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Purple Sapphires, a Rare and Regal Delight!

There's nothing more eye-catching and timeless than an alluring purple gemstone. At M.S. Rau, we offer a stunning selection of rare purple gemstone pieces that exude fine elegance and sophistication. Like the yellow sapphire or blue sapphire, this precious stone comes from the corundum family but is considered to be very valuable and rare. Sapphires have also long been linked to royalty, wealth, and spirituality like the true blue sapphire seen to be worn by royals like Princess Diana. It can be found in a pair of sapphire earrings, an engagement ring, and many other types of jewelry.


Before adding this precious gemstone to your jewelry collection, learn about the purple sapphire meaning and background with this comprehensive guide.


Untreated Purple Sapphire and Diamond Ring, 3.00 Carats


Untreated Purple Sapphire and Diamond Ring, 3.00 Carats

Purple Sapphires: Background & Meaning


Sapphires can be called the gemstones of the sky, though they lie well hidden below the ground in just a select few places on earth. Sapphires are found in India, Burma, Ceylon, Thailand, Vietnam, Australia, Brazil, Madagascar, Tanzania and Kenya. From the gemstone mines, these raw crystals are first taken to the cutting-centers where they are turned into sparkling gemstones by skilled hands. When cutting a natural sapphire gemstone, the cutter has to muster all his skill, for these gemstones are not only hard; depending on the angle from which you look at them, they also have different intensities and shades of color. So it is the job of the cutter to orientate the raw gem in such a way that the natural purple color is brought out to its best advantage. This is particularly important in the case of the rarest colored stones, including purple sapphires. This precious gemstone can range in color from a dark pink hue to a deep purple. Since a natural sapphire can vary in color significantly, each piece of jewelry is stunningly unique, whether it’s made into an engagement ring or necklace.

This type of Purple fancy sapphire is, in fact, quite extraordinary and far rarer than the more traditional blue sapphire. Unlike most blue and pink sapphires which need to be heat treated in order to obtain their best color display, natural purple sapphires very rarely require any heat treatment. Furthermore this purple gem tends to change color in different lighting!


Untreated Purple Sapphire Ring, 3.36 Carats


Untreated Purple Sapphire Ring, 3.36 Carats

Color Range of a Purple Sapphire


The color of a purple sapphire gem can range from a lavender purple hue to a violet color and everything in between. As said previously, the natural color of these gems will vary depending on the cut, brilliance, and hardness of the individual stone. The purple sapphire gem not only radiates beauty, magnificent color, and transparency, but also constancy and durability associated with these stunning gemstones. The sapphire stone belongs to the corundum group, the members of which are characterized by their excellent hardness (9 on the Mohs scale). Indeed their natural hardness is exceeded only by that of the diamond, the diamond being the hardest mineral on Earth! Thanks to their durability, sapphires are extremely easy to look after, requiring no more than an occasional cleaning on behalf of the wearer.


The sapphire gemstone has been highly prized among collectors for its stunning natural color. Its unique purple hue can range from pink to violet. When this colored gemstone is turned into a gorgeous sapphire ring or bracelet, the natural color of the gemstone makes for a unique piece of jewelry that any collector would be proud to own.  From its natural color change to its natural beauty, the purple sapphire is the best precious stone for many uses.  If you are looking for antique sapphire jewelry to add to your jewelry collection, M.S. Rau has something for you. Shop our selection of fancy gems and jewelry through our online showroom today.


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