Sources: Eastern Australia, Thailand, Sri Lanka, China (Shandong), Madagascar, East Africa, and in North America
Sapphire has a long history of being admired for centuries. The name Sapphire originates from Latin word “Sapphiru,” meaning blue. Blue Saphires come in many different shades of blue: from velvety blue, liquid blue to evening-sky blue. The ancient Persian rulers believed that the earth rested on a giant sapphire and its reflection colored the heavens blue.
Sapphire is found in many parts of the world, but the most prized sapphires are from Myanmar (Burma), Kashmir and Sri Lanka. Sapphires come in other shades besides blue. They can be found from the yellowish-gold, to the fiery reddish-orange, to the delicate violet. These diverse colors are referred to as "fancy" color sapphires.
Padparadscha Sapphire is a delicate, light to medium toned, pink-orange to orange-pink hued corundum, originally found in Sri Lanka, but also found in deposits in Vietnam and parts of East Africa.
A gift of a sapphire symbolizes a pledge of trust and loyalty. It is from this tradition that sapphire has long been a popular choice for engagement rings.
Sapphire is the birthstone for September and a talisman for Virgo.