Kate Middleton’s Royal Sapphire Engagement Ring

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The most famous sapphire engagement ring in the world has been photographed around the world for more than 33 years. The original engagement in February 1981 was world wide news; and sapphires from Sri Lanka have forever been on the rise.

As quote from Wikipedia here:

“Diana selected it because it reminds her of her mother’s engagement ring. Leslie Field stated: “She (Diana) had obviously already said she would like a sapphire; she had half a dozen rings and she chose this one purely because she liked it.” and “Somebody came up with the story that she immediately went for the biggest, but I asked her and she told me it definitely wasn’t the biggest, she simply thought it was very beautiful.”

Sapphires are fantastically more rare than diamonds, extremely durable to last a life time, and they come in all colors, but most popular are the soft velvety blue tones.

We’ve created the largest design replica ever made in the ‘Princess Diana’ Sapphire Ring which can be seen here.

Replica of the “Princess Diana” Sapphire Ring

 

 

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CNN Money Features Sapphire Engagement Rings and The Natural Sapphire Company

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Recently a reporter from CNN contacted us to talk about the trending diamonds-alternatives; sapphire engagement rings being the most sought option.

The reporter said that she reviewed many company’s and found ours to be most credible with our policy of full disclosure on any treatments to our sapphires.

Further she liked our charity foundation.

Educational Programs – Peralanda, Sri Lanka

 

 

 

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Sri Lankan Sapphires and GIA Article

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The 423ct Logan Sapphire

The GIA (Gemological Institute of America) did a very fine job in publishing a recent article on the sapphire and gem trade in Sri Lanka. There are some excellent updates that are taking place in the country just in the last few years that previously would have been unthinkable. Technology is working its way into every part of the sapphire markets.

If you’d like to read about the latest trends in the largest natural sapphire market place in the world this article is a good read.

The GIA continues to lead far an above any other organization in the sapphire and gemstone industry. Our sincere thanks for them staying true to their founding mission.

Sri Lanka produces a variety of prized gemstones

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Kate Hudson’s New Engagement Ring..!!

Kate Hudson Wearing Her New Engagement Ring

Who better than to show up at her own Gala, wearing a new engagement ring, than Kate Hudson!? The Baby2BabyGala, presented by Tiffany & Co., honored actress Kate Hudson this year. On the red carpet, Kate was spotted rocking a brand new sapphire engagement ring (it’s still unconfirmed if it’s a green sapphire, alexandrite or dark emerald) regardless, it’s completely different from her diamond ring that her fiance gave her almost four years ago!

Kate Hudson’s New Stunner..!!!

Kate and ‘husband-to-be’, Matthew Bellamy, decided it was time to upgrade with a new asscher-cut sapphire surrounded by diamonds (shown above). Take a look at Kate’s ‘outdated ring’ (below) and get jealous of her new one!

The “Out-dated” Diamond Ring..!!!

 

 

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Sapphires Break Auction Records Again!

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The market for natural sapphires continues to rise year after year. The world demand for natural blue sapphires is still in its infancy, and that is very exciting news for The Natural Sapphire Company.

The auction houses continue to see new records breaking year after year for fine untreated blue sapphires. It’s very important to note that the prices for heat treated sapphires aren’t rising very much because they’re a manufactured product in large part.

A 17.00ct blue sapphire sold in October 2014 for 4 Million Dollars, here’s the full story on GIA’s website.

The “Imperial Kashmir,” a 17.16 ct sapphire, achieved a world record for a sapphire when it sold for $236,404 per carat ($4.01 million) at a Sotheby’s Oct. 7 auction in Hong Kong

And the world record for a sapphire sold in November for nearly 18 Million!

“The Blue Belle of Asia”, a 392,52 carats sapphire

This has prompted us to raise some prices on our large and very rare sapphire rings, such as our prized 69ct Princess Diana inspired sapphire ring. At the current price of 2 Million, this is below market and a fabulous investment grade sapphire.

