Sapphires

Being one of the ‘’Big Five’’ gemstones Sapphires have been treasured for thousands of years; the ancient Romans polished them to be worn as jewellery very much like we do today. Along with diamonds, emeralds, rubies and tanzanite, being part of the ‘’Big Five’’ Sapphires are extremely popular and make the perfect special gift.

The best-known sapphires are rich in hues of blue however; they come in every colour of the rainbow – including green, orange, pink and yellow. Sapphires can also come in red but they are better known as Rubies.

Wondering where Sapphires get their colours from? Their colour comes from trace elements in the mineral corundum. The blue Sapphire is formed when the mineral corundum contains iron and titanium whereas elements of chromium can turn the corundum pink and the more chromium there is a Ruby is formed.

The rarest Sapphire to date is the Padparadscha Sapphire which is rich with blushes of pink and fiery orange – the name comes from word ‘lotus flower’ the primary sacred language of Hinduism known as Sanskrit,  the word sapphire itself originates from the Greek word sappherios.

When it comes to Sapphires, beauty is in the eye of the beholder, where the Sapphire that can be every colour of the rainbow, and varies in shades depending on which way you tilt it,  it can be a desirable stone to many but yet undesirable to some. Being one of the most durable gemstones Sapphires are found in many places of the world including; Sri Lanka, Malawi, Australia, Madagascar and America not only this, but Sapphires are naturally occurring and have other uses such as Sapphire crystal glass a popular choice used on the all-famous Omega watches and various other timepieces such as the new Apple watch.

For many years Sapphires have been related back to magical and mystical powers, numerous cultures believed they protect the person wearing them from evil and darkness not only this, but dating back to the middle ages Europeans believed that Sapphires cured health related problems such as eye diseases.

Being the birthstone of September the Sapphire is a symbol of nobility and faithfulness, those born under the Virgo star sign are described as kind, hardworking and practical beings. The deep blue Sapphire is often associated with royalty, first making a royal entrance the Sapphire was presented to Lady Diana in February 1981 by Charles, Prince of Wales. Consisting of 14 solitaire diamonds surrounding a blue 12 carat deep blue Sapphire featuring the oval cut, it then made a second appearance when Lady Diana’s first son Prince William proposed to the Duchess of Cambridge Kate Middleton on October 20th 2010.

Sapphire Jewellery