One thing I have been trying to get right for a while is how to capture the beauty of Gold Sheen Sapphire in a photo. I have tried many combinations of light and camera settings, with a very good digital SLR, and yet in some cases just the camera on my smartphone seems to take better pictures.
Capturing the inherent beauty of Gold Sheen Sapphire is one thing, but then describing it is another. Using the standard gemology grading we only have ‘brown’ to describe the prominent colour. There is no descriptor for the metallic gold, bronze, copper and brass, not for the colours of metallic blue, greens orange and yellow that often appear as secondary and tertiary colours.
And then, how to describe the geometric patterns and craze lines within the gem? Which to me are by far it’s most appealing aspect.
Like ruby, Gold Sheen Sapphire is at its best under warm light, in the mornings and evenings. Yet under direct, cool light, aspects within the gem can be seen that were otherwise hidden, and vivid blues can emerge in strong white light that make it look like sapphire set in a cage of bronze.