 

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Elvis’ Black Star Sapphire Ring on the Auction Block

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14k with 12x10mm Black Star Sapphire and 0.25ct diamond.

Elvis’ 14k gold nugget ring with 12x10mm Black Star Sapphire and 0.25ct diamond.

Set to be put on the auction block at an upcoming Graceland fundraising auction, the King of Rock n’ Roll’s 14 karat yellow gold, black star sapphire and diamond ring. Clearly he was a man of good taste! The bold gent’s ring was fabricated using a drip-wax technique, lending a natural gold nugget look that was popular in the 70’s for men’s jewelry.  The black star sapphire measures 12x10mm and the round diamond is 0.25 carats. A somewhat modest ring for the King, but considering how many he wore…he wore many rings!

The Graceland Auction is the first auction to be held on the Graceland property and will feature items for auction from third party collectors, and nothing from the actual Graceland Estate.  On-line bidding for the items began on August 1st, with the final auction taking place on August 14th, 2014.  Other items for auction include Elvis’ signed library card, and some very ugly clothing and furniture.

Black Star Sapphires have always been a popular choice for men’s jewelry. Take a look at our collection of star sapphires and you’ll find that having a ring that makes you look like The King, does not have to be an impossible dream! I have a feeling Elvis would approve of our vast selection!

9.22ct Black Star Sapphire - just a little bigger than Elvis'

9.22ct Black Star Sapphire – just a little bigger than Elvis’

Elvis had a love of jewelry and gemstones, and sapphires were his favorite gemstone. One of Elvis’ longtime friends from Memphis, Alan Fortas, once said that “Elvis believed the wearing of sapphire jewelry was supposed to signify generosity, good manners, wisdom and noble thoughts.” Elvis’ personal jeweler Lowell Hays, who made much of Elvis’ iconic jewelry, says that “Elvis liked colored stones. Sapphires were his favorite, and he liked rubies and emeralds. So I sold a lot of rings that had colored stones in them, a lot of different shapes and styles. He would always buy sapphire rings.”

Now, if you’re interested in being your own King, or Queen you might consider following Elvis’ lead by acquiring a shall we say Large-And-In-Charge kind of sapphire ring.  We can handle that as well!

Elvis Would Approve

Elvis Would Approve

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Do Sapphire Origins Matter?

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3.02ct Kashmir Sapphire

3.02ct Kashmir Sapphire

Some say yes, some say no. Those who say yes are generally those purchasing the larger and more rare untreated sapphires and rubies from the historically famous mines of places like Burma, Kashmir, and Sri Lanka. More often than not, if a colored gemstone sets a record at auction, it is an untreated sapphire or untreated ruby from one of those three locations.  Much of what makes that auctioned gem important will be its carat weight, its quality and saturation of color, and then its notable origin. Valuation of important sapphires and rubies involves a summation of all the stone’s qualities and comparing that summation to what has been seen before. Some locations for instance are known for smaller gemstones, so when a large stone is found, the rarity of that stone rises significantly.

4.77ct Unheated Burmese Sapphire

4.77ct Unheated Burmese Sapphire

While Sri Lanka and Burma still have ruby and sapphire production; Kashmir’s major years of production only lasted from 1882-1887 beginning when a landslide high in the Kudi Valley in the Zanskar range of the Himalayas revealed many of the now famous velvety cornflower blue sapphire crystals. The Kashmir source only provides a very slow trickle of sapphires into the market, and what we generally see now are Kashmir sapphires occasionally showing up on the auction block. A good substitute for that famous cornflower blue can be found in the finest sapphires from Sri Lanka.

Even if you’re not shelling out a million bucks for a sapphire, the origin of your sapphire does still hold importance.  For one thing the origin is the stone’s birthplace – kind of a nice thing to know. If you want to decide what source is your favorite, you may be able to notice slight differences between blue sapphires from Burma and Sri Lanka. Burmese sapphires tend to be a darker royal blue, while Ceylon blue sapphires tend to be a lighter blue ranging to a fine cornflower blue. What gemologists know more than anything however is that anything is possible, well virtually anything.

