LUXURY

藍色魅影 The Blue Phantom

藍色被認為是世界上最安全的顏色,也是大多數人都喜愛且能接受的色彩。藍色寶石擁有無比神秘和優雅氣質,這些帶有藍色的寶石將藍色以最炫目的方式散發出光彩。

不可否認人們追逐美麗的珠寶,不僅僅因為它們美麗,更在於美麗珍稀,它們是大自然所創作出的藝術結晶,無法被複製,也無法被再生。在各種藍色系寶石中,較有特色的包括藍鑽、藍寶石、海藍寶石、坦桑石與托帕石等,帶有藍色的寶石家族一直在珠寶市場受到高度歡迎,所呈現的藍色也各有特色。

Blue is considered the safest color in the world, and it’s a popular and acceptable color for most people. Blue gemstone has an extraordinary character, mysterious and elegant, with the most gorgeous and vivid shades shining with a blue hue.

There is no denying that people chase beautiful pieces of jewelry, not only because of their attractiveness but also for their rarely seen beauty. They are the artworks created by natural crystallization, neither copiable nor regenerative. Among the various blue gemstones, the most distinctive ones are the Blue Diamond, Blue Sapphire, Aquamarine, Tanzanite, Topaz, etc. The family of blue gemstones has always been highly popular in the jewelry market and their shades of blue are individually distinctive.

藍鑽

鑽石的色澤因為受到內含物影響會有不同顏色的呈現,白鑽越偏黃價格越低,但帶有藍色的鑽石卻因為少見卻是要價高昂,深藍色鑽石尤其格外罕見,故為稀世珍品。藍鑽一般從天藍色、藍色到深藍色都有,與其他彩鑽不同之處在於,其形成過程中因含有微量「硼」元素,硼原子吸收了紅光會呈現藍色。藍鑽相當的罕有,據估計全球被發現的鑽石中,藍鑽機率僅佔二十萬分之一,意即每二十萬顆鑽石才有一顆藍鑽。HARRY WINSTON曾拍下一顆總重 13.22 克拉的Winston Blue藍鑽,被認為是目前同等級中最大的一顆稀世珍寶,它不僅綻放出令人屏息的美麗色彩,更呈現極致的閃耀光芒。因為稀有,藍鑽在所有彩鑽中價格連年攀升、漲幅最大。

Blue Diamond

The colors of diamonds are affected by the content of materials. The more yellow-tinted colorless diamonds cost less, but diamonds have much higher prices when having blue hues; that’s because Blue Diamonds with darker hues are hardly ever seen, they are exceptionally rare treasures. The Premier Mine in South Africa is the main source of blue diamond. They range in color from sky blue to dark blue; the trace amount of element boron it contains makes it different from other colored diamonds. Boron absorbs red light, so the light streams through the diamond have a blue hue. Blue Diamonds are extremely rare, it’s estimated that the rate of Blue Diamonds is one of 200,000 diamonds found in the world, which means just one out of 200,000 diamonds is blue. HARRY WINSTON who has purchased a 13.22-carat Blue Diamond called Winston Blue. It’s the largest known Blue Diamond in the world and has a breathtakingly beautiful color and extremely gorgeous streams. Because of its scarcity, the price of Blue Diamonds has the highest increase among all colored diamonds.

藍寶石

市面最常見到的藍色寶石非藍寶石莫屬,藍寶石是剛玉寶石,根據不同產地其顏色、透明度與飽和度都有差異,目前藍寶石的重要產地有喀什米爾、斯里蘭卡、馬達加斯加、緬甸、泰國等,不同產地因其天然環境的影響,所產出的藍寶石會有專屬的特徵內含物,也造就每個產地的藍寶石都帶有不一樣的韻味。在所有藍寶石呈現的藍色中,最為人所追捧的是矢車菊藍與皇家藍兩種藍寶石,前者以喀什米爾所產的藍寶石最為罕見,喀什米爾藍寶因其獨特的顏色、質地以及極端稀罕性,榮登傳奇之座。喀什米爾藍寶在1880年代於喀什米爾因山頂地形劇變而被發現,開採的時間只有在1881年到1887年間,並在短短數年間就絕礦了,因此市面上極為少見罕有。

傳說中的頂級喀什米爾藍寶石擁有彷彿藍色矢車菊般高貴的正藍色,而且散發出獨一無二、猶如柔軟天鵝絨狀的外觀,已經成為珠寶界的頂級藏品。卡地亞在1949年製作了一枚品牌代表性作品:獵豹胸針,一只以鉑金打造鑲滿鑽石的獵豹蜷伏在一顆重達152.35克拉的凸圓形藍寶石上,這顆藍寶石就是喀什米爾藍寶,當年由溫莎公爵夫人購得,後由卡地亞購回列為典藏。

如果擁有矢車菊藍的喀什米爾藍寶是傳奇,那麼擁有深沈的皇家藍藍寶石就是貴族,兩者顏色都飽和濃郁,但矢車菊藍色澤較為清亮,皇家藍則更沈穩深邃,優質的皇家藍藍寶石多產自緬甸與斯里蘭卡。

Blue Sapphire

The most commonly seen gemstone, Blue Sapphire, is a kind of corundum. Its color, clarity, and color saturation may vary according to different places of origin. Currently, the important sources of the Blue Sapphire are Kashmir, Sri Lanka, Madagascar, Myanmar, Thailand, etc. Of all the blue colors that the Blue Sapphire has, cornflower blue and royal blue are the most popular. The former Blue Sapphires discovered in Kashmir are the most rarely seen; Kashmir Sapphires gained the legendary reputation of being highly rare because of their unique color, quality, and extreme scarcity. Kashmir Sapphires were discovered during the 1880s by dramatic changes of terrain near the summit in Kashmir, the period of mining was between 1881 to 1887, within only a few years, the mining ended and it became extremely rare.

