Blue Gemstones

Blue Gemstones

Blue Gemstones

Blue Gemstones

Different types of blue gemstones

Search the internet for ‘blue gemstones’ and you will find a list of at least 33 stones ranging in alphabetical order from agate to zircon, but from these you might only recognise six or seven. In our June 2007 issue we featured 20 gems which had blue as the dominant colour.

Not all blue gemstones are the same

In this article we will feature the most commonly recognised of these stones in order of the ‘hardness’ (or wearability) – in other words those most suitable for jewellery. The globally recognised system of measuring gemstone hardness is known as the Mohs’ scale (named after Friedrich Mohs, a mineralogist who invented a scale of hardness based on the ability of one mineral to scratch another.

There are ten minerals in Mohs scale, from the ‘softest (1)talc, (2)gypsum, (3)calcite, (4)fluorite, (5)apatite, (6)feldspar, (7)quartz, (8)topaz, (9)corundum, to the hardest, (10)diamond.

Here are some of the most common gemstones:

Sapphire  (9.0)  the richest, saturated blue

Blue Gemstone - Ceylon Sapphire                                  Blue Gemstones - Australian Sapphire

Ceylon sapphire                                           Australian sapphire

Blue is by far the most popular colour for sapphires, but they can be almost any colour, including yellow, green, white, colourless, pink, orange, brown and purple.

Topaz (8.0)    translucent, from very light to medium blue

Blue Gemstones - London Blue Topaz                                  Blue Gemstones - Swiss Blue Topaz

London blue topaz                                  Swiss blue topaz

The two most popular treated topaz. Swiss Blue is bright blue with a light tone and light to moderate saturation. London Blue is dark blue with a moderate to dark tone and saturation.

Aquamarine (7.5 – 8.0)   light translucent blue

Blue Gemstone - Aquamarine

Aquamarine is a member of the beryl family  (which includes emerald) and ranges in colour from an almost colourless pale blue to blue-green. The most prized colour is a deep-blue aqua.

 Zircon (7.5)    medium to dark translucent blue

Blue Gemstones - Zircon

Zircon is routinely heat treated. This has two effects on the gem: It alters the colour to colourless, blue or golden (the most preferred colours for zircon) and orange to red colours.

Tourmaline  (7.0 – 7.5)      shades of light to dark blue

Blue Gemstones - Tourmaline

Found in Brazil, Sri Lanka, Afghanistan, Nigeria, Kenya and in the USA. This variety of tourmaline comes in various shades, including a clear blue colour.

Compared to the other varieties, the blue stone is quite rare.

Tanzanite (6.0 – 6.5)    dark translucent violet blue

Blue Gemstones - Tanzanite

First discovered in 1967 in Tanzania, East Africa. It is part of the zoisite mineral species and is only found in East Africa. Tanzanite is very rarely a pure blue and usually exhibits rich purple overtones.

Lapis Lazuli (5.0 – 5.5)   medium rich blue

Blue Gemstones - Lapis Lazuli

Sometimes with a hint of violet. Its value decreases with the presence of white patches (calcite), while small veins of pyrite are often prized.

Spinel  (8.0)     translucent medium violet-blue

Blue Gemstones - Spinel

A favourite of gem dealers and collectors on account of its brilliance, hardness and wide range of spectacular colours. Beautiful blue tones, called cobalt spinel are very rare.

Agate  (7.0)     a soft blue

Blue Gemstones - Agate

Variety of chalcedony formed from layers of quartz that usually show vari-coloured bands.

Design your own blue gemstone jewellery

With many a blue gemstone to choose from the possibilities are endless. Whether it be designing an item of jewellery from scratch or simply purchasing a loose gemstone for your collection, let us help you design the heirloom piece of your dreams. Contact us today to make a no obligation appointment and select your favourite coloured gemstone. 03 9650 3830. info@abrecht.com.au

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Parti sapphires

Parti (partition) sapphire or otherwise known as bi coloured sapphire, is a unique gemstone to Australia and consists of two colours within the one gemstone – yellow and blue.

Sapphires showcasing these individual colours (of yellow and blue) are the most highly prized while other parti sapphires can display green colours.

Unique to Australia these stones are graded just like other gemstones

Unique to Australia, these stones are graded just like all other gemstones. Carat (size), cut and clarity are important but the patterns of colour set it apart from others.

A Parti sapphire is still made of the same constituents as regular sapphire (corundum – Al203) but it is trace elements present in the growing process which gives the difference in colour. The yellow from iron the blue colour from a mix of titanium and iron.

Although most of the sapphire mining in Australia has been exhausted, gemstones are still available and on the market.

The only sapphire that can’t be synthesized

Sapphires have been synthetically made using machinery with specific temperature and minerals for years, but due to the patchy colour pattern of Parti sapphires, they cannot be synthesized in a lab. This not only makes them unique, as each one has its own distinct pattern, but a guarantee each stone will be natural.

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Whether it be a gift of a pendant, earrings or an engagement ring, diamonds have been associated with love and romance for centuries.

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A ring that certainly makes a statement!