69.35ct No-Heat Ceylon Sapphire, Please Give It A Name!

69.35ct No-Heat Ceylon Sapphire, Please Give It A Name!

So, do sapphire sources matter? Every gemstone has a story – a past, a present, and an unknown future. Knowing what you can of that story will either be an interesting descriptive term for your sapphire engagement ring or the reason to spend $5,000,000 at the next Sotheby’s auction.

With the above said, there is an exception – the Padparadshca sapphire. Another sapphire that obtains record breaking prices at auction; the Padparadscha is a pinkish orange, to orangey pink sapphire that has been said to resemble a lotus flower and a sunset. Though pinkish orange and orangey pink sapphires have been found in Tanzania, their brown component differentiates from the true Padparadscha sapphire from Sri Lanka. If you’re interested in a sapphire where the source matters, the Padparadscha is truly an important gemstone to own.

Enjoy our educational page if you are interested in learning more about sapphire origins.

9.51ct Untreated Padparadscha Sapphire

9.51ct Untreated Padparadscha Sapphire

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Should I Buy A Diamond Engagement Ring?

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Short Answer: NO

“A Diamond Is Forever” The world has been duped into believing that they Need and Must Have a diamond. Well, not so much duped, as brainwashed by probably the most genius ad campaign ever conceived by any company that ever existed. De Beers. Now, there are many stories, some true and some exaggerated regarding De Beers and the diamond industry, but one thing that is absolutely true is that prior to 1947 diamonds were only the possessions of the most wealthy collectors, and after 1947 even those struggling from paycheck to paycheck would pony-up 2-months salary for a diamond engagement ring, because “someone” was telling him that was what he Had to do.  That 2-months salary notion was another ad campaign created by De Beers in the 1980’s, “Isn’t two months’ salary a small price to pay for something that lasts forever?”

While many will not be diverted from their desire for a diamond, the truth is that without paying two months’ salary for something that is truly not a good and sound investment (many believe they are); you can spend 2 WEEKS salary and propose with for instance a sapphire engagement ring.  Why do diamonds cost so much!? They’re not rare. Not even in the slightest way are they rare. Pink diamonds, blue diamonds, red diamonds….those are rare, and if you can afford one, you’re probably not reading this blog.  Don’t be sucked in to the idea that you absolutely must buy a diamond engagement ring. There is a world of colored gemstones and even colorless gemstones that are more rare and just as beautiful as any diamond.

sapphire engagement ring

1.69ct Rose Sapphire in Rose Gold

Before the days of De Beers advertisements, if there was an engagement ring, more than diamonds, it was set with the other precious stones of the time such as Amethyst, Garnet, Aquamarine, Ruby and Sapphire. Some engagement rings were even made with pearls as the center stone. It wasn’t always about the hardness or durability of an engagement ring, but solely the Love that the ring itself symbolized. While 75% of women may still ask for a diamond engagement ring, the other 25% know that a ruby engagement ring or sapphire engagement ring is not only just as beautiful, but also more rare and more unique. Put yourself in a room of engaged and married women, and you may be the only one with a natural ruby engagement ring. Now, if you want to be like everyone else, by all means, go ahead. I proposed to my wife with a natural untreated green sapphire set in a custom one-of-a-kind ring that no woman will ever see again, anywhere. Go ahead, buy that diamond.

yellow gold ruby ring

Rare One Carat Untreated Ruby Engagement Ring

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Wedding Day Jewelry For The Bride

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The wedding season is fully underway and this writer’s wedding is quickly approaching.  With all of the major decisions taken care of, we are now allowed the time to think of the finer details of our big day. While as a groom, I may choose to wear cuff links, the bride has far more to decide upon regarding her bridal jewelry. Though there truly is no right or wrong answer when it comes to the Bride’s taste (yes, yes, I know…the Bride is always right) still there are factors a bride must consider in what jewelry she can wear with her dress, and what jewelry will go well with the colors of her wedding.  I will not pretend to understand those decisions more than the all-knowing Brides-To-Be, but what I do hope to do is interest our future Brides in some gorgeous choices for their big day. Whether you are looking for “something blue,” or something to match the flowers and bridesmaid’s dresses, The Natural Sapphire Company most certainly has the options and the answers!

