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By Gemporia

The sapphire's affiliation with royalty and its incredible hardness make it a genuine contender to diamond as an enduring engagement ring.

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ORIGINS

The iconic royal blue sapphire epitomises this gemstone however the corundum family also includes so-called "fancy sapphires". These highly prized varieties come in violet, green, yellow, orange, pink and purple.

In gemmological terms anything in the corundum family that isn’t a ruby falls into the sapphire family and so sapphires can come in all colours and on very rare occasions exhibit colour change. These fancy sapphires encompass a rainbow of options for anyone who loves the romance and legacy associated with this gemstone, but who also want something out of the ordinary.

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MEANING

Sapphire by tradition has long been associated with nobility, truth, sincerity and faithfulness. It has been the stone of choice for Royalty for generations. In ancient Greece and Rome, kings and queens were convinced that blue sapphires protected their owners from envy and harm. Its extraordinary colour is the standard against which all other blue gems - from topaz to tanzanite - are measured.

"After diamond, sapphire is one of the world’s most precious gemstones."

CHARACTERISTICS

Corundum, in its purest form is composed only of aluminium and oxygen and it requires a growth environment free of silicon. In this purest form corundum is actually colourless and extremely rare and was once popular as a diamond alternative and recently it has experienced somewhat of a renaissance in the market. However it is this chance trace element that enters the corundum in its formation process that forms a ‘mineral cocktail’ that produces these exquisite and unique varieties of sapphire.

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