Sapphire Jewellery

Published: January 27th, 2011

Sapphires are considered the birthstone for those born in September. Colour is one of the most important characteristic of gemstones, and sapphires come in various colours. Blue is however the ideal colour for sapphire jewellery and with sapphires colour tends to be more important than clarity.

Sapphire rings are the most sought after pieces of jewellery which feature this gemstone. However, a dazzling pair of sapphire earrings, or an exquisite sapphire bracelet can complement the beauty of an outstanding sapphire ring.

The ancient Persians thought that the earth rested on a giant sapphire which gave its blue reflection to the sky. Tradition says that God gave Moses the Ten Commandments on sapphire tablets, making sapphire a most sacred stone. The Latin word ‘sapphiru’ means blue and the gemstone has been associated with faith, rememberance and commitment. That is why sapphire rings would make wonderful engagement rings and the fact that Princess Diana received such a ring is probably one of the reasons sapphire engagement rings have become so popular.

The sister stone is the ruby and both rubies and sapphires are part of the corundum family, the strongest minerals on earth. Sapphires are mined in Australia, Cambodia, Kashmir, Kenya, Nigeria but also in the US. The rarest sapphires come from Kashmir and Mynamar and they are prized for their vivid blue look.

Star sapphires are sapphire cut into a cabochone shape and display a six rayed white star. In ancient times, such a stone would be regarded as a powerful talisman.

The Logan Sapphire is a 423 carat cushion cut stone coming from Sri Lanka and is one of the most famours sapphires in the world, being kept in the Smithsonian Institution in Washington D.C. Another famous sapphire is a 258 carat stone set in the Russian crown, kept in the Diamond Fund, in Moscow.


 

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