Secrets of Sapphires

A stone known for wisdom and royalty. It is associated with sacred things and considered the gem of gems, a jewel steeped in history and mentioned in nearly every religion. It was believed to bring protection, good fortune and spiritual insight. It was a symbol of power and strength, kindness and wise judgement.

In an engagement ring a Sapphire means faithfulness and sincerity.

Typically blue but ‘fancy’ Sapphires come in white, yellow, purple, orange and greens.

It is the birthstone of September and the Wedding Anniversary of 45 years.

Kings wore Sapphires around their necks as a powerful defence from harm.

One of the most famous Sapphires is unsurprisingly the engagement ring Prince Charles gave to Diana and now seen on Princess Kate.

Over history it has been ground and used as a medicine.

Ivan the Terrible of Russia stated that the Sapphires strengthen the heart and mussels and endowed a person with courage.

Blue Sapphires come from Burma and Kashmir. Sapphires from Sri Lanka are a less deep shade. Australia have dark blue with slightly green undertones.

Even tiny Sapphires can hold a strong colour and make a piece of jewellery striking.

To clean use warm soapy water.

How to Choose a Sapphire

Colour is a key indicator of the quality of a Sapphire. Sapphires with an even colouring command a premium over lighter or less saturated stones or darker stones. Look at the stone carefully and see if there are any imperfections or inclusions. Think about colour, shape and size.

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