Color and Clarity
Sapphires are actually the second hardest gemstone known to man, right after the diamond. They are not abundantly found, typically only mined in Kashmir, Burma and Sri Lanka. However, the most recent deposit of Sapphires has been found in Madagascar, which produces a variety of different colored Sapphires. The value of these gemstones depends on deepness of color and translucency, with the more color-saturated and clear stones carrying the highest value. Blue is, of course, the most valued color of the Sapphire family.