The Many Colours of Sapphires
The world of precious gemstones is an incredible space to work in. Each type of stone comes with a story, and there is a provenance and history unique to each type that is comparable to the lineage of a fine wine region or a well known distiller of scotch.
I am lucky enough to meet with couples in my workshop in the inner west of Sydney to help them craft their very own bespoke engagement ring or wedding band for their special day. While diamonds are undoubtedly the most traditional and sought after stone for these rings, there is an increasing interest in incorporating other stones into the custom settings that we can design together.
A popular choice are stones from the sapphire family, famed for their deep blue colour and contrast that they provide to a diamond – or even as a standalone stone for a truly unique ring.
While most people think of ‘blue’ when they visualise a sapphire, there are in fact many colours to the sapphire.
The most well known variety of sapphire is the deep blue Kashmir Sapphire. This reflects the region nestled between Pakistan and India where the most fantastic examples of their kind were found centuries ago.
The wide open skies and freezing mountain lakes of this beautiful area both reflect the deep blues found in the gemstones found in that region. There are now limited new stones that come to the market from Kashmir, but the region will forever lend its name to the stones that were first found in large quantities there.
In the same part of the world, another variety of sapphire was found that did not conform to the traditional view of these stones at all. The Padparadschah is found on the island nation of Sri Lanka, and because of its rarity is also regarded as one of the most valuable varieties of sapphire.
The rarity also comes with a unique element, the stones found in this area exhibit and orange and pink hue.
This is the umbrella term used to describe sapphires which do not conform to any of the other categories. The wide provenance of sapphires around the world, from the open plains of Montana to south east Asia and even here in Australia, means that there is also a wide range of colours to be found, from golden tints to purple hues.
Colour Change Sapphires
Colour change sapphires have unique structures that means that they exhibit different shades and brilliance when the light is varied between natural and artificial light. Here at Mick The Jeweller, I can present such a stone in a setting that highlights this natural variation, and increases the visual appeal presented by the stone.
Sapphires are beautiful in a custom designed engagement ring or incorporated into a bespoke wedding band. If you would like to learn more about how I can design your unique ring, I welcome your email or phone call (02) 9798-3232 to arrange an in-studio private appointment.
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