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The name sapphire means "blue" in Greek. Even today, the name sapphire, without any addition, stands for a blue-colored gemstone of the corundum group. Iron and titanium are the coloring substances here. 

This special gemstone is most often found in the most diverse shades of blue - from violet to cornflower blue to inky and blackish blue. The color "Royal Blue", a deep radiant blue, is very sought after. The sapphire best unfolds its beauty through a facet cut, as this positively emphasizes the optical properties. That is why all the sapphires in our new collection are facet cut.

Sapphires of different colors used to be given special and sometimes misleading names, such as "oriental peridot" for the green variety or "oriental topaz" for the yellow corundum. Today, these are identified by a descriptive word, such as green sapphire or yellow sapphire. The gemstone gets its yellow and green hue from trivalent iron. Chromium, iron and vanadium provide an orange hue. Here, the so-called "padparadscha orange", a bright orange, which is supposed to remind of the sunset of a summer night, is very popular. 

The sapphire is characterized by its enormous variety of colors, but this does not include the color red. Red-colored varieties bear the name ruby. With a Mohs hardness of 9, ruby is the hardest mineral after sapphire and diamond. Together with the green emerald and the colorless diamond, the ruby and the sapphire form the quartet of the most sought-after gemstones.


Sapphire is mined at countless sites around the world. The most common deposits are in Australia, Myanmar, Sri Lanka and Thailand. The parent rock of sapphires is dolomitized limestone, marble, basalt or pegmatite. Sapphires are much more common than rubies, as the coloring substances of sapphires are much more abundant than those of rubies. 

The purity plays a major role in the pricing of a sapphire and determines the value along with the weight of the gemstone, the color and the cut. A sapphire that is as pure as possible with few inclusions is particularly valuable. Large sapphires are rarely found in nature and are therefore sought-after rarities. If large specimens are found, they are sometimes given their own names, like famous diamonds. The largest blue star sapphire ever cut, weighing 536 carats, has been in the American Museum of Natural History in New York since 1900 and bears the name "Star of India". It was discovered in Sri Lanka about 300 years ago.


For countless years, people have valued the sapphire as a mysterious gemstone with the highest energy. Especially in Asian countries, it is known as the stone of truth and friendship. In Europe, the focus is more on the belief in the power of the stone, which stands for peace and purity. It is said that the gemstone develops its optimal effect when it is placed directly on the affected part of the body, which is why it is often used for amulets or lucky charms. 

The strong gemstone is said to help with determination, calm the nerves and lead to better concentration, as its powers connect the mind and soul, creating relaxation and balance.

Special collection 

with special sapphires

"This month we proudly present our new collection, which consists of 47 grey-green-blue sapphires. We offer the stones in different sizes, shapes and qualities. What is special about the sapphires is their origin from Tanzania, more precisely Songea, a town in the southwest of the country. It was an exciting procurement process that I was able to accompany. It is also worth mentioning that the gemstones are not heated and therefore not treated. I hope you have fun shopping for sapphires and will be happy to advise you!"

Carl-Philip Arnoldi, GEMHYPE

We are at the Intergem!

Of course you will find us together with HC Arnoldi at the international trade fair for gemstones, gemstone jewelry and gemstone objects

From 23rd - 25th September 2022 we will exhibit our Arnoldi gemstones next to other gemstone wholesalers in Idar-Oberstein. 

You will find the HC Arnoldi stand at booth H1.207.

We would be delighted to welcome you and hope you enjoy browsing and shopping for gemstones.


Book: Edelsteine und Schmucksteine, Autor: Walter Schumann, Verlag: blv

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