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Dive Into The Blue

By Amanda Evans 4 Minute Read

Known as the birthstone for September and revered for its stunning hues and rich history, the sapphire holds a special place among the pantheon of precious gems.

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With a mesmerizing appeal that has captivated humanity for centuries, the sapphire continues to leave a bold impression on the world of jewelry and our collective imagination. Its rarity renders it precious, and with a durability second to the diamond, it is no wonder that royalty have often gifted the sapphire as an engagement ring.

Discover more fascinating facts about this captivating gemstone and find the perfect sapphire jewellery for you or a loved one, that will become a jewellery box treasure.

Precious and Symbolic

In ancient civilizations sapphires were believed to symbolize wisdom, nobility, and protection. The sapphire's status as a symbol of enduring love has seen couples opting for sapphire engagement rings to showcase not only their commitment but also their appreciation for the gem's timeless beauty.

Resilience and Durability

Beyond their aesthetic appeal, sapphires possess remarkable durability. This durability has made them sought after not only for jewellery but also for other applications, such as watch crystals.

Myth and Legend

Throughout the ages, sapphires have been celebrated through myth and legend. From ancient civilizations believing in their protective powers to more recent associations with mental clarity and psychic abilities, sapphires have remained a source of fascination and intrigue.

From Mine to Masterpiece

Countries such as Sri Lanka, Madagascar, Australia, and Myanmar are renowned for their sapphire deposits. Sri Lanka has a rich history of producing high-quality sapphires, often referred to as "Ceylon sapphires." These gems are meticulously extracted from the earth and then expertly cut and polished to reveal their full brilliance.

Fit for Royalty

Sapphires have graced the adornments of kings, queens, and nobility throughout history. These gems adorned crowns, sceptres, and jewellery of monarchs, solidifying their status as gemstones fit for royalty. The iconic sapphire engagement ring worn by Princess Diana, and later passed down to Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, cemented this tradition.

The Big Four

Sapphires are one of the "Big Four" precious gemstones, along with diamonds, rubies, and emeralds. These gemstones are prized for their durability, rarity, and quality and are typically the most sought-after gemstones in the world.

A Kaleidoscope of Colours

While the sapphire is most associated with a deep blue hue, its colour palette does not end there. Ranging from vibrant blues to delicate pinks, fiery yellows, and even colorless variations, the sapphire showcases the spectrum of nature's creativity.

Notable Sapphires

The Blue Giant of the Orient, weighing 466 carats, is the largest faceted blue sapphire in the world. Discovered in the Ratnapura region of Sri Lanka weighing in at 600 carats, it was then crafted into a stunning cushion-cut gemstone with diamond pavé surround. The Star of Adam, is the largest star sapphire, weighing in at an incredible 1,404 carats.

Rare Phenomenon

. The Star Sapphire is a rare phenomenon that exhibits a star-like pattern on the surface when cut as a cabochon. This star-like pattern is known as an asterism which adds a mystical element to an already enchanting gem.

Padparadscha Sapphires

Padparadscha sapphires are a unique variety of sapphire that displays a delicate blend of pink and orange hues. This extremely rare and striking gemstone was recently gifted as an engagement ring to Princess Eugenie in 2018 by her now-husband, Jack Brooksbank. It has a halo of flawless white diamonds which add a stunning accent to this beautiful sapphire.

Discover more stunning sapphire jewellery here at Goldsmiths online or visit us in store at one of our showrooms where our jewellery experts will be delighted to help you find the perfect piece.

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