In earlier times, some people believed that the firmament was an enormous blue sapphire in which the Earth was embedded. The word sapphire comes from the Greek word "sappheiros", meaning blue stone. Although commonly associated with the color blue, sapphire can in fact be any color other than red. Trace amounts of titanium, iron, or chromium can give the gem blue, yellow, pink, orange, or greenish shades.
Sapphire is the second-hardest crystal known to man, after diamond. Van Cleef & Arpels selects only untreated stones of even color and with very few inclusions. Although splendid gems have been mined in Kashmir, the best sapphires available today come from Madagascar, Burma, and Sri Lanka. The sapphires chosen by Van Cleef & Arpels come from these regions of the world.
Octogonal sapphire of 24.88 cts
Pansy decor earrings, blue, pink, mauve sapphires and 2 oval-cut yellow sapphires
Riflesso Azzuro ring, one 30.20-carat cushion-cut-sapphire
Lathyrus ring, one cushion-cut violet sapphire of 12,88 cts
Irène earrings, 6 yellow cushion-cut sapphires for 51.58 cts
Jeux de Reflets ring, 9.12-carats oval-cut pink
Plumes d'Autruche ring, 29.88-carats cushion-cut sapphire
Associated with anything permanent and reliable, the sapphire is worn by many women around the world as their engagement ring. Sapphire symbolizes loyalty and faithfulness, and expresses love and yearning. It is also the gemstone for the 5th wedding anniversary.
Maintaining your sapphire:
Sapphires are a very hard, durable gemstone and can safely be cleaned with soapy water.
Find out more about sapphires' color range through the L'Ecole mini-film.