Commonly celebrated for its rich blue variety, sapphires have been treasured for thousands for years. Keep the tradition and beauty of sapphires alive by learning more about these special gemstones below.
- Sapphires are the birthstone for September.
- The gemstones originally called "sapphire" were most likely what we know as lapis lazuli today. What we today refer to as a sapphire was originally called hyacinth due to its similarity to the color of blue hyacinths. We now recognize that a sapphire is much more than this one hue.
- Called the "celestial gemstone," sapphire comes in all hues, from midnight blue, bright blue, rich gold, and fiery orange-red.
- The only shade that sapphire does not come in is red. Red stones are classified as a separate gemstone, ruby. The only difference between a ruby and a sapphire is only a ruby can be red.
- Where do Sapphires come from? Though they are found throughout the world, the historic sources of sapphires are Sri Lanka and Burma. These islands still produce some of the highest quality gems in the world. Today, sapphire sources can include Sri Lanka, Burma, Thailand, Cambodia, Madagascar, Tanzania, Australia, and the United States.
- Sapphires are most commonly used in jewelry. Depending on the clarity they can cost up to several thousands of dollars per carat. The most popular color for jewelry is blue, but pink, yellow and orange are climbing the ranks. The green and light blue sapphires and less common colors utilized in jewelry.
Sapphire Gemstone Information
After learning about sapphires, check out Michael C. Fina’s guide on How to Clean Sapphires & Rubies to learn how to keep your sapphires looking sparkly and new!