14K Gold Blue Sapphire Post Earrings
Sapphires have been treasured for thousands of years. The ancient Romans polished sapphires to be worn as jewelry.
The largest Sapphire ever cut (certified by Guinness World Records), is the Millennium Sapphire discovered in Madagascar, weighing an impressive 61,500 carats.
Blue Sapphire is the proper gift for these Wedding Anniversaries: 5th, 10th, 12th, 16th (Star Sapphire), 45th, and the 85th Wedding Anniversaries.
The best-known sapphires are the rich blue variety, but they actually come in every color of the rainbow—including pink, yellow, orange, and green. Red sapphires are better known as rubies (both are varieties of the mineral corundum).
The rarest type of sapphire is a pinkish orange variety called padparadscha, a name that comes from the Sanskrit word for lotus flower.
The word sapphire derives from the Greek word sappheiros, which may originally have referred to another blue gemstone, lapis lazuli.
Sapphires are among the most durable naturally occurring elements in the world. Gemstones are rated on their ability to withstand scratching based on a system called the Mohs Scale of Hardness, and sapphires score a 9 out of 10. The only natural item that can scratch a sapphire is a diamond. The durability of sapphires makes them an excellent choice for engagement rings and other pieces of jewelry that you plan to wear every day.
Because of this hardness, sapphire also has industrial uses. The Apple Watch features lab-created sapphire glass in its screen.
Deep blue sapphires have long been associated with royalty (which may have contributed to the naming of the color “royal blue”). Sapphires were often worn by medieval kings, who believed that the gemstones would protect them from their enemies.
Sapphire is a gemstone often associated with royalty and dignity and is commonly found in the crowns and jewelry of kings and queens. In fact, Princess Diana wore a Sapphire gemstone as an engagement ring (which has now been passed down to Kate Middleton).
Many people are surprised by the fun fact that sapphires can exhibit a phenomenon called the “star effect,” or asterism. This occurs when needle-like inclusions create a six-ray star pattern on the surface of a cabochon-cut sapphire, often called a “star sapphire.”
Perhaps the most intriguing type of sapphire is the “color change” variety. These gemstones exhibit different colors depending on the lighting, often changing from blue in daylight to purple in incandescent light.
Metal: 14K Gold
Gem Weight: 0.76 CT
Length: 4 mm
Width: 4 mm
Birthstone Month: September
Earring Closure: Post
Gem Type: Sapphire
Gem Colour: Blue
Gem Size: 4 mm
Gemstone Quantity: 2
Gemstone Weight: 0.38 ct