Sapphire - a precious stone associated with royalty and romance for centuries, shone brighter than a Diamond back in 1981, when Prince Charles gave a blue Sapphire engagement ring to Lady Diana Spencer in front of an estimated global TV audience of 750 million people. Her Sapphire ring helped link modern events with the rich history and countless fairy tales surrounding Sapphires.
Tradition holds that the tablets containing the Ten Commandments were composed of Sapphire, so strong that a hammer swung against them would be smashed to pieces. The ancient Persians believed that the earth rested on a giant Sapphire and its reflection colored the sky. Many other cultures have believed that Sapphires imparted healing and calming properties.
Historically, Sapphire symbolizes nobility, truth, sincerity, and faithfulness. It is an excellent choice for an engagement ring. It is also the the official gemstone ...
...for a couple's 5th and 45th year wedding anniversary gift.
Sapphire can be considered Ruby's blue sibling, as they are both gemstones of the mineral Corundum. Both of these precious stones have the same chemical composition and the same mineral structure. Trace amounts of impurities will determine if a gem Corundum will become a brilliant red Ruby or a beautiful blue Sapphire. Ever heard of white or yellow Sapphires? Well, blue and red are just two of the many colors found in gem Corundums. Trace amounts of other elements can produce brilliant yellow, orange, green, pink and purple gems. Red corundums are known as "Rubies," blue corundums are known as "Sapphires," while Corundums of any other color are known as "fancy Sapphires" or Sapphires of the respective color (find an example for pink Sapphires here, for example).
Sri Lanka is the world’s largest producer of sapphires over 100 carats and they are a lighter shade of blue. Stones from the Mogok valley in Burma are very highly regarded, and many star Sapphires origin here. Dark blue Sapphires are found in New South Wales and Queensland, Australia. Gems from Western Cambodia are also highly prized, but usually of smaller size. China and Nigeria produce darker stones and in the US, Montana Sapphires are prized for their natural metallic blue color. Check out our online selection of Sapphires here.