In the world of coloured gemstones, few can rival the timeless allure and beauty of blue sapphires. Revered for their stunning hue and rich history, blue sapphires have become a much-cherished staple in jewellery boxes of royalty and tastemakers for centuries. As your trusted guide to the world of fine jewellery, in this latest journal entry we’ll provide you with an in-depth exploration of everything you need to know about these gorgeous gemstones. From understanding the essence of a blue sapphire to unravelling the stories behind iconic pieces, and offering tips on selecting the perfect gem, read on below to find out everything you need to know.
What is a Blue Sapphire?
Blue sapphires form part of the Corundum family, the same gemstone group that is also associated with rubies. Although diamonds are regarded as the hardest gemstone on the planet, blue sapphires come a close second, ranking at 9 on the Mohs scale.
While sapphires come in a variety of colours, it's the captivating blue hue that’s the most sought after by fine jewellery lovers. Ranging from a subtle, pale blue to a striking, vivid spectrum, blue sapphires boast a delightful diversity that perfectly complements a range of precious metal settings.
Beyond their geological features, blue sapphires carry a symbolism that resonates through history. These stunning gemstones are emblematic of wisdom, nobility, and fidelity and are often seen as prestige jewellery items.
Famous Blue Sapphire Jewellery Pieces
Whilst delving into the history of blue sapphire jewellery, it's impossible to ignore the iconic pieces that have left an indelible mark over the centuries. Amongst the most famous examples including the engagement ring worn by Kate Middleton, featuring a stunning blue sapphire surrounded by diamonds. This ring, previously worn by Princess Diana, has become a symbol of enduring love and royal elegance.
Another notable entry in the annals of blue sapphire history is the engagement ring that Napoleon Bonaparte used to propose to Josephine. This exquisite piece, adorned with a pear-shaped blue sapphire and a halo of diamonds, remains a testament to the everlasting allure of the special gems in all matters of the heart.
Assessing Blue Sapphire Quality
Anyone who has ever purchased diamonds will know that it’s all about the ‘4c’s’: cut, colour, clarity and carat. This is due in large part to the fact that these four elements can significantly influence a diamond’s appearance, and of course its value.
When assessing the quality of blue sapphires however, it really is all about the colour as that’s where the real intrinsic value lies. If you’re thinking of buying a stunning blue sapphire piece, as a gift for yourself or that special someone, keep in mind the following advice:
Colour: As we alluded to above, the beauty and value of a blue sapphire resides in its colour palette. From the gentle hues of "cornflower" blue to subtle hints of green or purple, the quest is for a shade that leans towards the purity of true blue. Seek that elusive inner glow, an ethereal quality that lights up the gem from within.
Also consider the nuances of tone and saturation – a middle-range tone strikes the balance between too light and too dark. The most sought-after colour is the regal blue, vibrant and free from the subtle undertones of brown or grey.
Unlike diamonds, there's no standardised colour grading system for sapphires. Rely on the precision of high-quality photographs or get in touch with reputable jewellers like Meaden for further advice and guidance.
Clarity: Clarity: Inclusions are common in sapphires, but the focus is on being "eye-clean" – no visible inclusions without magnification. Interestingly, although you’re generally looking for less inclusions, inclusions that create a star pattern enhance the value of the gem.
Cut: Unlike diamonds, blue sapphires lack standardised cuts. The main thing to look for is symmetry, ensuring the gem reflects light to unveil its inherent beauty. Cuts like oval, round cushion, and emerald are some of the most popular when it comes to blue sapphires, but it does come down to personal preferences.
Carat Weight: Similar to diamonds, blue sapphires span a range of carat weights. Due to their density, a one-carat sapphire may appear slightly smaller than its diamond counterpart so don’t let this mislead you. Again, it’s important to consider the type of jewellery item you’re thinking of purchasing before deciding on the carat weight.
Blue Sapphire Jewellery Types: A Closer Look
After covering all the blue sapphire fundamentals, and now you have a better idea of what to keep a lookout for, it’s time to turn our attention to some of the most popular blue sapphire jewellery pieces you may want to consider adding to your collection.
Blue Sapphire Rings
Blue sapphire rings stand out as timeless symbols of sophistication. Their versatility allows them to seamlessly transition from daily elegance to special occasions and search any reputable jeweller and you’ll often find everything from bold statement rings to intricate blue sapphire cocktail rings. Notably, blue sapphire engagement rings have seen a surge in popularity in recent years, captivating hearts with their vibrant blue hues and serving as special tokens of everlasting love.
At Meaden Master Jewellers, our Shyam Sapphire Gemstone & Diamond Halo Engagement Ring is one of our blue sapphire best sellers. Featuring a stunning Cushion Cut Blue Sapphire of 1.74 carats, this ring is the epitome of elegance. The sapphire is gracefully surrounded by brilliant round diamonds, creating a halo effect that enhances its allure. This masterpiece also embodies the perfect blend of tradition and modernity, making it an ideal choice for those seeking a distinctive and meaningful engagement ring.
Blue Sapphire Necklaces
Blue sapphire necklaces add a touch of grace to any ensemble. From delicate pendants to elaborate designs, the captivating blue hues complement the neckline with understated elegance. Consider a blue sapphire pendant for a subtle yet sophisticated statement piece.
Blue Sapphire Bracelets
Wrist adorned with the regal charm of blue sapphires exudes refinement. Bracelets, whether dainty or elaborate, provide a canvas for the gem's brilliance. At Meaden Master Jewellers we can design spectacular blue sapphire bracelets that seamlessly blend modern design with the timeless allure of this enchanting gemstone.
Blue Sapphire Earrings
Elevate your style with the subtle brilliance of blue sapphire earrings. From classic studs to intricate chandeliers, blue sapphires add a touch of glamour to any occasion. The versatility of these gems ensures they effortlessly transition from day to night, enhancing your elegance at every turn.
Tips for Selecting the Perfect Blue Sapphire Jewellery
Before we can conclude this post, we’ll leave you with some top tips for selecting the perfect blue sapphire jewellery. We’ve also included some handy advice on how to care for these precious gems so you can ensure your piece retains its beauty:
Choosing the Right Metal
The metal setting plays a crucial role in complementing the allure of blue sapphires. Consider the aesthetic and durability of metals like white gold, yellow gold, or platinum. Each metal imparts a distinct character to the piece, enhancing the gem's beauty. For instance, the cool elegance of white gold can magnify the vividness of a blue sapphire, creating a harmonious balance.
Paying Close Attention to Online Photos
When venturing into online purchases, photos may be the only thing you have to go by. Pay meticulous attention to these visuals, ensuring they provide a clear representation of the gem's colour, cut, and overall quality. Zoom in on details and scrutinise the images to make an informed decision. If you’re unsure, you can always visit us in store for more advice.
Choosing a Trusted Jeweller
Selecting a reputable jeweller is paramount in the pursuit of quality blue sapphire jewellery. Seek out brands with a proven track record, stellar reviews, and a commitment to transparency. Trusted jewellers, such as Meaden Master Jewellers, provide accurate information, ensuring you make an informed decision. Personalised guidance from knowledgeable professionals is invaluable, enhancing your confidence in the chosen piece.
Preserving the beauty of your blue sapphire jewellery involves some care. To avoid scratches, store your pieces separately or in a soft pouch. Remove jewellery before engaging in activities that may subject it to harsh chemicals or physical impact. Periodic professional cleaning and inspection by your jeweller can also help to maintain the gem's brilliance and ensure its longevity. Additionally, gentle cleaning at home with a soft brush and mild soapy water can keep your blue sapphire jewellery looking radiant.