Sapphires of the rare lilac and purple color are truly unique and are found less frequently than the blue and yellow varieties of sapphire. Gems weighing two to three carats are considered to be large specimens.
The color of a purple sapphire can range from a light lavender to a deep, rich violet. The most desirable color for a purple sapphire is a pure, intense purple with no brown or gray undertones. The saturation of the color is also important; a sapphire with a deep, rich color will be more valuable than one with a lighter color.
An unusual color for a sapphire, purple consists of two components: pink or purple and blue. These colors can appear in gems under different lights. In some cases these colors are a result of heat treatment. The price of purple-treated sapphires is much lower than that of natural unheated sapphires.
The price is influenced by the weight, clarity, cut, and color of a particular gemstone.
On average, a purple sapphire can range from $50 to $100 per carat for lower quality gems to $300 to $500 per carat for higher quality gemstones.
However, for larger and more rare purple sapphires, the price per carat can be significantly higher. For example, top quality untreated purple sapphires can fetch prices of $1,000-2,000 per carat or more.
Sapphires with purple hues are supplied to the jewelry market from:
Sri Lanka: Purple sapphires from Sri Lanka are known for their rich, deep color and are considered to be of high quality.
Madagascar: Purple sapphires from Madagascar are also considered to be of high quality, with a color range from deep violet to lavender.
Thailand: Purple sapphires from Thailand have a reddish hue and are considered to be of good quality.
Myanmar (Burma): Purple sapphires from Myanmar (Burma) are well known for their deep, rich color, and are considered to be some of the finest in the world.
Tanzania: Purple sapphires from Tanzania are considered to be of good quality.
Australia: Purple sapphires from Australia are considered to be of good quality, and are mostly found in Queensland and New South Wales.
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In our catalog you will always find excellent samples of purple sapphire, you will be able to compare prices and understand the approximate budget of your future purchase. Our gemologists will help you avoid speculation with the price of this stone and will be a guarantee of making the right choice.
In addition to gems in stock, our team is glad to offer custom order service. We will choose the best violet sapphires for you based on your requirements and budget.
You can also order the manufacture of jewelry with this gemstone with worldwide delivery. At the moment we have one of the best full-service jewelry shops with branches in Bangkok, Dubai, Moscow, Geneva and Almaty.