Color Change Sapphire Value, Price, and Jewelry Information


Finished version of Emerald Cut Color Change Sapphire
Finished version of Emerald Cut Color Change Sapphire by Daniel Stair

Color Change Sapphire Value

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Kashmir Sapphire

Certified origin. Untreated material. Average brilliancy of 40 to 60%. Add to 20% or deduct to 10% for other cutting. Prices for ovals and cushions. Add 8% to 10% for rounds and pears. Add 10% to 20% for emeralds and marquis.Top Grade: vB 5/6, 6/6. B 5/6, 6/6.
Top Grade1 to 2 carats2 to 3 carats3 to 4 carats4 carats plus
VVS,000 to ,650/ct,000 to ,000/ct,000 to ,500/ctto ,000/ct
VS/SI,000 to ,000/ct,000 to ,700/ct,000 to ,000/ctto ,000/ct
SI/I,000 to ,000/ct,000 to 24,600/ct,000 to 27,600/ctto ,000/ct
Very Good Grade: V 4/6, 5/6, 6/5. bV 5/6, 6/6; vB 5/5, 4/6, 6/5.
Very Good Grade1 to 2 carats2 to 3 carats3 to 4 carats4 carats plus
VVS,000 to ,300/ct,600 to ,400/ct,000 to ,000/ctto ,000/ct
VS/SI to ,100/ct,000 to ,700/ct,000 to ,000/ctto ,500/ct
SI/I to ,300/ct,000 to ,000/ct,400 to ,600/ctto ,500/ct
Good Grade: V 4/5, 5/4, 5/5, 6/4, 6/5, 7/5; bV 4/5, 4/6, 5/4, 5/5, 5/4, 4/5; vB 3/5, 4/4, 6/3, 7/5, 5/4, 4/5; B 3/5, 4/4, 6/3, 7/5, 6/4, 5/4, 4/5.
Good Grade1 to 2 carats2 to 3 carats3 to 4 carats4 carats plus
VVS to ,200/ct to ,700/ct,000 to ,000/ctto ,000/ct
VS/SI to /ct to ,200/ct,000 to ,000/ctto ,000/ct
SI/I to /ct to ,500/ct,000 to ,000/ctto ,900/ct
Fair Grade: V 3/4, 3/5, 4/4, 4/3, 5/3, 6/3, 7/4; bV 3/5, 4/4, 5/3, 6/3, 7/4, 7/5; vB 3/4, 4/3, 7/4, 6/2, 5/3; B 3/4, 4/3, 7/4 6/2, 5/2, 5/3.
Fair Grade1 to 2 carats2 to 3 carats3 to 4 carats4 carats plus
VVS to /ct to ,200/ct to ,500/ctto ,500/ct
VS/SI to /ct to /ct to ,000/ctto ,000/ct
SI/I to /ct to /ct to ,500/ctto ,700/ct

Other Blue Sapphires

Heat treated material. Average brilliancy of 40% to 60%. Add to 20% or deduct to 10% for other cutting. Prices for ovals and cushions. Add 8% to 10% for rounds and pears. Add 10% to 20% for emeralds and marquis. Note: If certified Burmese and untreated, add 50%, except fair or lower grades.Top Grade: vB 5/6, 6/6; B 5/6, 6/6.
Top Grade1 to 2 carats2 to 3 carats3 to 4 carats4 carats plus
VVS to /ct to /ct to /ctto ,500/ct
VS/SI to /ct to /ct to /ct/ct
SI/I to /ct to /ct to /ct/ct
Very Good Grade: V 4/6, 5/5, 6/6; bV 5/6, 6/7; vB 5/5, 4/6, 6/5; B 4/6, 5/5, 6/5; vslgB 4/6, 5/6, 6/6.
Very Good Grade.5 to .75 carat.75 to 1 carat1 to 2 carats2 carats plus
VVS to /ct to /ct to /ctto /ct
VS/SI to /ct to /ct to /ctto /ct
SI/I to /ct to /ct to /ctto /ct
Good Grade: V 4/5, 5/4, 5/5, 6/4, 6/5, 7/5; bV 4/5, 4/6, 5/4, 5/5, 6/4, 6/5; vB 3/5, 4/4, 6/3, 7/5, 5/4, 4/5; B 3/5, 4/4, 6/3, 7/5, 6/4, 6/4, 5/4, 4/5; vslgB 7/5, 5/4, 6/4, 4/5, 6/5, 5/5; gB 4/5, 5/5, 6/5.
Good Grade.5 to .75 carat.75 to 1 carat1 to 2 carats2 carats plus
VVS to /ct to /ct to /ctto /ct
VS/SI to /ct to /ct to /ctto /ct
SI/I to /ct to /ct to /ctto /ct
Fair Grade: V 3/4, 3/5, 4/3, 4/4, 5/3, 6/3, 7/4; bV 3/5, 4/4, 5/3, 6/3, 7/4, 7/5; vB 3/4, 4/3, 6/2, 7/4, 5/3; B 3/4, 4/3, 7/4, 6/2, 5/2, 5/3; vslgB 3/4, 3/5, 4/3, 4/4, 5/3, 6/3, 7/4; gB 3/5, 4/4, 5/3, 5/4, 6/3, 6/4, 7/4; vstgB 4/4, 5/4, 6/4.
Fair Grade.5 to .75 carat.75 to 1 carat1 to 2 carats2 carats plus
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SI/I to /ct to /ct to /ctto /ct

Fancy Sapphires

Average brilliancy of 30% to 40%. Add to 20% or deduct to 10% for other cutting. Prices for ovals and cushions. Add 7% to 10% for rounds, pears and marquis. Add 15% to 30% for emerald cuts.

