Sapphires – lustrous, brilliant, entrancing

sapphiresSapphires have been prized from antiquity.  Historically, sapphires were considered a stone of promise, and very often given as an engagement ring.  They are again increasingly valued as a modern engagement option.  Prince William’s wife, Kate Middleton’s engagement ring contains a 12 carat Sri Lankan Sapphire.

Some of the very first gems to ever be cut and polished were sapphires.  Rulers of Ancient Persia believed that the sky had been painted blue by the reflection of sapphires.  Others wore it for protection while travelling.  They have a life and depth of colour that is at once entrancing and exciting.

Sapphires are found in many countries around the world – from Australia and Malawi to Madagascar and Sri Lanka, and even the United States.  Sapphires are most often thought of as blue, but they actually come in every color of the rainbow.  Another of the world’s most sought after gemstones, the ruby, is actually a red sapphire.  Royal blue sapphires are highly prized and extremely popular. 

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