Sapphires come in a multitude of colours and they are the hardest coloured gemstone after diamond. This statement alone is enough to consider sapphire for your next piece of jewellery.
The September birthstone usually refers to the blue variety of the specie corundum (ruby is the red variety), but this birthstone comes in a rainbow of colours, such as violet, green, yellow, orange, pink, purple, as well as parti-coloured that show a combination of two distinct colours. When sapphires are not blue (or red), they are called “Fancy”. Some colours are rarer than others, such as Padparadscha sapphires. Being one of the rarest sapphires in the world, they are rivaled by no other gemstone species or color substitute. “Padparadscha” is an ancient Sanskrit word used to describe the color of a tropical lotus flower; a perfect balance of orange and pink.
Colourless sapphires were once a popular diamond imitation. Even blue sapphires, the most popular colour, comes in a variety of light to very dark and greenish to violetish blue.
Another alternative is star sapphires. They display an amazing phenomenon displaying a 6-ray star. Colour-change sapphires are also a unique stone that changes from greenish blue in daylight to reddish-purple under incandescent light.
Sapphire’s hardness is 9 on the Mohs scale. It is usually safe to clean in an ultrasonic and steaming, as long as it is not fractured or cavity filled. If in doubt, bring it to your favourite jeweller to have it cleaned professionally.
Sapphire is also the gemstone offered when celebrating a 5th or 75th wedding anniversary.
Our designer/goldsmith, Aeron E. King, loves creating pieces of jewellery with unique sapphires found by gemmologist Barbra A. King. Stop in a see for yourself all the beauty sapphires have to offer.