The name Sapphire comes from the Greek word sappheiros, meaning 'blue stone'. Trace amounts of a variety of different metals can give this beautiful stone any number of colours, but the most admired colour is the deep blue sapphire. Did you know that red sapphires are actually rubies!?
The ancient Persians (modern day Iran) wrote that the earth was built on a huge sapphire and its reflection coloured the sky blue – what a beautiful image! Sapphires are mined in many parts of the world, with the most valuable coming from Myanmar (Burma), Kashmir and Sri Lanka.
Of modern day significance, Kate Middleton’s engagement ring was 12ct blue sapphire, and is in fact the same ring as that worn by Princess Diana in the 1980s - google it if you don’t believe me!