RING IT ON PART 5:
Delving into the Captivating Universe of Sapphires
Get ready to step into the mesmerising and enchanting realm of sapphires. These remarkable gems, renowned for their iconic blue allure, beckon us to uncover a tapestry of colours and narratives that lie beneath the surface. With each sapphire whispering a unique tale, let us cast aside the ordinary and plunge headfirst into the extraordinary world that awaits our exploration.
To start off, let's clear up a common misconception about sapphires. Many believe that rubies and sapphires are completely separate gemstones. However, rubies are essentially red sapphires! Sharing the identical chemical composition as their blue counterparts, the presence of chromium lends rubies their distinct hue.
Sapphires are steeped in history, intertwined with beliefs in their protective and guiding properties. They once accompanied people on their journeys, guarding them from misfortune. From ancient times to the present day, sapphires have adorned the regal attire of nobles and royals, gracing crowns and regalia.
In contemporary times, their allure continues, making them highly sought-after for engagement rings and various jewellery pieces. Beyond the traditional blue, sapphires unfurl a vivid spectrum of colours. The palette encompasses pink, yellow, green, purple, and even orange. Among these, the prized Padparadscha sapphires stand out, with their captivating pinkish-orange radiance. These rarities, primarily discovered in Sri Lanka, captivate collectors and enthusiasts alike.
Personally captivating are teal sapphires, boasting an entrancing blend of green and blue hues. These mesmerising gems can now be sourced from Australia, and we're also fortunate enough to source stunning teal sapphires from Montana, USA!
Montana sapphires, cherished treasures from the heart of the 'Big Sky Country', captivate with their exceptional beauty. Known for their rich blue and teal shades, these sapphires are prized for their natural and un-enhanced colours. Mined from the picturesque landscapes of 'The Treasure State', these gems evoke the rugged elegance of their origin. Their hues mirror the serene waters of mountain lakes and the vast skies that stretch above, making Montana sapphires a captivating choice for those seeking a piece of nature's splendour in their jewellery.
Sapphires shine in diverse cuts, ranging from the classic oval and round to the sophisticated emerald and pear shapes. For the seekers of uniqueness, kite and shield cuts offer intriguing options. While the cutting process for sapphires might differ from diamonds, an array of cuts can often be found.
Although sapphires can be evaluated by independent laboratories, certifications are not as common. The most valuable sapphires boast consistent, vibrant colours that permeate the stone. Desirable sapphires are also “loupe-clean,” meaning they are free from inclusions under magnification. While such perfection is rare, "eye-clean" sapphires—beautiful to the naked eye—are more accessible and affordable.
And there you have it—your very own guide to sapphires! From their historical significance to the kaleidoscope of colours and myriad cuts, sapphires are veritable gems of wonder. Whether you're drawn to the traditional allure of blue sapphires, captivated by the rarity of Padparadscha, or enchanted by the unique beauty of teal sapphires, each gem carries a story waiting to be cherished. As you navigate the realm of sapphires, remember to embrace their rich history, vibrant hues, and timeless elegance.