Why Should I Buy A Sapphire?

Paul

Let me be Frank instead of Paul, Sapphires Are Awesome! Sure, that might be a biased statement coming from The Natural Sapphire Company, but I assure you it is true and that after reading this you will believe it too!

“Why should I buy a sapphire?” is a common question from anyone buying jewelry for an engagement, an anniversary, or any other occasion.  Confusion over what to buy from the gem and jewelry industry is understandable, especially in a market absolutely overflowing with possibilities, and everyone telling you their product is the best.

Long enough ago that few of us remember it, but still not that long ago; it was in 1947 that DeBeers launched the “Diamonds Are Forever” campaign, which from then on essentially brainwashed the world into believing that there was only one option, that everyone had to have a diamond, and the underlying mistruth that diamonds are indestructible. Diamonds are far from indestructible, in fact their 4 planes of cleavage, or if you will, directions of breakage, can have a nasty effect on your diamond from just the slightest tap against your kitchen’s granite counter top. On the other hand, though a sapphire’s hardness is a 9 on the Moh’s Scale, and can be scratched by a diamond, only a diamond; sapphires do not have cleavage and therefore will be less prone to damage over time.  It could be said that on the scale of indestructability, Sapphire Wins!

Let’s not get ahead of ourselves though, as there are more reasons than one why you should buy a sapphire. You may have heard of the 4 C’s of diamond grading: Color, Cut, Clarity, and Carat weight. If you haven’t, to briefly define it, the 4 C’s are how diamonds are judged and prices are determined. The 4 C’s don’t directly apply to the grading of sapphires, but for the purpose of answering the Why Sapphire question, following the 4 C’s should give you an orderly understanding of the excellent nature of sapphires.

Curious Bluish Green Natural 3.12ct Sapphire

Color: The most important factor in any colored gemstone is obviously color. While blue is the most commonly known sapphire color, they’re also found in pink, yellow, green, purple, orange, white, black, and every variation of tone and saturation in between. There are even sapphires that change color under different light sources. When it comes to color, no other gemstone has a wider span of possibilities than sapphire. Think of the boxes of crayons we all had as children. Often we were stuck with that small box of 8 colors, but what we all really wanted was that massive box with a hundred different shades and the crayon sharpener in the back of the box. Sapphires are like that box of a hundred different crayons. What’s your favorite color?

Unique Triangle Cut 0.83ct Blue Mint Sapphire

Cut: Whether you want a virtual pool of color for your eyes to dive in to, or the same brilliant facet arrangements as the most sparkly of diamonds; the various cuts of sapphire add to the stone’s color and beauty. A diamond’s cut is judged far more harshly than a colored gemstone like sapphire. The reason for this is that sapphires, especially those that are untreated, are far more rare than your standard 1-2 carat diamond. Because of the rarity of fine rough gem quality material, gem cutters tend to sacrifice the “ideal cut” to save the precious weight of the sapphire crystal. For sapphires, if the color you want is there, than issues with the cut can be forgiven.

Clarity: Another of the 4 C’s that is judged far more harshly in diamonds than in colored stones; the range and reason of clarity in sapphires is an interesting and unique subject that goes beyond terms of quality. For the gemologist, a sapphire without inclusions is suspect. Of course there are sapphires with exceptional clarity – The Natural Sapphire Company has many of them, however most sapphires have some kind of clarity characteristic such as the mineral rutile, that is often described as “silk” or crystal inclusions and color zoning which are akin to snapshots of the sapphire’s natural growth process. While inclusions can negatively affect the beauty of a sapphire, they can also improve the beauty of the stone. You may have heard of the Kashmir sapphire, with its velvety blue hue. That velvety aspect is a result of the sapphire’s natural inclusions. What you should honestly be looking for when looking at a sapphire is whether or not the stone is pleasing to your eye from a 2-3 foot distance. If it’s rare, natural, and beautiful, the sapphire’s “flaws” seen under magnification are merely the gem’s inner unseen beauty.

3.12ct Radiant Pink Sapphire and Diamond Engagement Ring

Carat: If the large size of a stone is your priority, then for the price of a 1 carat diamond you could have a ballin’ sapphire cocktail ring that will have the world around you wondering if you know something they don’t! Like diamonds, the higher the carat weight, the higher the price. However, that being said, if you have any inclination to buy the 1 carat diamond, than you’re probably looking to spend quite a few thousand buckaroos! Take a look at what kind of sapphire and ruby jewelry you can buy for the same budget or less. Sapphires are not better because they can be less expensive, but it doesn’t hurt if they are.

