Sapphire has been a highly-prized semi-precious stone for thousands of years. It has traditionally been associated with truth, sincerity, nobility, faithfulness and romance. It has long been used by royalty and the clergy to decorate their robes. Part of the allure of sapphire has always been its extraordinarily rich blue color. Topaz, Tanzanite and many other blue gems are measured against it. Interest in the sapphire was once again ignited when Prince Charles presented Princess Di with an engagement ring of blue sapphire in 1981.
The name sapphire comes from the Greek word sappheiros. In ancient times Greek and Roman kings and queens used blue sapphire as protection from envy and harm. The gem was also thought to have the power to reveal the secrets of oracles, influence spirits, guard chastity and cause enemies to make peace. In Sri Lanka the special pink sapphire with an orange tint is called padparadscha or Lotus Flower. The stone holds a special place in Sri Lankan culture and has long been associated with the country.
Today interest in sapphire has again begun to grow. Kate Middleton, the Duchess of Cambridge proudly wears her 18-carat sapphire engagement ring she received from Prince William in 2010. That’s led to more people giving sapphire engagement rings. This is an excellent choice because of all the positive attributes associated with the stone. Two of the most popular types of sapphire are the cornflower blue and deep blue. But there are also orange, yellow, purple, green, pink, white and Ruby red sapphires. Sapphires’ rise in popularity has led to the production of synthetic versions of the stone. However synthetic or heat treated sapphires fade in light and heat. This makes natural sapphires superior and more valuable.
One of the most respected authorities on sapphires is The Natural Sapphire Company. The company has been offering jewelry made of natural, untreated sapphires since 1939. They have thousands of incredible natural, untreated sapphires and can match them with beautiful, hand-crafted. custom designed settings. They also have sapphire rings, engagement rings, wedding rings and bands, earrings, necklaces and pendants. Their sapphires are analyzed and rated by hue, saturation, tone and cut. A medium tone, vibrant, velvety blue hue is considered best.
The Natural Sapphire Company offers oval, cushion and other larger cuts which contain more of the natural stone. They also offer the more expensive circle cut sapphires. Their sapphires are special because they’re sourced directly from the top mines worldwide and specially treated to highlight their intrinsic beauty. The company is known for its craftsmanship, quality, service and other time-honored traditions. They educate their and make their search for the right sapphire easy by offering some of the best, rarest sapphires.