When most of us think of a sapphire, what color 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 colors 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 colors 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.
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.
PS - The little cutie photographed above is my daughter Sadie who accompanied me to the AGTA Tucson Gem Show.