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Sapphire stones have been cherished for many years symbolising good fortune, wisdom and virtue. Sapphire has been a part of royalty for many, many years hence its popularity as the centre stone and accent stone for bridal and fashion jewellery. Prince Williams’s proposal to Kate with Princess Diana’s 18 carat blue sapphire ring has re-ignited the trend for coloured gem engagements rings.
There have been many said stories and legends about the sapphire stones. It is the birthstone for September and is used for the 5th and 45th anniversaries. Ancient Persians believed that the earth rested on a giant sapphire which was thought to reflect its colour to the sky. People also thought the Ten Commandments were made from sapphire and were so strong that it could withstand a hammer’s swing and would instead break the hammer into pieces. The word sapphire comes from the Hebrew word ‘sapir’ which is mentioned in the Hebrew Bible in reference to the blue sapphires. Sapphire comes in many different colours aside from blue such as green, purple, yellow and orange. However the closer the sapphire gem is to ‘true’ blue the more expensive it becomes. These sapphires are commonly referred to ‘cornflower blue’ as the cornflower is one of the very few flowers which are said to be pure blue. Despite the fact that sapphire gems tend to be heavier than other gems, a one carat sapphire stone will look smaller than a one carat diamond.
Sapphires are most commonly worn in jewellery, but can also be used synthetically in laboratories for industrial or ornamental purposes. Sapphires and rubies are mostly found in similar geographic locations such as; Eastern Australia, Thailand, Sri Lanka, China, Madagascar and East Africa. Although, one gem is usually more popular in a particular area compared to others.
The cost of natural sapphires depends on their colour, clarity, size, cut and their overall quality. Gems of high quality that come from a very well respected laboratory such as GIA or AGL add to the value of the gem. Sapphire stones from places like Madagascar and Africa can cost up to $200 per carat. With the new introduction of beryllium which colours the sapphire stones the supply and demand for coloured stones have increased greatly. Sapphire stones are something that have not and will not go ‘out-of-date’ making them a trusted and safe investment.
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