Movement in Gold Sheen Sapphire Price

The first and second quarter of 2017 have seen some interesting movement on the price of gold sheen sapphire.

Gold Sheen Sapphire Carat Price Q2 2017 Update
Gold Sheen Sapphire Carat Price Q2 2017 Update

The price for top grade stones has increased slightly in Q1 and remains stable though Q2. Meanwhile prices for all other grades took a dip in Q1 and remain constant in Q2, with the exception of the street price of grade 2 stones which improved in Q2.

It seems clear that the market is becoming more discerning, reflected in the willingness to pay for best quality material. The trend has been for increasing sales from repeat buyers, which have exceeded reported sales from first time buyers for the first time in Q1, and continuing into Q2. This is further reflected in the price drop of lowest grade material, where buyers have been able to negotiate pricing based on large volume orders.

Special promotions for new cutting and polishing techniques as well as the introduction of new cut types and increased presence at trade shows have all contributed to fluctuations in mid to high grade pricing.

Price Chart Key:

  • Grade 1 – No surface defects, no structural defects, or ‘very rare’
    Grade 2 – Eye clean surface, no structural defects, or ‘rare’
    Grade 3 – Minor surface defects, minor structural defects. or ‘common’
  • Anything less than Grade 3 is not available for sale and either discarded or re-cut.
  • “Buy” is the wholesale price for Grade 3 stones in large quantities over 10,000 carats
  • “Sell” is the price offered for sale from retail or trade fare for single stones or small sales.
  • “Street” is the negotiated price for small quantities of stones of various grades.

 

Gold Sheen Sapphire and Ruby in Mens Jewelry

Gold sheen sapphire and dark, vivid ruby is ideal for men’s jewelry.

Typical design styles for men’s jewelry use flat mountings with large(er) size gemstones.  This requires a faceted gem with a larger table size, or flatter cabochon that presents well, which favors opaque over transparent stones.

For example, this gold sheen sapphire ring has a 45ct stone with a 22mm x 16mm table. The faceting picks up brass, copper and gold tones as light plays across the surface.

45ct Gold Sheen Sapphire Men's Ring
45ct Gold Sheen Sapphire Men’s Ring

The rubies in these rings are cabbed from the same piece of rough ruby. In larger sizes, the dark tone with strong saturation is great for men’s rings, yet still beautifully feminine in smaller sizes.

20ct and 10ct Mens and Womens Ruby Cabochon Rings
20ct and 10ct Men’s and Women’s Ruby Cabochon Rings

David Yurman Feature Gold Sheen Sapphire in 2017 Lunar New Year Collection

Top ranked jewelry designer David Yurman today released their 2017 Lunar New Year Collection featuring Gold Sheen Sapphire.

“The Men’s DY Fortune collection includes designs crafted with octagonal cut stones – a reference to the lucky number 8. Evoke good karma with these extraordinary pieces.”

– David Yurman announcement newsletter

 

As for the octagonal cut, the raised facets presented quite a challenge for the cutting factory. Making that design in garnet is one thing, but quite a lot harder when cutting sapphire. Nevertheless, the skilled artisans rose to the challenge and filled the order ahead of time while achieving a remarkable consistency of 0.1mm tolerance.

I am very proud to have been able to meet the high quality demanded by David Yurman – which required a concerted team effort over three months. It simply would not have been possible without the dedication of Tanzim Khan and his exceptional team.

Amulet with Golden Sheen Sapphire
DY Fortune Faceted Amulet with Golden Sheen Sapphire in 18K Gold

 

The designs on the DY website are:

DY Fortune Faceted Amulet with Golden Sheen Sapphire in 18K Gold

DY Fortune Woven Station Bracelet with Golden Sheen Sapphire and 18K Gold, 11mm

 

If you would like more information on amazing Gold Sheen Sapphire, please see the information pages on my website – https://sjwgems.com/gold-sheen-sapphire/

If you are a jewelry designer and would like to make a trade enquiry, please contact me directly – steve@sjwgems.com

For other beautiful Gold Sheen Sapphire jewelry and rare and unique collectors pieces, look here – https://sjwgems.com/product-category/gemstones/gold-sheen-sapphire/

 

 

Wikipedia Article for Gold Sheen Sapphire

I have just completed the draft of a wikipedia article for gold sheen sapphire.  You can see the draft here – https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Draft:Golden_sheen_sapphire.

It’s been a long time since I tried to edit anything in Wikipedia, and it still remains a fairly esoteric publishing system.  But I have to say that the visual editor and upload wizards do make things quote a bit easier.

