What is brilliant, beautiful, and has been loved by royals throughout the ages? The stunning sapphire, of course!
This beloved stone has been a favorite among royalty for centuries including the French Emperor Napoleon Bonaparte, who gave his beloved Josephine a sapphire engagement ring in 1796, as well as Prince Charles who gave Lady Di perhaps the most famous royal sapphire today: an 18 carat oval blue behemoth surrounded by luxurious diamonds. In fact, this majestic ring now rests on Princess' Kate's hand. Prince William, Princess Di's son, chose this ring as a way of keeping his late mother a part of his life.
Sapphires are best know for their mesmerizing blue color, but did you know they actually come in a variety of colors? Sapphires are composed of the mineral corundum. Blue corundums are known as sapphires, and corundums of any other color , except red, are known as fancy sapphires. You know what red corundums are called? Rubies! Sapphires are blue due to trace amounts of iron and titanium in the corundum, and rubies are red due to chromium.
Sapphires, along with rubies, are extremely hard gemstones--only diamonds are harder! On the Mohs Scale of Hardness, sapphires score a 9 out of 10. The durability of sapphires makes them an excellent choice for everyday gorgeous jewelry! And thanks to this durability, the Apple Watch has lab-created sapphire glass in its screen!
The sapphire is believed to be endowed with special powers. Ivan the Terrible of Russia said that the sapphire strengthened the heart and muscles and filled a person with courage. Others said it was an anecdote for poison! It is also known as a symbol of the heavens and is believed to bring its wearer gifts of fulfillment, joy, prosperity, inner peace and beauty.
Here are some stunning sapphires in our collection!
And, I couldn't resist sharing some beautiful diamond and sapphire engagement rings with you!
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