For a personal and meaningful gift that has the potential to last forever, not much comes close to a pair of sapphire earrings. These special gemstones are found in a variety of vintage pieces, meaning they can be styled in a way which evokes the past, or they can be worn as a modern statement piece.
While more traditionally associated with being blue, not many people know that sapphires come in many different colours. Pink and yellow sapphires have seen a rise in popularity recently, and the versatility of this hardwearing but striking stone make them the perfect gemstone for earrings.
More than 150 million years ago, when rocks inside the surface of the earth were subjected to intense pressure and heat, deposits of sapphire were created. Sapphires were eventually exposed to the earth’s surface to be discovered through years of weathering. Sapphires have different chemical properties and colours depending on the location that they have been found in. Sapphires are most popularly mined in Kasmir, Burma and Sri Lanka with Burmese sapphires being particularly valuable due to their clarity and high quality.
Over the years, sapphires have been prized for their beauty, colour, durability and rarity. Diamonds are the hardest mineral available, with a 10 on the Mohs scale of hardness, but corundum which is the mineral which sapphires come from, comes in at a 9. The toughness of this stone makes it ideal for everyday wear and pieces that will get a lot of use such as earrings. Sapphires do not break easily and they are easy to maintain and look after. These gemstones can be cleaned using a simple solution of soap water to keep them looking their best for years to come.
Sapphire earrings can come in many different styles. Pink, yellow and softer colour sapphires lend themselves well to sapphire drop earrings for a more understated and feminine look.
One of the most popular is the cluster halo style, which sees a round or oval shaped sapphire surrounded by a halo of diamonds as a stud earring style. Cluster halo sapphire and diamond earrings most commonly come in blue, the deep colour which sapphires are most often associated with. The symmetry of this design made sapphire stud earrings a popular fashion statement in the Art Deco era during the 1903s.
As sapphires are so hardwearing it makes them the ideal gemstone for earrings which are likely to get more daily use than other jewellery pieces. In the Middle Ages, sapphires were said to hold special powers, such as being a cure for negative thoughts, to promote wisdom as well as being renowned for their psychic properties.