Here is one of the photos from the article:

Blue and gold gold sheen sapphire
Blue and gold gold sheen sapphire

Now just to wait while the Higher Powers of Wiki review the draft.  Hopefully it will not need too many revisions to get accepted in the article space.  I might just go sacrifice a chicken to appease the Wiki gods, just in case.

Gold Sheen Sapphire Article and Lab Report from GIT

The GIT (The Gem and Jewelry Institute of Thailand) has just completed an excellent lab report on gold sheen sapphire.  They have also featured gold sheen sapphire in the latest GIT magazine.

Gold Sheen Sapphire feature article in GIT Magazine
Gold Sheen Sapphire feature article in GIT Magazine July-August 2016

From the lab report:

GIT Gold Sheen Sapphire report

Golden Sheen and Non-Sheen Sapphires from Kenya
Nalin Narudeesombat, Saengthip Saengbuangamlam, Thanapong Lhuaamporn and
Thanong Leelawatanasuk
The Gem and Jewelry Institute of Thailand (Public Organization), Bangkok, 10500, Thailand
Abstract
A new variety of sapphire from Kenya with unique golden sheen ± star phenomena, the so- called
“Gold Sheen” sapphire has been introduced to the gem market in the last 6-7 years. This study was aimed
at characterizing both the sheen sapphire and non-sheen sapphire from the same locality. It was found that
both sheen and non-sheen samples shared somewhat similar inclusion assemblages, namely magnetite,
goethite, hematite, short needles and zircon. The sheen stones, however, were apparently translucent to
opaque with golden sheen ± star effect caused by the reflection of the light from the combination of dense
and well-oriented reddish brown platelets and short needle-like inclusions exsolved along three
crystallographic directions in the basal pinacoid of sapphire. The transparent-to-semi-transparent nonsheen
stones, in contrast, contained relatively much less amounts of platelets and needles. The advanced
analyses revealed that both sheen and non-sheen sapphires contained high iron content, including boehmite,
diaspore and kaolinite which were good indications of untreated stones.

 

The full report is available here:  http://www.git.or.th/2014/eng/testing_center_en/lab_notes_en/glab_en/2016/11/D5-A0210.pdf

 

Gold Sheen Sapphire in Jewelry

I had a number of pieces of my gold sheen sapphire collection made into jewelry.  This was partly on the recommendation of a friend, and partly for my own curiosity.

I am not by any means a jewelry designer, so i just gave some basic instructions to the goldsmith and let him come up with the settings he thought best.  I didn’t want to spend a lot on the manufacture, so I used silver with either yellow gold or rhodium plate.  The results turned out better than I expected:

Gold Sheen Sapphire Pendant
48 carat gold sheen sapphire pendant
Gold Sheen Sapphire Pendant
40 carat gold sheen sapphire pendant
Gold Sheen Sapphire Mens Ring
45 carat gold sheen sapphire mens ring. Not for sale – this one is mine!
Gold Sheen Sapphire Pendant
29 carat gold sheen sapphire. What better to enhance the beauty of the décolletage than a Gold Sheen Sapphire pendant?

Then, while sorting through my collection, I pulled out some of the larger cabs, and started to idly arrange them into a necklace pattern.  Hmm, I thought, that would make a pretty nice necklace. And so I ended up with this stunningly gorgeous necklace with over 300 carats of star gold sheen sapphire.

Gold Sheen Sapphire Necklace
300ct+ gold sheen sapphire necklace

Beautiful, isn’t it? But even more beautiful on a beautiful neckline:

Gold Sheen Sapphire Necklace
Star Gold Sheen Sapphire necklace – every stone will show a star with the light at the right angle, so the effect is stars appear as the wearer moves and light plays across the necklace.

Gold Sheen Sapphire Price Update

The price of gold sheen sapphire continues to rise.  This is the origional post of the two year price history – http://sjwgems.com/articles/price-of-gold-sheen-sapphire-2-year-history/.  Now here is the price update:

gold sheen sapphire price history
Gold Sheen Sapphire price history for 4th quarter 2016

I am not particularly surprised that the price of the highest grade cut is so strong.   The latest batch I reported here http://sjwgems.com/articles/new-factory-cuttings-gold-sheen-sapphire/ really are spectacular.

I heard a comment today from a long time collector and now investor in gold sheen sapphire.  He said “The more I handle and look at the goldsheen (sic) sapphires, the more I appreciate their unique beauty”. Which is my own sentiment exactly, and I think that is also evident in the strengthening market price.