When most people think of sapphire, their minds go straight to that amazing, breathtaking blue. And who can blame them? That color is the stuff of fairytales—like Princess Diana's and then Kate Middleton's engagement ring kind of fairytales.
Sapphires for centuries have symbolized nobility, sincerity, truth and faithfulness. Like many other gemstones, it has traditionally been used to decorate royalty.
Sapphires come in just about every color you can imagine.
Blue is certainly my favorite, but did you know that sapphires come in just about every color you can imagine? We talked about its famous sister—the ruby—back in July. Along with ruby, sapphire is a member of the Corundum family. Any color of the mineral that is not ruby red is considered a sapphire. It can be blue, green, pink, orange, brown, yellow—even gray or black. Some even have intriguing color-change properties. So don't consider yourself limited to blue if you are lucky enough to call sapphire your birthstone!
The most saturated and vividly-colored blue and most highly-valued stones have traditionally been found in Burma, Kashmir and Sri Lanka (formerly known as Ceylon), but sapphires are also mined in a variety of places, such as Thailand, Australia, Madagascar, Tanzania and even here in North America.