Sapphire Engagement and Wedding Rings
2 Aug 2010
Sapphires are an increasingly popular choice in wedding and engagement rings. Larsen Jewellery specialises in custom made jewellery and sells loose sapphires and other coloured gemstones. Please click here to view a range of sapphire engagement ring designs.
Sapphires can be found in many different colours ranging from blue, which is the most common of its colours, to pink, orange, green and brown. Sapphire is a form of corundum which is a colourless mineral formed from crystalised aluninium oxide. The blue colour is created by different types of trace elements within the crystal.
Several explanations for the origins of the word "Sapphire" have been suggested with the most plausible being that it is derived from the Greek word Sappheiros, the name of an island in the Arabian Sea where the gem was mined in achient times.
Nowadays, sapphires are mined mainly in Sri Lanka, Thailand, Australia, Madagascar and Tanzania. A sapphire's value is determined by its cut, colour intensity, consistency and purity.
Sapphire is the gemstone for the 5th and 45th wedding anniversary and is the birthstone of September.