Yellow Sapphires

Yellow Sapphire is treasured for its bright canary and soothing pastel colors, as well as its great durability. Because Sapphire is one of the hardest gems available, it makes a great engagement stone or diamond alternative. So, couples searching for a unique engagement ring may love this happy, sunny color.

Table, Depth & Other Specifications for Ideal Yellow Sapphires

A Yellow Sapphire’s “cut” refers mostly to its shape, but also to how well the stone is faceted. The cut quality of colored stones differs from cut quality of Diamonds in that Sapphire is cut to enhance its color. Because Sapphire is cut for color, and not sparkle, Sapphire cut is not graded by angles and proportions. Instead, gem experts analyze Sapphire cut by the pleasing nature of its shape, the symmetry of its facets, and its lack of windowing. Here’s a good way to analyze gemstone cut:


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AAA (Best)

AA (Good)

A (Fair-Poor)


Sapphires can be any shape. The outline should be pleasing to the eye!




Facet Symmetry

"Facet Symmetry" means that the small cuts all over your gem match each other like a mirror image from right to left.

Mirror Image

Slight Variation



"Windows" mean a watery, light pool in the center of your Sapphire through which you can see your finger.



Gem is See-Through


"Extinction" means dark areas of your gem.

Even Light/Dark

Slightly Too Dark

Gem is Too Dark

Color Recommendations for Yellow Sapphires

Color is the most important factor when choosing a Sapphire. The most sought-after Yellow Sapphires are medium-toned, vividly-saturated yellow. Some people refer to these stones as “canary.” In contrast, other couples prefer lighter-toned stones like soft pastels. Yellow Sapphire can also be slightly orangey or slightly lemon-limey. Just depends on what you want! They’re all great!

Your Yellow Sapphire’s “color” is described in terms of hue (yellow, orangey-yellow, greenish-yellow), tone (how light or dark the color is) and saturation (how vivid or brownish the color is). Its quality is also affected by how consistent the color is. That’s because having a vivid yellow stone with a pale yellow corner detracts from its beauty. Likewise, having a soft yellow stone with a vivid green streak would be distracting.

The chart below gives general guidance on judging Color:


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AAA (Best)

AA (Good)

A (Fair-Poor)


The main color of your Yellow Sapphire

Yellow or orangey-Yellow

Yellow or greenish-Yellow

Yellow or Brownish-Yellow


How light or dark your Yellow Sapphire is


Light or Dark

Very Light or Very Dark


How vivid or brownish your Yellow Sapphire is


Moderately Strong


Color Zoning

If there are streaks of brighter Yellow or different colors in your Yellow Sapphire




Clarity Recommendations for Yellow Sapphires

Yellow Sapphires are a “Type 2” gem, which means that gem experts expect them to have some birthmarks, called “inclusions.” However, Sapphires are regularly “eye clean,” meaning that although the gem has inclusions under magnification, you cannot see them with the naked eye. We suggest that couples should only consider Eye Clean and possibly Slightly Included stones, and only if the slight inclusion is barely noticeable. Here is a clarity chart to understand Sapphire clarity:


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AAA (Best)

AA (Good)

A (Fair-Poor)


Eye Clean

Visible Blemishes OK if Not Noticeable

Blemishes Detract From Beauty

Settings that Pair Well with Yellow Sapphires

Yellow Sapphire engagement rings look great in yellow gold as well as white gold, palladium, and platinum. The sunny color of Yellow Sapphire is not best suited for rose gold settings. We suggest accented settings for our Yellow Sapphire engagement ring couples, because the contrast of color against white diamonds really makes them pop. Here are our favorite Yellow Sapphire engagement rings:

Money Tips

Always make color your first priority. But, you don’t need a “vivid” yellow – moderately strong saturation is just as beautiful, and much less expensive.

3 Things to Ask Your Jeweler

  • 01.

    Photo & Video

    Always ask the jeweler you are buying from for a detailed picture. Look for pleasing shape, symmetrical facets, and beautiful color.

  • 02.

    Inspect It

    Ask the jeweler to pull the Sapphire and actually visually inspect it. Remember to check for consistent color, windowing, and extinction!

  • 03.

    Measure It

    Make sure your stone measures up to the size you want. Sapphire is heavier than diamond – so a 2.0 ct Sapphire will appear smaller than a 2.0 ct Diamond.

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