Sapphires for Summer
There’s no better colour than blue to signify summer. With their refreshing coolness that often reminds you of the ocean or a clear blue summer’s sky, blue sapphires are the gemstone of summer.
The name sapphire comes from the Latin word “saphirus” and the Greek word “sapheiros”, both meaning blue. Sapphires figure prominently in numerous beliefs and traditions, both past and present, all around the world. Traditionally sapphires symbolized truth, nobility, sincerity, and faithfulness, and were used for centuries to decorate robes of royalty and clergy members.
Like rubies, sapphires are part of the mineral species called corundum. The trace elements that result in the brilliant blue colour of sapphires are iron and titanium, and the more there is of the former, the deeper the colour will be. The rarest and most famous sapphires come from Kashmir, in Northern India, while others are mined all over the world in places such as Eastern Australia, Madagascar, Thailand, and North America. Sapphires can be treated by several methods to enhance and improve their colour and clarity. In addition to their beauty, sapphires can take on the stress of everyday wear as they are hard and not easily scratched or affected by abrasion.
Whether you’re celebrating a milestone, special occasion, or just looking to update your summer look, sapphires are a solid choice!
Four Things to Love about Sapphires:
- Saturated and Vivid Colour: Sapphire’s blue can be very saturated and vivid, like it is being lit from within.
- Extremely Durable: The only natural gemstone harder than sapphire is diamond, making it a very tough and durable gem.
- Delicate Silk: Sapphires often contain intersecting and delicate needles of rutile that gemmologists call silk.
- Royal Blue: Probably the most famous sapphire in the world is Kate Middleton’s engagement ring, which used to belong to Princess Diana.
This months auction:
A few sapphire pieces from our upcoming Auction of Fine Jewellery, Watches & Silver on June 20th…
- Lot 342: A SAPPHIRE AND DIAMOND NECKLACE, €60000-70000.
- Lot. 112: A SAPPHIRE AND DIAMOND TARGET RING, €4000- 5000.
- Lot. 175: A PAIR OF SAPPHIRE AND DIAMOND EARRINGS, €7000-7500.
- Lot. 208: A SAPPHIRE AND DIAMOND CLUSTER RING, €4700-5000.
- Lot. 373: A SAPPHIRE AND DIAMOND INSECT