The deep blue colour of the sapphire brings a touch of classical royal tradition to every jewellery collection. Also known as the perfect wedding anniversary gemstone
Blue sapphires range in colour from the paler blue of the Ceylon sapphire to the intense, inky blue of the Australian sapphire. Other sapphires may be colourless, or come in shades of green, gray and black.
They are the birthstone for September and given as the gemstone for the 5th, 23rd and 45th wedding anniversaries, while a star sapphire is given on the 65th wedding anniversary!
The name sapphire is derived from the Latin word “”saphirus” and the Greek word “sapheiros,” meaning blue. They have been esteemed as valuable gemstones since 800BC.
In ancient times Persian rulers believed the sky was painted blue due to the reflection of sapphires.
Traditionally the blue sapphire has been a popular choice amongst Royalty.
The 423-carat (85 g) Logan sapphire in the National Museum of Natural History, in Washington, D.C., is one of the largest, faceted gem-quality blue sapphires in existence.
During Medieval times European lapidarists came to refer to blue corundum crystal by its “sapphire-blue” colour, whence the modern name for “sapphire”.
At 9 (out of ten) on the Moh’s hardness scale, it is the second hardest gemstone in nature.