Sapphires - meaning, history, fashion and care tips
Welcome to the first blog from Irit Sorokin Design! In this space you can look forward to learning about my jewelry making process, my inspirations and some of the materials I use in my handmade jewelry, created in Vancouver, Canada. I often use natural gems and metals in my work and love sharing about the meaning of those gems and the individual journey that goes into each handmade piece of jewelry.
Sapphire Jewelry is one of my favourite gem stones, it's the the birthstone in September which happens to be my birthstone.
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Sapphire is the birthstone for the month of September. The name is derived from the Latin word ““saphirus” and the Greek word “sapheiros,” both meaning blue.
Physical - Sapphires are made from a mineral called corundum, which is the same as ruby and one of the hardest minerals after diamonds. They are mostly a blue hue, but as a natural stone there are a variety of other colours that exist less commonly.
Meaning - Sapphires are known as a stone of wisdom and royalty. It can bring peace of mind and prosperity.
Sapphires in fashion and fame
Kate Middleton’s engagement ring is a Sapphire that originally belonged to Princess Diana. It consists of a 12-carat blue sapphire surrounded by diamonds and set in 18k gold.
Bombay Sapphire, the popular gin, was named after an actual big blue sapphire, the Star of Bombay.
Silent-movie star Mary Pickford was given The Star of Bombay, by her husband and actor, Douglas Fairbanks. This large cabochon-cut sapphire is 182-carat and upon her death in 1979, Pickford gave it to the Smithsonian Institution.
History of Sapphires
Sapphires were worn by royals as they believed that it provided protection from envy and harm. Many large sapphire deposits have been found in Sri Lanka, including one of the largest sapphire cluster discovered in 2021 weighing 510 kilograms, named the "Serendipity Sapphire".
Sapphires Style tips
Complement and enhance your sapphires by pairing with cool colours and tones of blue or grey to help it pop from your outfit.
Style your sapphires with sophistication by pairing them with complimentary gems, like diamonds. Diamonds and sapphires are great for everyday wear or special occasions.
Care and cleaning for Sapphires
Sapphires are durable gemstones, but they are still precious and should still be treated with care. Avoid harsh scrubbing or pressure when cleaning.
To clean sapphire you can use a gentle soap and warm water, use a toothbrush or soft cloth to gently clean. Use a bowl instead of the sink to avoid accidentally losing it down the drain! Rinse and pat to dry.
I have some unique and breathtaking sapphire pieces in my online store, it is a beautiful gem to create handmade jewelry with. Shop all Sapphire pieces in my online store and get your very own sapphire gem jewelry shipped right to your door.
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