March 29, 2011
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).