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When hearing the word Sapphire many people immediately envision a stunning violet-blue gemstone because the word “Sapphire” is Greek for blue. For centuries, the Sapphire has been referred to as the ultimate blue gemstone. Since Ancient times the Blue Sapphire represented a promise of honesty, loyalty, purity and trust. To keep with this tradition Sapphires are one of the most popular engagement gemstones today.
Sapphire is found in many parts of the world, but the most prized Sapphires are from Myanmar (Burma), Kashmir and Sri Lanka. Sapphires with highly saturated violet-blue color and “velvety” or “sleepy” transparency are more rare. The purer the blue of the Sapphire, the greater the price. However, many people find that the darker hues of Sapphire can be just as appealing.
Sapphires are not only blue, they come in almost every color of the rainbow: pink, yellow, orange, peach, and violet colors. The most sought-after color fancy Sapphire is the rare and beautiful Padparadscha: a pink-orange corundum with a distinctive salmon color reminiscent of a tropical sunset. These ultra-rare, ultra-expensive stones are among the most coveted gems in the world.
As the birthstone of September, sapphires are said to bring peace, mental clarity and have calming properties. Throughout history, sapphires have been closely connected to mystical powers. They were believed to have the capacity to heal diseases and provide protection.
Other qualities sapphires are said to have include:
SAPPHIRE COLORS AND WHAT THEY REPRESENT
Sapphires exist in a wide variety of colors. There are yellow, pink, green, orange and purple sapphires, but it is the royal blue color that represents September. Red sapphire, however, are commonly known as rubies. Here are some sapphire colors and what they are believed to represent:
Pink/Orange or Padparadscha Sapphire– Commonly found in Sri Lanka, Madagascar or Tanzania, his salmon colored sapphire is said to unleash creativity and as such is often favored by artists.
Violet Sapphire– These ensure unity and tranquility.
Black Sapphire– Said to calm worries and misery.
Yellow Sapphire – Yellow sapphires boost intelligence and success. They are believed to increase wealth and help center one’s focus, goals and ambitions in life.
Green Sapphire – Green sapphires bring faithfulness and honesty. They improve sympathy and restores vision in dreams.
White Sapphire – These urges resilience that helps defeat tough situations in life and calm the mind.
Pink Sapphire – It encompasses love, mercy, and acceptance of what is gone.
Logan Blue Sapphire– Donated to the Smithsonian Institution, this blue sapphire is considered the second largest sapphire in the world. This 423ct cushion cut stone hails from Sri Lanka and was named after Mrs. John A. Logan.
Blue Giant of the Orient– Dubbed the largest faceted sapphire in the world, this 466ct gemstone was first discovered in Sri Lanka in 1907. It is sometimes referred to as the Kashmir sapphire.
Star of India– At 563.35ct, the Star of India is considered among the largest sapphires known to man. J.P. Morgan donated this gem to the American Museum of Natural History in the early 20th century before it was stolen from the museum in 1964. It was later found in a locker in Miami.
Stuart Sapphire– Believed to have belonged to Charles II in the 15th century, this 104ct sapphire is currently on display with the Royal Crown Jewels in London.
The “Commoner’s Sapphire”– This 12ct royal sapphire engagement ring was first worn by Princess Diana in 1981 and subsequently given to Kate Middleton by Prince William for their engagement in 2010.
Luckily, nature is chaotic and creates a wide array of rich, exciting colors for you to choose from. Whatever your preference, sapphires are always a beautiful.
Sapphire is also known as the 5thand 45thanniversary gem, which makes it a great addition to our anniversary jewelry collection. Speaking ofanniversary jewelry, the sapphire birthstone is associated with trust, loyalty, wisdom, faith, and understanding, which are all essential traits for a long and loving relationship. It is perhaps based on these traits and associations that the sapphire came to be given as an expression of love on the 5thand 45thyear of marriage.
Whether given as an expression of love or bought for its beauty, a sapphire ring, bracelet, necklace, or charm bracelet is a great addition to any jewelry collection. This beautiful gemstone definitely adds style and character to any outfit and is a sure eye-catcher for any occasion.