Understanding Sapphires

For all those who would like to learn more, please take a moment to educate yourself
And support the knowledge and awareness of untreated, coloured sapphires.

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The Sorbet Difference

There is little doubt that the interest in and appreciation for coloured sapphires will continue to grow as knowledge and awareness of this truly unique gemstone increases. Through online and in-store education, Sorbet Sapphire™ hopes to inspire all of those who appreciate and find interest in treasuring their very own coloured sapphire for its natural beauty and true rarity.

It is with this very philosophy in mind that Sorbet Sapphire™ has set out on its journey to inspire the individuality in all of us. It is time we treasured a gemstone that is truly unique and as rare as each one of us.

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The Untreated 10%

Dating as far back as the Roman Empire, sapphires have been purchased for its blue hue. What most of us do not know is that sapphires come in a spectrum of colours and not just blue. In fact, of all the sapphires available for purchase worldwide, only about 10% are naturally coloured (untreated) whereas about 90% of all sapphires showcased in jewellery stores have been treated in some way (generally to enhance colour and clarity). The most traditional and permanent form of treatment involves the heating of a sapphire. This process is both permanent and well-respected within the jewellery industry. This is why Sorbet Sapphire™ is proud to offer both untreated and heated sapphires.

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Beauty and Rarity

Once individuals understand that the sapphire comes in a spectrum of colours, it becomes imperative that these same individuals be able to view this phenomenon for themselves. However, the process of selecting the most beautiful and most desirable sapphires is not straightforward. Rather, most sapphires are not considered ‘commercial’ quality and lack the colour and clarity. Sorbet Sapphire™ has handpicked each and every sapphire in its collection based on the following criteria: colour, clarity, cut, uniqueness, and overall beauty.

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Spectrum of Colour

Just because sapphires come in a spectrum of colours does not mean that every shade of every colour exists and is available for purchase. What makes each sapphire from Sorbet Sapphire™ truly special is the fact that it has been handpicked for its natural beauty and true rarity. Considered to be a piece of art, no two coloured sapphires offered by Sorbet Sapphire™ will ever be the exact same. Whether it is the shade of colour or the unique colour zonings in a sapphire, each of our sapphires tells its very own story.

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Sapphire Treatments

Most sapphires (about 90%) are treated in some way in order to enhance both its colour and clarity. There are many forms of treatment including heat, beryllium, surface diffusion, glass (lead) infilling, shellac infilling, and impregnation with oils/waxes/dyes, etc. Due to the many concerns associated with some of the treatments listed below, each and every sapphire provided by Sorbet Sapphire™ has either never been treated or has only been heated.

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Inspection Process

Once a sapphire has been cut and polished by master cutters, our experts carefully evaluate each sapphire, going beyond industry standards to select only the most beautiful sapphires to become a part of our Sorbet Sapphire™ collection. In order to ensure that our sapphires are either untreated or have only been heated, we offer third-party certification from the most respected laboratories in the industry including GIA, GRS, AIGS, and Harold Weinstein Laboratory.

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Selection & Cutting

After the best quality rough have been selected, master cutters use skills passed down through generations to cut and polish each sapphire, releasing its brilliance and life. True to all gemstones, the way in which a sapphire is cut and polished will determine how much it will sparkle. By unleashing the life in the sapphire, our master cutters create a truly unique masterpiece every time.

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Care & Cleaning

Sapphires can be cleaned using a soft cloth or brush and plain warm soapy water. After wiping, be sure to rinse your sapphire well to remove soapy residue. Sapphires can change colour under extreme heat, so avoid extreme temperature fluctuations. Also avoid the use of any harsh household chemicals and cleaners, including bleach or hydrofluoric acid, as chemicals can cause corrosion.