Blue Sapphires are some of the most popular and well-known gemstones in the world. Renowned for their excellent durability and stunning colors, they are a popular choice for everyday wear and even gained in popularity for sapphire engagement rings!
Often Sapphires are associated with that deep royal, Ceylon blue color but they actually come in a wide variety of colors, ranging from stunning pink sapphires to the rare Padparadscha Sapphires.
In this Gemology Series, we will dive into this fascinating blue gemstone and uncover its fascinating history and explore some interesting facts about this wonderful gem.
Furthermore, we will give you expert tips on how to buy sapphire jewelry and most importantly, how to take care of your favorite blue sapphire birthstone rings!
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The Meaning and History of Blue Sapphire
Blue Sapphires have a long history of being associated with royalty and romance. Throughout history, kings and queens have believed blue sapphires to protect their owners from envy. The clergy also wore the gem to represent Heaven for medieval people. Even today, some people still believe sapphires can improve your life’s luck and well-being.
In recent times, the late Princess Diana, also known as the People’s Princess, helped cement blue sapphires into the hearts of the people. It was her blue sapphire engagement ring given by Prince Charles in 1981 that sparked interest in them once again and reminded everyone why they were so popular in the first place!
What is the meaning of Sapphire?
When you check through history, sapphire has always been associated with the color blue. This is because the ancient greek called this blue gemstone “sappheiros”, which most likely was in reference to lapis lazuli.
However, this is far from the truth as sapphires can actually come in a rainbow of colors, with the most popular in demand (after the traditional blue color gemstone) being pink sapphires.
Where do Sapphires Come From?
Sapphires are precious gems that can be found in a wide variety of places but are mostly found in Australia, Thailand, and Ceylon (which is now known as Sri Lanka).
The most important stones have been discovered in Ceylon, where it dubbed its name “Ceylon Blue Sapphire”. These sapphires are rare due to the fact that they take millions of years to form and only grow in very specific locations where a complex set of conditions for sapphire growth is needed.
What are the different types of sapphires?
As we already mentioned, sapphire gemstones can come in a wide variety of colors. The blue gemstone variety is by far the most popular, and traditional but in recent years people are searching for other color sapphire jewelry too.
Pink sapphire jewelry has seen an incredible surge in demand in recent years. As an affordable alternative to pink diamond engagement rings, pink sapphires are a very attractive option.
Sapphires can also be found in green, yellow, orange, and even purple colors. At Sophia Fiori, we love the versatility of these colorful gemstones and are part of our best-selling Signature Victoria Bands collection.
What Makes Sapphires Blue?
Sapphires are of the mineral corundum. Corundum is a crystalline form of aluminum oxide (Al2O3). Sapphires are, after diamond, the hardest known natural substance and is a 9 on the Mohs Scale of Hardness.
The color of sapphires comes from trace impurities such as iron, titanium, chromium, etc. By adding one or more of these to sapphire’s composition, you can change its color.
What is the meaning of blue sapphires?
Sapphires are the most popular gemstones to wear in engagement rings. Blue sapphires have a calming effect and symbolize loyalty, trustworthiness, and sincerity.
Sapphires are often called the gemstones of wisdom and for good reason. Sapphires are a member of the corundum gem family and have traditionally been treated as symbols of innocence, longevity, health, beauty, prosperity, and inner peace.
It is obvious to see why sapphires are beautiful symbolic gifts for a 45th wedding anniversary. But did you know that they also carry with them mystical powers?
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What is the rarest color Sapphire in the world?
The Padparadscha Sapphire is the world’s rarest sapphire color. It is only found in Sri Lanka and parts of India. This sapphire color has a unique pink-orange to orangish-yellow color tone, making it very desirable.
What is the difference between sapphires and rubies?
Albeit often seen as 2 different gemstones, sapphire and ruby are actually part of the same gemstone family! These extremely popular gemstones are both corundum, a crystalline form of aluminum oxide.
Depending on the mineral impurities present determines the color of sapphires. Rubies however are red to the presence of chromium.
Sapphire, The Affordable Blue Gemstone
One of the best things about sapphires is not just their beauty as a gemstone, but also their very attractive starting price points. Sapphires can come as affordable as just $25 per carat like our Midnight Sapphire Collection to over $11,000 per carat.
Blue sapphire price points start for as little as $295 and upwards for stunning blue sapphire rings. Like with all other gemstones, the color, hue, and clarity of the sapphire will determine its overall value.
The world’s most expensive blue sapphire ever sold was the Blue Belle Of Asia. This 392.52-carat untreated Ceylon sapphire was sold in 2014 at Christie’s in Geneve for a staggering $17,305,996!
Nonetheless, quality blue sapphires are readily available. This allows it to remain a very affordable and high-quality gem collection, popular among jewelry collectors and jewelry lovers alike!
Sapphire Uses Other Than Jewelry
Sapphires are obviously used in stunning jewelry designs like our Blue Sapphire Collection, but did you know their uses extend beyond just jewelry?
Matter of fact, Sapphires have many more uses than just as a gemstone. From sapphire-coated glass to sapphire watches, sapphires are definitely not only meant for the jewelry cabinet!
