Our Story

"Most people have been taught to think of sapphires as blue and only blue.
That's why Sorbet Sapphire exists; to change all that."

~ Justin Opert, Founder



History

When most of us think of a sapphire, what colour comes to mind? Most likely the answer is blue. Dating as far back as the Roman Empire, sapphires have been purchased for its blue hue. What most of us do not know is that sapphires actually come in a spectrum of colours and not just blue. While the blue sapphire is certainly beautiful in its own right, it is finally time to recognize and appreciate that very same beauty in the many other colours that a sapphire may come in. While you’re more likely to see a blue sapphire in your local jewellery retailer, that should not in any way suggest that sapphires other than blue are less desirable or less beautiful. Rather, with the introduction of social media platforms and other public forums, the knowledge and access to all varieties of sapphire will eventually change our preconceived notions of what colour a sapphire should be.

Education

There is little doubt that the interest in and appreciation for coloured sapphires will continue to grow as knowledge and awareness of this truly unique gemstone increases. Sorbet Sapphire™ looks forward to inspiring both young and young at heart about the natural beauty and true rarity of a fancy-coloured sapphire.

It is with this very philosophy in mind that Sorbet Sapphire™ has set out on its journey to encourage the individual in all of us. In fact, we all have our role to play as a shift much greater than ourselves begins. In the very near future, we will proudly look back and wonder how it was ever possible that so many of us were unaware of the coloured sapphire’s very existence and storied history. But until then, join us in the 'Colour Revolution' and become a catalyst for true change.

Future

As more of us learn that the sapphire comes in a spectrum of colours and not just blue, Sorbet Sapphire™ will remain dedicated to ensuring that the access to the world of coloured sapphires becomes easier and certainly more enjoyable.

Sorbet Sapphire™ has therefore chosen to partner with a select group of jewellery retailers, jewellery designers and online partners to begin showcasing its unique collection of coloured sapphires. Sorbet Sapphire™ will therefore continue to handpick each sapphire for its unique colour and natural beauty.

About Our Founder

In 2012 I was fortunate enough to travel to Bangkok, Thailand, which is considered by most professionals in the jewellery industry to be the gemstone capital of world. While both educational and enlightening, my trip would soon become life-changing. It was at this juncture that I was first introduced to the corundum family (sapphire and ruby). Like most individuals, I simply thought that all sapphires removed from the earth's surface were blue. This preconceived notion was quickly shattered as I began to learn that in fact blue sapphires were the common colour but not the only colour of a sapphire. More astonishing was that sapphires actually came in a spectrum of colours but due to the popularity of the blue sapphire, these spectacular sapphires were overlooked and still underappreciated.

How could it be that the coloured sapphire which came in a multitude of hues, tones, and saturation were not being appreciated for its unique rarity and natural beauty? Why was it more common to see blue sapphires and why had it dominated the sapphire market up until now while the lesser known variety of coloured sapphires, which are often truly one-of-a-kind and clearly just as beautiful still remain hidden from public eye and most gemstone lovers?

So many questions began to race through my mind to the point that the only way forward was to introduce the world of coloured sapphires myself through Sorbet Sapphire™. It is my hope that through continued education and first-hand access, that the number of us who appreciate and find interest in treasuring their very own coloured sapphire will continue to grow for generations to come.


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