Engagement rings with sapphire
Engagement is a special moment for both lovers. A man giving a ring gives his girlfriend a clear message that she wants to spend her life with her and be her support for better and for worse. Taking into account the seriousness of the declaration, it is worth choosing a unique jewel for this particular moment. Rings with sapphire rings are as valuable and popular as those decorated with diamonds. What makes this stone different from other precious minerals?
The name sapphire is derived from the ancient Greek language and refers to the blue stone. Although it can be found in nature in many varieties, from colourless to black, a wide range of blue shades is the most commonly used in jewellery. Sapphire is corundum, and so is ruby. The value of a specimen shall be determined on the basis of its size, colour and transparency. The saturation of the colour of the valued specimen is also of great importance. The most important factor affecting the shade of the mineral is the amount of titanium and iron compounds present in the stone.
Origin of the mineral
The main supplier of precious blue stones is Sri Lanka, where a few years ago a sapphire valued at about 100 million dollars was mined, called Adam's Star. The mineral is also mined in Australia, Thailand, Cambodia, Nigeria and the USA. Nowadays, sapphire is also synthetically produced. Its useful physical and chemical properties make this stone widely used in precision industry and medicine, including as an active component of lasers.
In ancient times, sapphire was ascribed special powers. The Persians worshipped him as the divine stone of immortality and eternal youth. Its legendary qualities have also penetrated the Christian world. In the 13th century, Pope Innocent II issued Motu proprio, a special papal decree requiring all bishops to wear a ring of sapphire to protect their souls from evil influences. Several centuries later, another pope, Grzegorz XV, issued a decree recognising sapphire with a cardinal stone.
Magical and health benefits of sapphire
Lithotherapy experts claim that this stone supports the treatment of eye and skin diseases. Worn next to the body, it is supposed to cure cold infections and feverish states, as well as improve appetite for people suffering from an eating disorder. It has a positive effect on the treatment of bladder, urethra and kidney diseases. It allows people suffering from insomnia to fall asleep deeply and calmly. According to the adepts of white magic, sapphire strengthens the power of will and is a stone of truth. It is said to change colour when danger approaches and to signal unfaithfulness.
Cashmere blue of the English duchess
Sapphires in the shade of cornflower blue are most often used by jewellers to create wedding jewellery. Nowadays, the most famous copy of the engagement ring with sapphire is the one given by Prince William to his present wife Kate Middleton - Princess Cambridge. This mineral is often found in the vicinity of diamonds or other precious stones. It looks great with both white and yellow gold. According to the fairies, the ring with sapphire given by the bachelor to the future bride is supposed to symbolize the purity, modesty and fidelity of both of them to each other.