Sapphire: Not Just Blue
Although the gemstone is synonymous with the color blue, the sapphire actually comes in just about every hue, except red. The red sapphire is known as the ruby. The two gemstones are made of the same mineral, corundum. At one time, all blue gemstones were considered sapphires until the 18th century, when gemologist identified the gem's properties.
Sapphire: More Than a Gemstone
The sapphire is one of the world's most prized gemstones, not just for its gorgeous color. In fact, the calming blue of the sapphire contributed to its history. It was considered a sign from the heavens because its color matched the sky. References to the gemstone can even be found in the Bible. Once believed to have super powers, the sapphire was worn by clergy in the Middle Ages for its healing properties. It was thought to improve vision. Royalty also selected sapphires to wear in their crowns and other jewels. The gemstone also had its place in the Zodiac. Sapphire was once believed to protect to those with a Taurus sign (April 21-May 21) from disorders of the mind. Throughout history, Sapphires have long been considered a symbol of trust, faithfulness and loyalty.
Sapphire: The Gemstone Today
The sapphire is important and considered one of the four major gemstones. Rubies, emeralds and diamonds are the other three. The sapphire is a beautiful gemstone for an engagement ring. Princess Diana's famed sapphire and diamond ring, made sapphires a popular choice for engagement rings. Kate Middleton, also known as, the Duchess of Cambridge, now wears the royal engagement ring.
The sapphire is September's birthstone. It is also the gemstone of the 5th and 45th wedding anniversaries
Sapphire: Discovered in Locations throughout the World
The oldest sapphire mines are in Sri Lanka and the Kashmir region near the Pakistani/Indian border. The gemstone can also be found in Madagascar, Ceylon, Thailand, Cambodia, Australia, Tanzania, Kenya and the United States.
Sidney Thomas Sapphire Collection
You can find white, yellow, pink and multicolored sapphire jewelry at Sidney Thomas. Our sapphire jewelry is dramatic and impactful. Each sapphire we carry shimmers with beauty. Please enjoy our stunning collection of sapphire necklaces, earrings, bracelets and rings. Chosen for the most discerning of customers, we believe you will love our contemporary sapphire collections. They were chosen especially for you.
Each sapphire in the Sidney Thomas collection is cut by one of our master jewelers to ensure the most outstanding and radiant color. Almost all sapphires available today are heated to enhance the gemstone's color. This process does not have an effect on the quality or strength of the gemstone. A sapphire that is not treated will be referred to as a "natural sapphire."
Caring for your Sapphire Jewelry
After the diamond, the Sapphire is the second hardest gemstone, rated 9 on the Mohs scale. It is a very durable gemstone. Clean your sapphire jewelry with warm water and mild soap. Be sure to store it in your Sidney Thomas presentation box.