The finest gems since 1899

Hamid Bros are a wholesale company and only supply the Jewellery Trade.

SAPPHIRE

Sapphire is the birthstone for September, a durable, hard gem. Sapphire is a wonderful stone for all types of jewellery including engagement rings due to its wide range of colours. Sapphire is a variety of corundum which in its purest form is colourless (white Sapphire). Traces of colouring elements produce the amazing array of Sapphire colours. Most of the Sapphire mined is of poor and industrial quality and only a small percentage is cut and polished into beautiful gems.

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Blue Sapphire

6.21ct

Blue Sapphire

6.21ct

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Blue Sapphire

2.25ct

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Pink Sapphire

1.54ct

Ceylon Type Sapphire

Ranges from very light blue to rich deep blue colour. Terms like cornflower blue are confusing and should be avoided. Descriptive terms eg. light blue with a hint of mauve are more useful. Currently this type of Sapphire is predominantly mined commercially in Sri Lanka and Madagascar with limited production in some African countries. It is not always possible to determine which country a Sapphire originated in, so we sell these as ‘Ceylon Type Sapphire’ as they have a similar range of blue tones.

Australian Type Sapphire

Is typically a darker inky blue and is also mined in Laos, China and minimal quantities in Thailand.

Pink Sapphire

Is mainly mined in Sri Lanka and Madagascar. It is a good substitute for pink diamond as it is available in pale pink through to rich intense pink.

Purple Sapphire

Is available in a wide variety of shades from pale lilacs and mauves to deep magentas and rich purples. It is a very popular colour.

Orange, Apricot and Peach

These colours are occasionally found in Sapphire. These unusual colours are popular but availability is limited.

Yellow Sapphire

Is really gaining popularity and is also used as an alternative to diamond. Its colour palate ranges from pale yellow through to golden yellow and occasionally rich orange. Production is limited and not all sizes and shapes are available.

Green Sapphire

Is predominantly found in Australia and Madagascar. It is available in light tones through to deep green and blue greens.

Padparadscha

Is a rare fancy coloured Sapphire named after the lotus blossom, it is a delicate blend of  orangey-pink or pinkish-orange not just one or the other.

Star Sapphire

Is most valuable with a sharp, even star in translucent deep blue. The price lessens as the colour becomes lighter, the gems become more opaque and the star becomes weaker and more diffused. The star in blue Sapphire is caused by light reflecting of intersecting rutile (silk) needles inside the gem. A brownish black star Sapphire is also available, it is opaque and less valuable than the blues.

Colour Change Sapphire

Is rare; the gem changes colour in different types of light eg. blue in daylight to purple in incandescent light. This phenomenon adds extra appeal to the gem.

 

 

 

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Purple Sapphire

2.80ct

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Image of Purple Sapphire.

Pink Sapphire

2.10ct

Purple Sapphire

2.13ct

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Yellow Sapphire

2.00ct

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Yellow Sapphire

2.78ct

Orange Sapphire

4.50ct

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Green Sapphire

0.77ct

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Orange-Pink Sapphire

1.43ct

Green Sapphire

1.32ct

Hamid Bros Gem Merchants, Melbourne Australia. The Finest Gems since 1898.