Sapphires in Jewelry- Sapphires are beautiful and lively gemstones. The wide variety of colors sapphires come in make them wonderful to use in jewelry. The most common color of sapphire used in jewelry is a deep, royal blue color. Sapphires are the birthstone for the zodiac sign of Taurus and the perfect gift for someone born under that sign.
Legend and Lore- Sapphire has always been associated with royalty and romance, notably when Prince Charles gave Princess Diana a sapphire engagement ring. This ring is now worn by Princess Kate, the wife of Princess Diana’s son William. Sapphire have been considered royal long before then, though. Ancient Persian’s believed the sky was colored blue because of the reflection of sapphires and ancient lore often speculates that the Ten Commandments were written on sapphire slabs. Kings wore sapphire to defend themselves from harm.
Science of Sapphire Formation- Sapphire is a variety of corundum. The main coloring element found in sapphires is aluminum. Other elements that are often found in sapphires are iron, titanium, and chromium. These elements make sapphires the gorgeous colors they are. Blue is the most common color of sapphires, but they also come in virtually every other color as well, including yellow, green, white, colorless, pink, orange, brown, and purple.
Revealed by Man- Sapphires have been found in Vietnam, United States of America, India, Columbia, China, Kenya, and many other African nations. Sapphires are found in many different kinds of rocks and are very popular in jewelry. They are cut and polished and then put into jewelry.
Touchstone Gallery Offers a Wide Variety of Nature’s Art Etched in Stone
We invite you to view our current offerings of sapphire and many other fascinating natural art pieces in our Touchstone Galleries in Santa Fe (127 W. San Francisco St.), Scottsdale (4168 N. Marshall Way), Sedona (320 N. State Route 89A) and Taos (110 S. Plaza), or online at www.touchstonegalleries.com.