Our beautiful planet has gifted us with many fascinating gemstones, that are rich in color, texture and shine and today we are presenting you the royal Sapphire. They are among the most desirable gemstones, mainly because of the rainbow of colors they come in and the endless possibilities they offer.
History of Sapphires
Sapphires were discovered thousands of years ago.They date all the way back to the First Temple, 957 BC, as the Sapphire was one of the twelve precious stones used in the High Priest’s breastplate. It is unknown who was the first person to discover Sapphire.
They were first used in jewelry by ancient civilizations such as Babylonians, Egyptians, Greeks, and Romans. Although blue was the most common color in jewelry-making, other colors, such as pink and green, could also be found. These precious stones gained international popularity in the 1700s when they were featured in European royal jewels. Since then, they have become known as one of the most luxurious gemstones and a symbol of everlasting love.
Colors of Sapphire
Sapphire is commonly known as the blue gemstone, but it comes in a wide variety of colors and quality variations. The color of the stone depends on the percentage of iron and titanium present during its formation.
Non-blue sapphires are known as fancy Sapphires and can be any color - except red, which is Ruby. Fashionable Sapphire colors are: pink, orange, yellow, green, purple and violet. There really is a different Sapphire color for every taste!
Blue Sapphires are the most popular type of Sapphire. The exact shade of blue can vary from a pale blue to a deep, intense royal blue. There are few things as mesmerizing as a perfect, intensely blue Sapphire.
Pink Sapphires are another variety with their own appeal. During the creation process, a Sapphire with a vibrant pink hue will be created with the presence of chromium. They are wonderfully romantic and popular for engagement rings.
Orange Sapphires are the charming version. It is one of the rarest color varietes present today. Depending on the amount of impurities present, these gemstones can be found in several shades, from light pastels to vivid orange-red hues.
Green Sapphires are a less noticeable, non-traditional variety. They can be quite pale or have a deep, intense shade or something in between.
White Sapphires are a type that closely resembles diamonds . The appearance is similar at first glance, but it will not have the brilliance and light of a diamond.
Parti Sapphires, also known as polychrome Sapphires, are Sapphires that show more than one color in a single stone.
These gorgeous coloured stones are known for their unique colour combinations of 2 or 3 tones in the stone ,often varying combinations of blue, green and yellow.
Clarity and hardnes of Sapphire
Sapphires are among the most durable naturally occurring elements in the world. Gemstones are rated on their ability to withstand scratching. Based on the Mohs Scale of Hardness Sapphires score a 9 out of 10, only a diamond has more hardness but not such magnificent colours.
It is highly unlikely to find Sapphires without any inclusions, or imperfections, at all. Several types of inclusions can be found in them. Among them are long thin mineral inclusions called needles. Other characteristics of clarity include mineral crystals, partially healed fractures that look like fingerprints.
Our love for Sapphires
In our studio we are highly fond of Sapphires in every color they come. They are perfect for solitare ring as for cluster ring in combination with other stones. Each stone is precious, unique and should be treasured. The design process begins with the stone as we work to pair design and form with the natural beauty of the Sapphire.