The legendary top class Kashmir Blue Sapphire has the authentic blue revealing a sense of nobility as blue cornflower as well as a unique velour like look making it the most valuable treasure in the world of jewelry. In 1949, CARTIER’s representative artwork, the Panther clip brooch, a panther made with platinum has its tail wrapping around a 152.35-carat protruding rounded blue sapphire; that blue sapphire is Kashmir Blue Sapphire and was purchased by the Duchess of Windsor, and CARTIER bought it back as an archive.

If owning a Kashmir Cornflower Blue Sapphire is a legend, owning a dark royal Blue Sapphire is noble. Both have a highly saturated color, the cornflower blue is brighter, and the royal blue is a color with deep-blue hues. Myanmar and Sri Lanka are the origins of high quality Royal Blue Sapphires.

坦桑石

電影鐵達尼號中的海洋之星,雖然原型是來自一顆重達45.52克拉、又被稱為藍鑽之王的Hope Diamond (希望鑽石),但真正出現在電影中的希望之星項鍊,所鑲嵌的其實不是藍鑽,而是坦桑石。坦桑石是這幾十年間才出現的寶石,出產於非洲的坦尚尼亞,在礦物學中屬於黝簾石族,成色呈現深邃湛藍略帶點紫的色調,1967年Tiffany & Co.以其產出國為這種寶石命名,進而推廣到了國際珠寶舞台,也由於坦尚尼亞是唯一的產地,而且根據推估坦桑石的礦藏量有限,大約到2025年就會開採完畢,因此在市場上受到了高度矚目與追逐。

Tanzanite

In the movie Titanic, The Heart of the Ocean is originated referring to the Hope Diamond. The Hope Diamond, known as the king of Blue Diamonds weighing 45.52 carats. However, in the movie, the necklace “Heart of the Ocean” is in fact made with Tanzanite. Tanzanite was found decades ago; Discovered in Tanzania of Africa, it’s classified as a zoisite in mineralogy with blue and violet hues. In 1967, the gemstone was given the name Tanzanite” by TIFFANY & CO., after Tanzania, the country in which it was discovered. Afterward, it was promoted to the international jewelry market. Because Tanzania is the only source as well as the limited amount of Tanzanite for mining only available until 2025, Tanzanite has become a highlight in the market that many people are pursuing.

海藍寶

藍色系譜除了濃郁的藍色,也有如天水合一的清亮透藍,清澈明亮的藍色寶石還有海藍寶,成色在天藍色至海藍色或帶綠的藍色之間,與祖母綠一樣屬於綠柱石的一種。以明潔無瑕、濃艷的艷藍至淡藍色者為最佳,具特殊光學效應的海藍寶石價格更高。顏色、凈度、切工相同的海藍寶石,克拉重量越大,價值越高。  

Aquamarine

In addition to the dark, rich blue color, the pedigree of blue hues includes the clear sky-water blue. Aquamarine has clear and bright hues, which are the blue color classified between the sky-blue and green-blue color; it’s in the family of Beryl, the same family as Emeralds. The blue colors ranging from dark to light hues with a clear and flawless quality are the best colors of Aquamarine; the optical phenomenon increases the price of Aquamarine. When having the same color, clarity, cut, the aquamarine with larger carat has higher value and price.

帕拉伊巴

帕拉伊巴碧璽為電氣石的一種,也是碧璽的頂級品種,1989年才在巴西的Paraiba州產出,在極短的時間裡價格飛速飆漲,可說是當今熱門且最昂貴的寶石之一,許多頂級珠寶品牌如蕭邦、海瑞溫斯頓、寶格麗、CHAUMET等都有推出過嵌有帕拉伊巴的作品。帕拉伊巴主要色調從綠色、藍色到藍紫色都有,但又與一般偏暗沉的藍色非常不同,有些像海水藍那般清澈的藍,也有些藍中帶綠如一池靜謐湖水,成色都非常清亮純透。產自帕拉伊巴的帕拉伊巴碧璽擁有獨特霓虹電光的藍色,有人將其稱為電光藍,最為珍貴,雖然現在尼日利亞和非洲東南部莫桑比克也有產出帕拉伊巴,但後兩地的帕拉伊巴碧璽卻沒有電光藍這般的霓虹藍調。

Paraiba

Paraiba is the finest tourmaline, it was first discovered in the Brazilian state of Paraiba in 1989. With reaching the unheard-of price in a very short time, it has become one of the most popular and expensive gemstones. A lot of jewelry brands, such as CHOPARD, HARRY WINSTON, BVLGARI, CHAUMET, etc. have launched products with Paraiba Tourmalines. The gem colors of Paraiba Tourmaline include green, blue, and violet; but these colors are not classified into the group of general dark-blue colors as some are clear ocean blue, while some are lake-water blue with a blue-green hue; all colors are very bright and pure. The Paraiba Tourmalines from the Brazilian State of Paraiba with a unique neon blue color, which is known as Blue Tourmaline, is very precious and rare. Although Nigeria and Mozambique located in south-east Africa have found Tourmalines, but the neon-blue of Brazillian Paraibas remains distinctively.

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