We are living in a new age of colored stone jewelry where at least 1 in 5 engagement rings lack the conventional diamond center stone.  Out in the market you’ll surely find numerous options for colored gemstone engagement rings, but be mindful that what makes a good engagement stone is not only beauty and rarity, but hardness and durability to last till death do you part. A sapphire’s hardness and durability, along with its range of colors and cuts, make it the most suitable option for colored stone engagement rings, or any other piece of gemstone jewelry that receives daily wear.  As you’ve now learned why you should buy a sapphire, you’ve also learned that the true decision making process – the fun part – has only just begun.

Perfect 10.18ct Ceylon Blue Star Sapphire

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Antique and Estate Jewelry Section

Jane

The constantly evolving world of Estate Jewelry fascinates me as new material always comes out of the woodwork. We are launching our Antique and Estate Jewelry Section, and my search for treasures has led me to some fascinating places. It is always a pleasure to find exciting new pieces, whether they come in the form of finished jewelry or when the spotlight is on the center stone. Examples that come to mind, in particular, include an outstanding Pair of Art Deco Platinum, Rock Crystal, Sapphire and Carved Ruby Dress Clips of circa 1925 that we are now proud to offer for sale (J4080). They are in impeccable condition, beautifully made, so unusual, and how wonderful that the rock crystal has survived intact throughout the decades.

Pair of Art Deco Platinum, Rock Crystal, Sapphire and Carved Ruby Dress Clips

As our firm specializes in sapphires, we are also pleased to offer a fabulous 34.00 carat Star Sapphire mounted in a gorgeous platinum and diamond ring (J3991).

34.00ct Blue Star Sapphire Ring

Also, speaking of sapphires, a very interesting piece of news came out of Christie’s Auction house in New York earlier this month. A 13.57 carat Padparadscha sapphire sold for $497,000, way over the estimate of $80,000-$120,000. These are rare pinkish-orange sapphires that are highly coveted. Examples of this large size are seldom available.  Wouldn’t it be nice to even have an engagement ring featuring one of these.  By the way, we have a lovely unheated cushion cut Padparadscha ring (J3978).

Platinum and 18K Yellow Gold Padparadscha Ring

Stay tuned…………………

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Rising Real Estate Prices in Mogok

Tin Maung

The real estate prices in Mogok, the source of the world’s finest rubies, were rising gradually after the end of the rainy season. As increase in real estate prices after the rains happens every year, and the increase was small, nobody—except people in the real estate business—paid any attention to it.

However, the prices have increased noticeably in the last two or three months. In the first week of May, prices of some buildings and vacant plots in the business center have increased to three times they had been three or four months ago.

A vacant plot of land, near Ayeyawaddy bank, among the buildings in downtown Mogok. The prices of real estate has increased markedly during the last few months.

What is interesting about the price hike is that the prices are still high despite the start of the rainy season. The real estate prices usually fall at the start of the rainy season. People also find it interesting that the prices remain high with very little trading in real estate.

The central part of Mogok, as seen from “Nay Htwet Taung” (the mountain from which the sun comes out).

News, or rumor, of the coming changes of rules and regulations—resulting in more favorable condition for the gem business, the arrival of foreign tourists bringing in the business opportunities in the hospitality industry, and other possibilities—seems to fuel the real estate price hike.

The rise in real estate prices in Mogok seems to be cause by the optimism of the people. The optimism results from internal events rather than external. The people of Mogok are optimistic that the government—the junta?—is going to remove regulations that are hurting the gem business in Mogok. Foreign tourists are to be allowed to visit Mogok in the near future—nobody is sure how near or how far in the future they are coming. Even the people of the immigration office in Mogok do not know exactly when the tourists are coming, although they have learned of the tourists’ coming through the grapevine. There is news, or rumor of a gem center to be built near Mogok Lake, a hotel on the mountain west of Mogok, foreign companies’ offices in downtown Mogok. Of course, foreign companies’ offices will come much later than the other will.

The people are optimistic the conditions favorable for gem business are coming.

