Sapphire is one of the royal gemstones admired by gemstone lovers. Sapphires are also known for their high brilliancy and durability. They are also one of the toughest gemstones around with a score of 9 out of 10 on the Mohs Scale of Hardness.
Nowadays, sapphires have become a prime choice for an engagement ring among couples. Couples are now preferring sapphires instead of diamonds for their engagement ring to make their engagement exceptional.
Sapphire is also said to possess great healing properties; it helps the wearer to attract good fortune, health, and possession. It is also believed that the healing properties of sapphire ward off the negative energies.
People have been using sapphire gemstone to adorn themselves for ages. Let’s get to know the origin of sapphire and popular sapphire jewelry.
Origin of Sapphire Gemstone
It takes millions of years to form Sapphires under the surface of the earth. They are made from a variety of Corundum minerals. Sapphire comes in all colors of the rainbow, out of which blue sapphire is one of the most cherished gemstones around the world. Padparadscha sapphires are one of the rarest varieties of sapphires that are hard to find due to the lack of natural mines. The exceptional appearance of Padparadscha sapphire makes it a bit pricier and more sought after among gemstone admirers.
The corundum of red color is ruby, while all other colors are sapphire gemstone. The world’s finest deposits of sapphires are in Kashmir, India, close to the Himalayas, mined at the height of almost 15000 feet. The blue velvet tint of Kashmiri Sapphires makes them valuable and demanded in the market.
Apart from Kashmir, Burma and Sri Lanka also have deposits of sapphires which are valuable and most recognized.
Popular Jewelry made from Sapphire
Sapphire belongs to the family of precious stones (Diamond, Ruby, Sapphire, and Emerald), making it a valuable and most admired gemstone in the world. All colors of sapphires are unique, but blue is a rockstar among all. Blue sapphire is one of the rare and gorgeous stones that attract jewelry enthusiasts to buy it.
Let’s take a look at some of the popular sapphire jewelry in the world.
1. Kate Middleton’s Sapphire Ring
Sapphire jewelry has long been associated with the British Royal Family. Kate Middleton wore Princess Diana’s royal sapphire ring at her wedding with Prince William. This royal ring has its legacy associated with its previous wearer (Princess Diana) as the royal British jeweler Garrard designed this ring for Princess Diana in 1981.
2. Elizabeth Taylor’s Sapphire Sautoir
This ring is one of the most popular sapphire jewelries in British history. Elizabeth Taylor got this sapphire and diamond sautoir on her 40th birthday as a gift from Richard Burton. This beautiful necklace was sold in New York in the name of “The Collection of Elizabeth Taylor: The Legendary Jewels Part I” at the whopping price of $5,906,500.
3. Rockefeller Sapphire Gemstone Ring
The fabulous rectangular-shaped sapphire ring was one of the stunning rings admired for its clarity, shape, and brilliancy. Sapphire in Rockefeller’s ring was from Myanmar that boasts excellent brilliancy and sparkle. In 1934, the Nizam of Hyderabad sold this stunning sapphire to John D. Rockefeller who later asked a French Jeweler to mount it on a beautiful ring for his wife.
4. Queen Marie’s Sapphire Pendant
Queen Marie’s sapphire pendant is believed to be one of the most beautiful pendants in the world due to its great brilliancy. The sapphire in the pendant is also one of the biggest sapphires in the world, weighing a huge 478.68 carats. In 1947, this beautiful pendant was sold to Harry Winston, and in 2013, this pendant was offered to Christie’s for an enviable price of $2,105,667.