Ceylon Sapphires

March 29, 2011 / Coloured Gemstones, Engagement Rings

Even though the tear-drop shaped island in the Indian Ocean has been named Sri Lanka since 1972, when it comes to sapphires, the convention is to use its old name, ‘Ceylon’.

The reason why blue sapphire is simply called ‘sapphire’ is because in the Greek language, sapphire literally means ‘blue’. Some of the finest examples of blue are seen in Ceylon sapphire. Since antiquity, some of the world’s most beautiful sapphires have been mined in Ratnapura, situated in the southwest of Sri Lanka. Ceylon sapphires range in shades of blue and often contain a hint of violet. From softer baby-blues to mid-blue or so called ‘cornflower blue’, through to the rare and intense royal blue stones. Today the vast majority of Ceylon sapphire is cut in Sri Lanka. Other types of sapphires mined in Sri Lanka are pink, yellow, white, green, star stones and the very rare padparadscha sapphires.

Ceylon sapphires are a popular choice of gemstone for engagement rings. Give us a call if you would like to come in for an appointment to view a selection of Ceilon sapphires to choose from or to discuss your engagement ring design. We specialise in custom made engagement rings and our studios are based in Sydney (Level 5, The Strand Arcade) and Melbourne (Level 2, Melbourne’s GPO).


  1. Vipin says:

    Could you please share some link to Ceylon sapphire rings? In oval shapes in gold with prices please

    • Sarah Schade says:

      Hi Vipin,
      The best thing to do would be to reach out to one of our studios where you can have a virtual consultation, share ideas of what you’re looking for and our jewellers can give you more information on an oval Ceylon Sapphire design made with Gold. There are many ways you can customise this style so our jewellers can guide you until you find the perfect design for you. Since our pieces are all custom made, you can discuss your budget with us and we can help you find a solution that fits.
      I hope this helps!
      Kind regards,
      The Larsen Team

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