CORNFLOWER CEYLON SAPPHIRETM
Sapphires symbolize a pledge of trust and loyalty, making it a popular choice for engagement rings. In ancient times, the Persians believed the earth rests on a giant sapphire. Its reflection, they said, made the sky blue. Sapphires are found in many areas of the world including Kashmir, Burma, Sri Lanka, Madagascar, Thailand, Cambodia, Australia, Tanzania, Kenya, and the United States. Sri Lanka, formerly known as Ceylon, is the birthplace of the Ceylon Sapphire and Cornflower Ceylon SapphiresTM which are named for their brilliant blue color which resembles the unique blue of the cornflower. Sri Lanka is the most productive source for this gem and is the home to the oldest known sapphire mines which date back to the 2nd century A.D. Many of the world's most famous sapphires - the Star of India and the Logan Sapphire - were discovered in Sri Lanka.
Cornflower Ceylon SapphiresTM, which originate from the Pelmadulla Mine near Ratnapura, Sri Lanka, are set with cool tones of Vanilla Diamonds® and Vanilla Gold® to bring out its vibrant blue flavor.
In the news? The 'Blue Belle of Asia,' a 392.52-carat Ceylon sapphire was the fourth of the most expensive jewels sold at auction in 2014 (the other 3 were natural color diamonds).
Throughout history, sapphires have always been associated with the color blue, perhaps most likely due to their name, which comes from the Greek word sappheiros (blue stone). Traditionally, sapphire symbolizes truth, sincerity, and faithfulness. In history, clergy members wore the gem to symbolize Heaven. In ancient Greece and Rome, the royals believed sapphires protected them from envy and harm. Sapphires have also been closely associated with romance and the royals, most recently in modern times. In 1981, Prince Charles gave Lady Diana Spencer a blue sapphire engagement ring. The same ring was later given to Kate Middleton by Prince William
But all sapphires are not blue and, in fact, come in a rainbow of colors including varying shades of blue as well as “fancy sapphires” in pink, yellow, orange, lavender, purple. Blues can be pure blue but may have a range from greenish blue to violet blue. The blue in a sapphire is the result of trace elements of iron and titanium; the more iron in the sapphire, the darker the blue.
Le Vian® offers both classic and contemporary looks with its Blueberry Sapphires® which were chosen from mines in Mozambique.
The journey of a diamond in the rough to the sparkling diamond design you love is a fascinating story, one that began billions of years ago, deep within the earth where a diamond has formed under extreme heat and pressure. Its ascent from its natural home is forced by nature or man where it is then cleaved, cut and polished revealing its natural beauty. Diamonds are the hardest material on earth and the only gem that is composed of only one element, carbon.
Vanilla Diamonds® are specially selected to adorn Le Vian® designs – from breathtaking one-of-a-kind red carpet favored designs in Vanilla Gold® to the trendsetting combination of Strawberry ‘N Vanilla® featuring the blushing hue of Strawberry Gold® topped with Vanilla Diamonds®.