While we often imagine sapphires as blue in
nature, the truth is that sapphires come in all sorts of colors. While blue is
one of the most popular, they also come in very unique colors, such as yellow.
Obviously there is something different about these sapphires, but are these
differences positive or negative? Here are some things you should know about
yellow sapphires before you buy them.
The first thing to understand is that
yellow sapphire is one of the best alternatives to yellow diamonds. That’s
because sapphires aren’t nearly as expensive as diamonds, but they can still be
just as beautiful. That said, like all colors, yellow covers a very large
range, and there are many shades of yellow sapphire to choose from. From pastel
yellow to deep lemon and even gold, there are many to choose from. Of course
color has nothing to do with quality, and it’s all a matter of personal
preference, but the fact remain that you have options, so you don’t have to
worry about not finding your favorite shade of yellow if you have one.
Yellow sapphires often have a higher level
of clarity than their counterparts in most cases. All gems are formed by
crystallization, which is a natural process that is of course not perfect.
While these crystals are growing, they often gain inclusions, which are
blemishes and faults created internally during crystallization. Even the
highest quality gemstones are rarely inclusion free, and there’s nothing you
can do about them. That said, yellow sapphires often develop with less
inclusions than other sapphire types, which is great considering their color
makes it easier to see through them.
While cuts are not specific to yellow
sapphires in particular, it’s important to understand that the cut of a gem is
the largest influence on its brightness and reflective properties. The cut of a
gem refers not to its shape, but to its facets, which are the many faces of the
gem. These facets capture and reflect light, creating the luminous effects that
make gems so valuable and desired. That said, a poor cut will make your gem
dull and lifeless. The good part about yellow sapphires is that they are
traditionally cheaper than blue and pink sapphires, meaning cutters don’t often
compromise the brilliance of their cuts for weight retention, and specialty cut
yellow sapphires are easier to find than their blue and pink counterparts.
This is important because yellow is such a
light color. Darker gems can still look good even with a rough cut thanks to
the nature of their color, but bright colors can’t look their best unless they
really shine, which is why a high quality cut is important for yellow
sapphires. Thankfully, like we stated previously, specialty cut and well-cut
yellow sapphires are very common and easy to find thanks to their traditionally
cheaper nature in comparison to other sapphires. In this way you can have a gem
that is both beautiful and affordable.