10 things you didn’t know about September’s birthstone, Sapphire

September is officially considered the start of spring in South Africa. Birds are singing, flowers are blooming and love is certainly in the air as peak engagement and wedding season starts. September's birthstone, sapphire, is a well known gem, but here are 10 things you might not know about this gorgeous gemstone: What is sapphire? [...]

10 things you didn’t know about September’s birthstone, Sapphire2018-08-31T15:47:38+00:00

The world’s largest star sapphire

Every so often, the gem world hears some news that makes it sit up and go “Wow”. Hearing about the discovery of the world’s biggest star sapphire was one such item of news. Discovered in Sri Lanka and weighing in at a massive 1,404, the sapphire bears more of a resemblance to a fancy paper-weight [...]

The world’s largest star sapphire2017-11-27T13:14:43+00:00

Kyanite – the gem that looks like sapphire

When you think of blue gemstones, the first one that springs to mind for most people is sapphire. Tanzanite is a popular blue gemstone (albeit with a violet tint) and semi-precious gems such as topaz, apatite, lapis lazuli and turquoise are all relatively well known. But what of Kyanite, a gem that you may perhaps have never heard [...]

Kyanite – the gem that looks like sapphire2017-11-27T12:55:32+00:00