Sapphire Celebration

It's been my birthday for about an hour now according to Eastern Standard Time, and I needed to update the blog, so I thought it would be fitting to take a look at this months birthstone. 

SAPPHIRE

Sapphires have been prized for centuries as truly sacred and valuable stones. Sapphires have been worn in jewelry fit for royals and lovers of luxury alike as symbols of truth, loyalty, nobility, and faithfulness. It's rich coloring remains the standard in blue gemstones to date. 

Let's take a little journey through the ages and have a look at some of the worlds biggest and most famous sapphires. 

Princess Diana with her 18 carat sapphire and diamond engagement ring. Diana chose this ring for a 'commoners price' of $60,00 in 1981 and now resides on the hand of Duchess Kate.

Princess Diana with her 18 carat sapphire and diamond engagement ring. Diana chose this ring for a 'commoners price' of $60,00 in 1981 and now resides on the hand of Duchess Kate.

The Rockefeller Sapphire. Rectangular cut sapphire weights approximately 62.2cts. This famous blue baby was originally purchased by John D. Rockefeller in 1934. The Rockefeller Sapphire has been bought as sold at auction a handful of times, most recently going for over $3million to a private collector.

The Rockefeller Sapphire. Rectangular cut sapphire weights approximately 62.2cts. This famous blue baby was originally purchased by John D. Rockefeller in 1934. The Rockefeller Sapphire has been bought as sold at auction a handful of times, most recently going for over $3million to a private collector.

423 carat Logan Sapphire. One of the largest faceted blue sapphires in the world and is the heaviest mounted Gem in the National Collection. The Logan Sapphire was donated to the Smithsonian in 1960 where it is display surrounded in 16cts of brilliant cut white diamonds.

423 carat Logan Sapphire. One of the largest faceted blue sapphires in the world and is the heaviest mounted Gem in the National Collection. The Logan Sapphire was donated to the Smithsonian in 1960 where it is display surrounded in 16cts of brilliant cut white diamonds.

The 98.57-carat Bismarck Sapphire is mounted in a platinum necklace designed by Cartier, Inc., set with 312 baguette and round brilliant cut diamonds and accented with 8 square-cut sapphires. The necklace is named after its donor, Countess Mona von Bismarck, an American socialite who married German Count Eduard von Bismarck in the late 1930s. She donated the necklace to the Smithsonian in 1967, and it is on display in the Gem Gallery at the National Museum of Natural History. 

The 98.57-carat Bismarck Sapphire is mounted in a platinum necklace designed by Cartier, Inc., set with 312 baguette and round brilliant cut diamonds and accented with 8 square-cut sapphires. The necklace is named after its donor, Countess Mona von Bismarck, an American socialite who married German Count Eduard von Bismarck in the late 1930s. She donated the necklace to the Smithsonian in 1967, and it is on display in the Gem Gallery at the National Museum of Natural History. 

At 563 carats, the Star of India is the world’s largest gem-quality blue star sapphire. Some 2 billion years old, it is also one of the most well-known objects in the world.

At 563 carats, the Star of India is the world’s largest gem-quality blue star sapphire. Some 2 billion years old, it is also one of the most well-known objects in the world.

The Stuart Sapphire in the Imperial Crown. This famous sapphire weighs in at 104 carats and is set into the Imperial State Crown.

The Stuart Sapphire in the Imperial Crown. This famous sapphire weighs in at 104 carats and is set into the Imperial State Crown.

I hope you had fun reading a bit about these famous gems. Which was your favorite? Would you wear a bold blue sapphire engagement ring like Princess Di? Tell me about your dream jewels in the comments below. And don't forget to like, share, and follow Gem Steady on social media!

xo-

Brittany C.