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Mystical Properties of the Burmese Ruby

Tin Maung
Since ancient time, people all over the world believe that gemstones have influence on the life of a person who wears or keeps them. Ruby is also one of them.
The world’s finest rubies, “the Burmese rubies,” are found in Mogok, Myanmar (Burma). What mystical properties does the ruby has, as believed by the people who live in the land where the world’s finest rubies are discovered?

Since ancient time, people all over the world believe that gemstones have influence on the life of a person who wears or keeps them. Ruby is also one of them.

The world’s finest rubies, “the Burmese rubies,” are found in Mogok, Myanmar (Burma). What mystical properties does the ruby has, as believed by the people who live in the land where the world’s finest rubies are discovered?

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In Burmese tradition, ruby is worn or kept as a talisman for people born on Sunday. Burmese people put more importance on the day of a week a person is born than the month in which he or she is born. The astrology as practiced in Myanmar (Burma), the prediction of a person’s future is based on the year—according the Burmese calendar—and the day of the week on which that he or she was born.

If the ruby is worn set in a ring, the ring should be worn on the right ring finger to make it more effective as a talisman.

J3592 Ruby Ring

J3592 Ruby Ring

Star Ruby Ring J1249

Star Ruby Ring J1249

It is believed that just keeping the ruby touching the skin can bring relief from high fever, and remove poison from the body. A ruby gives the owner, peace of mind, wisdom, and if kept under the pillow can prevent nightmares. When given as a gift, ruby symbolizes love, friendship, faithfulness.

“The Nightmare” by Henry Fuseli, 1781, oil on canvas.

In Myanmar—formerly Burma—the birthplace of world-famous Burmese ruby, it is believed that keeping a ruby under the pillow wards off nightmares.
A ruby with fractures, chips, and other faults should be avoided as it can bring bad luck on the family—especially children—and business. Similarly, it could be assumed that a ruby should not be altered by treatments, such as heat treatment. A ruby should be natural and untreated if worn or kept for the positive effect of its mystical properties.
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Padparadscha Sapphires

Paul

Padparadscha Sapphire is the only sapphire that is given its own name. The word is derived from the Sanskrit/Sinhalese word “padmaraga” that denotes the color of the lotus flower. Often described as a mix between a lotus flower and a sunset; Padparadscha sapphires range in hue from pinkish orange to orangey pink and the name Padparadscha is only given when those two colors are a relatively balanced mix.

 The finest of Padparadscha sapphires historically have come from Sri Lanka, and many purists believe that Sri Lanka is the only source of true Padparadscha sapphires. Though the historical source of Padparadschas is in Sri Lanka; sapphires that fit the description of orangey pink and pinkish orange have been discovered in both Madagascar and the Umba River Valley of Tanzania.

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The stones from Madagascar tend to have a stronger pink component, and the stones from Tanzania tend to have a stronger orange component, often with brownish overtones. This has led to much debate within the industry as to what qualifies as a Padparadscha sapphire as the name is given to sapphires by gemologists and gemological laboratories based on the sapphire’s color alone, regardless of their known or unknown origins.

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Padparadscha from Tanzania PA2330

Just as the name Padparadscha is given to sapphires based on the opinion of a trained gemologist; beauty is in the eye of the beholder. For someone desiring a Padparadscha sapphire, they have many choices from pinkish orange to orangey pink, and in various levels of tone and saturation. Padparadscha sapphires from Sri Lanka will always command a premium, especially when they are unheated.

Here at the Natural Sapphire Company, we have both unheated and heated Padparadschas from Sri Lanka, Madagascar, and Tanzania. The Padparadschas from Tanzania are often darker in tone than Padparadschas from other sources, and for this reason, other than not being from Sri Lanka; their prices tend to be lower than Padparadchas from Sri Lanka and Madagascar.

Whichever of the colors you prefer, know that your preference is the right answer for you. Just as every lotus flower and every sunset is different, so is every Padparadscha sapphire. As said before, Beauty is in the eye of the beholder, and here at The Natural Sapphire Company the possibilities of true beauty are endless.

Our Largest Padparadscha – 28.85cts!

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Patriotic Gems

Livia

We are gearing up for Memorial Day here in the USA, a time when we are thinking of servicemen and women.

The Natural Sapphire Company is proud to support our troops, so we offer service members and family members  a 10% off discount on our sapphires and jewelry year round!

