BLUE SAPPHIRE Faceted Vintage Gemstone oval 1.67 cts fgs44
A gorgeous vintage blue Montana sapphire, oval cut, 1.67 carats, with dimensions 6.2 x 4.3 mm.
Sapphire and ruby are both color varieties of the mineral corundum (aluminum oxide), which is colorless when pure. Traces of chemical impurities create a huge range of hues, spanning all the colors of the rainbow as well as many intermediate shades. The red or pinkish-red variety of corundum has a special name: ruby. ALL OTHER colors are called sapphire. The word sapphire derives from the Latin "sapphirus", which means "blue", and so for centuries it was assumed that all sapphires are blue. In recent years all the other colors have become recognized, and available, in the commercial gemstone marketplace, and now "rainbow suites" of sapphires, set in bracelets and rings, have become commonplace in jewelry stores.
Keep looking at our shop, because we will be listing sapphires in other colors soon!
Ruby is corundum colored by a trace of chromium. In sapphire, manganese produces pink shades, and the blue color is caused by a combination of iron and titanium. Iron alone results in shades of yellow and green. Many sapphires contain excess titanium, which appears in the form of included tiny needles of titanium oxide (rutile) and is called "silk". (Rutile in larger crystals also occurs in quartz, where it creates amazing bursts and sprays of golden needles). The silk in a sapphire can be removed, and the stone made visually cleaner, by heating (at high temperature the rutile dissolves into the corundum structure).
Joel is part owner of one of the largest sapphire mines in the world, the Rock Creek meadow deposit in western Montana. Montana sapphires have been known for more than a century, and in fact were once intensively marketed by Tiffany and Co. Sapphires in Montana occur in many distinct colors, but are usually zoned, with several colors present at the same time. Careful heating removes the silk, but also intensifies the colors and helps to create many distinctive hues, depending on the chemistry of the original crystal. The visual appearance of several colors is a distinctive characteristic of Montana sapphire.
The "precious" stones are generally said to be diamond, ruby, sapphire, and emerald (opal and pearl are sometimes included). The value of these gems is a function of size, color and clarity, with "pure" colors being the most desirable. A Kashmir sapphire is a true rarity, and extraordinarily expensive, because of its intense pure dark blue color, with only a tinge of violet. This lovely blue Montana sapphire is typical for the locality, but near top quality, displaying a fine dark blue slightly modified by green and gray. It has been heated to remove the silk, with no other form of treatment.
Sapphire is the birthstone for September. Surveys of the jewelry industry have been done yearly to assess gemstone popularity, and for the past five years blue sapphire has been consistently number one on the list.
The price is for the one blue sapphire, that we guarantee to be from Montana and heat is the only treatment that has been applied. The shipping cost includes insurance.
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Additional Items: $ 1.00
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We try to ship (First class) within 72 hours of receiving payment. Insurance will add a bit more depending on the value of your purchase.Our products ship first class mail and Priority Mail in the USA and First Class international.
If the customer wishes to have tracking and insurance for international orders,the package must be shipped either Express or Priority mail. Please contact us for such estimated shipping costs.
We cannot be responsible for shipments lost in transit unless insured by the customer.
**We automatically insure DOMESTIC packages if they're $100 or more! All such packages have a tracking number and normally ship USPS First Class *** Priority mail is $7.50-$10.00 FOR UP TO 1 lb. of merchandise, depending on distance from our location.
For international shipping of higher value items, please contact us for a shipping quotation.
IMPORTANT NOTICE: POSTAGE RATES HAVE RISEN DRAMATICALLY IN 2020
ORDERS INSIDE USA: A charge of $4.00 covers any first class shipment up to 15 ounces. Our beads vary so much in weight that it is impossible for us to apply a single add-on charge for multiple product orders. We will continue to refund to customers any amount that greatly exceeds our actual cost of shipping and handling.
ORDERS OUTSIDE USA: International First Class rates are now crazy: $16.50 for any package weighing from 1-5 ounces. Even an order for 2-3 small bead items may cost $16.50 or more, depending on the type of material (stone versus resin, for example). We apologize in advance if we have to adjust the postage cost of an order that has been placed. We will understand if an order is rescinded when the postage cost is too high relative to the product value.
All international orders have contents described as "loose beads" and are flagged as "commercial samples" or " gift" if you prefer to make your life easier when receiving your beads. If you'd like us to mark your order as " gift" instead please let us know!
All our beads are inspected one by one before being shipped. They are individually wrapped to protect them and then put in little plastic ziploc bags.
All vintage beaded jewelry is either shipped in a little gift box tied with a ribbon or in a vintage Chinese embroidered silk purse.
If you ever have a problem with a damaged bead or jewelry, don't hesitate to contact us. We are only human, and with so many orders going out on a daily basis, there is always room for error. We will replace your order (assuming we have more in stock), issue you a store credit, or give you a full refund if the item is returned in the same condition as it was shipped within 7 days of receiving your order if you are not fully satisfied. You must notify us as soon as you receive your order if there is a problem.
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Thank you - Debby and Joel Arem
Love my beads! The coloring in the epidote was not as intense as illustrated, but it is certainly a good example of the mineral. The colors in the unakite beads are wonderful. The quality of the carving I would rate as good to excellent.
Nice beads!! Super fast thanks a lot!!!
I have dreamed of having a necklace such as the jade one. But the red one. That was a surprise. Both are beautiful. Thank you! Best, Jane
Lovely color;!interesting stones.
When I thought that I had ordered two of these and then checked out I had to order another set. The seller was very kind and combined my two orders and refunded my shipping.