Mogok Sapphires - From the mines in Mogok, MyanmarThe blue colored gemstone in the Corundum family is referred to as Sapphire, the second hardest mineral known to man, only surpassed by the diamond. Mogok Sapphires are admired for their splendid colors, transparency and durability. The most beautiful and valuable come from India and Mogok, Myanmar.
The Corundum family of gemstones consists of pure aluminium oxide, crystallized Millenniums ago under immense heat and pressure deep within the crust of the Earth. In its pure form Corundum is white. However, presence of small elements of other minerals turn the white into varieties of red, blue, yellow, pink and green. The red corundum, colored by chrome, is always referred to as Ruby, while all Corundums that are not red are called Sapphire.
Like rubies, sapphires can be heat treated. While this may enhance the color it also makes them dull and less valuable.
We do not heat treat or enhance our sapphires in any way.
Color - The Blue AristocratMost commonly, when reference is made to Mogok Sapphires, the color is blue. Depending on geographical origin color may range from a velvety, deep blue, over a mid royal color, to a light ice blue. In bright day light most blue Mogok sapphires come to life. The most cherished blue sapphires however should be full blue, intense and rich in color even in artificial, or evening light.
Blue sapphires from Kashmir in India and Mogok in Myanmar are regarded as the most beautiful and valuable. A typical blue sapphire from Kashmir has an intense pure blue color with a subtle purple undertone, while Mogok sapphires range in color from a rich, vibrant royal blue to the deep blue color of a cornflower.
CutBringing the true color out in blue Mogok sapphires also depends on the cut of the raw crystal. Due to the hardness of Corundum only expert cutters will know how to orientate the raw crystal in such a way that light refraction brings maximum color to the eye while enhancing different tints and intensities of color.
Residents of The USA Can Purchase Mogok SapphiresA common misconception concerning the US embargo of Gemstones from Myanmar is that sapphires are not included in the ban. This means that residents of the USA can purchase and import Mogok sapphires without hassel. Since we made this announcement, see our page dedicated to this subject USA residents can import mogok sapphires, sales of our natural Mogok sapphires have skyrocketed and supplies, usually very thin anyway, are drying up quickly, as Mogok Sapphires are indeed a good investment and can be made into elegant pieces of jewelry. See our entire Mogok Sapphire Selection
The exceptional sapphire...is very rare and therefore valuable. Color, transparency and - certainly - the size of the stone determine the value. As color plays a decisive role, and the coveted color is linked to origin, Mogok sapphires certified as natural, without heat treatment and from Myanmar, can attract very high prices.
The Sapphire is the birthstone of September - it is the contemplation of the sky, it stands for wisdom and self discipline.