Sapphire is the second hardest substance found on earth, second only to
diamonds. It comes in a remarkable variety of colors and hues. These
characteristics make it an obviously very popular choice for jewelry making. The
hard wearing nature of sapphire means that jewelry items can last for an
extremely long time. Having a sapphire cut into a cabochon is a popular approach
by gemstone purists.
What is a Cabochon Sapphire?Sapphires are often cut into cabochons with a domed top and a flat back. Cabochon is a very old way of cutting gemstones and isn’t just applied to sapphires. Cutting gemstones in this way allows the pure color of the stone to be unadulterated. Faceted gemstones reflect off flashes of light whereas cabochons are created for the pure admiration of color. Cabochons are most popular in oval, round or cushion shapes. There is also the highly sought-after sugarloaf cut – sugarloaf cut sapphires are extremely rare and expensive.
Most cabochons are heat treated and display a clean, glassy appearance. Cabochons with ‘inclusions’ (that is imperfections within the stone) are not as valuable as unadulterated cabochons and this makes large, clean cabochons quite rare and difficult to find. The cabochon sapphire value thus ranges according to the presence of inclusions.
How to buy Cabochon SapphiresBuying loose cabochon sapphires is preferred amongst jewelers as they are sold for a lower price than pre-set cabochon sapphires and can be set according to the personal taste of the purchaser.
If you wish to buy cabochon sapphire, have a look around online to see what kind of price you can get. Cabochon sapphire prices will vary considerably according to carat rating, size and clarity of the color. You may find that you get a better cabochon sapphire price by buying from wholesalers online, though they usually prefer to trade with businesses.
Cabochon Sapphire MythsFor many years, sapphires have been believed to represent truth, sincerity and faithfulness (hence their tremendous popularity in engagement and wedding rings). Also, religious legend would suggest that Moses was issued the Ten Commandments cut into tablets of sapphire, lending the gemstone a sacred status amongst the religious community. Therefore it is no surprise that kings and high priests would choose jewelry embedded with sapphires with which to adorn themselves. Following this line of belief, the famous British Crown Jewels also display a large number of sapphires.
Some cultures also strongly believe that sapphires possess strong medicinal powers and if steeped in water, they would create a healing elixir that could heal the bites of snakes and scorpions.
Ancient Persians believed that sapphires were actually little chips from the pedestal that they believed the earth stood upon, earning them the name ‘gem of heaven’. They believed that the color reflections from the stones gave the sky its colors. They were believed to bring peace and joy to the wearer and also protect them against evil spirits.
Sapphire is the birthstone for September and belongs to the star sign of Taurus in the Zodiac