Australian Sapphire Buying Guide

Choosing a sapphire

About sapphires

Certification

Caring for your sapphire

SAPPHIRES

Sapphires have been prized from antiquity.

Though most people associate sapphire with the color blue, sapphires  actually come in a wide spectrum of colors.

The history of  sapphire mining in Australia stretches back over 150 years. One of the first reports is from 1851 when sapphire was found in New South Wales.

All Richlands sapphires are mined in Central Queensland at our Capricorn Sapphire Mine.

The only gem rated more durable than a sapphire is a diamond.

Sapphire is the birthstone for September and the gem of the 5th and 45th anniversaries.

CHOOSING A SAPPHIRE

COLOR

Richland specializes in natural green, yellow, and multi-colored sapphires. These colors are entirely natural, and the result of the crystals’ exposure to different natural chemicals during formation. Learn more…

CLARITY

Sapphires typically have some inclusions, and those which are flawless are rare and come with a price premium. Some Richland sapphires contain visible inclusions – the details of which are clearly disclosed and documented. Learn more… 

CUT

Cut means the overall shape of the gemstones, as well as how skillfully the cutter has faceted and polished the stone to be brilliant and reflect light. Learn more…

CARAT WEIGHT & SIZE

Sapphire cuts vary, so each sapphire’s size is best measured by carat weight as well as face-up dimensions. Learn more…

CERTIFICATION

GUARANTEED ORIGIN

All of our sapphires were responsibly mined at Richland’s Capricorn Sapphire mine in Queensland, Australia. See the source…

A certificate, which verifies the origin and guarantees each sapphires authenticity, is provided for every Richland gemstone. Learn more…

GEMOLOGICAL REPORT

Each stone is also accompanied by a full gemological report completed by Richland’s Gemological Institute of America trained Gemologist. Learn more…

CARING FOR YOUR SAPPHIRE

Sapphires are relatively hard-wearing and make excellent engagement rings. Sapphires can be cleaned at home with warm water and any cleaning detergent. Learn more…

ABOUT SAPPHIRES

TREATMENTS

All of our Australian Sapphires are natural sapphires, formed in Queensland, Australia.

The majority of the world’s sapphires are heat-treated to improve color, clarity, and overall appearance. It is an accepted industry standard. Many of our sapphires are heated, however we will also carry rare, unheated sapphires at a price premium. Learn more…

Inform yourself

Where are Richlands Sapphires mined? Discover the Capricorn Sapphire Mine, where we mine natural green, blue and multicolored sapphires.

See the source of our sapphires