Sapphires are a classic gem sought by collectors and connoisseurs worldwide and provides the most beautiful blues of the gem kingdom. Sapphire is the original gem of fidelity. In ancient times, a gift of a sapphire was a pledge of trust, honesty, purity, and loyalty. This tradition makes Sapphire a popular choice for engagement rings.
The term Sapphire encompasses all other colours of the mineral Corundum, excluding Ruby which has always been classified as an individual gemstone, and is never identified as a Sapphire. Blue is most often associated with Sapphire, with the most valuable being a cornflower blue, known as 'Kashmir'. This magnificent gemstone also comes in other colours including yellow, purple, pink, green, white and orange. These other colours are often referred to as Fancy Sapphire. Yellow and pink Sapphire have recently become very popular, and are now often seen in jewellery.
The oldest sapphire finds are in Ceylon, or Sri Lanka as it is known today. The specialist recognises Ceylon sapphires by the luminosity of their light to mid-blue colours. Ceylon Sapphires are unique in colour, clarity and lustre compared to the blue sapphires from other countries.