Color: Green (light to dark)
Hardness: 9 Mohs
Specific Gravity: 3.99 - 4.00
Refractive Index: 1.762 - 1.778
How Durable is Green Sapphire?
We are talking about the second hardest mineral after diamond, all sapphires belong to corundum family, which rated 9 on the Mohs scale. Cut green sapphires are both hard and tough, make it perfect for daily wear.
The color of green sapphires can vary dramatically in hue, tone, and saturation. We've seen green sapphires in a very light green color, yellowish-green, bluish-green, to an extremely dark and rich color.
Where Are Green Sapphires From?
The mines in Australia also produces green sapphire. Sri Lanka is believed to have the finest ones, but it is very rare. Most of the green sapphire you will see on the market is from Thailand. This is why you can buy green sapphire from Shiraz Jewelry for a very low price. If you are looking for a ring with Thai green sapphire, check out this product.
What To Look For When Making A Green Sapphire Ring?
We've seen an increase in colored stone engagement rings in the past few years (we're now in 2020), especially young couples. Here are few things you have too look at:
- Color. This is the most important factor in determining the value and beauty of green sapphire. A deep and intense green color is the most sought after.
- Hue. Green sapphires could have hints of yellow or blue, which affects the overall appearance of the stone. From our experience, they could enrich the color, and some customers really love the yellowish or bluish green sapphires. We love them all!
- Clarity. Like any other gemstone, clarity is one factor you should consider. Most green sapphires contain long, needle-like lines, called rutile needles. This is common. It is extremely rare to find a green sapphire without these inclusions. A clean, no obvious inclusion green sapphire, is valuable.
- Cut. The most common cut for green sapphires are oval, round, and cushion. It is also pretty common to see them in pear, emerald, and princess cut. Whatever the cut is, a green sapphire should have a symmetrical cut that reflects light at the correct angles to display the luster.
- Weight. Green sapphire price, like any other gemstones, is measured by carat weight. The price will significantly increased as the carat weight increases.
TIPS for Buying Green Sapphire
You may be well aware that there are synthetic sapphires in the gemstone market. Getting what seems to be the best deal ever, may well be a 'too good to be true'. Here are some tips you can follow before deciding to buy.
- See it directly. There is a lot of difference when looking at gemstone online versus directly using your own eyes. This is because when we try to capture the color and beauty of green sapphire, our camera lens may capture it differently.
- Ask for gem inspection under natural light. By far, natural sunlight is the best light you can get when seeing gemstone. After all, the sunlight is coming from the same sun you are used to whether you are in Thailand or in Europe (or anywhere else)
- Certificate. This piece of paper may contain details of your green sapphire. It is a very useful information, and make sure you keep it well.
» Pop Market showcases creative products, foods, and arts from young and talented artits
Hey it's December again, and Chiang Mai offers great experience for the free-spirited souls out there. Not to forget, it is a wonderful destination for families too.
#ChiangmaiDesignWeek #PopMarketChiangMai #ShirazJewelry
From the organizer's website, Chiang Mai Design Week is: "..an annual festival jointly held by creators from different industries, established and upcoming designers, craftspeople, artists and entrepreneurs in Chiang Mai to present design innovations or new projects that cater to the needs of modern living. It also provides a conversation space where people can get together and share design knowledge as local and international designers and creators are invited to celebrate the creative culture and the potential of design. Moreover, the event will help build collaboration networks and expand local and international business opportunities, which lead to a better working environment for creators and entrepreneurs in creative industries. The festival, however, reaches beyond designers and creative professionals. It also focuses on creating shared experience with design works among the younger generation, local communities, tourists and anyone interested in design through various activities such as exhibitions, large-scale installations, arts and music." (source: https://chiangmaidesignweek.com/en/about)
We are lucky to be able to cover a single day of the week at POP Market which was held at TCDC Chiang Mai. Enjoy the video.
» Approximately more than 9,000 lanterns launched during Loy Krathong festival
» Places to be during the festival: Thapae Gate, Thapae Road, and Chiang Mai municipality.
Many provinces in Thailand were holding their Loy Krathong events, but the image of thousands of lanterns on the sky above should be your first impression that attracts you to visit Chiang Mai during this period.
Every year there will be vehicles decorated in flowers or any other Lanna sculptures, including this 2019's festival. It started on the 11th afternoon until the night of 12th November. They are fun to see, from Thapae Gate, along Thapae Road (that is where Shiraz Jewelry is!) to the Chiang Mai municipality.
People also started lighting candles around the moat and Old City from 10 to 12 November 2019. Here is our coverage on the 2019 Yi Peng and Loy Krathong festival in Chiang Mai:
» Global awareness changes individual lifestyle to combat climate change.
» Currently global investment in renewable energy is twice the investment in fossil fuels.
» Coal consumption - the dirtiest fossil fuel - has dropped significantly, in places like China and England.
» Electric vehicle sales are rising rapidly all over the world.
» Worldwide movement in giving up investment in fossil fuels, is gaining momentum.
Yes, good news about climate change and our environment does exist. We often don't hear about it among the news about catastrophic storms, floods and drought, species extinction, ice melting, and so many other more.
In Chiang Mai, hundreds of people have gathered to join a march on 27 September 2019 as part of the Global Climate Strike 2019. This is an initiative of various NGOs, schools, and communities in an effort "to secure a better future and avert the worst of the climate crisis" (globalclimatestrike.net).
A big part of that global rise in consciousness has occurred because of the creative, concerted and unified campaign of communities all over the world. Scientists, students, global faith communities, corporates, even some smallest neighborhood group in rural areas are now committed in making their environment better trough various movements.
