Sapphire is associated with faithfulness, which makes them the ideal choice for engagement rings. Sapphire is known as the stone of wisdom and royalty.
The name Sapphire comes from the Greek word for blue 'Sappheiros' and is the colour referred to when sapphire is mentioned on its own or written without any reference to the colour of the stone.
Sapphire is a variety of corundum that occurs naturally in all colours except red, red corundum is ruby. The word sapphire alone means 'blue sapphire' all other colours use a colour descriptor, for example, ‘yellow sapphire’ or 'pink sapphire'.
With a hardness of 9 on the Mohs' scale of hardness, Sapphire is an extremely durable stone. Diamond is the only gemstone harder than sapphire.
Sapphire is found in different source locations around the world including, Africa, Australia, Brazil, Cambodia, China, Myanmar, Sri Lanka, Thailand, Vietnam and the USA.
Larger Sapphire stones are sort after by gemstone collectors and investors and occasionally appear in auctions selling at very high prices.