by Suzanne Sachs • 5 min read
There are so many great gemstone options to choose from when it comes to picking your engagement ring. One of the finest precious gemstones that can actually help symbolize a relationship is the gorgeous and timeless sapphire. Understanding what a sapphire is, its origin, history and symbolism, may help you decide if a sapphire engagement ring is the best option for you to symbolize your timeless journey with your partner.
THE BASICS --
What is a Sapphire?
The Sapphire is a precious gemstone which is a variety of the mineral corundum. It comes in a variety of colors, but it is best known for its vibrant shades of blue. Blue sapphire hues range from light blue, to dark blue to a cornflower blue. Even though the sapphire is most well known for its blue shades, it can be found in many different colors, including orange, yellow, purple, green, brown, gray, black, and even clear (or colorless). Because of this variety, the sapphire is a versatile gemstone, quite popular in vintage jewelry, including antique engagement rings and pieces from different historical periods.
What You Need To Know--
History of Sapphires
Many of the world's top sapphires were mined in Ceylon (Sri Lanka), Burma ( now Myanmar), Madagascar and Kashmir. Sapphires are also mined in India and in the United States in Montana. This sapphire was popular in both Greek and Roman cultures, as well as during the Victorian and Edwardian eras when colored gems were particularly favored. Sapphires were also especially popular for their bold colors during the Art Deco era, when larger, geometric rings with bright colors were in vogue. Because of the beauty and widespread availability of sapphires, these stones have been consistently popular with rings and jewelry for generations.
All About Sapphire Rings
• Ceylon, Burma and Kashmir Mines
Elegant and sophisticated, sapphires are richly colored gemstones most well known for their shades of brilliant blue, but the most well known sapphires are from Ceylon, Burma and Kashmir. Among these three, Ceylon sapphires are the most affordable and are a lighter shade of blue. Burma sapphires are also coveted and are a deeper darker color of blue. The infamous "Kashmir" sapphires are the most rare with a distinctive blue knows as “cornflower blue.” Sapphires are extremely durable and rank 9 on the Moe's scale of hardness.
Today, most of the world's sapphires have some form of "heating" treatment added in order to enhance their color. Therefore, finding a sapphire (especially Kashmir or Burma) without any type of heat treatment is very difficult, and they are highly sought after. These untreated sapphires will be more expensive than diamonds. As with any precious or semi precious gemstone, the GIA or AGL labs are independent laboratories focusing on the origins and the treatments of sapphire and other gemstones.
• Sustainable Gemstones
Vintage sapphire rings are inherently sustainable as there has not been any irreplaceable resources used that have little or no impact on the environment and ecosystem. Many consumers prefer to opt for a antique sapphire ring in order to avoid any humanitarian concerns that might be raised from the possibility of unethical mining practices.
Sapphire Meaning and Symbolism
• Wisdom and Truth Symbolism
Sapphires have long been considered the “Stone of Wisdom.” Popular in Hebrew, Greek, and Buddhist religions, many ancient cultures believed this sparkling stone would provide the wearer with mental clarity and spiritual truth. The sapphire symbolizes innocence, honesty and strength.
• Month Symbolism
Sapphire is the traditional birthstone for September and the symbolic gemstone for the fifth and forty-fifth wedding anniversaries. There are many occasions when a sapphire can make a gorgeous statement in your jewelry. A sapphire engagement ring, or a gemstone engagement ring is always a style worth celebrating.
• Celebrity Symbolism
For those who love the glamour of past and present, Hollywood and royalty, you can enjoy a sapphire ring knowing it is a favorite of many celebrities. This gemstone has adorned the fingers of top names including Kate Middleton, Liz Hurley and Penelope Cruz.
Choosing a Sapphire Engagement Ring
For centuries, sapphires have been, and continue to be, a stunning choice for engagement rings. They can come from various historical eras including Victorian, Art Deco, Edwardian and the 1970's. You may desire a Ceylon, Burma or Kashmir sapphire, or just be captivated by the symbolism of the stunning gemstone. Maybe you love the big look of the cluster or a three stone ring. No matter the reason for choosing a sapphire ring, we are confident you will find the perfect one that will last a lifetime.
Sapphire Engagement Rings For Everyone:
No matter which shape is your favorite, these time-honored rings have a rich history and individualized character and will continue to have a timeless beauty and elegant appeal that is part of a legacy to pass on to future generations.
Find The Perfect Sapphire Engagement Ring:
Vintage rings are prized not only for their beauty but also for their exquisite attention to detailing and design. If you’re looking for a ring with a sense of glamour, sophistication and vintage charm, explore our collection of sapphire engagement rings today!