Stunning, yet simple design featuring a mesmerising teal round cut Australian Sapphire in a 4 claw setting, that varies slightly in different light sources – outdoor lighting revealing more of the green hues. Surrounding the gorgeous centre stone is a halo of cut away claw set round brilliant cut Diamonds. This ring is designed with the idea to take a flat wedding band in mind, and would make the perfect engagement or dress ring for one very lucky lady.
FACTS Sapphire is the birthstone of September and is the second hardest gemstone with a hardness of 9. The name comes from the Latin word Sapphiru which means ‘blue’. They are extremely popular and suitable in everyday jewellery, especially engagement and wedding rings. Sapphire is the symbol of trust, loyalty and protection that is loved by kings and queens over the centuries. The most famous Sapphire was Princess Dianna’s 12 carat blue Sapphire engagement ring which was later given to Kate Middleton by Prince William. Sapphires belong to the family of minerals known as ‘corundum’ making them among the strongest natural gemstones in existence, second to Diamonds.
COLOURS Sapphires are available in a wide range of colours, except for red, as the stone would be classified as a Ruby. These are our favourite choice of precious stone for custom made engagement and wedding rings that we craft right here in Brisbane. We have featured many designs in our blog and love their colour variances. From white, yellow, peach, pink, purple, blue or green, you are bound to find the one!
Ceylon Blue Historically, the most famous sources for blue sapphire are Burma, Kashmir and Sri Lanka (which was once known as Ceylon prior to 1972). According to historical records, Ceylon was already known for Sapphires by the 2nd Century A.D. and an active international trade in Ceylon gems began the 4th and 5th Century. Kashmir Sapphires are now almost non-existent, since no new gems of any significance have been found in the last 100 years; however, Burma still produces some fine Sapphire. Ceylon Sapphires are typically much brighter and range from a pale blue to a deep royal blue.
Australian Blue These stunning natively grown Sapphires were first discovered in New South Wales over 150 years ago and are typically shades of darker blue; paler blue colours are extremely rare to source. The two most important deposit locations are the Central Queensland Gemfields and the New England Gemfields of NSW.
Padparadscha – Rarest Sapphire An extremely rare and valuable of all sapphire colours, named from the ancient Singhalese word for ‘lotus flower’, is the Padparadscha. The ideal colour for these is a beautiful blend of pink and orange; some compare this colour combination to a sunset. The colour range for these stones can have varying degrees between pink and orange, always with a secondary tone. Many believe the only real Padparadscha Sapphire can be found in Sri Lanka. However, pinkish orange hues can also be found in Madagascar, the Quy Chau mines in Vietnam, and in the Tunduru district of the Umba Valley in northeast Tanzania.
Parti Most of Parti Sapphires are mined in Australia, followed by stones from Sri Lanka and Africa. These types of Sapphire are the result of green Sapphires that are cut ‘partition’ and show off two or more distinct colours; usually a combination of blue, green and/or yellow.
CARE Sapphires are one of the most hardiest of gemstones but that doesn’t mean that they are unable to chip, scuff or even crack. If you wear them while doing heavy work, at gym or even gardening, we strongly advise that you remove your jewellery to ensure they stay looking their best.