Before, I reveal the prettiest of jewels, let’s get the men’s jewelry out of the way. Gentlemen, I am speaking to you when I exclaim the Fact! that a man never looks as good, or as classy, or as dapper as when he is wearing french cuffs and a pair of fine cuff links. We have a selection of cuff links featuring blue, white, and pink sapphires. Another fact for you… Real Men Wear Pink.

sapphire cuff links pink

Okay, now for the good stuff!  Let’s say you’re thinking of wearing your hair up, and won’t be hiding your ears under a veil, then consider a pair of sapphire or ruby earrings. It will come down to your own personal style, though I think most brides will opt for a simple sapphire earring over anything overly extravagant. That said…lest I forget, the Bride is always right….whatever she wants. We have several varied pairs of blue sapphire stud earrings in our inventory, all featuring intense untreated blue sapphires surrounded by halos of sparkling diamonds. The classic blue sapphire and diamond stud earring would be perfect for the ears of any bride-to-be.

blue sapphire earrings

Let’s face it, the Bride will have her hands full when it comes to jewelry…for the hand. So a necklace or a bracelet are our other options. For a necklace it will obviously depend upon the cut of your dress. I imagine the bride, having spent so much time finding that dress, she will not want her jewelry to take anything away from its beauty. However, if the dress is a simple one…well then the sky could be the limit for sapphire extravagance.  Take a look at this simple option for a sapphire pendant. With a gemstone like this one to bring out the color of your eyes, and not detract from the beauty of a dress.

Sapphire pendant

As for the bracelet, the classic tennis bracelet set with sapphires and diamonds could almost be enough color and bling on a wedding day, and we have so many options for you to choose from.

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Rainbow Sapphire Jewelry

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I am often surprised when I hear someone say, “Wait, Sapphires come in other colors besides blue?” It’s actually not that surprising considering how little the market advertises the existence of such rarities as orange sapphires, purple sapphires, and green sapphires. It is an incredible sight to see when the cloak of unawareness is lifted from a persons’ eyes and they realize the incredible color options of sapphire.

15.23ctw Untreated Rainbow Sapphire Bracelet

15.23ctw Untreated Rainbow Sapphire Bracelet

If you’ve heard of fancy colored sapphires, you may have heard of yellow sapphires and pink sapphires, but have you heard of the orangey-pink Padparadscha sapphire? The one that looks like a piece of the sunset, cut from the sky. Have you seen the greenish blues, and the bluish greens, which like hearing the ocean in a shell, you can see the ocean if you stare long enough at the crashing waves of blue and green within the sapphire. There is no end to the possibilities when it comes to color in sapphire. From vivid pinks to icy blues, Sage greens to rosy browns…the Saffron Sapphire. Do you have a favorite color? Let us know because there’s most likely a sapphire just like it.

36.03ctw Rainbow Sapphire and 18k white gold

36.03ctw Rainbow Sapphire and 18k white gold

Can’t choose a favorite color? Well then, just get them all. As people begin to realize all of the color possibilities, rainbow sapphire jewelry has simultaneously grown in popularity. Choose from the vivid and heated sapphire tennis bracelets with perfectly matched rainbows of sapphires. If you’re looking for something a little more extraordinary; elect for the rare and eclectic untreated Ceylon sapphires or the pastel hues of unheated Montana sapphires.

22.64ctw multi-colored sapphire bracelet with 18k yellow and white gold

22.64ctw multi-colored sapphire bracelet with 18k yellow and white gold

Consider a rainbow sapphire wedding band for your upcoming nuptials. Wearing every color on your hand will assure that your rainbow sapphire wedding ring goes with every outfit you own. Let us know what kind of rainbow sapphire jewel we can create for you, or choose from our ready to wear selection.

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