are sapphires more rare than diamonds?

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  • lb2k
    Lv 4
    1 decade ago
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    First of all, diamonds are not as rare as people think. The perception that they are rare is perpetuated by heavy advertising and marketing. Billions of dollars are spent to keep demand high. It is no secret that the prices of diamonds are also kept artificially high through tight supply chain management, ie. a limited number is released to a select few distributors who in turn re-sell it down the supply chain. The exceptions? Fancy colored diamonds, large sized diamonds with good color, clarity and cut grades, phenomenal diamonds (color-change) etc.

    Back to your question. It's hard to give a straight answer because it really depends. There are so many variables! Size, Quality, Origin etc...

    To make things simple, I'll just put it this way - an extra, extra fine sapphire (ie. top quality) from Kashmir or Burma is rarer than the majority of D Flawless diamonds; and a mediocre sapphire is as rare as a mediocre diamond.

    Gemologists do not differentiate gemstones along the "precious" "semi-precious" line because it is grossly inaccurate. For instance, tourmalines are usually considered "semi-precious". However, a fine Paraiba tourmaline is more expensive than many rubies and sapphires. In this day and age, the "precious" "semi-precious" classification is just meaningless. ALL gemstones are precious. In particular, I think many fine colored stones such as Tanzanite, Tsavorite, Jadeite, Red Spinel and so on, are much rarer than diamonds in general.

    Source(s): I LOVE gemstones and I'm a gemologist
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  • 3 years ago

    Rare Sapphires

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  • Jess
    Lv 4
    1 decade ago

    Most gemstones are actually more rare than diamonds. Diamond mines are plentiful but jewelry stores want people to think they are rare so they can make them expansive. As for sapphires being more rare, I dont know for certain, but I imagine they probably are.

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  • 1 decade ago

    Depends on what kind of sapphire. Now, emeralds are more rare that diamonds as well as alexandrite. But if you have two diamonds and one sapphire, the answer to you is more than obvious, now isn't it?

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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    NO....and we are running out of diamonds too.Sapphires can be...only when a very rare-large one...But Diamonds have always been at the top of the list.

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  • 1 decade ago

    Well actually Tanzanites are more rare than everything. They are the light purple color. I think they are my favorite stone other than diamonds...of course.

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  • 1 decade ago

    No. Sapphires are semi precious stones. Diamonds are full precious. They are harder to find then sapphires.

    Source(s): mermaidlover96@yahoo.com
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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    In some areas

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