A History of Sapphires in Culture: Pope Innocent III

Throughout time, sapphires have been revered for their beauty, their strength and durability, and the perceived powers of wellness and protection. In a celebration of the special cultural relevance of sapphires, we have gathered together some of our favorite stories to share of historical sapphires through Read More …

A History of Sapphires in Culture: Charlemagne

Throughout time, sapphires have been revered for their beauty, their strength and durability, and the perceived powers of wellness and protection. In a celebration of the special cultural relevance of sapphires, we have gathered together some of our favorite stories to share of historical sapphires through Read More …

A History of Sapphires in Culture: King Solomon

Throughout time, sapphires have been revered for their beauty, their strength and durability, and the perceived powers of wellness and protection. In a celebration of the special cultural relevance of sapphires, we have gathered together some of our favorite stories to share of historical sapphires Read More …

A History of Sapphires in Culture: Helen of Troy

Throughout time, sapphires have been revered for their beauty, their strength and durability, and the perceived powers of wellness and protection. In a celebration of the special cultural relevance of sapphires, we have gathered together some of our favorite stories to share of historical sapphires Read More …

Sapphires in the Middle Ages

Throughout history, many powers have been attributed to sapphire. During the middle ages, sapphire was believed to shield the wearer from harm and disease and was used as an antidote against poison. It was the stone of choice for the ecclesiastic ” like the pure Read More …

The Yogo Sapphire Mine of Montana

Jake Hoover, a gold prospector, discovered “little blue pebbles” in nearby Yogo Creek back in 1894. Since that time the Yogo sapphire deposit has been mined by both open pit and underground methods. An English syndicate first mined the deposit, on a large scale, in Read More …

Not All Sapphires Are Blue

Sapphire Color Blue is the best-known of the sapphire colors. The prized Kashmir and Burmese sapphires have a deep blue that is intense and velvety. These sapphires are not often seen on the market today. Sri Lankan and Madagascar sapphires are the most common today, Read More …

The Stuart Sapphire

Among the numerous glittering gemstones affixed to Britain’s Imperial State Crown, one of the largest is a vivid blue gemstone with a fascinating, muddled history: the Stuart Sapphire. The sapphire, which weighs in at approximately 104 carats, is currently set at the back of the Read More …

Properties of Sri Lankan Blue Sapphires

Blue sapphires are the blue variety of the mineral corundum which is crystalline aluminum oxide in which the blue color is caused by the displacement of some aluminum atoms by atoms of titanium and iron. Sri Lankan blue sapphires can vary from delicate sky-blue colors Read More …

Maria Alexandrovna Sapphire Brooch

The Great London Exhibition of 1862 The 260.37-carat blue sapphire was purchased by Czar Alexander II, Emperor of Russia, when he visited the Great London Exhibition held in 1862. The exhibition was held between May 1st to November 1st, 1862, in South Kensington, London, on Read More …