Behind the Stone: Sapphire
In our new ‘Behind the Stone’ blog series, we aim to provide you with information about the most famous of the precious stones featured in the Sophie Breitmeyer pieces.
First up is Sapphire.
Sapphire is considered to be one of the three main precious gemstones alongside ruby and emerald. Sapphire is a variety of the mineral corundum, on the other side of the spectrum from ruby.
Whilst sapphire is famous for its deep blue colour, it would be a mistake to think that all sapphires are blue… Indeed, whilst blue is the colour we think of when we think of sapphires, this gemstone can take a variety of different colours. Here we have listed some of the most famous shades.
Blue sapphire is by far the most common shade of sapphire. Blue sapphires come in a variety of hues and tones, from deep sea blue to light blue.
White sapphire, not to be confused with diamond, is different from the latter through their sparkle. White Sapphire’s sparkle is a silvery white-grey, whereas Diamond’s sparkle is rainbow coloured with some white mixed in.
Yellow Sapphires are a great alternative to yellow diamonds. They develop their unique colour from the presence of iron during formation. Over the course of millions of years, traces of iron can colour the corundum that makes up the sapphire, giving it a warm, yellowy colour.
Yellow Octagonal Sapphire
With its long and unpronounceable name which means “lotus colour” in Sanskrit, the padparadscha is a type of pinkish-orange coloured sapphire. It is the rarest of all sapphires
Our one-of-a-kind Padparadscha ring pictured below is the perfect original ring for any grand occasion.
Fun Fact: Sapphire is the birthstone for the month of September.
As we have discovered, sapphires come in many different shapes and forms, and there is sapphire for every taste. One of the main gemstones, the sapphire is unmissable when it comes to beautifully crafted jewellery.
Learn more about sapphires https://www.gia.edu/UK-EN/sapphire