Australian Blue Sapphire Engagement Rings
21 May 2014
Australian Blue Sapphires are often overshadowed by the Ceylon Sapphire, however if you’re inclined towards the richer, darker navy blues, then Australian Blue Sapphires are the choice for you.
Sapphires have been mined in Australia for over 100 years. The Sapphires sold commercially as Australian Blue Sapphires are recognisable because of the beautiful mid to dark navy blue colour. What is not widely known is that it is not just navy blue Sapphires that are mined in Australia but a wide variety of colours. This includes bright, vibrant blue Sapphires that are comparable to the fine quality of Ceylon and Thai Sapphires. These Sapphires are often some of the finest Sapphires mined in Australia. Unfortunately they have been occasionally sold as Ceylon and Thai Sapphires for a premium price, leading to the misconception that Sapphires mined in Australia are of inferior quality.
The navy blue Sapphires that have been widely identified as Australian Blue Sapphires are still a beautiful choice. The best thing about them is their affordable price tag. Australian Blue Sapphires are significantly less than Ceylon Sapphires. So if it is a large and beautiful stone that you are after for an affordable price then this may be the best option for you.
Top 4 Facts about Australian Sapphires?
1. Like all Sapphires, Australian Sapphires have a hardness of 9 on the Moh’s scale. This makes them extremely durable and therefore ideal for engagement rings and everyday jewellery.
2. The main areas where Australian Blue Sapphires are mined are in Northern NSW, Central Queensland and North-East Tasmania.
3. Australia produces a variety of Sapphires not just the popular blue Sapphires, but also a wide variety including yellow, pink and black Sapphires.
4. Arguably the most desirable quality of Australian Sapphires is their price. The Navy Blue Australian Sapphires are considerably less than Ceylon or Thai Sapphires.
At Larsen Jewellery we have custom made many beautiful Australian Sapphire pieces for our customers. Here are just a few of our favourites: