“In ancient times, a gift of a sapphire was a pledge of trust and loyalty. It is from this tradition that sapphire has long been a popular choice for engagement rings.” The American Gem Trade Association’s fabulous booklet on gemstone meanings and color enhancement shares this fantastic FYI.
And sapphire symbolism includes:
- Financial rewards
- Mental clarity
- Heaven and devotion to God
- Protection from harm
Legend has it that the sapphire is a symbol of fidelity, and that the stone will not shine if the wearer has been unfaithful.
“Ancient Persians believed the earth rested on a giant Sapphire and that the blue sky was a reflection of the Sapphire,” says the AGTA booklet.
- Like rubies the sapphire has a hardness of 9 on the mohs scale, which makes them ideal for daily wear.
- Sapphires come in a wide variety colors, such as blue, pink, padparascha (pink orange), yellow, white, green, purple, and other colors.
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Who says that taking styled photos of your engagement ring and wedding rings only happens at your wedding? This adorable image got me thinking: if our wedding photographers can place our rings inside roses — and inside this cupcake! — for Big Day ring close-up photos, so can we on any day! We love our rings even more over time, so styling fresh and fun photos like this one should be a Thing. Especially on anniversaries.
I hope you’re inspired to slide off your rings — carefully, of course! Not near a sink! — and snap some Insta-worthy images of your sparklers!
De Beers Diamond Jewelers is introducing an exclusive in-store service called For You, Forever that allows for full customization of engagement rings using the De Beers treasure chest of diamonds.
Guided by De Beers Brand Ambassadors, customers can effortlessly compare a seemingly unlimited selection of styles and diamonds. The iPad application is updated in real time allowing clients to select their individual diamond. Customers can also shop using a variety of filters such as cut and carat weight to suit not only their individual preferences but also their budgets. The For You, Forever iPad application has 10 settings, 6 diamond cuts, and over 2,000 loose diamonds to choose from. This equates to over half a million variations. With For You, Forever the possibilities are truly endless.
For more information, visit http://www.debeers.com/bridal/for-you-forever/