Let’s Explore: The Beautiful Sapphire Gemstone

Let’s Explore: The Beautiful Sapphire Gemstone

Did you know blue is the most common favorite color in the world for both men and women? It’s no wonder people love sapphires. This beautiful gemstone has always played a role in history. In Ancient Rome & Greece, it was believed those who worn the stone were protected from envy & harm. Here are 5 things you need to know about sapphires:

  • Sapphire is the birthstone of September. It’s also the 5th and 45th wedding anniversaries. What better way to celebrate these moments with a sapphire. Diamond & Sapphire Anniversary Ring
  • Sapphire is part of the corundum family; along with ruby. It comes in an array of colors; aside from the ruby red. Colorful sapphires are called fancy sapphires and come in a rainbow of colors; from yellow to violet. There are also color changing sapphires that alter colors based on the lighting. There are so many different options with sapphires; you could easily create a beautiful anniversary ring as well as a birthday gift.
  • The most famous sapphire engagement ring is Princess Diana’s and now Kate Middleton. Using sapphire in an engagement ring is a great option for those who want something less traditional or want a specific color in the center rather than a white diamond.
  • Sapphires are 9 on the Mohs hardness scale. A diamond is 10 on the Mohs hardness scale. If we were to recommend a color stone in an engagement or wedding ring; we would recommend a sapphire; because of the hardness.
  • The symbolism of sapphire is truth, loyalty, and sincerity; among others. When you give a sapphire, you are professing your loyalty to your loved one.

With all these great features to a colored gemstone; you can’t pass up the opportunity to add sapphire jewelry to your collection.

Engagement Ring Trends for 2011

Its time to get creative with your engagement rings! Engagement bands are becoming less traditional. What are the trends for this summer?

1. Diamonds all around the band
There is nothing like a band of diamonds to really set your ring apart. The extra stones add both extra sparkle, and make the center stone appear larger!

2. Colored Stones
Colored engagement bands are a hit for the nontraditional bride. There are literally no limits to the colors you can choose. Sapphires, Rubies, and colored Diamonds are all popular choices.

3. Raised Settings
Many bands now are featuring intricate settings. What could be better to accentuate the beauty of your stone than a delicate bow or a detailed mold?

4. Eco-friendly stones
Rings made with conflict-free diamonds and recycled gold settings are growing in popularity. If this is a trend you choose, another option would be to do an entire eco-friendly wedding!

What do you think of these trends? Do you prefer more traditional rings or more intricate bands? What does your dream engagement ring look like?

Jewel Auction sets 4 world records! Check out these jaw dropping Jewels!

Christie’s auction may have sold numerous “Magnificent Jewels” but they also broke a magnificent number of world records in the process.  The Geneva based auction which was held this week broke a large amount of world records, four to be in fact, and made history as the largest selling jewelry auction.

The Switzerland based auction sold over $78 million dollars in their latest auction, setting the first and high ranking world record this past week.  Over the course of the last week, many gorgeous, and stunning jewels have topped the auction charts selling not only for their beauty, but for quite an incredible price as well.

One of these absolutely magnificent jewels was an incredible heart shaped diamond.  This heart bauble is approximately 56.15 carats total weight and sold at the Christie’s auction for $ 10.9 million dollars.  This was the first world record of the week for the famed auction house and the trend towards big jewels at even bigger prices did not end there!  The previous world record for a heart shaped diamond at the Christie’s auction was sold in 1994 for less than half of what the current reigning world record holder was sold at this week.  The buyer for this incredible gem?  None other than the famed London based diamond experts of Graff Diamonds.

With four world records for high prices and even more amazing gems, the next stunner was in no way a disappointment.  Sell for approximately 7.1 million dollars was a gorgeous, deep blue sapphire.  Creating another world record, for the highest price ever paid at an auction for a sapphire, this stunner is a cushion cut Burmese sapphire consisting of approximately 130.50 carat total weight.  The buyer for this beautiful bauble was identified as Ben Mellen and Son.

Magnificent jewels and even more magnificent records, Christie’s auction this past week did not fail to disappoint!  These gorgeous, one of a kind gems are now off to great homes with individuals who paid a great price, literally, to keep them in great care!  Cannot wait to see what their next auction will have in store!