Derived from the Latin word for blue, “sapphires” were believed to be the guardians of love. Ancient Persians believed the Earth rested on an enormous blue sapphire, and its reflection caused the blueness of the sky.
Traditionally, sapphires have been worn as amulets to protect against disease and to grant peace and happiness. A gift of sapphire represents loyalty and love. With all this symbolism, it’s no wonder that the British Crown Jewels are full of large blue sapphires!
Facts about Sapphires
Fine sapphires were originally mined in India, specifically in the Himalayas. Newer sources of sapphires include Thailand, Australia, Sri Lanka, Madagascar, Myanmar, and Kenya.
The most valuable sapphires possess an intense, light violet-blue color. However, beautiful sapphires can come in a range of colors, such as pink, yellow, green, and purple. The pinkish-orange sapphire even has its own name – Padparadscha, which is Sinhalese for “Lotus Flower”.
With a hardness rating of 9, sapphires do well in all types of jewelry settings and have even become quite popular as a center stone for engagement rings. You can safely clean your sapphire jewelry in warm, soapy water or bring your pieces in for professional cleaning and inspection. We’ll get you bright and shiny in no time!
Although the history of garnet as jewelry can be traced from the Egyptians to ancient Greek and Roman empires, the origin of the word itself is up for debate. One theory claims a derivative from the Latin word “granatus”, in reference to pomegranate seeds. Another notion of the word’s origin comes from the middle English word “gernet” which means dark red.
Because garnets have such a rich history, they also have a rich lore. Traditionally seen as a healing stone, garnets are said to help with the circulatory system, fevers, and general good health. Another interesting tidbit – Noah supposedly made a garnet lantern for the front of the ark to guide him during his voyage.
Most people are familiar with the beautiful deep reds associated with garnets. However, garnet is actually a name that encompasses a six minerals with a common crystal structure, but different chemical compositions. Just a few: Spessartite is a reddish orange – yellow orange, Rhodolite is a light to dark purplish red, Tsavorite is a light to dark green.
Clean your garnet jewelry in warm, soapy water. Ultrasonic cleaners are usually safe. Never use in a steamer.
Millennials are the largest generation since the baby boomers, and are effectively changing the jewelry industry. The most common trend among millennials is that they are simply not buying diamonds — the precious stone that humans have obsessed over for thousands of years. Because of this, it’s a common belief that millennials simply don’t like diamonds.
But is this really true? Unlikely.
There are a number of reasons that millennials aren’t as highly represented at major jewelry store counters.
First, millennials are getting engaged later in life, if at all. Marriage simply isn’t a huge priority for the millennial generation. Many delay marriage well into adulthood, leading to fewer engagement rings being purchased at this point in time.
Many young people still have relatively low incomes, too. As many of these young adults are either in college, pursuing post-graduate degrees, or have recently graduated, they haven’t had much time to build up their bank accounts. With the rising costs of living, many people — not just millennials — have limited their jewelry purchases and cut their diamond purchases in lieu of more economical pieces.
Millennials also prefer responsibly sourced jewelry. Diamond sourcing has been a problem in the past, but millennials have brought attention to the unethical practices of diamond mining in some parts of the world. Some diamonds are sourced from countries struck by war or poverty.Millennials are very aware of where their goods come from and feel much more positively about lab-created diamonds. Among all genders, 80% of millennials feel either happy or neutral toward the concept of lab-grown diamonds. Far lass older people feel that responsibly sourced jewelry is important, which explains the generational divide in consumer behavior.
However, millennials are finding more unique pieces more to their liking. Many twenty-somethings do want diamond jewelry, especially for bridal jewelry. But rather than going to big-name jewelry stores, millennials are gravitating to local jewelers or custom jewelry services to find one-of-a-kind rings, necklaces, bracelets, and more.When it comes to fine jewelry, diamonds aren’t always a requirement for millennials. Their jewelry purchases tend to be more eclectic.
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