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Yellow Sapphire

Yellow Variety of Corundum | Yellow Sapphire

We live in a world where the warmth of a sunbeam can seemingly be captured in nature's colors around us. A daffodil's delicate cup at the first sign of spring, a bee's shimmering honey, and a heavy lemon tree's ripe fruits seem to steal the rays right from the sky. Yellow sapphire's hues and tones come in a dazzling array that each emanates the cheer found in Earth's golden specimens. A historic gem, yellow sapphire has long been a stone of great astrological importance. Its finest splendor can rival yellow diamond in brightness and depth of color, or deepen into the amber hues within a whiskey glass.


Yellow sapphire is the lighter toned, orangy yellow to greenish yellow variety of the gemstone and mineral corundum (Al2O3). A sibling to padparadscha, ruby, and other colored sapphires, yellow hues can gain their sunny disposition from trace amounts of iron or from color centers within its structure. Chromium additions can create a more orangy hue, while titanium pulls the yellow more toward green. While growing, yellow sapphires tend to form with fewer inclusions, making their standard for clarity a heightened call from other corundum. 


Yellow sapphire has been a special stone in Hindi culture for extensive amounts of time. Known as pukhraj, yellow sapphire is one of the nine sacred gems in Vedic astrology and is linked to Jupiter's power. Traditionally set into gold, observation of yellow sapphire's influence on the cosmos is alive and well today. Historically mined from Sri Lanka, ancients referred to the island as Serendip and spoke of yellow sapphire waiting to be found in its lands. Serendip's fame gave us of the key to the word serendipity, or “happy surprise”. Lovely examples of yellow sapphire can also be found from Thailand, Australia, the United States, and Mayanmar (Burma).


Sharing with its siblings to rank as one of the more durable colored gemstones known to man, yellow sapphires rank at a 9.0 on the Mohs scale of mineral hardness. This scratch-resistance creates a fantastic gem for wear in jewelry. Sapphire is the birthstone of those born in September and the zodiac signs of  Pisces, Sagittarius, Gemini, and Taurus associate closely with the stone. The call for yellow sapphires has lead to their treatment being common routine to bring out each example's best. Examples proven to be natural and without heating or other treatments dictate a top price, with vivid saturation stealing the crown.


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