Sapphires are one of the most versatile gemstones in fine jewelry. They are the only gemstone that can be found in virtually any store in colors ranging from pink, yellow, orange, green and of course classic blue.
As September’s birthstone, the gorgeous deep blue sapphire is beautifully accented in both white gold and yellow gold. Primarily though, you’ll find modern sapphire jewelry mostly made with 14K or 18K white gold. The most popular sapphire use is in fine jewelry rings, followed closely by jewelry necklaces and finally bracelets and pins or brooches.
Sapphires are so prevalent, that one type of sapphire was branched off into its own stone name. Red sapphires are commonly known as rubies. Rubies bring more romance and electricity to the jewelry pieces. That’s why ruby fine jewelry is mostly for the dynamic, show-stopper that likes to waltz into a room full of people and turn heads.
Pink and yellow sapphires have been gaining popularity in the last decade, especially with the younger customers. Chain jewelry stores continue to increase the number of pink sapphire sets, which include a pendant, ring and matching earrings. Shoppers aged from 18 to 25 definitely love the quality and shine of sapphires, but want to step away from the more mature look of blue sapphires. Pink and yellow sapphires give them the quality of a great gemstone, while adding a flirty and fun aspect to their fine jewelry.
The classic royal blue sapphire is still the staple. Classy and sophisticated blue sapphire jewelry adds a touch of color to an elegant outfit while not being overly ostentatious. That being said, a blue sapphire tennis bracelet or pendant in white gold with a few accent diamonds is still a great choice for everyday wear.
For a more unique twist on the classic blue sapphire, certain fine jewelry connoisseurs will hunt out the “Star Sapphire”. A star sapphire can be found in shades from blue to gray and reflects like so perfectly that when shown in the light a star with six rays appears.
Sapphire jewelry has been a popular fashion accessory throughout history. Sapphires were in such high demand that a synthetic sapphire needed to be created. In 1902, a French chemist developed the technique for creating synthetic sapphires. By the 1920’s synthetic sapphires are more readily found than real sapphires and mostly in bracelets and brooches where all that was needed was a small beautiful blue accent.
Because of the wide array of sapphire options out there, finding the perfect piece of sapphire fine jewelry for you and your style can be tough. But given the beauty and style of sapphires, I’m sure you’ll love the search!