The Sapphire Buyer's Guide

Sapphire is one of the Big 3 of jewelry gemstones—the other two are ruby and emerald. Sapphire is a durable stone that’s the best known blue gem, as well as being available in most colors.

WHAT TO LOOK FOR

COLOR IS THE MOST IMPORTANT QUALITY FACTOR FOR SAPPHIRE

The most highly valued blue sapphires are velvety blue to violetish blue, in medium to medium dark tones. Preferred sapphires also have strong to vivid color saturation. The saturation should be as strong as possible without darkening the color and compromising brightness.

CLARITY REFERS TO THE INCLUSIONS

Blue sapphires often have some inclusions. Blue sapphires with extremely high clarity are rare, and very valuable. Price can drop if the inclusions threaten the stone’s durability. Kashmir sapphires contain tiny inclusions that impart a desirable velvety appearance.

CUT IS ONE OF THE MOST IMPORTANT FACTORS IN APPEARANCE

To achieve the best overall color, maintain the best proportions, and retain the most weight possible, cutters focus on factors like color zoning, pleochroism, and the lightness or darkness of a stone.

CARAT WEIGHT ALLOWS FOR PRECISE MEASUREMENTS

Blue sapphires can range in size anywhere from a few points to hundreds of carats, and large blue sapphires are more readily available than large rubies. However, most commercial-quality blue sapphires weigh less than 5.00 carats.

Honeymoon Adventures to Make Your Wishes Come True

I've been musing on Honeymoon ideas that will make memories for a lifetime - and make your wishes come true. Whether you are on your first marriage or third, a new partnership, or just a stylishly romanic soiree, you will want to check out these ideas for romantic travel.

There are many destinations around the world for a honeymoon adventure, have you considered an exciting and romantic festival theme?  

Make Your Wishes Come True in THAILAND

If you plan on lighting wishing lanterns at your wedding, consider honeymooning where the tradition began. Each full moon in November, northern Thailand hosts the Yi Peng Festival, when locals release thousands of paper wish lanterns into the sky. The night before, the whole country celebrates Loi Krathong by floating candlelit, flower-covered baskets (called krathongs) down rivers. Head to Chiang Mai to experience both: Celebrate your new beginning by sending a krathong down the river Ping. (Legend has it that couples whose lanterns stay close as they drift away will be together forever.) The next night, join the thousands who send lit-up lanterns toward the stars near Mae Jo University, or go tor a more intimate vibe at the luxe Four Seasons Chiang Mai, which honors the full moon with a barbecue and lantern release by a peaceful lake.  ~ Brandon Presser

Three other FESTIVALS you may want to consider:

Carnevale, Venice

During the two weeks before Lent, catch people wandering Piazza San Marco in masks and elaborate costumes by day and partying at grand masquerade balls by night.

Holi, India

Have a messy, crazy-fun time throwing colored powder and dyed-water balloons on other festival-goers in this Hindu celebration held each March in cities and towns around India.

Edinburgh Festival Fringe

Music, theater, stand-up – you’ll find it all at the world’s largest arts gathering, which takes over the Scottish capital for three weeks in August.