Sapphires are a 9 on the Mohs Scale of hardness, making it the second hardest gemstone. Because of their excellent durability, both rubies and sapphires are widely used not just in the jewelry industry, but also in watch manufacturing, industrial tools, and other uses such as sandpaper!
Sapphires use in watch manufacturing
One of the most common uses of sapphires is in watch manufacturing. Sapphires are used to create sapphire watch crystals and sapphire friction bearers.
A sapphire crystal will give that extra protection to the watch face, providing a scratch-free surface for viewing time. Sapphire glass is actually not really sapphire; it’s a sapphire-glass ceramic coating that has been infused with sapphire crystals!
Sapphires and ruby as matter of fact are also used as friction bearers. This sapphire friction bearer is actually what helps keep your sapphire watch ticking and moving in time!
Industrial Uses of Sapphire
Did you know sapphires can be used in several industrial processes? This is partly because sapphires have extremely high compressive strength.
Sapphires are used for their industrial applications in sapphire lasers, sapphire Czochralski crystal pulling, sandpaper, and even sapphire mask windows for various x-ray machines!!
All of these sapphires’ uses have to do with their ability to withstand high levels of stress.
So with so many uses for sapphires, it’s no wonder why they are such a popular choice! Now you know that even though sapphires are beautiful, they have many uses and benefits outside of just jewelry!
Why Do People Love Sapphire Jewelry?
Sapphire jewelry is one of the most popular jewelry collections we feature here at Sophia Fiori. Not only has blue sapphire become a popular choice for engagement jewelry, but it has also been a popular choice for anniversary and wedding gifts.
Sapphires are also beautiful when you want to wear jewelry every day. They come in a variety of shades and are less expensive than other popular gemstones.
We love sapphire jewelry as it is a sure way to pop some color into your jewelry collection! Whether you wear a handcrafted pink sapphire pendant or stack your favorite colors together, you are spoiled for choice!
Blue Sapphire Healing Properties
Sapphire has always been a stone of wisdom and mental clarity. It aids in decision-making, problem-solving, past life work, and chakra-related work. Blue sapphires are also good for reducing stress, anxiety, and insomnia as well as hypertension.
Sapphire Uses In Feng Shui
Sapphire is a useful element in feng shui which is an ancient Chinese system of harmonizing the environment. Sapphire is used for its ability to release negative energy, balance emotions, and increase personal magnetism.
It also symbolizes sincerity and peace. Those who sit with sapphires are more likely to be seen as trustworthy. It can help us see ourselves as we are which can promote self-acceptance.
What are some tips for buying a Blue Sapphire Ring?
Blue sapphire is a stone that has been admired for centuries because of its stunning color and its respected many healing properties.
There are many things to take into account when buying sapphires, including the quality and size of the sapphire. Fortunately, prices are very affordable for this wonderful gemstone, and you are spoiled for choice!
When buying blue sapphires, you should keep in mind the 4Cs i.e. clarity, cut, color, and carat. These will ensure you get sapphires of the highest quality and at a price that is fair for all of your investment.
While price points can and will vary depending on the quality of the gemstone, it is important to buy from a reputable seller to ensure what you get, is really what you think it is.
We believe you should choose the stone that appeals to you the most. Sapphire jewelry is the perfect gemstone for everyday wear. With stunning designs available and in a variety of colors (we love pink sapphires!), you will be certain that you will find a piece that you will love for a lifetime!
Caring for your Sapphire Jewelry
Sapphires are the most popular gemstone for jewelry after diamonds for the right reasons! Considered a 9 on the Mohs Scale of Hardness, there is not that much that can go wrong with this beautiful gemstone.
Caring for your sapphires is a breeze too! At Sophia Fiori we want you to wear your favorite jewelry pieces every day, hence we offer a lifetime warranty on all our collections.
However, dirt and grime can build up on your ring, especially underneath the cathedral and basket. Fortunately, cleaning your favorite blue sapphire gemstone is very easy!
Here are some quick tips to keep your blue sapphire gemstone ring look sparkly clean!
- Sapphires can be cleaned with soapy water and a soft cloth or toothbrush. Wash the sapphires gently but thoroughly in lukewarm water using dish soap and a soft sponge or cloth. Rinse off the sapphires with cold water to avoid temperature damage to sapphire stones.
- Use a lint-free cloth or paper towel and wipe the sapphires dry.
- When sapphires are not in use, it’s best to store sapphire gemstones in a small cloth pouch or in their original jewelry box. This can protect sapphire stones from scratches. Never store your jewelry with other gems, metals, or sharp objects.
Voila! Your sapphires will look sparkling clean and ready to wear. We hope you enjoy your sapphire gemstone pieces for years and years to come!
At Sophia Fiori, we pride ourselves on the quality work and craftsmanship that we have honed over the past 40 years. As a family-owned jewelry business in San Dimas, California we take great pride in our customers who find enjoyment and sentimental value in their jewelry.
Jewelry should be enjoyed each and every day. That is why, for your comfort and confidence, we offer a lifetime guarantee on all our jewelry collections. That means you can wear your favorite Victoria Sapphire Bands or your heirloom Tanzanite ring with peace of mind.
If you have any questions or queries, reach out to our friendly jewelry stylists today.