Sapphire are sourced mainly from SriLanka, Burma, Kashmir Sapphires with highly saturated violet-blue color and "velvety" or "sleepy" transparency are more rare. The purer the blue of the Sapphire, the greater the price. Glittering Gems has a huge and elegant collection of Kashmir and Burma Sapphire. However, many people find that the darker hues of Sapphire can be just as appealing. The most rare and precious sapphire are found in Kashmir & Burma, and we have and we deal with the most clear and elegant sapphires of Burma & Kashmir. Sapphires are not only blue, they come in almost every colour of the rainbow: pink, yellow, orange, peach, and violet colours.
It is an accepted industry standard for sapphires to be heat-treated to improve colour, clarity, and overall appearance. It is an accepted industry standard for sapphires to be heat-treated to improve colour, clarity, and overall appearance. Some sapphires are found closer to thermal venting in the earth, which produces exceptional colour through natural heating. By heating sapphires that are not found in these locations, we mimic this natural process. No radiation, chemicals or health risks are involved in this process. As is common with almost all sapphires available today, the majority of Glittering Gems sapphires are unheat-treated. Glittering Gems carries un-heated sapphires at a premium. Treatments to avoid that you won't find at Glittering gems include irradiation, fracture fills, surface dyes, and beryllium.