Sapphire gemstones are treasured for their beauty and their hardness. They are the third hardest gemstone known to man, with a 9 on the Mohs scale. Only diamonds and moissanite are harder. Because of their hardness they are used not only in jewelry, where their durability lets them absorb rough handling but in scientific instruments such as solid-state electronics. The best sapphires come from Asia, although they are also found in Africa, Australia, and North America.
The word sapphire means blue stone, and most people think of blue when they think of sapphires. However, sapphires come in many colors. From a geochemical point of view, sapphires are an aluminum oxide, a variety of the mineral corundum. If corundum is red, it is a ruby. If corundum is any other color, it is a sapphire. Non-blue sapphires are called fancy sapphires. Fancy sapphires can be yellow, pink, padparadscha (orange-pink), purple, white, green, and black. Star sapphires are cut and polished cabochon style so light refraction creates a six or twelve-ray star. This asterism is found only in translucent, not transparent, gemstones.
Traditionally, sapphires were thought to represent loyalty, sincerity, faithfulness, reliability, and constancy, as well as wisdom and protection from envy. Sapphires are the birthstone for September.
Sapphire rings are popular for engagement rings because its attributes are things necessary for a successful relationship. HRH the Prince of Wales gave a blue sapphire and white diamond engagement ring to Lady Diana Spencer, which their son, HRH Prince William, regifted to his fiancée, Kate Middleton.
The most famous sapphire is the Logan Sapphire, a 423 carat stone set in a brooch and surrounded by 20 diamonds. The largest sapphire in the world is the Life and Pride of America, a star sapphire of 1,905 carats.
If you would enjoy the beauty of sapphire without the expense of this rare (and pricey!) gem, take a look at our Something Blue Sapphire Anklets created with sapphire Swarovski crystals or contact us for other custom jewelry.
“Something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue and a silver sixpence in your shoe” Have you heard this old rhyme, or a variation and wondered to yourself - why? Well, we've done some research into the history of this rhyme and would like to share what we've found.
The rhyme is believed to date back at least to the time of Great Britain's Queen Victoria, who was born in 1819 and ruled from 1837 until 1901. She and her consort, Prince Albert, were married in 1840 and began one of the great love stories of all time.
According to Wikipedia, Victoria described Albert as having "every quality that could be desired to render me perfectly happy. He is so sensible, so kind, and so good, and so amiable too. He has besides the most pleasing and delightful exterior and appearance you can possibly see."
If the rhyme truly does date back to Queen Victoria, you will certainly be in great and loving company if you carry all of the items mentioned in the rhyme; besides, they're believed to bring the bride happiness and good luck in her new life.
The "something old" is to remind you of the love you've shared with your family while growing up.
"Something new" is to bring blessings and hope for a joyous future.
The "something borrowed" is a reminder of the support of family and friends. If it's something borrowed from a happily married friend, so much the better!
"Something blue" is a symbol of true love, purity and fidelity. Brides in ancient Israel sewed blue ribbons to the edge of their wedding robes for the same reason, so this is a very long-standing tradition.
The "silver sixpence in your (left) shoe" represents future wealth and financial security. It was originally a Scottish tradition for the bridegroom to put the sixpence under his foot. Now it's a symbol of trusting each other with all of your worldly goods.
Many brides wear a garter trimmed with blue ribbons for their "something blue". If you would prefer something more original and unique, and something you can wear in public much more often, contact us for one of our lovely sapphire anklets.