The Natural Sapphire Company is also proud to inform you that our jewelry is all custom made in the USA,  here in New York to be exact.

Our penthouse showroom is located in the heart of Manhattan.

In the patriotic spirit, inspired by our “ Grand Old Flag” sapphires come in red, white and blue as well!

This beautiful ruby ring J3305 has a rich red glow that is so rare and valuable. The tapered bullet diamond side stones frame this ruby perfectly.

Ruby Ring J3305

The brilliant white sapphire is a true favorite for its timeless beauty and simplicity.

This lovely white sapphire engagement ring J1605 is the perfect choice to show your love and devotion.

White Sapphire Ring

We have many beautiful blue sapphires blue sapphire engagement rings as well. However, as we specialize in custom made settings we can create any design you have in mind.

This stunning blue sapphire ring was one of our newest creations!

We look forward to helping you find the perfect sapphire jewelry item that you will be proud to wear.

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Jammu and Kashmir Government Creates New ‘Global Tenders’ for Kashmir Sapphires

Paul

The Natural Sapphire Company Excited by Future of the Famous Cornflower Blue Sapphires

Without a doubt, the most rare, legendary, and prized sapphires in the world; the Kashmir sapphire’s velvety cornflower blue color is as well-known and regarded as Burmese “Pigeon Blood” Rubies. With the height of production lasting less than 10 years, and the Kashmir mines having been considered depleted; the Jammu and Kashmir government is now looking for mining companies with the financial and physical ability to explore the treacherous terrain and continue the production of sapphires in and around the Kashmir region.  J & K Minerals Ltd, a state government enterprise that holds a mine lease covering over 1643 acres at a height of 12.981 feet, has extracted several thousand grams of rough sapphire, however the time that they are able to work at those heights and in good conditions only lasts about two months and production has been up and down, off and on since the 1960’s.

Now the Jammu and Kashmir government has invited parties with expertise in mining to undertake exploration of sapphires through a joint venture with J & K Minerals Ltd. The global tenders for sapphire mining in the region is not a new concept, as over the years the Indian government has often tried to get companies to come to the Kashmir region. However, this time the Jammu and Kashmir Industries Department is planning a satellite survey to find other sapphire deposits in the Paddar Valley, as other sources have been believed to be there since the sapphires initial discovery in the late 1800’s. Until now, two decades of militancy has hindered the exploration of the area, so the fresh tenders now being offered may mean there will be a greater supply of Kashmir sapphires in the future. Chances are, given the conditions of mining in the Paddar Valley, Kashmir sapphires will always be extremely rare.

Christie's Images Ltd. 2012

Words like “rare” and “precious” are thrown around quite a bit, but when it comes to Kashmir sapphires those two words are undeniable facts. In 2007, a 22.66ct Kashmir sapphire sold at a Christie’s auction for a record breaking $135,000 per carat. Then in 2011, in Hong Kong, a pair of cushion cut Kashmir sapphires sold for $145,339 per carat. Fast forward to 2013, at the April 16th Christie’s auction; an 8.91ct cushion cut Kashmir sapphire broke a new world record when it sold for $154,000 per carat. In this case it was not the Tiffany setting that raised the price or any sort of provenance, but simply that it was a beautiful untreated Kashmir sapphire of the true velvety blue that Kashmir sapphires are known for.  Kashmir sapphires are a rare treasure that evidently will continue to increase in value.

First discovered around 1880 when a landslide 4500 meters high in the Himalayas, in the Padar region, revealed large sapphire crystals. The sapphires were first traded amongst locals, but quickly gained the interest of the Maharaja of Kashmir who confiscated the crystals and posted guards at the new found deposit.  The Kashmir mine was operated from 1882 to 1887, and only for about 2 months out of each year, as the snow and ice throughout the rest of the year that high in the Himalayas made productive mining impossible. By 1887 the Kashmir mine was discovered to be exhausted by British geologist, T.D. La Touche, and over the course of the next century until the present the flow of sapphires from the region has been like the slow drip of a leaky faucet.

Blue Kashmir Sapphire B2670

Most Kashmir sapphires that come on the market today are found in estate and antique jewelry. Some of the finest are found occasionally at auction, as was recently the case with the Christie’s Auction house. It is rare to find them available as loose stones. Our own 3.03ct untreated Kashmir sapphire here at The Natural Sapphire Company is one of our most loved sapphires, not only for its astounding rarity, but for its vivid untreated cornflower blue hue, stunning clarity, and sparkling facet arrangement. With reports from both the Gübelin Gem Lab and the Gemological Institute of America both stating the sapphire’s untreated Kashmir origins; our Kashmir sapphire is the real McCoy.

