Of all the coloured gemstones throughout all the ages, sapphires would without doubt be the most well known. Just the name “sapphire” conjures up images of richly coloured blues, greens and yellows. Long before diamonds were ever even thought of for engagement rings, sapphires had always been worn to signify that special bond between two people. The engagement ring of Princess Diana featured an outstanding blue sapphire. Her engagement ring consisted of 14 solitaire diamonds surrounding a 12-carat oval blue Ceylon sapphire set in 18-karat white gold.
Sapphires are prized for their rarity, vivid colour and hardness second only to diamond. With their excellent hardness they are perfect for every jewellery setting.
If the mineral kingdom had a royal family, it would have to be the Corundums. This prestigious family includes the ruby (red) and sapphire (all other colours, most notably blue).
Sapphire comes in virtually all colours and shades – blue, pink, yellow, green, violet, purple, white, grey and more. It even comes in what’s called “parti” colours which is usually a blend of two or more colours in one stone. Some exceptional parti colour sapphires come from Australia and these are absolutely beautiful to see. Truly unique and each gem has its own distinct personality.
Sapphire is the birthstone for September.
Sapphire is the zodiac stone for Taurus.
Sapphire is the stone for the 5th, 45th and 70th anniversaries.
Australia – Central Queensland Gemfields around Rubyvale and NSW around Inverell, Kashmir, India, Sri Lanka/Ceylon, Madagascar, Tanzania, Nigeria, Malawi, Kenya, Thailand, Burma, USA – Montana, Brazil and more.
The most highly desired are sapphires that are completely natural and untreated or have been heated only. There are other treatments that are performed on sapphires such as Beryllium difussion.
1.762 – 1.788
3.95 – 4.03