SEPTEMBER’S RULING SAPPHIRES
Color Fading with the Royal Gemstone Was Never Easier
Members of royal families around the globe have long treasured the heavenly hued blue sapphire for its reputed powers of wisdom and prophecy. King Solomon wore a sapphire talisman and the celestially colored gem has been featured as the center stone on numerous crowns of kings, queens, emperors and empresses since the Middle Ages. The Doge of Venice, who also believed in the stone’s magical healing powers, and the great Charlemagne both went so far as to entrust their destinies to the all powerful sapphire. Amongst today’s royal set, Prince William famously presented Kate Middleton with the eighteen-carat oval, blue Ceylon sapphire ring that his father, Prince Charles, gave to Diana Spencer almost thirty years ago. Once again the blue sparkler became an instant best seller capturing the imaginations of a new generation of brides more than ready to follow today’s trend of moving beyond traditional white.
The sapphire, like its close relative the ruby is a variety of corundum valued for its rarity, durability and sheer beauty. Yet unlike the ruby, which is prized for its specific shade of deep red, sapphires can be found in almost all colors, the most popular being the trio of yellow for happiness, pink for passion and the more well-known blue for loyalty. Sapphires are extraordinarily hard, making them durable but extremely difficult to work with. Diamond, the only stone harder than corundum, is the one material that can be used to cut it.
Fotocredit: Unique Pieces Collection by Roberto Coin, made with Swarovski Genuine Blue Sapphire, 18 K White Gold
Swarovski, having determinedly focused on the challenges of sourcing and working with raw sapphires, has successfully established a secure supply chain of dependable lots that guarantee a good yield of colors and qualities. Swarovski only entrusts its sapphires to the most highly skilled technicians. Special attention is always paid to the exact symmetry of the stones. The facets are precisely cut and aligned to create superior, intensely brilliant sapphires with an absolute minimum of stone breakage. The subtle shades of Swarovski Genuine Sapphires fade delicately from one to the next, allowing for the concept of Color Fading in which five shades of blue, pink or yellow stones can be used to create a color dégradé design effect.
For ease of mounting, Swarovski can also deliver Creative Color Fading Concepts with sapphires pre-arranged on a foil that can be directly placed in fine jewelry without the need of extra-sorting. The superior quality of Swarovski Genuine Sapphires coupled with high quantities, exact color sorting, and application assistance has made Swarovski the preferred supplier of the ever-popular sapphire for premium sector jewelers and watchmakers around the globe. Read more