Pink Sapphire

Top Color: stpR 3/6, 4/6; RP 4/6; rP 4/6 No trade data availableVery Good Color: slpR 4/6; stpR 4/5; RP 3/5, 4/4, 4/5; rP 3/5, 4/4, 4/5; P 4/5.
Very Good Color.5 to .75 carat.75 to 1 carat1 to 2 carats2 carats plus
VVS to /ct to /ct to /ctto ,500/ct
VS/SI to /ct to /ct to /ctto /ct
SI/I to /ct to /ct to /ctto /ct
Good Color: slpR 3/5, 4/4, 4/5; stpR 3/4, 3/5, 4/4; RP 3/4, 4/3; rP 3/4, 4/3; P 3/4, 4/4.
Good Color.5 to .75 carat.75 to 1 carat1 to 2 carats2 carats plus
VVS to /ct to /ct to /ctto /ct
VS/SI to /ct to /ct to /ctto /ct
SI/I to /ct to /ct to /ctto /ct
Fair Color: slpR 3/3, 4/3; stpR 3/4, 4/3; RP 2/3, 3/3; rP 2/3, 3/3; P 3/, 4/3.
Fair Color.75 to 1 carat1 to 2 carats2 carats plus
VVS to /ct to /ctto /ct
VS/SI to /ct to /ctto /ct
SI/I to /ct to /ctto /ct

Yellow Sapphire

Top Color: Y 3/5; oY 3/5. Very Good Color: Y 3/4; oY 3/4. Good Color: Y 3/3, 4/4; oY 3/3, 4/4. Fair Color: Y 2/3, 4/3; oY 2/3, 4/3.
Yellow Sapphireto 2 carats2 carats plus
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Green Sapphire

Top Color: vslbG 6/3, bG 6/3, G 6/3. Very Good Color: BG 6/3, vstbG 6/2, 5/3, 6/2; bG 4/3, 5/3, 6/3; vslbG 4/3, 5/3, 6/2; G 5/3, 7/3; slyG 5/3, 6/3; yG 6/3. Good Color: BG 4/3, 5/3, 6/2; vstbG 4/3, 5/3, 7/3; bG 4/2, 5/2, 7/3, G 5/2,6/2; slyG 5/2, 6/2, 7/3; yG 5/3, 6/2, 7/3; styG 5/3, 6/3; styG 5/3, 6/3. Fair Color: BG 4/2, 5/2; vstbG 4/2, 7/2; bG 3/2, 7/2; vslbG 7/2; G 4/2, 7/2; slyG 4/2, 7/2; yG 5/2, 7/3; styG 5/2, 6/2.
Green Sapphireto 1 carat1 carat plus
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Fair Color to /ct to /ct

Purple Sapphire

Top Color: RP 6/6, 5/6; rP 6/6; P 6/6. Very Good Color: stpR 5/5, 6/5; RP 5/5, 6/5, 7/5; rP 5/6, 6/5; P 5/6, 6/5; bP 5/6, 6/5. Good Color: slpR 5/3, 6/3; stpR 5/4, 6/4, 7/4; RP 5/4, 6/3, 6/4, 7/4; rP 5/4, 5/5, 6/4, 7/5; P 5/4, 5/5, 6/4, 7/5; bP 4/5, 4/6, 5/5. Fair Color: .
Purple Sapphireto 2 carats2 carats plus
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Other Sapphires

White Sapphire.5 to 3 carats3 to 5 carats5 to 15 carats
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Color Change Sapphire.5 to 1 carat1 to 7 carats
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Blue Cabochons.5 to 1 carat1 to 7 carats
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Star Sapphire.5 to 1 carat1 to 5 carats
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Black to /ct to /ct

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Color Change Sapphire Information

DataValue
NameColor Change Sapphire
Is a Variety ofSapphire
Crystallography Hexagonal (trigonal). Crystals common, often barrel-shaped, prisms with flat ends, sometimes bipyramidal; also massive, granular, in rolled pebbles.
Refractive Index 1.757-1.779
Colors Usually, blue, bluish purple, and violet-purple. More rarely, green, yellow, and pink.
Luster Vitreous to adamantine.
Polish Luster Vitreous to subadamantine.
Fracture Luster Vitreous.
Fracture Conchoidal; frequent parting
Hardness 9
Specific Gravity 3.99-4.10; usually near 4.0.
Birefringence 0.008-0.009
Cleavage None
Dispersion 0.018
Luminescence Natural color change sapphires: inert to strong red in LW, inert to moderate red to orange in SW. Synthetic color change sapphires: moderate orange to red in LW and SW, may fluoresce red in LW and mottled blue in SW.
Wearability Excellent
Transparency Transparent to opaque.
Absorption Spectrum The ferric iron spectrum dominates these stones. In green and blue-green gems, rich in iron, there are lines at 4710, 4600, and 4500 in the blue-green region. Also lines at 4500 and 4600 may seem to merge and become a broad band. The three bands described are generally known as the 4500 complex and are very distinctive in sapphires. Some blue Sri Lanka sapphires also show a 6935 red fluorescent line, and the 4500 line is very weak in these gems. Synthetic color change sapphires show a line 4740. See main Sapphire gem listing for more information.
Phenomena Asterism, color change, chatoyancy.
Birthstone September
Pleochroism Very pronounced. See main Sapphire gem listing.
Optics RI: o = 1.757-1.770; e = 1.765-1.779 (usually 1.760, 1.768); Uniaxial (-).

Color change sapphires are those that change color between light sources.