Sapphire is the birthstone of September. Sapphires, same as ruby, are a corundum. Whilst they vary significantly through various tones and hues such as soft and pale blues to very deep, intense almost black shades of blue, they also vary through different colours entirely. Sapphires are typically associated with a rich and striking cornflour blue colour, however they appear in every colour of the rainbow, from powerful pinks to bright yellows. Different colours occur with the presence of different elements within the corundum, for instance titanium is found in a blue sapphire, whilst chromium is present in a pink sapphire. The only colour you wont find a Sapphire in is red, and this is because a red corundum is a ruby. You can even get ‘Parti-Sapphires’ which display two colours within one gemstone. Sapphires can be found all over the world including Australia, Malawi, Madagascar and Sri Lanka.
Sapphire is an incredibly hard wearing and durable gemstone, making it ideal for everyday use in items such as engagement rings for example, a particularly well known Sapphire engagement ring would be that of the late Princess of Wales, Lady Diana. She wore a spectacular 12ct oval sapphire with a diamond surround, which Prince William proposed to Kate Middleton with in 2010.
Deep blue sapphires have been associated with royalty for many years now. They were often worn by medieval kings, who believed that the gemstones would protect them from their enemies. Throughout history they were said to ward off enemies and protect the wearer. This powerful and beautiful gemstone is fascinating, durable and available at G Collins and Sons in any colour as well as being available at varying price points.