The Sapphire gemstone symbolises love, longing and loyalty.
In practical terms, Sapphire is the mineral corundum – as is the ruby. This mineral is the second hardest gemstone after the diamond: red corundum is known as ruby, while all other colors are referred to as Sapphire.
Blue is the most famous of the sapphire colors and the prized Kashmir and Burmese sapphires have a deep blue that is intense and velvety.
However, these sapphires are not often seen on the market today. Sri Lankan and Madagascar sapphires are the most common today, with a wide range of colors from light sky blue to dark blue. Other producers of blue sapphire are Australia, Tanzania, Thailand, Cambodia, and the USA (Montana).
In earlier times, some people believed that the world in which we all lived was an enormous blue sapphire in which the Earth was embedded.
This romantic notion probably does more justice to the sapphire than a simple description of its mineral contents.
And yet this gemstone comes not in one but in all the shades of blue that are possible – from the deep blue of the evening sky to the shining mid-blue of a lovely summer’s day. However, this magnificent gemstone also comes in many other colors – not only in the transparent greyish-blue of a distant horizon but also in the gloriously colorful play of light in a sunset – in yellow, pink, orange and purple. Sapphires really are gems of the sky. See “what to look for when choosing a sapphire”.
Blue is the main color of the sapphire and is also . Blue is also the favorite color of some 50% of all people, men and women alike. We associate this color, strongly linked to the sapphire as it is, with feelings of sympathy and harmony, friendship and loyalty: feelings which belong to qualities that prove their worth in the long term – feelings in which it is not so much effervescent passion that is to the fore, but rather composure, mutual understanding and indestructible trust.
Thus the blue of the sapphire has become a color which fits in with everything that is constant and reliable. That is one of the reasons why women in many countries wish for a sapphire ring on their engagement. The sapphire symbolises loyalty, but at the same time it gives expression to people’s love and longing.
To truly appreciate the beauty of a natural sapphire, untreated by heat or chemicals – unlike most commercial sapphires today – we need to look at some of the most famous natural sapphires to observe their unique qualities. Although a natural stone may not always be totally perfect, its beauty can be seen in its individuality.
However, whilst we may not be able to afford a huge natural sapphire ourselves, owning even the smallest natural stone can bring joy to the wearer, knowing that their sapphire is unique to them.
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