Historically, Medieval clergy wore sapphires to symbolize heaven, while others at the time wore them as a sign of heavenly blessings. The sapphire has also notably been representative of loyalty, trust, purity and protection. These associations make it one of the most popular colored gemstone choices for engagement rings, and the 45th wedding anniversary is known as the Sapphire Anniversary.
Australia is the biggest source of sapphires world-wide, although those found in Myanmar, Sri Lanka and Kasmir are typically valued higher than those found in other parts of the world. Another indicator of value is color. The purer the blue color the greater the price of the gem - think a dark cornflower blue - although many purchasers prefer darker sapphires which actually cost less than their pure blue counterparts. Titanium and iron in gem quality corundum give the stone its blue tint.
One of the most famous sapphires is a 104-carat blue sapphire that is currently set in the Imperial State Crown, on display with the other British crown jewels in the Jewel House at the Tower of London.
At Colombian Emeralds International we love setting this beautiful stone with diamonds!