Sapphires are sexy! Don’t believe us? Style icons such as Princess Diana, Duchess Kate, Liz Taylor, and Jessica Chastain have all accessorized with September’s glamorous, royal blue birthstone. To learn more about the history and meaning of the sapphire, check out our blog post “Gemstone Education: The Jewel of the Sky.” Shop for your own sapphire jewelry at Jewelry.com!
Katy Perry’s dress at the Smurfs movie premiere in New York yesterday almost stole the show from the little blue guys themselves!
Sporting a bedazzled Smurfette corsette designed by The Blondes, a smurf manicure and blue Louboutins – what else does the voice of the world’s most famous female smurf need?
How about sapphires? Seems the like the smurfiest choice, right?
Looks like Ms. Perry took the blue bling to heart, wearing a pair of sapphire button earrings and what looks like a sapphire, diamond and gold bangle bracelet (still looking for designer credits…anyone know?)
The other jewelry highlight of the night was violet vixen, Sofia Vergara, in a a gorgeous Missoni gown, turquoise earrings and elbow-deep bangles in every shade of purple – all by Lorraine Schwartz!
Papa Smurf? Eat your heart out!!!
Sapphires aren’t just the blingy blue bauble often likened to the color of Elizabeth Taylor’s eyes – they’re crazy chameleons that wear a coat of many colors.
While deep blue is certainly what most of us think of when it comes September’s birthstone, the gem also comes in a rainbow of hues – from pink and green to yellow and red (also known as – a ruby!) Cool, right?
But sapphires have a special shade that I recently discovered, and it’s downright drool-worthy: the color-changing sapphire.
Not quite purple, not quite red, not quite blue – the ever-elusive color changer is a slippery little devil that injects some much needed intrigue into the gemstone world. I admittedly just came across the ‘c-c sapph’, when writing about the gorgeous ‘Royal Butterfly’ brooch a few days ago – and decided to do some digging to find out more.
Here’s the skinny:
While many sapphires may exhibit faint color changes upon exposure to incandescent or fluorescent lights, the ‘c-c sapph’ is a dramatic diva, bless her heart. Most color change sapphires belong to one of two groups depending on their color change: the green to red (alexandrite), and the blue to purple kind.
Most alex type color change sapphires are from Songea, Tanzania while the blue-purples occur in Madagascar, Sri Lanka, Burma, and other parts of East Africa and Tanzania. In all color change stones, the strength of the change is probabably the most important factor affecting their value – but the blue to purple variety tend to be the more pricey option.
Do any of you designers out there have a color-changer in your coffers you’d like to share? Make a comment here or send me a Twitpic with a link to an image/description, and I’ll post it here.
In the meantime, here’s a one-of-a-kind engagement ring featuring a color changer from The Jewelry Experts to whet your whistle.
Now that the jewelry-barren landscape that was New York Fashion Week is behind me, it’s time to get back to blingy basics. And there’s no better way to celebrate than by ogling this bodacious butterfly bauble that just joined the storied coffers of the Smithsonian Institution.
Designed by Cindy Chao, the “Royal Butterfly” is a three-dimensional diamond-and gemstone-studded brooch that took over two years to create. The design is balanced by four large rough diamond slices and includes more than 20 color gradients comprised of 2,318 colorless and colored diamonds, color-changing sapphires, colored sapphires, rubies and tsavorites.
Color-changing sapphires? Awesome.
Chao generously gifted her “Royal Butterfly” to the Smithsonian, which now lives with some of the world’s most significant jewels, including the famous Hope Diamond.
The designer’s ‘hope’ was not only for viewers to appreciate the art in a new medium, but that it would also inspire “people to dream and create” and “continue to contribute to the evolution of culture and the world around them.”
Ms. Chao? You had me at ‘color-changing sapphires’.
We jewelry and fashion hounds know there are sample sales and there are sample sales. Sometimes you find what you’re looking for only to realize the discounted price is more than you’d pay off the rack or the ‘huge’ selection they promise is wittled down to the gauche and the gaudy.
But JewelClub is a happy shining place of constant sample sale hope. With new product added constantly and prices as high as 80% off retail, the ‘digger’ in all of us can give our sample sale shovels a rest. Permanently.
Here is just a glimpse of the monthly specials they run – a dozen icy jewels at 20% off the JewelClub discounted price until the end of the month. Aquamarines, sapphires, turquoise and more are featured at prices you have to see to believe.
And they throw in free shipping on ALL orders – so you can shop from the warmth of your own home and just wait for the spoils to arrive.
Click here for the Winter Blues Special or here to visit the JewelClub treasure chest full of all fine jewelry categories, use the access code INSIDER and start curing those winter blues with sample sale stash at prices that will warm your heart.
Sapphire is September’s birthstone, and there are all kinds of ways you can wear them – whether you’re born this month or not. Many women are opting for less expensive creative sapphires these days – scientifically the exact same stone as those found in nature, but they’re created in a lab instead of mined from the ground.
Check out Jewelry.com’s extensive collection of sapphire gems – created and natural – in a rainbow of colors from blue and pink to white and green.
And here are the down and dirty details about the sexy sapphire for those of you who like to impress your friends with your uncanny knowledge about all things blingy. You know who you are.
Sapphire: The Jewel of the Sky
Sapphire has been sought after for thousands of years as the ultimate blue gemstone. The ancient Persians believed that the earth rested on a giant sapphire that gave its blue reflection to the sky, hence the Latin name “sapphiru”, which means blue.
The gem has long symbolized faith, remembrance, and enduring commitment. According to tradition, God gave Moses the Ten Commandments on tablets of sapphire, making it the most sacred stone. This supposed “divine favor” is why sapphires often were the gem of choice for kings and high priests throughout history. In fact, the British Crown Jewels contain a number of notable sapphires. Prince Charles even gave Princess Diana a sapphire engagement ring.
Sapphire is not only the birthstone for September, it is also the recommended gem for couples celebrating their fifth and 45th wedding anniversaries.
Both sapphire and its sister stone, ruby, are part of the corundum family, one of the strongest minerals on earth. The stone is mined in many parts of the world, including Australia, Cambodia, China, Kashmir, Kenya, Madagascar, Myanmar, Nigeria, Sri Lanka, Tanzania, Thailand, the United States and Vietnam. Sapphires from Kashmir and Myanmar are rarest and most prized because of their vivid blue, velvety look.
Although sapphire is virtually synonymous with blue, the stone also comes in a variety of fancy colors that includes colorless/white, pink, yellow, peach, orange, brown, violet, purple, green and many shades in between (except red, because a red sapphire would be called a ruby). Some sapphires that are cut into a cabochon (dome) shape even display a six-rayed white star. These are called star sapphires, and the ancients regarded them as powerful talismans that protected travelers.
With a hardness of 9 on the Mohs scale, sapphire is harder than any other gemstone except a diamond. This quality makes it extremely durable for everyday jewelry pieces subject to repeated impact, such as rings and bracelets. In general, sapphire can be cleaned with soapy water or commercial solvent and a brush.