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Sapphire – Gem of Sea and Sky

Sapphire (Sah-fire) is a Jewel of the sea, and of the sun. Its traditional blue colours are often compared with those of the open Ocean. The lighter, transparent blues match the gorgeous colours near the surface, and descend down to almost black as you dive deeper. I’m always reminded of dusk though – the light sky just after the sun has dipped below the horizon, steadily darkening to black as the sun recedes further from the horizon allowing the sky’s diamonds to shine. 

Blue is only the “traditional” colour though. Rarer Sapphires occur in pinks, greens, and purples, orange and yellow – the full range of colours you find in those rare, blazing sunsets leading in to a deepening twilight shared with someone special. Sapphire is a very special and varied stone, truly reflective of one of nature’s greatest spectacles.

So what else makes it so special?

Harder than Nails

Sapphire is one of the gem-stone names for the mineral Corundum (Ruby is the name we use for Red Corundum). It’s one of the hardest substances we know of, second only to Diamonds so it truly is harder than nails.

This makes it tough and durable, and a fantastic stone for rings – which need to be able to withstand the harshest environments.


Sapphire has been worn since before the modern age. The Greeks are known to have used the stone – especially the Royals and Aristocracy – and the Persians believed that the Earth was embedded in a giant Blue Sapphire which was reflected in the sky.

More recently it has been worn by the clergy as a symbol of heaven and it eventually spread to commoners on account of the belief that Sapphire attracted heavenly blessings.


Mined for hundreds of years in some of the most exotic locations on the planet, Sapphire is a well known stone. Originally found in places such as India, Burma, and Sri Lanka (Ceylon Sapphires) through to locations in South-East Asia like Thailand and Vietnam, and more recently in Australia and Brazil and Tanzania (Songea Sapphires), Sapphire occurs in several distinct parts of the globe. It’s even been found in Madagascar, and it’s likely there are more Sapphires still forming in new rock below the oceans, waiting for the land to rise before they become easily discoverable.

A Bringer of Truth

Sapphire is said to symbolise sincerity and faithfulness. It is believed that the Stone Tablets inscribed with the 10 commandments were made of Sapphire, hard enough to survive the blow of a hammer. It’s relation with religion also lends to it being a symbol of virtue, wisdom and holiness. It’s no surprise then that Sapphire is the recommended gift to commemorate 45 years of marriage!

A Stone of Kings

Sapphire doesn’t just have its history entwined with religious values. It also has a close connection with royalty. King Solomon had an exquisite Sapphire Talisman, and Sapphire was the stone Prince Charles used to make his proposal of marriage to Lady Diana. Sapphire is also one of the most prominent stones used across the Crown Jewels because it is a symbol of pure and wise rulers.

Symbol of Love

We’ve already mentioned that Sapphire has been used for an engagement ring, and we all know that every bride needs “something blue” at their wedding. These facts make Sapphire a wonderful substitute for the traditional Diamond as an engagement ring. Over 50% of the population like the colour blue, which is why its traditional colour is so appealing and the fact that it is available in such a wide variety of colours makes it even more versatile.

Instead of simply swapping a White Diamond for a Blue Sapphire, why not pick their favourite colour in Sapphire? Sapphire’s diverse range of colours means that you’re virtually guaranteed to be able to find their favourite, making the gift of marriage even more special and personal to them.

Edward Gray
Ed Gray was born in the UK, has obtained a Physics degree, and currently has a love for Lego, Martial Arts, Movies & the odd Sci-Fi / Fantasy book.