The name sapphire is derived from the Latin word saphirus and the Greek word sapheiros, both meaning blue and is the birthstone for September. It is a hard gemstone, (Mohs hardness scale – 9) and a wonderful gemstone for all types of jewellery, which includes engagement rings because of its hardness, durability and wonderful variety of colours. Sapphire is corundum and in its purest form is colourless (white sapphire). Traces of colouring elements present in the sapphire crystals formation produce the amazing array of colour in sapphire. Most of the sapphire mined is of poor and industrial grade quality, only a small percentage is cut and polished into beautiful gems.

Can I wear it every day? Absolutely, among the natural gems only moissanite and diamond are harder.Sapphire is an ideal gemstone for engagement rings and dress jewellery of all types.

Is Sapphire a birthstone? Yes, Sapphire is the birthstone for September. (Blue)

Is Sapphire expensive? The price of Sapphire will range greatly depending on the colour, clarity and size of the gemstone, as well as whether it’s natural or been treated to enhance the stone. The cheaper poor quality Sapphire will appear very deep blue, almost black without any flashes of vibrant colour. At the very high quality side of sapphires, the very clean-bright, rich and vibrant colours are much more rare and beautiful and are in very high demand.

What colours does sapphire come in? Sapphire comes in a huge variety of colours and hues; blue, pink, yellow, green, purple, violet and many colour blends that are all incredibly unique and beautiful.

There are many alternative gemstone choices that have similar colour & visual characteristics to Sapphire. If you’d like to learn more about your best options or arrange a personal gemstone viewing in our Parramatta studio, please call us on (02) 9689 3396 or contact us here.