Blue Sapphire (Neelam)

Blue Sapphire (Neelam)


Blue Sapphire (Neelam)

Guided by the mighty planet Saturn, Blue Sapphire (Neelam), is one of the central gems within the Navratna (9 grahas). Associated with loyalty and clarity, these powerful gemstones are a key part of the corundum family where the name sapphire represents only the timeless midnight blue variety. Colored by the presence of titanium and iron, these elegant hues are most attractive when they come with velvety, slightly violetish blue hues.

Color: Velvety violetish blue sapphires with an even body-color
Finger: Worn on the middle on the right hand, with the gemstone touching the body
Neck: Worn as a pendant with the gemstone touching the body
Metal: Yellow or white gold makes a great combination with the cool, soothing tones of the blue sapphire
Zodiac Sign: Libra (western), Capricorn and Aquarius (Vedic)

Often selected for engagement rings in the west, blue sapphires symbolize love, loyalty, and friendship and are the perfect addition of color to add to any big day. Indian astrology on the other hand maintains this Saturn gem, to be an unbelievably powerful gemstone that can instantly turn one’s life around. Offering healing and protection from accidents, these gems are believed to promote a better mental balance.

Birthstone for the month of September, these incredibly durable blue charmers are perfect for jewelry to help channelize good energies, believed to maximize the power of the gemstone.

The gem that embodies an entire galaxy within, the natural Blue Sapphire is a gemstone that can transform one's life when correctly worn.


  • Wealth

  • Fertility 

  • Love and joy

  • Mental calmness from anxiety

Quality is everything for the natural blue sapphire; it determines the value and the place of the gemstone on the market. With certification, understanding the quality of the gem becomes clearer and more reliable, giving an insight into its history and treatments the gem has undergone. At Navratan, each gemstone comes with a third-party certificate tabulating every aspect of the gemstone.

Color: An even, velvety blue body color with a hint of violet and just the right internally vivid saturation intensity is the ideal range of color for natural blue sapphires. Gems that display dark tones with an almost black interior are placed lower in terms of value.

Clarity: Most inclusions narrate a different story when it comes to value, and in the case of the natural blue sapphire, the presence of tiny needle-like inclusions or silk that scatter light, improves the desirability and velvety appearance of the sapphire. Eye-clean natural blue sapphires without prominent fingerprints and color zoning constitute the top-quality gems on the market.

Treatments: Understanding how the gemstone has been modified to improve its salability makes a big difference in the value of the natural blue sapphire. With untreated sapphires being most desirable even in Vedic astrology, there is a range of treatments accepted by the gemstone industry. Heat treatments, glass filling with cobalt, and lattice diffusion, although improving the appearance of the gemstone, must be disclosed clearly at the time of purchase.



Origin tends to play a part in both the price and quality of the gemstone. Stunning blues from Kashmir thanks to their beautiful cornflower blues make up the best gemstones ever seen in history. Burmese gems and Srilankan (Ceylon) gems tend to have deeper tones with a lustrous midnight inky blue. Thai gems, although mostly heated, appear dark and can sometimes even have a greyish green tint. At Navratan, our collection of in-house gems come from a range of origins offering a plethora of choices to pick from.

Blue Sapphires are the ideal gemstone for everyday jewels. Their hard and durable exterior, make them resilient to wear and tear and are placed at 9 on the Moh scale of hardness. A blue visual display when light hits the gem, a beautiful natural blue sapphire will instantly remind you of a calming midnight sky.

An exclusive gemstone in its entirety, for the natural blue sapphire rarity and quality, go hand in hand. This makes the price of a desirable natural Blue Sapphire (Neelam) fall anywhere between INR 5,000-15,000 per carat and can go upward INR 100,000 per carat.

Understanding the price of the natural blue sapphire boils down to the following factors:

Color: An even royal blue that allows just the right amount of light into the gemstone, without any color zoning is a highly sought-after gems.
Clarity: Although internal features are inevitable, eye-clean gemstones demand higher values compared to heavily included natural sapphires. Fingerprints, crystals, needles can sometimes lower the durability of the gemstones making it imperative to understand the quality of the gemstone.
Carat Weight: Blue sapphires come in a range of sizes, from anywhere under a carat to larger gems sometimes even reaching around 20 carats (although extremely rare). The larger the gemstone with eye-clean appearances, paired with good color, the rarer its availability on the market.
Mining Location: Srilankan (Ceylon) Sapphires demand higher prices because of their clarity and excellent color, whereas Thai yellow sapphires are often heat-treated dropping their values.
Treatments: Unheated and untreated natural sapphires are far superior in terms of value, as enhancements only improve the appearance and saleability of a lower quality gem. Heat treatment gems are the next best option version of a natural untreated sapphire.
Mining Location: Kashmir, Burmese, and Srilankan gemstones fetch higher values thanks to their excellent colors. Thai sapphires are mostly commercial gems that sell at much cheaper rates as they are mostly treated.

Caring for your natural Blue Sapphire is imperative. Gemstones over time tend to attract dirt and grime and need an occasional bath. 

A safe way to clean your Blue Sapphire jewelry is:

  • Place gemstone studded jewelry in a bowl of warm soapy water, away from a basin

  • In the bowl scrub the piece lightly with an old, soft-bristled toothbrush

  • In the bowl, rinse with clean water 

  • Wipe dry

Bowl is to catch gemstones that might come out of their setting but can be returned to the jeweler to be reset. 

Do not use any harsh chemicals, light hand soap will work.

Jewelry pieces set with enamel and Kundan work should never be washed or put into an ultrasonic machine.

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    Which Blue Sapphire is best for me?

    Choosing a gemstone is a very personal experience, and yet gemstones have a magical way of choosing their wearers. Find a color that ignites your soul, and verify this with an astrologer to understand if the gemstone's healing effects are aligned with yours.

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    Can I pair the Blue sapphire with other gemstones?

    An easy pair with diamonds, blue sapphires are dominant and powerful gemstones and can be worn with other gems. In Vedic astrology, the blue sapphire is incredibly powerful and must be consulted with an astrologer before wearing the gem.
    www.navratan.com  allows you a 10-day Return Window to physically see the piece before committing to it.

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    Which color of Blue sapphire is the best in astrology?

    Natural, deep, saturated blues are highly recommended when it comes to astrological healing. Effective gemstones with intense power, the blue sapphire can occasionally have adverse effects and must be verified with an astrologer who can suggest which color of blue sapphire will best suit you.

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    What is the ideal carat weight for a Blue Sapphire?

    Blue Sapphires used for astrological healing should be above 3 carats or 5 rattis. This amplifies the gem's restorative qualities.

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    Why is there such a difference in the price of the Blue Sapphire?

    Priced on their appearance and quality, every natural Blue Sapphire is unique and is thus priced differently. Understanding the beauty, color and value of the gemstone paired with its carat weight are all attributed to the differences seen in price. For eg. Eye clean gemstones with lustrous midnight blue colors could fetch higher values as compared to larger gems with eye-visible inclusions.

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