A loose sapphire gemstone is a piece of rough with no settings or mounts. Sapphires can range from light blue, dark purple, and even black colors. The most expensive loose sapphire is the “Sri Lankan Blue” which was discovered in 1902 by Arthur C Clarke – he got his inspiration to write the 2001 Space Odyssey after viewing this remarkable stone. They are approximately $300 per carat depending on color grade and cut quality.
These loose sapphire gemstones come straight out of mines as they have not been put into any settings yet meaning that you will be able to design your own perfect ring/jewelry item using these stones as they are completely untampered.
Loose gemstones are loose gems that have not been set in a ring or other jewelry item. They can be loose stones, loose pearls, loose crystals, and more. Loose sapphires are one of the most popular loose gemstones and come in many different shades and cuts. These main points will help you determine if loose sapphire is the right choice for you: price point, quality of stone cut, and color selection.
Price Point: The cost to purchase a loose sapphire will vary depending on your budget and where you look (online vs brick-and-mortar stores). If money isn’t an issue for you but wants something high-end with the best possible color, loose sapphire with GIA certification is your best choice.
Quality of Stone Cut: This factor will be the most difficult to determine in advance because it’s often hard to tell what a loose stone has been cut like until you see it in person and observe the quality of its facets (angles) by holding it up towards light or looking through eye loupe at a jewelry store. You should expect to pay more for fine cuts, such as princess cut loose sapphires that catch and reflect light beautifully from all four sides compared to other less expensive shapes like round loose sapphires which only allow reflection from two faces.
Color Selection: While color can vary depending on where loose stones are mined, generally speaking, there isn’t much variance between loose sapphires from different locations. However, if you’re looking for a specific color of loose sapphire gemstones, it’s important to find stones that have been mined in the same geographic location as they were faceted because this is where they will most closely resemble their natural color.
Processing: how loose sapphire gems are processed can also vary drastically depending on what part of the world they come from and who actually cut them into shape (some companies do not cut but instead buy rough stones and ship them overseas). As loose stone producers refine methods over time to reduce fracturing rates during cutting, those new techniques may be used by some or all loose gemstone manufacturers there tends to be less variance with loose stones.
In conclusion, loose sapphire gemstones are very similar to faceted stones in most ways except their price point.