Sapphires have been known and praised since ancient times. Sapphire comes from Sappheiros the Greek word meaning “blue color”. Many blue stones in the past were referred to as sapphire just because they were blue and in fact the Greeks probably used this gem more to refer to Lapis Lazuli. Today we know not all blue stones are sapphires and not all sapphires are blue. We cut sapphires in a wide array of colors like yellow, orange, green, teal, pink, purple and even bi color. We also cut the rare peach pink color known as padparadscha!
Sapphire is the birthstone for September so those lucky enough to be born in this month have every color of the rainbow available to pick from. Sapphire is the second hardest natural stone behind diamond. This means it can easily be set in any style of jewelry and will last multiple lifetimes.
Sapphires were traditionally blue, pink and padparadscha and cut in rounds, ovals and cushion shapes. In today’s world the range of cuts and colors is greatly expanded. Today we cut faceted cabochons known as rose cut, hexagons, kites, tablets, GeoCuts™ and all sorts of freeform shapes.
We’ve noticed that the freeform GeoCuts™ and hexagons are trending and very popular as are the traditional cuts. Greens, teals and peach colors are in great demand with most going into alternative wedding rings. This new array of shapes and colors allow today’s couples to create rings as unique as they are.
One of the great things about the changing of seasons is that you can ‘Fall’ right into sapphires and still enjoying the full spectrum of colors and they will work in any mounting.