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Sapphires 101: An Introduction to the World of Sapphires


Sapphires are one of the most popular gemstones used in jewelry. It is the birthstone for those born in the month of September and has been popular since the Middle Ages, though it has been in use in jewelry, armor, ceremonial instruments, and other implements long before then.

Did you know that sapphires come in a variety of colors, apart from the quintessential blue? Learn more about this beautiful jewel below:

All about sapphires
Sapphires come from corundum, and are chemically and structurally identical to rubies, another variety of corundum. The difference is only in color: corundum that is pink to red in color are classified as rubies, though in some localities, the pink varieties are instead called pink sapphire.

The word “sapphire” comes from the Latin saphirus or sappirus, and the Greek σαπφειρος (sappheiros), both meaning “blue”. While typically found in this shade, sapphire also comes in a variety of different colors, including green, orange, purple, and yellow.

Though primarily known for its use in jewelry and other ornamental applications, sapphire is also valuable in many non-ornamental implementations. It is used in infrared optical components, lasers, and as a highly durable material for windows, watch crystals, and electronic device screens.

Notable sapphires
The most famous sapphire in popular culture currently is probably the Princess of Wales’ engagement ring. Kate Middleton received the ring from William, Prince of Wales, on their engagement in 2010. It previously belonged to the Prince’s mother, Diana.

There is another famous sapphire that belongs to the English royal family: the Stuart Sapphire. It is featured in the Imperial State Crown, last worn by the late Queen Elizabeth. The stone has been in the collection for generations, despite changing hands multiple times.

The largest star sapphire in the world is the Star of Adam, valued at an estimated 100 to 300 million dollars. It was discovered in southern Sri Lanka. It is privately owned, and the owner’s identity remains anonymous.

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The Black Star of Queensland previously held the title of the largest star sapphire in the world before it was unseated by the Star of Adam. It is a black oval sapphire cut as a cabochon that has been rarely seen in public; in 1971, it caused quite a stir when Cher wore it during an episode of the Sonny & Cher Comedy Hour.

Celebrate yourself today with a sapphire baguette ring from Suzanne Kalan
Suzanne Kalan makes use of the full spectrum of colored sapphires to bring many of her most iconic designs to life. The Bold Pastel Sapphire Small Butterfly Ring is one of her daintiest pieces; it features 0.50 carats of pastel sapphire baguettes and 0.27 carats of round white diamonds to form the shape of a beautiful butterfly. This sapphire baguette ring represents new beginnings, and makes for a wonderful gift for your daughter or any young woman you care for.

The Pastel Sapphire Small Curved Heart Ring is another excellent choice. The piece features 1.00 carat of pastel sapphire baguettes and 0.03 carats of white diamonds shaped into a heart. Available in 18 karat yellow or rose gold, it’s a beautiful sapphire baguette ring that truly shows your love.

For more gorgeous jewelry with a distinctly modern flair, visit Suzanne Kalan’s webpage now.

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