Fancy Sapphires: Gem Collecting

Fancy Sapphires

Fancy sapphires are a wonderful gemstone to collect. The many benefits of collecting Fancy Sapphires such as the price, wide selection of color, and the different types of gemstone cuts make the different collection possibilities endless.

One Advantage of collecting nonblue sapphires is the price per carat. Fancy Sapphires like any gem are heavily affected by supply and demand. Currently, there are many mines that produce a variety of colored sapphires.

This makes colored sapphires with VS – VVS clarity fairly affordable. In the next 10 – 20 years as those mines dry up, the demand for sapphires with strong color and good clarity will make your gems worth a decent amount more than what you can currently purchase them for.

What is a Fancy Sapphire?

This might be the first time you have ever heard of this term but don’t worry. When most people think of sapphires they picture various blues. Sapphires come in many different colors such as yellow, purple, orange, and pink just to name a few.

Fancy sapphires do not include the colors red or blue. Blue is the standard color for Sapphires. All Sapphires that come in the color red are considered Rubies. While there are other colors they can be found in, the main colors you will find the gemstone in are listed below. There is no reason you can’t include blue sapphires in your sapphire collection but this article is just focusing on collecting fancy sapphires.

List of colors Fancy Sapphires come in
  1. Purple
  2. Yellow
  3. Orange
  4. Pink
  5. Green
  6. White

Figuring Out Your Collection.

You might know that you want to start collecting fancy sapphires but you are not sure where to start. The first step you need to do is decide is “what color of sapphires do I want to collect”. You could collect all of the colors including the color blue or you could just use the colors listed above.

Another option is to collect only 1 color which can still offer a lot of variety and fun. This type of collecting would focus on collecting all of the variety of gemstone cuts in that one color. A third option is collecting only certain types of gemstone cuts. An example would be only collecting cushion cut gems but you collect 1 of each color.

Once you have collected the gem colors and cuts you wanted, you can start buying better quality, better color, larger carat gems to replace your smaller gems. This would allow you to sell or trade your smaller gems to new people entering the hobby.

Natural Fancy Sapphires Vs Synthetic?

Which type of gem should I collect? Should I collect fancy sapphires vs synthetic? We recommend when it comes to collecting gems, you should stick to natural gems. While synthetic gems are perfectly fine as long as it’s disclosed before purchase. Synthetic gems are great for jewelry but when collecting gems nothing beats natural.

Every gem is different in some way, so to know the gem you have in your hand was created by the earth over millions of years beats a gem created in a lab over a span of months. Natural gems also tend to hold their value better and have a greater potential to go up in value compared to their synthetic counterparts.

Gemstone Cuts

There are many gemstone cuts when it comes to collecting fancy sapphires and other gems. Not everyone knows that the quality of the gemstone cut can affect the value of the gemstone. Gems that are cut really well will be valued and considered more collectible than poorly cut stones. A poor quality cut can cause the color or brilliance to lack compared to what it could have been. While this tends to matter more for jewelry since it’s sold at such a mark-up. When it comes to gemstone collecting, beauty is in the eye of the beholder, so buy what you think is attractive. It’s important to remember gemstone cuts are only one aspect of valuing a gem sone.


List of Gemstone Cuts
  1. Round
  2. Heart
  3. Radiant
  4. Princess
  5. Asscher
  6. Cushion
  7. Pear
  8. Emerald
  9. Oval
  10. Marquise
What is a fancy sapphire?

Example Collections

Collection #1
  • Stone Type: Sapphire
  • Colors: Purple, Yellow, Pink
  • Cuts: All Various Gem Cuts
  • Clarity: SI – VS Minimum
  • Origin: Tanzania, Madagasagar
Collection #2

Stone Type: Sapphire
Colors: All Colors
Cuts: Pear
Clarity: SI – VVS
Origin: Any source

Collection #3
  • Stone Type: Sapphire
  • Colors: Yellow
  • Cuts: Cushion, Pear, Round, Emerald, Radiant
  • Clarity: VS – VVS Minimum
  • Origin: Tanzania


Origins can play an important role in determining the value of a gemstone. While it doesn’t always matter to many collectors others prefer colors that certain areas produce. Colombian emeralds are a good example of a gemstone that someone would prefer over other origins. Notable sources of fancy sapphires include Tanzania, Madagascar, Myanmar, Thailand, India, Sri Lanka, and Australia.

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Published by East Liberty Coins and Gems

East Liberty Coins & Gems. We are an online Precious Metal & Gem Dealer. We carry Bullion, Numismatics coins, Ancient coins, and Precious gems (Emeralds, Rubies, and Sapphires/Coming in 2022). All orders ship from Halifax NovaScotia, Canada.

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