Sapphires, along with rubies, are in the corundum family of gemstones. They are second only to diamonds on the hardness scale, making them perfect for rings and all other kinds of jewellery.
Sapphires are famous for their blue colour, but they're also found in shades of purple, green, yellow, orange, pink, and grey. They can also be found in bi-colour or parti-colour varieties, meaning they show more than one colour at one time. We have various fancy coloured sapphires in stock.
Perhaps the most famous blue sapphire is the one that Diana, Princess of Wales, had in her engagement ring, which is now, of course, worn by the Duchess of Cambridge. The colour of this particular sapphire is almost synonymous with blue sapphires, but they can vary hugely in colour from icy greyish blue, cornflower, indigo and blackish blue and every shade in between.
Padparadscha sapphires are extremely rare and display pink and peach colours. Its name comes for the Sinalese for "lotus blossom".
We recommend cleaning your sapphires with a mild soapy solution and a soft brush or toothbrush, and drying with a soft cloth. We always recommend storing your jewellery carefully to avoid knocks and abrasion.
Sapphires are the birthstone for September, and the traditional gift for a 45th wedding anniversary.