Gem Buying Guide:

White Sapphires

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What is a White Sapphire?

White Sapphires are actually colorless Sapphires. They are the purest form of Sapphire because it is the lack of trace elements that makes a colorless, or white, Sapphire. As with diamonds, there are often faint amounts of color but it shouldn’t be noticeable to the naked eye. Anything that appears yellowish, pink, or grey should be avoided for Venus stones. 

Do I need a flawless White Sapphire?

The clarity of Sapphires is probably the most important factor when selecting a stone for astrology, but also one of the most difficult things to gauge. All Sapphires are considered a Type II gemstone, which means they always form with some growth characteristics in them. A perfectly flawless Sapphire under magnification is extremely rare and not a realistic criteria. Instead, the stones should be eye flawless and under magnification avoid any but the most minute inclusions. The gem should have no cracks or cloudiness, nor any crystals that disrupt the flow of light in the stone. There also shouldn’t be any moderate to significant color zoning (streaks of transparency with no color). Characteristics like silk (the gemological term for trace minerals of rutile) are considered ok in moderation. Only a trained gemologist should analyze a stone under magnification to determine its clarity level. 

What size White Sapphire do I need?

As with other sapphires, it is recommended to wear one that is over 2 carats. Stones that have exceptional clarity can be less than 2 carats but the larger the stone the better the effect. So if you’re looking for a strong dose of Venus, you might want to consider something in a larger carat size if your budget allows. White Sapphires are some of the few Sapphires that come in large sizes so you can even find untreated stones in excess of 10 carats and occasionally even as high as 15 carats!

What shape of White Sapphire is best?

The shape of the stone you get is not as important as the quality of the cutting of the stone. The shapes can be round, oval, square, rectangle, triangular, pear, etc. The stones should be cut symmetrically so that the bottom point or line of the stone is located centrally under the table (the central face of the stone). Stones should also not be overly shallow, where there is a window of transparency through the center. Gemstones should be cut to enhance the energy of the stone so the cut should be brilliant and pleasing.