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sapphire information

Caring for Your Sapphire

Sapphires are easy to care for at home. Sapphires can be cleaned at home with warm water and a splash of any type of dish or cleaning detergent that has degreasing ability.

When cleaning your sapphires, avoid using cleansers with moisturizers, abrasives, and anti-static agents as they leave residues and can scratch sapphires. You can use a soft toothbrush to gently clean the sapphires near the setting points. If your sapphire needs a deeper clean, you can soak it for up to 20 minutes. Dab the sapphire dry with a soft cloth.

This cleaning method should only be used with sapphires set in gold or platinum. Never use detergents with silver settings as the combination reacts poorly.

You can also clean your sapphire jewelry with a cleaner made especially for precious stones and fine metals. Read the container before using it on your fine jewelry.

Sapphire Treatments

Gemologists treat sapphires with heat to improve their appearance, clarity, and color. In nature, the sapphires found closer to thermal vents have a rich and dense color from natural heating. The sapphires not found near thermal vents get a heat treatment that mimics the natural process.

Treated sapphires are exposed to temperatures over 1800 C° for several days. This extreme heat is dry, as it is the only ethical treatment performed to enhance the color. It does not change the color, just deepens it.

As an ethical retailer, Brilliant Earth informs customers about the heat treatments sapphires receive. At Brilliant Earth, the heat treatment does not involve any chemicals, radiation, or processes that put health at risk. We also sell untreated sapphires, but they tend to have a higher cost than treated sapphires.

When shopping for sapphires, avoid buying any that have been treated with irradiation, fracture filling, dyes, or beryllium. These weaken the sapphire making them more likely to crack, fracture, or scratch.

These unethical treatments change the color and clarity of sapphires. When chemicals are added during the heat treatment, glass and beryllium can fill the cavities and cracks, thus weakening the stone. Retailers who offer these types of sapphires tend to over grade the sapphires, misleading unknowing consumers. Brilliant Earth does not use these treatments.

Sapphire Certification

The jewelry industry has yet to standardize a consistent grading scale for sapphires. Though there are several testing agencies that provide detailed gem grading reports, they fall short when it comes to classifying sapphires. The reports, which are limited to color-grading, are not as systematic, methodical and detailed as a diamond grading report, and they vary significantly from agency to agency.

Unlike diamonds, where the cut is one of the most important qualities, the color of a sapphire is arguably the most important factor in determining its quality and value. Sapphire cuts are personalized for every sapphire, in order to best enhance the unique shape and color of every gemstone, thus making standardized certification difficult.