But don’t be blue – there’s a whole rainbow of colours to choose when you wear sapphires.
Born in September? Then sapphire is your birthstone, it is hailed to symbolize truth, faithfulness and nobility.
Most of us think of blue when we think of sapphire, but this beautiful gemstone can naturally form in almost all the colours of the rainbow, making sapphire one of the most adaptable stones to complement any outfit and suit your style
Sapphires are from the gemmological group of minerals termed as corundum, which in its purest form is completely colourless, however trace minerals in the earth where the gems are forming give the corundum its colour– we know the blue variety as Sapphire, but other popular colours include pink, yellow, orange and green.
Quick Fact: Did you know that Ruby is actually corundum too? The same mineral as sapphire – but we call it Ruby – rather than Red Sapphire!!!
50 Shades of Sapphire
Sapphire (we’re talking blue now) can take on a surprising array of shades of blue, which is determined by the trace minerals in the earth when forming, which depends on the location of the mine.
Traditionally Kashmir Cornflower Blue sapphires were the most prized, however many of today’s finest examples are being mined in Myanmar, Sri Lanka and Thailand. Some shades are highly sought after and their rarity commands a high price, but some of the more common shades such as the very dark navy stones are surprisingly inexpensive and the dark colour gives them a fashion twist suiting a less flashy more everyday look or darker sultry feel to jewellery.
Quick Fact: Sapphire is one of the toughest gemstones, second only to diamond measuring 9 on the Mohs scale. This means it is more chip and scratch resistant than most other coloured gems so your jewellery keeps it sparkle for longer - a great choice for engagement rings and everyday jewellery.
Sometimes nature produces something unexpected and utterly delightful. We recently obtained a wonderful stone, we termed as Teal Sapphire. This stone gem which is large at 5.18ct has a beautiful blend of green hues, with natural growth inclusions and colour variations which give the appearance of a fern like pattern within the depth of the gemstone. Obviously, this inspired our inhouse designer Kerry Newman, who designed and made this wonderful ring mount to showcase the new gemstone. Crafted from precious durable platinum, and complemented by sparkling pear shape white diamonds, this is a fabulous addition to our Gold Arts exclusive range.
You can’t go wrong with a classic
So if rainbow hues aren’t for you and you want to go classic – then you’re in good company, the iconic engagement ring of Princess Diana and now the Duchess of Cambridge is one of the most revered sapphire engagement rings. The traditional oval cluster beautifully showcases the blue of the sapphire encasing it in a sparkling circle of white diamonds. This traditional design, suits both engagement and dress rings, but also works well as a pendant and stud earrings.
At Gold Arts, our online store and retail stores showcase an array of fabulous sapphire jewellery.
Most of our designs can be adapted to your style and budget, so we can swap white for yellow gold or source a selection of sapphires for you to choose your own centre piece. Our onsite workshops make bespoke jewellery an affordable reality – have your own design exclusively handmade.