Consumers are well acquainted with blue sapphires (think Princess Diana’s and Princess Kate’s engagement rings), but less so with the rainbow of other shades actually available. From yellow to orange, purple, and more, the mineral corundum is one-third of America’s Big Three (most popular) gems after diamonds—rubies, emeralds, and sapphires. According to GIA, stones with a Kashmir origin in Asia set a high standard for other blues for their intense colors, while rare pinkish-orange sapphires are called padparadschas. All sapphires are a sturdy 9 on the Mohs’ scale.
Necklace in sterling silver and 22k gold vermeil with sapphire briolettes, $178; Arlee Kasselman
Earrings in oxidized sterling silver with 4 cts. t.w. green and orange sapphire rondels, 0.38 ct. t.w. faceted green sapphires, and 0.2 ct. t.w. diamonds, $975; Melinda Lawton
Drew necklace in 14k gold with 0.32 ct. pale green sapphire, $1,100; Mara Carrizo Scalise
Confetti earrings in 14k yellow gold with sliced freshwater soufflé pearls set with 6.2 cts. t.w. multicolor sapphires, $2,850; little h Jewelry
Skinny Pebbles ring in 18k gold and palladium with 0.2 ct. t.w. free-form rose-cut pink sapphire and rose-cut diamonds, $2,450; Rona Fisher
Diadem earrings in 18k gold with 1.1 cts. t.w. purple sapphires and 0.33 ct. t.w. diamonds, $4,100; Unhada
Hammered ring in 18k yellow gold with 0.72 c.t. padparadscha sapphire and 0.15 ct. t.w. pink diamonds, $5,375; Jennifer Dawes
Split ring in 14k white gold with a 5.25 cts. cushion- and elongated-cushion-cut sapphires, $7,245; Julez Bryant
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