Blue Sapphire is a blue color beautiful gemstone which is a part of the mineral family Corundum. It is one of the most precious gemstones in the earth's crust and is used extensively in astrological uses and is associated with planet Saturn (Shani). Sometimes, the term Sapphire is used as a synonym for Blue Sapphire.
Different gemstones absorb different wavelengths of light and due to this, some gemstones show different colors. However, some gemstones may contain impurities which could be the reason for their color. For example, a pure corundum is colorless but due to the presence of impurities like chromium, corundum is red and blue due to the presence of titanium compound.
Rubies and Sapphires both are from Corundum family. Rubies are red due to the presence of Chromium and some sapphires are blue due to the presence of titanium. Depending on their trace element content, sapphire varieties of the mineral corundum might be blue, yellow, green, orange, pink, purple or even show a six-rayed star if cut as a cabochon.
||Neelam, Shani Ratna, Indraneelam
|Hardness on Moh's Scale of 10.0
||3.95 to 4.03
||1.76 to 1.77
||Sri Lanka, Madagascar, Myanmar, Thailand, India (Kashmir)
Which Is The Best Substitute For Blue Sapphire (Neelam)?
Iolite, Amethyst, Lapis Lazuli, Blue Onyx are the best substitute for Blue Sapphire. But the best substitute or Upratna for blue sapphire is Iolite which is also known as Kakanili or Neeli.
Iolite (Neeli) Gemstone
Astrological Significance (Who should wear Blue Sapphire):
Blue Sapphire or Neelam stone is associated with the planet Saturn (Shani). According to the Vedic astrology, People born in the Lagna of Saturn i.e. Capricorn (Makar) & Aquarius (Kumbh) should wear a Blue Sapphire for a lifetime. Apart from this, people with Lagna Taurus (Vrishab), Gemini (Mithun), Virgo (Kanya) & Libra (Tula) signs can also wear Blue Sapphire gemstone.
Blue Sapphire - A Birthstone for September :
Blue Sapphire is a birthstone for September and the gem of the 45th anniversary. This gemstone was a sacred stone to the Catholic church and Persians. Lords and imperial families have utilized blue sapphire for jewelry purpose and for their lucky charm.
Sapphires likewise are related with sentimental love, speaking to constancy and sentimental dedication. It likewise utilized for a journey to build one's confidence, expectation, and bliss and to keep thoughts pure and magnificent.
Blue Sapphire is likewise a birthstone of Capricorn. People that are either conceived under the month of September or Capricorn can wear this gemstone for riches, fortunes, and achievement.
Blue Sapphire Benefits :
- Blue Sapphire is the stone of virtue, wisdom, hard work and dedication.
- It bestows the wearer with a focused mind, improved stamina and dedication towards the work and life.
- It is also used by crystal healers for healing lungs and kidney related diseases.
- Blue Sapphire is also considered to be worn by people suffering from stress, depression, loneliness, and migraine.
How To Wear Blue Sapphire?
Best Weight (in Carat or Ratti): Blue Sapphire is a precious gemstone. Every gemstone, when worn for an astrological purpose, need to adapt to the body mass of the person. Therefore, it is considered good to wear the gemstone more than the 1/12th carat of the body weight of the person. For example, if a person weighs 60kgs, he/she should wear minimum 5 carat (5.5 Ratti) [60 / 12 = 5]. In case of low-quality Blue Sapphires, one should divide the body weight by 10, i.e. he/she should wear minimum 6 carats [60 / 10 = 6].
Best Metal(s): Blue Sapphire should preferably be worn in Silver, White Gold or Platinum. Gold or any other Yellow color metal should be avoided unless specified by your astrologer.
On which finger to wear: Blue Sapphire gemstone is considered to be most effective when worn in the middle finger (Madhyama) of active hand (For right-handed people, the active hand is right hand and vice-versa).
When to wear: Best time to wear the Blue Sapphire gemstone is during the sunset of a Saturday which falls between Ashtami tithi of Shukla Paksha ( the 8th day the Waxing moon period) and Ashtami tithi of Krishna Paksha (8th day of waning moon period).
Characteristic of a Natural and High-Quality Blue Sapphire
1. Since sapphires are from corundum family most likely they are very hard and solid and their hardness may tend equal to or less than that of a diamond
2. Uniform color with fine luster
3. Good transparency
4. High specific gravity and heaviness
5. Natural Sapphires include inclusions that naturally occurs they are - Needles additionally in some cases called as Silk, Color zoning, color banding, the presence of mineral crystals, somewhat recuperated breaks that resemble fingerprints. Inclusions make stone less valuable. Cost can drop if the inclusions are too high.Even so, inclusions can actually increase the value of some sapphires. Many of the most valuable Kashmir sapphires contain tiny inclusions that give them a smooth appearance.
They scatter light, causing the coveted visual effect without negatively affecting the gem’s transparency. Star sapphires have star effect due to the presence of inclusion (color banding). Too much inclusion harms the transparency of the stone.
Blue Sapphire Price and Range
There are three varieties of Blue Sapphire generally found in the gemstone market. They are Sri Lankan Sapphires additionally called Ceylonese Neelam (most common and best for astrological use), Thailand Sapphires (treated), Kashmiri Neelam (rare and high range).
At Gemsratna we have Certified (govt Lab and Private lab ensured) Ceylonese and Thailand Blue Sapphires.
In India, blue sapphires that are used for an astrological purpose are mainly in a range from Basic to Very high quality. Quality of a sapphire can be judged by color, cut, clarity, carat weight and its naturality.
Color - Blue Sapphires arrives in varieties of shades. Favored Sapphires have solid to clear shading immersion, with less tint. Impeccable, dark blue, splendid blue sapphires, for the most part, are higher in cost. Color has the most vital effect on blue sapphire's value. The most exceedingly valued blue sapphires are smooth blue to violetish blue, in medium to medium dim tones. Favored sapphires likewise have solid to distinctive color saturation. The saturation should be as strong as possible without darkening the color and compromising brightness. Sapphires with these qualities charge the most noteworthy costs per carat.
Clarity - Blue Sapphire commonly have some inclusions, but they generally they have better clarity due to the presence of fewer impurities than other families of Corundum. A blue sapphire with a transparency approaching that of a diamond is almost rare. Blue sapphires with extremely high clarity are rare and very valuable.
Cut - Blue Sapphires are regularly cut with a splendid pattern on the mount and a stage cut pattern on the structure. Finely cut sapphires have awesome luster because of the rise of light refracting at various points.
Carat Weight - Blue Sapphires extends in size and carat weight, faultless blue sapphire with higher carat weight will go in higher costs. A fine-quality 5.00-carat blue sapphire sells for approximately five times more per carat than the same-quality 1.00 carat stone.
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