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Sapphire - Star Gemstone

Thursday, 19 March 2009

sapphire gemstoneSapphire is one of the four recognized precious stones apart from the diamond, ruby and emerald. It was well-known from the Bible ages yet. The tables with Commandments that Jehovah gave to Moses were made from sapphires. This precious stone was appreciated by noble men throughout different history periods; it presented in the Treasure House of Alexander Macedonian, Maria Stuart and Princess Diane.

 

In many ancient languages the name of this gem is quite similar and has the meaning «blue»: in Greek «sapphiros», in Persian «sapir», in Jewish «saplir», and in Accad dialect the word «sipru» means «scratching».

And the peculiarities of this gem, like intensive blue color, and the high hardness of the stone, and the rigorous brilliance are highly appreciated by jewelers up to our times. Today the definition of sapphire is a bit wider. Irrespective of the advantages of bonnie blue shade most appraised, the palette of this precious stone is versatile: from fancy sapphires of orange color, pink and orange, yellow, green, violet shade to translucent so called «leucosapphires». And of special beauty is «star»-like kinds of gems (with the effect of asterism), that usually have a cabochon cut ideally highlighting an extraordinary star-shaped glow of the stone.

Sapphire is rewarding for jewelers. It is always in vogue, it is valuable, and possesses a great color potential, it is harmonic in any ensemble and matches any style. Design of jewels by Stefan Hafner from Bologna always tells from its elegance and fancy. In Fiore Collection in white gold with two extraordinary sapphire shades, from orange amaranth and intense fuchsia forming petals of fancy flowers, is amazing with brilliancy of colors.

Sogno Collection («Sleep» in Italian) is performed in the absolutely different style. These jewels are only dreams with diamonds and velvet blue sapphires in white gold. And the magnificent and special brilliance of items is made by ultra light innovative gold alloy.

Every jewelry by Carlo Luca Della Quercia is the unique alloy of the jewel art, sculpture and   sparking humor. And today the family manufacture is run by the brothers Carlo and Jean-Luca Illario, their amazing ideas are realized in jewels so liked by stars and celebrities.

Among the most favorite precious stones by Jean-Luca Illario is sapphires and rubies, and he prefers cut of gems in shape of rose, as well for diamonds. «It is not that brilliant and shining as a diamond, but it makes the gem tenderer and softer. The same happens to our jewelry. They are not shining. They are assigned for a person who understands and who likes our fantasy.»  

Foglie necklace containing diamonds, pink and blue sapphires, as if dancing petals, enveloping the neck and creating the feeling of lightness and carefree attitude. Magnet eyes of the precious serpent from sapphires of intensive pink color of Serpente bracelet charm and make you fall into the special world of Carlo Luca Della Quercia.

The Swiss Chopard Jewelry House presented Copacabana sapphire collection a few years ago.  It draws inspiration in carnivals, samba rhythms, magic beaches and forests of the Amazon so typical for Brazil. These goods are as frivolous and colorful as the atmosphere of the famous beach in the world located on the shore of the Atlantic Ocean, and the collection was named the same. A wide necklace creates an unexpected association between small «wavy» arabesques from white gold with included diamonds and tear-shaped blue sapphires of briolette cut. This ethereal composition recreating colors of heavens and ocean rocking in the elegant dancing pa is complemented by splendid earrings. In the proper harmony in this style, the cuff bracelet Copacabana vividly reproduces motives of the arabesque and tears drops combining diamonds with the shining rubies, the fresh beauty of the palette of pink with charm of violet sapphire.

Bvlgari Company devoted the collection Sapphire Flower to one of the most favorite precious stones. All precious flowers blooming and dangling from the pendants, ear-rings and bracelets, are made in yellow gold with fancy sapphires.

Golconda Prive jewelry is the masterpiece made in Titanium. Its each and every part is worked up with filigree, and thus the items in the floweret style revive just when you look at them, and scattering of brilliant pink and blue sapphires play a significant role in this magic.

Joelli Italians, when choosing sapphires and other precious stones for their colorful jewelry, put high requirements to their suppliers. All diamonds are certified that they belong to the category of so called «Non conflict diamonds», and thus, they are mined only at officially recognized deposits. The style of the Jewelry Brand Joelli proceeds with the modern traditions, though working with the same motives of nature, that drew attraction of jewelers of the early XX century, adds a modern perception of a city luxury. Cristiaux d`Emotion Collections express feelings crystallized in the riot of colors. The design of the rings is classic and the main role is given to the sapphire stilted with four paths of diamonds.

Every product with a big sapphire of the Swiss Adler Manufactory is unique. For instance, a blue sapphire in 13,12-carat from Sri-Lanka is seated in the ring in white gold the only one in the world appraised for 7 million dollars. A heaven-blue color of the stone is emphasized with diamonds around it. And matching the ring, they launched a necklace with four oval sapphires in 89,84 -carat and earrings with two blue sapphires in 9,14-carat made in white gold. Adler devoted his Collection Rose to pink sapphires containing of the necklace and earrings in the ensemble.

Sapphire is loved by those who adhere to the classic and avant-garde style; this is frequently used in recent collections by famous Jewelry Houses as Guy Laroche, Stephen Webster, Versace, Esprit and Jewelry Theater. It is in vogue in whatever times, and jewelry with sapphires is a good investment of assets to family jewels.

The most famous sapphires

The Sapphire «Logan» in 423-carat, cut in Sri-Lanka, is kept in the diamond brooch at the Smithson Institute in Washington. The bright blue sapphire from the Russian Crown in 258-carat is kept in the Diamond Fund of the Russian Federation in the Kremlin.  The purest stone in 114-carat called «Blue Princess» belongs to the French Jewelry House Van Cleef & Arpels.

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