Sapphires are on the whole, very durable stones and are safe to use in jewellery dips and ultra-sonic cleaners, however avoid;
Using heat with untreated stones as this could affect the colour and future recertification
Coating with borax before applying heat as borax may eat into sapphires.
More care is needed with treated stones.
Sapphires can be treated to improve colour by a process called diffusion. Older stones treated in this way may only have treatment near the surface, so if you become aware that you or a customer has a stone treated in this way avoid;
Sapphire Lore and Symbolism
Sapphire is the birthstone for September and the zodiac gemstone for Taurus. They are also recommended for couples celebrating their 45th wedding anniversary.
Historically Sapphire is a very important gemstone. Since the middle ages Sapphire has symbolized peace, purity and tranquility from the heavens. Sapphires were thought to bestow peace and harmony and protect the wearer from poison, fever and illness.
Today many women wear sapphire because the calming nature of the blue colour makes it a symbol for trust, loyalty and inner peace.
Money Back Guarantee
We offer a full 21 day money back guarantee. If you are not 100% happy then return the item for a full refund minus the cost of postage.
At TheGemBank.com we pride ourselves on informed, accurate product knowledge. Please phone our customer service department if you have any questions about of our items. ph: +44 (0)20 72423748
Money Back Garantee Conditions and Return Instructions
If you decide to return an item contact TheGemBank on ph: +44 (0)20 72423748 before posting the item. This is in order to obtain a return code and full return instructions. Returned orders without a return code and packages that are improperly packaged and/or insured or packages that show signs of tampering, will not be accepted.
Conditions for refund:
Call and speak to a member of staff before returning the item.
Items must be returned within 21 days of delivery.
Items must be returned in original, undamaged and unused condition.
Items will be refunded, minus the cost of postage. We do not charge a restocking fee.
Items should be posted by signed for post and be fully insured to the value of the gemstone.
We cannot take responsibility for damaged items or items lost in the post.
Local taxes and customs are non-refundable by TheGemBank.
At TheGemBank.com we are very proud to offer FREE SHIPPING.
Shipping is free to International and UK customers.
Shipping by TheGemBank is insured. Items are insured from the moment the item leaves our premises until the point that someone signs for the package.
All items will be shipped within 3 days of the full payment being cleared.
Shipping within the UK
Shipping within the UK is free and items are sent using the Royal Mail Special Delivery Next Day service. This service requires a signature to confirm receipt so please ensure that somebody is available to sign for the package.
Shipping is free on all items and items are sent using Fed-ex International Priority. TheGemBank does not take tax, however taxes may be taken by your country.
A Word About Our Images at TheGemBank.com
We pride ourselves on our honest and accurate images of our gemstones. Our aim is to represent the gem exactly as it is. To achieve this;
We only resize and crop raw images and do not digitally alter the images in any other way.
We don’t use post production to alter any aspect of the image, such as colour, contrast or brightness.
The gem in the image is the gem offered for sale. We do not use ‘stock pictures’.
Images are taken at much greater than x10 magnification. Inclusions and colour variations that are clear in an image may not be apparent in person.
All images are taken under normal London daylight conditions and sunlight lamps.