Sapphire


Richelieu Sapphire. Cushion-shaped sapphire weighing 26.66 and 20.88 carats. Auction record for sapphire jewels, a Kashmir sapphire and a record price per carat for a sapphire – $175,821 per carat. $8,358,520

Unmounted oval sapphire weighing 114.73 carats. A world auction record for a Burmese sapphire. $7,223,285

Cartier sapphire and emerald ring sold for $2.3 million, setting a new record sapphire price per carat of $193,975

A cushion-cut Burmese sapphire of 130.50 carats achieved a new world record price for a sapphire at auction in 2011 until it was broken last November.

Centering upon a cushion-shaped sapphire weighing 58.29 carats by Anna Hu. A world auction sales record for a contemporary jewelry artist; the highest auction price per carat for a Burmese sapphire – $78,396 per carat

A 28.18-carat Kashmir sapphire and diamond ring that sold for $5,093,000, or $180,731 per carat, at Sotheby’s New York in April 2014.

A 26.41-carat cushion-cut Kashmir sapphire and diamond brooch sold for $3,838,508 in November 2011.

A 47.15-carat Burmese Sapphire and Diamond Brooch, by Mellerio - $3,648,894

Sapphire and diamond ring set an auction record selling for $2.4 million. Set in an 18K gold ring, the unheated 10.33 ct Kashmir sapphire is surrounded by two rows of round brilliant cut diamonds.

The Star of Kashmir - $3,484,142. Set with a cushion-shaped sapphire, weighing approximately 19.88 carats, flanked on either side with cushion-shaped diamonds, weighing approximately 3.02 and 2.72 carats.

A 42.28-carat Kashmir Sapphire and Diamond Ring - $3,458,420.

The Kelly Sapphire, a 21.71 ct cushion-cut sapphire mounted in a platinum ring by Cartier. $4.2 million.


Pink Sapphire
The popularity of pink sapphire is likely related to the fascination with pink diamonds. Pink diamonds are one of the rarest and most expensive of all gemstones, unobtainable for most except the extremely wealthy.

Pink sapphire is a more affordable alternative, though still rare and hardly inexpensive. Pink sapphire has grown in popularity as an engagement ring.
Sapphire in the lighter colors tends to have more brilliance, luster and fire. Sapphire has positive connotations, such as faithfulness and sincerity. Sapphire also has superior hardness - 9 on the Mohs scale.
Blue is the classic sapphire color, but fine quality pink sapphire is actually rarer. Pink sapphire in large sizes is hard to find. In general, pink sapphire is more valuable than the other colors of fancy sapphire, such as yellow, green and violet. Like ruby, pink sapphire is colored by the trace element chromium, so the concentration of chromium will determine the depth of color. The clearer and more vivid the color, the more valuable the sapphire. Pink sapphire is usually heated to improve its clarity.