From Royalty to Celebrities, This Gemstone Withstands the Test of Time
Today we’re sharing some insights about sapphires, one of the most desirable gemstones in the world. This gemstone has long enjoyed a relationship with celebrities and royalty alike and is the center stone in the world’s most famous engagement ring: Princess Diana and Kate Middleton’s engagement ring.
The word “safir”, meaning blue, is from both Hebrew and Arabic roots, yet sapphires can come in many different colors: yellow, pink, green, purple, and everything in between. A long time ago, sapphires (except for the blue ones) were labeled as whichever popular gemstone matched that color, with the prefix “oriental” added to it. For example, green sapphires were called “Oriental Emerald”. Now a sapphire with any color other than blue is called “fancy” in the gem trade, so “fancy pink sapphire” and so on.
Sapphires can be found in several different regions of the world, including Sri Lanka, Myanmar, Tanzania, Australia, and the US State of Montana (where those beautiful peacock blue and green sapphires come from!).
The uniqueness of a blue sapphire (like the Montana sapphires) lies in its different angles, where you can see different shades of blue from light blue to dark purple. This mesmerizing quality is called pleochroism, so getting a pleochroic sapphire will definitely make any piece shine with regality.
We work with sapphires for many of our clients, either as the center stone in their engagement ring or in other pieces of fine jewelry. Sapphires are one of our favorite gemstones, as we hope you can see from the gallery below!
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