This hand crafted and custom designed platinum and yellow gold ring was made using our clients diamonds and designed by our Master Jeweller Greg. The client wanted a ring with some WOW factor. We think he more than met the brief.

With the jewellery industry largely producing jewellery using mass production methods, Abrecht Bird specialise in one off hand crafted jewellery which not only allows for individuality but durability to ensure your jewellery lasts a lifetime.

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When a client wants something creative and individual made from her diamonds, for her the only option is to get our Master Jeweller Greg John to design and hand craft the piece from scratch.

This piece is currently under construction. Stay tuned for images of the finished piece.

How do I design and have a piece of jewellery made?

At Abrecht Bird we pride ourselves on our craftsmanship, creativity and attention to detail.

The options are endless for choosing a design that’s right for you.

If you have your own gemstones or want to choose from the very best the industry has to offer, make an appointment today to discuss designs, create your dream piece with our jewellers and have your item custom made by hand in our onsite workshop.

How are Abrecht Bird different to other jewellery stores and jewellers?

We pride ourselves on using traditional jewellery techniques, rarely seen within the jewellery industry and jewellery stores. We believe these techniques not only allow for endless possibilities for design but also surpasses mass produced jewellery in durability – creating items that can be passed down for generations.

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Mass produced engagement rings are more common than you think!

The vast majority of engagement rings for sale through ‘main street’ jewellers are the result of mass production techniques. An initial model of a design will be created, then all subsequent rings (in their thousands) will be produced using casting methods – gold poured in a mould. These are far from the custom engagement ring designs that many couples would prefer.

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If you wish to have direct input into the designing process, it’s better to consult with an experienced and skilled custom jewellery designer / maker.

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Diamonds are often the first preference, but other coloured gemstones are valid – sapphires come in all shapes and a variety of colours – the traditional blue, green, pink or golden (the red variety is called ruby). Aquamarine is also a popular choice – the sky blue, transparency and brightness appeal to many.

Do I have to choose a diamond for my ring?

As opposed to diamond, other gemstones introduce colour and size to help the design be truly unique – to stand out from the crowd. Smaller diamonds, sometimes of different shapes, are introduced to compliment, accentuate and lift the central coloured gemstone. A skilled designer can help you create a ‘one-off’ coloured stone engagement ring that reflects your personality and sense of style.

Another consideration when planning to use a coloured gemstone is the gemmological properties of the particular variety. Because engagement rings are generally worn on a daily basis, durability is a key factor. Diamonds are the hardest of all (with a hardness of 10), sapphire (and ruby) rate next (both alone on 9), while aquamarine (and emerald) have a rating of 7-8. The softer the coloured gemstone, the more likely for it to be damaged or suffer from worn facets over time.

Opal engagement rings are less common – having a hardness rating of 5.5-6.5, they are more prone to damage. There is no doubting that this unique, fiery coloured gemstone can be made into beautiful and unique designs, but they are better suited to dress rings, worn less frequently than an engagement ring.

How will I know if my stone is genuine?

A skilled designer / jeweller should also be qualified as a gemmologist and will bring this knowledge into play when assisting with a design that protects the coloured gemstone. The limitless variety of colours and shapes of sapphires, aquamarines and other coloured gems provide a wonderful opportunity to design a handmade engagement ring, one to treasure forever.

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The suite of jewellery prior to remodelling

 

Elements of the old and new coming together

 

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Earlier this year, one of our clients brought in a suite of jewellery that was passed down to her by her mother. She wished to remodel all the jewellery items into two special necklets she and her sister could wear and enjoy every day. The suite included a ring, pendant, bracelet and earrings. Each piece was made up of a large cushion cut garnet and surrounded by a halo of white sapphires and cubic zirconias, all in white gold settings and backed with rose gold filigree patterned plates. I thought these plates were too good to hide. Following a meeting with Peter, Greg and the client, it was decided that the delicate filigree plates would be used as a feature alongside the garnets, not hidden away as backings.

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A customer had a military ‘dog tag’ from World War 2 which he wished to commemorate.

This involved making a replica of the tag into a pendant, providing an item of jewellery the client could wear while preserving the original.

Made in rose gold (rather than the original in stainless steel) and later fitted with a bail so it could be worn as a pendant, this piece is the perfect item of mens jewellery giving new life to memories.

We are very lucky to participate in these joyful moments with families over the decades. It isn’t about the new items of jewellery but preserving the old.

Have an item you would like to preserve? Contact us here to enquire.

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Annual regional visits

It is important to have your jewellery checked on a regular basis for signs of wear and the consequent risk to gemstones. In line with our commitment to ongoing after sales service, we visit regional Victoria throughout the year, offering a complimentary check, clean and polish of your jewellery. Invitations are sent about four weeks prior to the visit with half-hour appointments accepted. We encourage you to tell others about this service as they may not be on our mailing list. On many occasions these visits have saved gemstones being lost with the timely discovery of worn or missing claws during inspections.

A valuation service is available as well as a catalogue of jewellery ideas. Other services include advice on restoration and remodeling of those precious items of jewellery you have hidden away or creating a new unique design.

Each district is visited annually and the areas covered include:

Have a question about our regional trips? Make an enquiry here and request to be added to our mailing list.

 

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