darker teals due to the iron content and for us Aussies are by far the most popular. Due to the homegrown sentiment, many of our customers like the idea of having an engagement ring with Australian Sapphire which is also crafted in Australia.

We can top this off by complimenting the Sapphire with Argyle white Diamonds from Western Australia, but only while the stocks lasts, as the mine has now closed.

Our collections below are from Australia, Madagascar and Nigeria with a few stones from Ethiopia.

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Custom design

Custom making is our specialty.

We individually select each Sapphire and decide if the stone will be kept in our collection, or if it will be destined into a ready made ring.

Our clients then choose their Sapphire from this collection for their very own custom made ring, or we design a ring, ready for someone special. These rings are available on our website and for a personal viewing in our Paddington boutique overlooking beautiful Brisbane city. Each ring is slightly different, as each Sapphire is the main feature and all vary in their cut and size. 

The cut

Have you ever seen what a natural Sapphire looks like before you get to choose one? Each Sapphire rough (first image below) is checked for inclusions and depending on the quality of the rough (inclusions are removed), the best possible shape is decided to showcase the colours with the least amount of wastage. Very high percentage of stones never make it to a gem cutting quality.

Each stone is polished into a shape – preform (second image below) and the last stage of this process is the faceting of the gemstone. Faceting is an art, all about the angles to get the perfect refraction and display of colours. Traditional gem cutting is facinating to watch and requires enourmous skill set.

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Treatments

Heat treatment –  like in other cases, heat treatment is common, very acceptable within the jewellery industry and low temperature heat treatment improves clarity, removing a silky (cloudy) deposits.

We disclose if our stones are heated or unheated in the independent Gemological laboratory certificate which comes with each overseas Sapphire, but these are not available with Australian stones.

Due to the cost of certifying Australian Sapphires, we do not provide an independent Gemological  Laboratory certificate and therefore we are unable to guarantee if the stones are heated or not.

Our suppliers are in many cases miners and cutters who know their Sapphires and we trust their word, but cannot guarantee it 100% unless the stone is independently assessed by a Gemological laboratory, which of course incurs a fee. You are more than welcome to request a certificate and we can definitely organise that.

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Why Sapphire?

On Moh’s scale of hardness Sapphires are a 9, making them the perfect engagement ring stone. They can handle everyday wear, but they do need more care than Diamonds.

We always recommend to avoid any heavy work like gardening or gym and intense outdoor activities like rock climbing, which could not only cause damage to your stones, but the ring itself.

All coloured stones will need more TLC and Sapphires are no exception. As hand creams, soaps and daily grime gather under the stone / setting, all coloured gemstones will go opaque and dull off. Maintenance is as easy as a cup of coffee or tea.

Sapphires can handle the heat and a little bit of hot water in a cup, few drops of dishwashing detergent and if you have some at home, few drops of cloudy ammonia (that is pretty much the composition of our commercial ultrasonic cleaner in our workshop.)
Leave your ring in the solution till the water is cool and use a soft toothbrush to clean the underside of the setting, rinse and wipe with soft paper towel.

Easy as that!

Or, if you choose one of our rings, pop in anytime for a complimentary clean as often as you want.

Choosing a Stone

Nothing is better than choosing your Sapphire in person, but if you are unable to come in, we will do our best to show our stones in several videos, showcasing them in both natural and indoor lighting.

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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 and chat about Sapphires with Louise or David. 

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