Heart Shape Sapphire
Fine natural heart-shaped sapphires are ideal when it comes to making or designing a romantic gift. Heart-shaped gemstones are one of the most popular shapes for jewelry, especially when it comes to anniversaries and holidays, such as Valentine's Day. Natural sapphire hearts never go out of fashion. Sapphire gemstones can be found in a wide variety of colors and they are highly prized for their superior gemstone qualities, including excellent hardness and durability. With a ranking of 9 on Mohs scale of mineral hardness
, sapphire is the second hardest natural material on earth. Sapphire is made up of corundum, the same material responsible for that of fine red ruby. Sapphire is one of elite 'precious four' gems, along with ruby, emerald and diamond. Blue is the traditional sapphire color, while all other colors are referred to as 'fancy' color sapphire (except red). Sapphire is famed for its excellent brilliance and vitreous luster. Indeed, sapphire is considered to be one of the most valuable and wearable of all colored gemstones
owed to its versatility and durability. The term 'corundum' originates from the ancient Sanskrit word 'kuruvindam'; while 'sapphire' comes from Persian 'safir'.
Sapphire gems can be found in a variety of shapes and cuts, including faceted gems, carvings and cabochons. Most sapphire is found in oval or round shapes, which can sometimes makes sourcing heart-shaped sapphires a bit of a challenge. Heart-shaped sapphires are rarely cut en cabochon. More often than not, most heart-shaped sapphires are faceted and rather small. Prices for fancy-cut sapphires can often be higher than those of more 'traditional' shapes as a result of loss in carat weight during cutting to obtain the fancy shape. Natural sapphires are quite rare, especially untreated sapphire. Most sapphire is enhanced through routine heating to improve color and clarity. Unlike oval sapphires and round sapphires, heart-shaped sapphires are not usually found in large sizes. In fact, most will find it difficult to source any heart-shaped sapphires over 1 carat. Sapphires are seen as the guardians of love and when given as gifts, sapphires are thought to enhance love and attune the spirits to one another. Throughout history, sapphire has symbolized truth, sincerity and loyalty, while bringing about peace, joy and wisdom to whom shall wear fine sapphire.