Why a sapphire or a tanzanite is the perfect choice for your next jewellery purchase

The addition of a blue gemstone to a piece of jewellery really makes it stand out. The colour blue symbolises trust, loyalty, wisdom, confidence, intelligence, faith, truth, and heaven.

Sapphires have been the darling gemstone of the royalty and well-to-do for centuries, so it’s no surprise that they’ve gained in popularity of late as the centre stone or accent stone in bridal and fashion jewellery.

The fact Prince William proposed to Kate Middleton with his mother’s 18 carat blue sapphire engagement ring certainly set quite the precedent and has sparked a growing trend among couples searching for coloured gemstone engagement rings. However, before Princess Diana received her gorgeous blue beauty, these indigo rocks had been cherished for generations as symbols of good fortune, virtue, holiness, and wisdom.

Sapphire is the most precious and valuable blue gemstone. It is a desirable gemstone due to its excellent colour, hardness, durability and lustre. The only natural gemstone harder than a Sapphire is a Diamond. Despite this, Sapphires are still subject to chipping and fractures if handled roughly, and care should be taken to ensure they are properly handled.

Ceylon, which is now known as Sri Lanka, is one of the best-known sources for Sapphire gems, particularly Ceylon blue Sapphire. The most highly prized Sapphires are from Kashmir. High in the Himalaya mountains, these stones can only be found a few months out of the year.
Tanzanite is a rare blue gem and a popular alternative to blue sapphire. Tanzanite is found in only one place on earth, near the majestic Mount Kilimanjaro in Tanzania.

Often Tanzanite stones are heated to enhance their colour, however, on rare occasions, you’ll find a natural Tanzanite, with a colour so beautiful it doesn’t need any improvement. A naturally blue, untreated Tanzanite is held in very high regard by gemstone and jewellery buyers who seek it out when making a purchase.

Tilt a Tanzanite and you’ll see three distinct colours in three crystal directions. Tanzanite can be violet blue – similar to a sapphire colour – or much more purple. Tanzanite lends itself well to pendants and earrings as it is softer than Sapphire, which is suitable for a wide variety of jewellery types and settings.

We have some stunning Sapphire and Tanzanite jewellery in-store, come have a try on to see their beauty first-hand.