Sapphires have a long and illustrious history as one of the four major precious gemstones along with diamonds, rubies and emeralds, yet they are still a mystery to many people.
Sapphires have been valued as gemstones for centuries and much lore has surrounded them in cultures all over the world. The Ten Commandments were said to be written on sapphire tablets and the ancient Persians believed that the earth rested on a giant sapphire and its reflection colored the sky.
Sapphires, more than any other gemstone, have been the prized possessions of royalty. Kings used to wear sapphires around their neck as protection against harm and sapphire jewelry has been given for royal engagements to many women, most recently to Princess Anne and Princess Diana.
Blue sapphires have always been the most recognizable and popular, however sapphires come in many colors including pink, orange, green, yellow, colorless and purple. A little known fact is that rubies are actually red sapphires. Both rubies and sapphires are varieties of the mineral Corundum.
Sapphires are one of the traditional birthstones for September and the wedding gift for a couple’s 5th and 45th anniversary. A sapphire is an excellent choice for use in engagement rings as it is the second hardest and most durable gemstone after diamond. Brilliant Earth sources all of our sapphires in accordance with fair trade and environmentally responsible principles, so you can feel confident that you are receiving a beautiful gemstone of ethical origin that will reflect your love and commitment to your special someone.