Heated vs Unheated Sapphire

Most sapphires are heat treated. Thermal treatment is common in commercial sapphires, as heat brings out the vivid colours of sapphires.

Unless stated to be ‘Unheated’ or ‘No Heat’, the sapphires you see on a ring or a pair of earrings are likely to be heat treated.

However the demand of vivid colour sapphires does not abate (compared to less vivid colours in many earthy-looking sapphires). What consistent demand does is actually to drive up the prices of of even heated sapphires to a high, sometimes asking as much as a comparatively lacklustre unheated sapphire.

A medley of rubies and sapphires. Can you guess which ones are unheated?

It should come as no surprise then the market has led to an amazing price for good quality unheated sapphires. One reason is jewelry designers and high fashion want to showcase their craft and style, and sometimes to do so it is only worthwhile to put their creative efforts to sapphires that are 101% natural, that is, their colours must be the way they are when they are mined from the earth.

With the world’s preoccupation with what’s natural and what’s investment, it is not an exaggeration to say we are caught in a web of trying to balance mining out Nature and insisting on Nature!

Even if every individual ekes out the monies for an unheated sapphire, the expected outcome will underwhelm the beauty of a wholesome unheated sapphire. Collateral damage is not limited to the earth’s climate but across all its natural resources and deposits.

An unheated 10.5ct bicolor Kashmir sapphire.

Kashmir sapphires command the highest prices as they are extremely rare.

Kashmir sapphires command the highest prices as they are extremely rare.

An unheated 13ct tricolor Sri Lankan sapphire.

Consider how a simple design can be manifested by an exquisite coloured gem, in this case an unheated 13ct tricolour sapphire.

We cannot speak for other jewellers but for ourselves. I refrain from using the term ‘ethical’ as this has become embroiled with commercial motives and the outcome is hardly sustainable. Our stand as a mindful craftsman-jeweller is to access the reason for pursuing an unheated sapphire. While there are many aspects of consideration on a case-by-case basis, we tend to adopt a sentiment approach. If it is the one piece of jewelry one is likely to want or purchase, AND affordability is not an issue, an unheated sapphire may be good idea.

If one already has jewels or will expect to have in the future, there is no rush. Forestalling the desire heightens the gratification we are told 🙂

But seriously, it is the denial of immediate gratification that will leave a better place for our children. Posterity will and has always depended on the now.

What can you gather, just by looking at photos of the rings below? I am tempted to state which are heated, but there’s no fun in that.

 

The reason we show many blue sapphires here is because we have crafted and restored many ‘something true’ rings. But recall sapphires come in all colours of the rainbow, with more colours than diamonds. If you include ‘antique sapphires’ (industry name for bi- or tri- colour sapphires, seen in two stones above), the possibilities of sapphire colours only depend on your luck 🙂

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