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Great Gatsby Estate Style Jewelry

Livia

The Jazz Age, also known as the “Roaring 20s” has seen a resurgence in popularity as of late with the upcoming film The Great Gatsby starring Leonardo DiCaprio and Carey Mulligan.

This era is known as Art Deco in the jewelry industry.

This name is derived from the Exposition International des Arts Décoratifs et Industriels Modernes, which was held in Paris in 1925.

The style of this time was highly influenced by art of the time, which was the beginning of the Cubist and Fauve movements. So that would be mean geometric patterns and colors were all the rage.

This gorgeous blue sapphire and diamond bracelet showcases the geometric pattern and design surrounding the breathtaking blue sapphires.

Artists shared ideas from other world culture’s and designs. The garland style and geometric influence from the Far East is beautifully depicted in these gorgeous blue sapphire earrings.

After World War I the economy was transformed in Europe and here in the United States, so fashions and women’s designs were becoming more inventive with the rise of Coco Chanel’s elegant silhouettes.

The unique and innovative design of this ring is Parisian chic at its best!

Many jewelry techniques were developed during this era including the invisible setting.

The gorgeous ruby ring is comprised of rubies that have been cut and calibrated so they are set seamlessly to achieve this look.

You can see all of our gorgeous Estate Style inspired jewelry items and take a step back in time to timeless elegance.

Estate Styles

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Mysterious Escrick Sapphire Ring May Have Belonged To King

Paul

The story we know begins in 2009 when a metal detector wielding Michael Greenhorn stood in a field, in the village of Escrick, south of York, England. It was there that he struck gold and unearthed what is now known as The Escrick Ring – a unique gold, sapphire and prestige glass ring that experts believe dates back to the 5th or 6th centuries A.D. and is notably the second known use of sapphire in the United Kingdom, the first being in a 5th century Roman sword.

Image courtesy of BBC news:  http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-york-north-yorkshire-21183406

Image courtesy of BBC news: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-york-north-yorkshire-21183406

The great mystery though, the story we do not know and may never know, is when and where this ring was made, what did it symbolize, and most importantly who’s finger did it rest on?

In March, a workshop of 30 experts met at the Yorkshire Museum (the current owners of the ring) to do analysis and formulate opinions. By the end of their discussions and presentations they had developed theories which will now be expanded on as research continues.  Some thoughts to expand on are their belief that based on the wear of the ring that it was worn for at least 50 years before being lost. They also believe the sapphire cabochon to have been cut much earlier during the Roman period, and that the ring was made in Europe, possibly having belonged to a King, leader, or consort.  Natalie McCaul, curator of archaeology at the Yorkshire Museum was really puzzled by the ring, remarking that “Nothing like it has been found in this country from the 5th or 6th century.”

Though the exact story of this ring is still a mystery, there are a couple aspects of the ring that can be noted and help derive conclusions, or at least possible conclusions. To begin, the ring is fashioned from high karat gold, and features an outer design of gold granules, from an ancient jewelry technique called granulation. Granulation was practiced extensively by the Sumerians, Etruscans, and the Greeks, and involves the precise formation and placement of tiny spheres of gold.  Though The Escrick Ring is believed to have been made much later than those civilizations, in Europe, it can be assumed that those civilizations inspired the creation of this ring. Jewelry designers continue to be inspired by the granulation technique, and more and more people are finding the classic designs to be the most unique.

The design motif of The Escrick Ring features at the ring’s center a blue sapphire cabochon. The design appears to be a 4-pointed star or sun design on top of a cross which is (and was) composed of prestige enamel glass. The design closely resembles the ancient symbol of the Mesopotamian sun-god Shamash. This brings the curious question of whether this ring was designed simply as an aesthetic appreciation for the Sumerian culture, or was there some connection between its wearer and ancient religions?

