In the world of gemstones, few can rival the timeless elegance and enchanting allure of a blue sapphire. Revered for centuries for its striking hue and remarkable symbolism, blue sapphires have captured the hearts of royalty, artists, and gem enthusiasts alike. Join us on a journey as we delve into the captivating world of blue sapphires, exploring their history, characteristics, meanings, and contemporary significance.
A Glimpse into History: From Royalty to Modern Times
Blue sapphires have a rich history that spans cultures and epochs.
Known for their deep blue color, these gems have been associated with nobility, wisdom, and spirituality. Throughout history, sapphires were often worn by royalty and adorned precious artifacts. One of the most famous sapphire's St. Edward's Sapphire, is known for its brilliant blue color and intriguing past.
Sapphires hold a special place in various cultures. In ancient Persia, they were believed to protect against envy and harm. In medieval Europe, sapphires adorned the robes of clergy and were thought to symbolize Heaven. The allure of blue sapphires endured through time, gracing the jewelry of celebrities and dignitaries, including Princess Diana's iconic engagement ring, now worn by Duchess Kate Middleton.
Unveiling the Beauty: Characteristics of Blue Sapphires
The captivating allure of blue sapphires lies in their remarkable physical properties. Sapphires are a variety of corundum, the same mineral family as rubies. While corundum is typically colorless, the presence of trace elements like iron and titanium gives sapphires their distinct blue hue. The intensity of the blue can vary from pale sky blue to a deep, velvety blue, often accompanied by hints of violet or green.
Sapphires are valued for their color, clarity, cut, and carat weight. A well-cut sapphire will exhibit brilliance and depth, showcasing the gem's natural beauty. Clarity is also important; while inclusions are common in natural sapphires, they should not hinder the gem's overall appearance. Of course, size matters too, with larger sapphires being rarer and thus more valuable.
The Symbolism and Meaning
As the birthstone of September, blue sapphires have a wealth of symbolism associated with them. One of the most prevalent is the association with wisdom, loyalty, and nobility. They are often seen as symbols of truth, sincerity, and faithfulness, making them popular choices for engagement rings and anniversary gifts. The serene blue hue is also linked to calmness and inner peace, making sapphires not just beautiful adornments, but also meaningful talismans.
Sapphires in Modern Times
In contemporary jewelry design, blue sapphires continue to captivate designers and wearers alike. Due to their hardness and durability, they are often featured in a range of jewelry, from engagement rings to necklaces, earrings, and bracelets. Designers love to experiment with sapphires, pairing them with other gemstones and metals to create unique and stunning pieces.
The Science Behind Blue Lab Sapphires
All of Stag & Finch's blue sapphires are grown using the Czochralski Pulled method which uses
a tiny starter crystal that is dipped into a solution and very, very slowly pulled out. This process is so slow, that it only produces sapphires at a rate of 2mm/hour, but results in a lab-created gemstone that has the same optical properties and hardness as its mined counterpart. The brightness of our sapphire is Ri 1.76-1.77, identical to other sapphire colors. The result of this method is a beautiful, evenly saturated sapphire that is chemically identical to mined sapphire, but much more affordable.