Orange Sapphire Jewelry – A New Trend

Orange sapphire jewelry has grown in popularity over the past several years. This is not a new stone and though there has been a surge in lab-created jewelry, this is not a lab created stone. Orange sapphires, along with sapphires of many other colors, exist naturally in nature. Orange sapphire jewelry has grown in popularity among people who are looking for something ‘different’ yet striking to wear or give as a gift and has become a popular favorite in modern jewelry.

Orange Sapphire Lizard Charm

Orange sapphire jewelry is not something new, nor are they necessarily man made stones, though some orange sapphires are. Sapphires are traditionally thought to be a blue stone but this is incorrect. Sapphires come in many different colors due to natural variations that can occur during the formation of the stone itself. It is possible to have saveral different colors of sapphire besides blue, and it is posible to have several different shades of blue sapphires at that. Sometimes, it is even possible to have a multicolored or bicolored sapphire that has various colors or inconsistent coloring through it. Sapphires are one of the brightest stones, and provide functionality to jewelry makers.

So, for orange sapphire jewelry to be possible, where do orange sapphires come from? Orange sapphires are a rare variety of sapphire, and it is metallic oxides that mix with the base material of aluminum oxide to form a colored stone. Aluminum oxide is colorless until it mixes with metallic oxides. These metallic oxides allow for blue, yellow, pink, red, orange, black, brown, green, mauve, or violet sapphires. Orange sapphires tend to be almost as hard in composition as diamonds, and this can help determine their desirability and price when made into orange sapphire jewelry.

Orange sapphire jewelry is rated similar to diamonds: value depends on cut, clarity, hardness, and brilliance. As a general rule, the darker the coloration of a sapphire [despite the color itself], the more valuable in price the gemstone is. However, there are reasons where a jewelry buyer may not want too dark of a stone, especially when it comes to buying orange sapphire jewelry; too dark of an orange sapphire and orange sapphire jewelry may appear brown or dirty, not brilliant. Personal preference here should probably be the rule when shopping rather than following anyone else’s advice.

Diamond, Yellow and Orange Sapphire Fish Charm

Orange sapphire jewelry is suitable for most any occasion and for daily wear if one so desires. Birthdays, anniversaries, or other occasions are all acceptable occasions for giving orange sapphire jewelry as a gift. Careful care is advised because these gemstones, though hard, are capable of being damaged. Soapy water or scrubbing lightly with a mixture of baking soda, water, and a toothbrush is advised.

If you are not sure about the integrity of orange sapphire jewelry, it is advised to buy from a reputable dealer that can produce a certificate of authenticity. To compete with genuine orange sapphire jewelry, there have been lab created sapphire jewelry that are equal in color and appearance. This does not bother some buyers, but it is always good to know exactly what one is buying. Buying from a reputable dealer lessens the chance of buying something that is not the genuine article.

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2 Comments

  1. Lillian
    Posted August 1, 2008 at 7:22 pm |

    Of course, orange also plays a starring role in one of the most sought after types of sapphire – the Padparadscha. This combination of orange and pink is always amazing to experience. There is plenty of all natural sapphire out there in a rainbow of colors.

  2. googile
    Posted February 19, 2009 at 9:30 pm |

    Bought this for christmas for my girlfriend. She really liked it. The blue diamond is unique. It is on the smaller side, but I knew that and that’s what I was looking for. The diamonds and gold on the ring seemed well made and shiny for the price. It’s not an engagement ring, but a nice gesture of love and appreciation.