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Widely known as teal, this dark cyan-like hue was originally named after the bluish-green stripe around the eyes of an Eurasian duck. In recent years, the gem’s mesmerizing marine hue - reminiscent of serene oceans and the mysterious green of our lands has redefined the jewellery market for unique colored gemstones, capturing the imaginations of consumers especially amongst the millennial and Gen-Z says Gemologist & Journalist Isabella Yan
By: Diamond World News Service
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Nov 28 2020 1:07PM
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The main sources of teal sapphires are Montana, Australia, Madagascar, Ethiopia and Nigeria, all equally important with differences in tone, intensity and brightnessThe USA is amongst teal sapphire’s most ardent consumers, followed by Australia, France, UK, and Asia. Public awareness regarding teal sapphires has grown in the last five years and will continue to grow, says Navneet Agarwal, Marketing Manager of Navneet Gems & Minerals Limited Co., a gem manufacturer based in Bangkok.

Like a Mermaid
Bold flashes of soft green mixed with a kiss of blue, teal sapphires have earned various trade names like “Mermaid” sapphire. “Mermaid sapphires are a subset of teal sapphires which have a specific color ratio of 50% blue and 50% green. Mermaid sapphires are the top color of teal sapphires,” says Agarwal. He speculates that this 50-50 colour ratio of blue and green may have the potential to scale up in prices like a perfect padparadscha colour. “Like padparadscha, each teal sapphire appears to have a unique personality reflected in its color variations.”

The main sources of teal sapphires are Montana, Australia, Madagascar, Ethiopia and Nigeria, all equally important with differences in tone, intensity and brightness. Teal sapphires have been actively mined for more than 100 years in Montana’s Rock Creek and Potentate Mining is among the industry’s premier local producers. “Montana’s teal sapphires have sporadically been on the market since the late 1990s. When we tested the market in 2014-2015, there was general ambivalence and dismissiveness about these unique colors from the Rock Creek Sapphires but we have seen a paradigm shift,” says Warren Boyd of Potentate Mining. He adds, “We could accredit this surge in interest to the discovery of the first teal sapphires in Montana.” According to Agarwal, “the interest also piqued when Australian teal sapphires were discovered with their unique coloring. yielding both teal and only a few rare mermaid sapphires of excellent quality. The challenge lies in finding rare topgrade teal or “Mermaid” sapphires of superior clarity and cut. “We source our teal sapphires from well-known mines all over the world. The choice of source depends on the quality and their ethical sourcing.”

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