Sapphire, the celestial gemstone, has
been treasured for thousands of years.
In ancient Greece and Rome, kings and
queens believed that blue sapphires
possessed the power to make peace
between enemies and attract heavenly
Ancient healers used the blue sapphire
to lead them to prophecy and command
the spirits. Commoners used
sapphire in antidotes for poison and
poisonous bites, to clear the mind and
the skin, and cure fevers and colds.
Sapphires were also used to fight the
Sapphire has long symbolized truth,
sincerity, and faithfulness.
The most important influence on a
blue sapphire’s value is its colour,
which can appear in a variety of hues,
tones, and degrees of saturation. The
saturation should be as strong as
possible without darkening the tone
too much. The most valuable blue
sapphire colours are velvety, violetish
blue to blue with medium to mediumdark
tone and strong to vivid saturation.
Sapphires can be found in colours
ranging from firey reddish-orange
sunset, to the delicate violet of twilight.
DURABILITY, TREATMENT AND CARE
Sapphires can scratch almost anything,
and no natural gemstone other than
diamond can scratch them. In fact,
non-gem-quality corundum, is often
used to cut and polish other coloured
Treatment of sapphires is not only
common practice but is thought of as
an art form in itself. Sapphire is commonly
heat treated to improve colour
and sometimes clarity. Warm, soapy
water is safe for cleaning.