Sapphires are best known for their deep blue colour, but these beautiful precious gemstones are actually available in virtually any colour - with the exception of red. That's because sapphires are part of the mineral group called corundum which also includes their sister stone, the ruby!
The colour of a sapphire depends on different elements being present when the sapphire begins to form, including iron, titanium, chromium, copper and magnesium. A little more or a little less, the absence of one or more element; and the colour will differ. From very pale pink through to the deepest ocean blue, sapphires are popular in a variety of colours with popularity for certain colours changing with fashion.
Sapphire Engagement Rings
The Duchess of Cambridge isn't the only member of the British Royal Family member with a penchant for sapphires. Queen Elizabeth II owns a brilliant sapphire as part of the crown jewels, set in an elaborate gold crown held at The Tower of London. It's fair to say that sapphires are somewhat regal, and are among the most expensive precious gems favoured today.
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World's Biggest Sapphires
Ethical Sapphires & Lab Grown Gems
Sapphires are often substituted in jewellery by semi-precious gemstones in similar colours as a more affordable option. Jewellery designer Lilia Nash uses lab-grown gemstones as an ethical and more economical alternative. These gems are made in laboratories using a recipe that will produce the desired colour and clarity. Ethical gemstones have a lesser environmental impact as well as ensuring no one was exploited to obtain them, they're also far less expensive than their naturally-made counterparts, so they allow fans to buy bigger, more brilliant sapphire stones with a smaller budget.
If only a natural sapphire will do, fair trade sapphires are Lilia's stone of choice. These beautiful gemstones were mined by companies operating a fair trade policy, meaning their workers are fairly compensated for sourcing the stones. As with all precious stones, sapphires are in high demand around the world and command good prices. Buying fair trade sapphires helps to ensure that no one was exploited in the supply chain, between the sapphire being mined and it being set in your jewellery.
Lilia Nash Sapphire Catalogue
Lilia has a selection of lab-grown and natural sapphires available for bespoke and custom designs. Choose between blue sapphires and fancy coloured sapphires, all chosen personally by Lilia from fair trade suppliers and ethical gemstone cutters.
Sapphire Birthstone Meaning
Those born in September have a sapphire as their birthstone. Those born in September are said to be natural leaders, with a calm energy that balances with their natural ability to take control of situations. People with a September birthstone are kind but keep their hearts protected, balancing trust with love and being led equally by their minds and hearts.
Sapphire birthstone jewellery traditionally features blue sapphire stones set in gold or silver, and this forms the basis for the Lilia Nash collection of September birthstone jewellery. You can see some of the pieces below or see all of our sapphires suitable for birthdays in our September Birthday Gift page.
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Sapphire Wedding Anniversary
The sapphire wedding anniversary marks 45 years of marriage and is one of the major wedding anniversary landmarks. Many people choose to gift their partner a blue sapphire for this occasion, but there is actually a blue sapphire wedding anniversary - marking 65 years of marriage!
For this reason, it is becoming more traditional to present a sapphire of the wearer's preferred shade for a 45th anniversary gift - and thankfully there is a veritable rainbow of stones to choose from. Pink sapphires have become increasingly popular as sapphire wedding anniversary jewellery due to our affiliation with the colour pink and love. Fashionable shades such as teal, honey yellow (also known as honey quartz) and deep purple offer a more vibrant sapphire setting that complements white gold and rose gold beautifully. White sapphires are also frequently used as flanking gemstones to frame a sparkling coloured sapphire.
You can see some of Lilia Nash's sapphire wedding anniversary jewellery below. She also available to design bespoke sapphire wedding anniversary jewellery. Please contact her for more information.
Sapphire Wedding Anniversary Jewellery
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ABOUT LILIA NASH JEWELLERY
Lilia Nash is an independent jewellery designer working from a boutique jewellery shop and studio in Lechlade, Gloucestershire in the United Kingdom.
She has a passion for ethical jewellery making, using recycled gold, silver and platinum to create her collections. All of the diamonds and gemstones featured in Lilia's jewellery are either fair trade or lab-grown, lessening environmental impact and ensuring that fair prices have been paid throughout the supply chain.
Lilia is dedicated to creating handmade jewellery that's of exceptional quality, made with the finest quality materials.