Sapphire is a type of corundum, a transparent mineral that produces colour when impurities occur in formation. It is famed for its beauty but also practical properties of resilience, strength and cutting ability. As such, synthetic sapphire reproductions have been used in scratch resistant windows and supermarket barcode scanners. Sapphires can only be sourced from select parts of the world. Each location is renowned for a sapphire speciality and colour. For example, Sri Lanka (the apparent source of the Royal Ceylon sapphire) provides the light blue, red and pink cabochon and faceted stones. Untreated high-lustre yellow-orange Songea sapphires originate from Tanzania and deep dark-blue coloured sapphires are bartered for amongst the hustle and bustle of Thailand’s historic Chanthaburi gemstone market. One of the sapphire's most elaborate claims to fame is the royal engagement ring, once adorned by Princess Diana and passed down to the fair hand of Kate Middleton, the Duchess of Cambridge. This is both a design and stone much loved by the public for its longstanding relationship with the British monarchy. The sapphire is not only a firm favourite with us Brits. Many historical figures have made known their admiration for the wonderous gemstone and its potential healing and protecting abilities as well as its romantic allure. Helen of Troy, famed for her lure and beauty, was said to have owned a large star sapphire to symbolise her attraction. King Solomon also apparently enticed the Queen of Sheba’s affections by claiming to harness the seductive power of the stone. Sapphire is the birthstone for those born in September and is used to mark 5th and 45th wedding anniversaires. The sapphire is also the zodiac gemstone for Taurus star signs.
Countries of Origin: Thailand, Cambodia, Kashmir, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Australia, Montana, Tanzania
Founded in 2006, Gemondo is a British jewellery brand specialised in fine and demi-fine gemstones and metals. We spoil our customers with a wide choice of ethically-sourced gemstones and options for personalisation, allowing our customers to create truly bespoke jewellery.