Chatham introduces lab grown purple sapphire as another option to the traditional February birthstone, amethyst. Comparatively, purple sapphire displays brighter and more brilliant color than amethyst. Purple sapphire not only looks beautiful but also better suits daily wear as a more durable stone. However, this sought-after gemstone costs more as well. In fact, the average consumer can’t afford high-quality purple sapphire.

Fortunately, Chatham lab grown purple sapphire displays the beauty of the finest mined purple sapphire. Important to realize, they also share the exact same physical and chemical properties. Better yet, Chatham lab grown gemstones impact the environment less than mined gems. With this in mind, we take pride in making this rare gem more available for the modern woman.

In summary, Chatham offers a gorgeous February birthstone alternative in lab grown purple sapphire. Not to mention, it’s also a more socially and environmentally responsible fashion choice than amethyst. But that’s not all! Let’s explore the many reasons why Chatham lab grown purple sapphire shines as an excellent amethyst alternative.

Chatham Delivers High Quality Lab Grown Purple Sapphire

High quality purple sapphire and amethyst both display similar purple hues. In fact, people often confuse purple sapphire with amethyst. However, purple sapphire shows a higher level of color saturation. This makes it appear more vivid than amethyst of the same quality.

Amethyst differs again in that it tends to display more color variety. Another way amethyst differs is in its sensitivity to heat and light. In contrast, fine purple sapphire maintains a stable, true purple color. This is likewise the case with Chatham lab grown purple sapphire.

Chatham lab grown purple sapphire magnified by a loupe

The Chatham Difference

However, color zoning makes purple sapphire very difficult to produce. This occurs just like in nature since we control the growing environment so that crystals grow naturally. In other words, we don’t “make” gems. Instead, we recreate the same conditions in which gems grow under the earth.

As a result, the sapphire crystals also grow cleaner than those mined from the earth. It’s similar to how the ice formed in your freezer is cleaner and more perfect than ice from a lake. But it’s still ice. In a way, what we do is a sophisticated high-tech version of freezing water to form ice.

On top of this, we cut away 80% of the rough crystal for only the highest quality gemstones. More specifically, we cut around inclusions—a natural part of crystal growth. This ensures all of our gemstones have the finest brilliance, clarity, and color. But don’t take our word for it, see for yourself at a Chatham retailer near you.

Chatham lab grown purple sapphire gemstones with Chatham Lifetime Warranty card

Lab Grown Purple Sapphire Better Suits Daily Wear

In addition to its undeniable beauty, Chatham lab grown purple sapphire offers more durability than amethyst. In detail, amethyst scores a 7 on the Mohs scale of Hardness. Purple sapphire, conversely, ranks 9 on the Mohs scale. This makes sapphire one of the hardest gemstones, second only to diamond. Therefore, purple sapphires are durable and easy to care for. In other words, they perfectly suit everyday wear.

Chatham’s Lifetime Warranty

But Chatham goes another step further to protect your family heirloom. Firstly, Chatham holds all of our lab grown gemstones to the highest standards before they leave the lab. Additionally, we protect all Chatham lab grown color gemstones with a Lifetime Warranty.

The Lifetime Warranty covers your Chatham lab grown purple sapphire if it chips or breaks under ordinary circumstances. In that case, we will repair or replace it at our option. With this in mind, you can wear your Chatham lab grown purple sapphire confidently as everyday elegance.

Lab Grown Purple Sapphire Costs Less Than Mined Purple Sapphire

Chatham lab grown purple sapphire comes with yet another benefit: the price difference. When comparing, take a lab grown purple sapphire and a mined purple sapphire of equal size and quality.

Since Chatham lab grown purple sapphires match the quality of the finest mined purple sapphires, the price difference can be considerable. In fact, they can cost as much as $4,500 less per carat. We’re proud to make this rare sapphire more accessible to the modern fashionista.

Lab Grown Purple Sapphire Has Less Impact on the Environment

As stated before, we’re proud to be the pioneers of lab grown gemstones. Our passion for providing more responsible luxury fashion choices drives this honor. After all, it’s no secret that mining gemstones and diamonds impacts the surrounding areas in long lasting ways. But growing these precious gems in a lab creates the same materials that miners harvest from the earth.

While no products have zero environmental impact, lab grown gemstones don’t require moving large amounts of earth like mining. In addition, there’s no chance of drinking water pollution. Although, crystal growers use energy and chemicals derived from the earth. However, the carbon footprint of crystal growth is a small fraction of mining.

Plus, mining involves countless unspeakable human rights violations. Therefore, choosing lab grown purple sapphire is a more socially responsible choice as well. On top of that, your Chatham purchase helps support a number of causes.

Chatham lab grown purple sapphire gemstones with purple flowers

Purple Sapphire Holds Great Significance

Not only does purple sapphire resemble the February birthstone, but it also shares much of the same mystique. Take the most well-known purple sapphire, for example: the Delhi Purple Sapphire. In truth, this famous gem isn’t a sapphire at all. Rather, it’s an amethyst.

To begin with, a British soldier stole this mistaken purple sapphire from the Temple of Indra. What’s more, this temple belonged to the Hindu god of war and weather. After a series of misfortunate events, the owner concluded that the amethyst was “trebly accursed.” For that reason, he tried to get rid of it. But each owner returned it. Of course, they blamed the stone for their new misfortunes.

London’s Natural History Museum’s Vault Collection now displays this mysterious Delhi Purple Sapphire. However, other purple sapphires and amethysts are not regarded as bad luck. Instead, purple sapphires carry all of the romance and prestige of the more common blue sapphire

In fact, couples traditionally celebrate their 45th wedding anniversary with purple sapphire. Even more than blue sapphire, the color purple has long represented royalty and elegance. It’s also seen as a symbol of wisdom, creativity, and spirituality.

Chatham lab grown purple sapphire gemstones with purple silk

Chatham Lab Grown Purple Sapphire Presents More Fashion Opportunities

Since purple sapphire costs so much due to its rarity, today’s fashion seldom sees it. However, Chatham’s lab grown technology makes it more available to the average fashionista.

Better yet, we cut lab grown purple sapphire in a wide selection of shapes to fit any style. Together with our skilled master cutters, Chatham lab grown technology opens the door to luxury fashion. Book an appointment with a Chatham retailer to view the beauty of Chatham lab grown purple sapphire in person.

As a February birthstone alternative or your signature color, Chatham lab grown purple sapphire offers everyday elegance. Design your custom lab grown purple sapphire piece today with a Chatham jeweler near you.