The basic question we all must ask ourselves regarding humankind:
The time has come when those who preach the dogmas of materialism, whether of the east or the west, whether of capitalism or socialism, must give account of the moral stewardship they have presumed to exercise. Where is the “new world” promised by these ideologies? Where is the international peace to whose ideals they proclaim their devotion? Where are the breakthroughs into new realms of cultural achievement produced by the aggrandizement of this race, of that nation or of a particular class? Why is the vast majority of the world’s peoples sinking ever deeper into hunger and wretchedness when wealth on a scale undreamed of by the Pharaohs, the Caesars, or even the imperialist powers of the nineteenth century is at the disposal of the present arbiters of human affairs?
And Shiraz Jewelry team has joyfully joined and continues to enthusiastically support these groundbreaking efforts to reduce climate change, and encourages individuals and groups of all kinds to add their voices and efforts to this important cause. Please join us!
Main Stone: Natural Blue Sapphire
Side Stones: (none)
Size: All size
Shopping for September Birthday? You may discover that blue sapphire is a sure thing to go! Set in 18K yellow gold, the bright blue sapphire earring will be easy on the eyes. The gems were unearthed in Sri Lanka and carefully selected in pair to make outstanding earrings. Visit our store to view more designs available.
Main Stone: Natural Pearl
Side Stones: (none)
Size: All size
A gleaming white pearl fitted in 925 sterling silver, can be worn with silver chain or 18k gold chain. Elegant, simple, and clean design, this pendant is much loved for its modern yet simple look. Our selection of pearls ensures that these rare and sparkling gems are available for any occasions. Visit Shiraz Jewelry store in Chiang Mai to view more designs available.
Color: Red with brown tint
Hardness: 7 - 7.5 Mohs
Specific Gravity: 3.65 - 3.80
Refractive Index: 1.730 - 1.760
What is Rhodolite?
In simple word, Rhodolite is rose-colored garnet. Rhodolite is a name for red with brown tint mineral pyrope, family of garnet group. They appear as transparent red-pink-purplish gemstones, including all the different color between violet and red. The color, combined with their brilliance, durability (7 to 7.5 Mohs is considered hard enough for jewelry that can be worn everyday), and availability of Rhodolites have brought some strong demand for the gem in the jewelry industry.
Where are Rhodolites coming from?
Most deposits are from Sri Lanka, Brazil, Tanzania, Madagascar, etc.
How much is a Rhodolite?
You'd probably already know that the bigger the carat, the more expensive a stone will be. Also the better the quality (ie: no inclusion, good cutting, great luster) the higher the price per carat. Luckily, Rhodolite is abundant, and the price of Rhodolite can go as low as US$26 per carat or about 800 Baht per carat. Considering the quality, experts expected the price to be appreciated much higher rapidly.
Why are Rhodolite so popular?
Simply because of the color and hardness. They allow you to have a particular look without using rubies, which are extremely much expensive. So next time you visit local jewelry store, ask for Rhodolite if you don't want to spend much. You may find interesting piece that suits your need.
Color: Pink, red, violet
Hardness: 7 - 7.5 Mohs
Specific Gravity: -
Refractive Index: -
Rubellite is in fact tourmaline in red or pink color. Classified as 'semi-precious', rubellite is the most valuable tourmaline although green tourmaline is the most desirable color.
Understanding the Price
As you can guess, the price highly depends on size and quality. The bigger the size, the more expensive it is per carat. That goes with the quality too - the cleaner, the more expensive it gets. Luckily, there are large quantities available in the market. Check your nearest jewelry shop for a better price range.
Where are they coming from?
Some Brazilian crystals can reach enormous size but may not be gem quality. Fine ones are from several African countries. Sri Lanka may be the first source of this gem.
Center Stone: Natural Spinel
Side Stones: -
Metal: 18K White Gold / Yellow Gold
Size: Free Resizing
As spinel tend to have fewer flaws than sapphire or ruby, it is ideal for jewelry. The higher demand for spinel makes it one of the most desirable gems in the market. Made by hand, you choose the spinel yourself when making the ring and we will make sure the ring will last.
When you are in Chiang Mai and visiting our store, bring your ideas. We will make your dream engagement ring comes true.
Color: Yellow-green, olive green, brownish
Hardness: 6.5 - 7 Mohs
Specific Gravity: 3.27 - 3.37
Refractive Index: 1.654 - 1.690
It was the early crusaders who brought peridots into Europe during the Middle Ages, and they were very popular. Peridots have been mined for 3,500 years! Now, peridots are everywhere and they are not expensive.
The August birthstone, peridot, has yellow-green or olive green. It was added not long ago in 2016 as the August birthstone along with Sardonyx, and Spinel. Peridot symbolizes strength.
Peridot is a relatively soft stone, ranging from 6.5 to 7 on the hardness scale, making it softer than amethyst or emerald. The stone is also highly sensitive to rapid temperature changes. Because of these, we usually recommend peridot in jewelries that are not for daily use.
Where do Peridots come from ?
Beside from earth, peridots are also come from outer space. A meteorite landed in Siberia back in 1749 with peridot crystals large enough to be set into jewelry. Those mined from earth comes from China, Pakistan, and the United States.
How to clean Peridot jewelry ?
The safest way to clean your peridot jewelry is with warm, soapy water. Do not expose your peridot to drastic temperature changes, which can damage the stone. You should also avoid cleaning peridot in ultrasonic or steam cleaners.