I actually expect perplexed looks when folks first learn that sapphires occur in every color since sapphires and gems in general, are not at the forefront of most people’s mind. They are exotic and ancient – thought of as symbols of power, wealth and luxury. While historically that is true, at the end of the day, they are minerals produced by various types of geologic activity with a wide variety of uses besides adornment.

For the average person seeing a pink or yellow sapphire for the first time can lead to a life long hobby of collecting and learning. Like crows, us humans are attracted to shiny objects that we wish to take home. Once a bit of knowledge is gained, wonderment can take hold with the understanding that gems are something nature has made and man has learned to fashion and enhance their beauty – at this discovery you might consider yourself captured, or at least that’s what happened to me.

When I look at a gem of any quality my mind doesn’t go to value or potential profit but rather to questions: where did this mineral come from? Is there something peculiar about this gem that others of the same type do not exhibit? Are its inclusions and color notable? Will it be beautiful in jewelry and make someone happy to own? I can assure you I’m the ultimate crow. I want to bring home all of the shiny gems only to get them out every so often to just take a gander, then squirrel them away in my nest. Though once reality sets in that I cannot keep them all, my lovely wife Terri has a way of prying them out of me so our electricity remains on.

I still remember the first gem I sold back in 1984. It was a 5ct purple star sapphire that I had shown a North Carolina jeweler and he called a few days after my visit and made the purchase. I can still see the star in my minds eye; its body color and the sharpness of its ray. A touching part of this exchange was the kindness shown to an obvious “new-by” gem dealer by a highly respected jeweler who was nearing the end of his career. So, my hope is that you find a glimmer of that spark like I still do, when looking at gems and jewelry – and that purple star sapphire? I wish I had kept it!