Yellow Sapphire Gemstone
Close your eyes for just a moment and think 'sapphire.' Chances are the first image that pops into your mind is probably a dazzling blue gemstone. A rich, dark blue that might be in an engagement ring fit for a princess or a suite of sapphires that adorn a queen's tiara. Blue sapphires remain one of the most sought-after gemstones the world over and blue is the most abundant and recognizable color of the sapphire family.
Yellow Sapphire Color
However, sapphire gives us a rainbow of glittering colors, and yellow sapphires are must-haves. Yellow sapphires provide us with a range of hues from bright, sunny yellow, to subtle, bubbly champagne. Some yellow sapphires can be compared to the color of a canary diamond, and some have a slightly orangey color. With such diversity and possibility in their range of color, it's no wonder that the demand for yellow sapphires continues to grow.
Sapphires rank nine on the Mohs scale, just below diamonds, making them an ideal choice for everyday wear in any yellow sapphire jewelry.
• Yellow Sapphire, along with other colors of sapphire, is the modern birthstone for September. Historically, it was also the birthstone for April.
• In the tropical zodiac, sapphire is associated with the star sign Taurus.
• In Hindi, yellow sapphire is known as Pukhraj and is one of the nine stones of Vedic astrology. It is associated with Jupiter, or Guru, the largest planet, and is said to have connections with wisdom, knowledge, wealth and power.
Location: Madagascar and Thailand
Although sapphires exist in many locations worldwide, Shop LC sources its yellow sapphires from Madagascar and Thailand. These two areas produce slightly different colors of yellow sapphire. Yellow sapphires from Madagascar sapphire tend to be brighter or sunnier, while Thailand tends to produce yellow sapphires that offer more subtle shades of champagne.
Yellow Sapphire Mining
Mining for Yellow Sapphire in these locations is time-consuming and labor intensive. Miners sift and sort through alluvium, which is loose soil washed down and around riverbeds. Miners use sieves and other traditional sifting tools to find the rough sapphire crystals. Only about 15% of mined rough material is suitable to be used as a finished gemstone.