Star of Shamash - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Star_of_Shamash.png

Star of Shamash – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Star_of_Shamash.png

If The Escrick Ring is from the 5th or 6th centuries, it is understandable why it has been difficult to compare this ring to anything from that time.  The ring would have been worn just after the end of Roman rule, and just before the Anglo-Saxon period in a time known as Sub-Roman. Also notable are the 4 round points around the sapphire, which if indeed this ring belonged to a King, those 4 points may be representative of a fortress or castle, or even the four corners of their kingdom. If the ring’s owner was originally from York, the 4-points next to the sapphire could symbolize the four corners of the Roman fortress built in York, as the corners of the Roman fortress were positioned on the points of the compass, north, south, east, and west.

Everything is speculation at this point, but research is planned to continue with the University of Durham. X-Ray technology will be used to research how the ring was made and gemological testing will be done on the sapphire. Given the age of the ring, it is likely that the sapphire cabochon came from Sri Lanka, the oldest source of sapphires, not to mention the source of most of The Natural Sapphire Company’s untreated sapphires. Until more definite answers are determined The Escrick Ring will remain a mystery. If only sapphire rings could talk; without a doubt, The Escrick Ring would have a story to tell.

Cabochon Blue Sapphire C2031
Cabochon Blue Sapphire C2031
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Napoleon and Josephine’s Sapphire & Diamond Engagement Ring Sells at Auction

Paul

On Sunday March 24th in Fontainebleau, France just outside of Paris, an incredible piece of historic jewelry sold at the Osenat Auction House. A simple, yet elegant sapphire and diamond engagement ring consisting of yellow gold with a pear shaped sapphire and pear shaped diamond, each about one carat, sitting side by side and pointing in different directions. Resting on the auction block for a mere 15 minutes; the hammer came down at $949,000, more than 47 times the ring’s presale estimate.  With added percentages going to the auction house, the final selling price of the ring ended up being $1.17 million. The attraction towards this sapphire engagement ring was shared by historians, art collectors, jewelry professionals, and gemologists as well as countless people intrigued by the symbol of love for a very unique and historical couple.

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The story of the ring begins in the year 1796, when a 26 year old soldier fell in love with a widow, six years his elder. He was not a wealthy man at the time, and paid what he could for a meaningful engagement ring for his beloved. Stepping into a jewelry store, the young soldier searched for a ring to represent the delicate beauty of his desire and symbolize the union of their souls in marriage. When he saw it, he knew that it was the One.  The ring was in the “toi et moi” style, which translates to “You and Me,” and was set with a sapphire and a diamond side by side, each pear shaped and just under a carat, pointing in different directions. “Josephine will adore it!” he must have thought.

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The young soldier was Napoleon Bonaparte and he was ready to propose to the love of his life, Josephine de Beauharnais. Their wedding day fell on March 9th of 1796 and it was not a moment too soon as 36 hours later Napoleon would leave with the French army to invade Italy. While away with the army, Napoleon wrote often to his bride using passionate words to describe his hopeless love and adoration for Josephine, and how he longed for her to visit him at the front.

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A visit from Josephine would never come. And though the marriage of Napoleon and Josephine didn’t last due to certain infidelities and Josephine being unable to provide Napoleon with an heir, their Love was forever strong and lasting. It’s been written that upon his deathbed, Napoleon’s last words were, “France, the Army, Head of the Army, Josephine.”  And as for Josephine’s feelings, it cannot be fully known, but even after their divorce, she cherished the sapphire and diamond ring that Napoleon had given her, and passed it down through the generations as a family heirloom.

Seeing sapphire jewelry like this come up for auction is exciting for The Natural Sapphire Company for similar reasons as everyone else’s piqued interest in the story. It is incredible to see something as simple and miniscule as a sapphire ring that actually holds so much greater meaning and symbolism. It is the intimate reality of the ring having held such importance to a man who had such an effect on the world of his time, and to the woman who originally received it and held it closer to her heart than any of the prizes of war that Napoleon sent home to her. For the winning bidder who now owns this ring, they own a piece of a great historical story. The rings design, however, can live on to symbolize the union of souls in future engagements.

It was out of the combination of interest in this sapphire ring’s story and with the simple elegance of the “toi et moi” ring design that led The Natural Sapphire Company to design a historical reproduction of the sapphire and diamond engagement ring Napoleon gave to Josephine. Fortunately, our ring won’t set you back $1.17 million as it doesn’t include the historical significance; however it is of course historically inspired. Call it the ring to begin your own Empire with – a family heirloom that might sell at auction in another 200 years.

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