Sapphires are September’s birthstone and as far as our clients and friends are concerned, right now there’s only one type of sapphire on people’s lips – peacock sapphires. But what are these gems that everybody is currently obsessed with?
As we’ve mentioned before, sapphires come in a large variety of colours; every colour of the rainbow, in fact. Most people think of sapphires in the context of the colour blue, but yellow, pink, green and orange sapphires are all easily available and popular in their own right. The only colour that sapphire doesn’t occur in is red – because red corundum is ruby, which you may have seen us mention before.
Sapphires have a hardness of 9 out of 10 on the mineral and gemstone so, as the second hardest gemstone after diamonds, they’re perfect for engagement rings. Sapphires have always been popular for engagement rings, particularly since Princess Diana’s engagement back in 1981. Traditionally, blue sapphires have been the most popular, but as we move through the 21stcentury, we’re seeing people pay less attention to tradition as they explore more creative jewellery designs.