- 3.59ct blue rectangular cushion cut Sapphire
- Measures 10.02 x 7.56 x 5.73mm
- Origin: Tanzania
- Cut by Dan Lynch in Tennessee
We love sapphires for their versatility, durability (they have a Mohs Hardness rating of 9) and because they come in myriad colors and color combinations. In fact, sapphires are “allochromatic” meaning they come in every color of the rainbow (red ones are called Rubies)! Our Tanzanian Umba Valley sapphires often have a unique characteristic called “epigenetic staining” or orange inclusions that are a direct result of the glorious iron-rich earth they can be found in. It’s like a “birthmark” they carry and we think it makes them even more special. In folklore, history, art, and consumer awareness, sapphire has always been associated with the color blue. Ancient Greeks and Romans believed that blue sapphires helped protect the wearer from harm. Blue sapphires are a classic choice for engagement rings and other jewelry as an alternative to diamonds. Whether they are a sweet, airy pastel or rich saturated hue, they are sure to charm.
Sapphire is the birthstone for September.
When you shop with ANZA Gems, you're making a difference and giving back to East African mining communities. ANZA supports artisans at every level, beginning with purchasing directly in-country in Tanzania and Kenya, then using US and Kenyan artisanal cutters–a number of them women–to facet the gems into one-of-a by-kind creations. At least 10% of your purchase will directly benefit education, vocational training, community development and other initiatives supporting miners where they need it most through the nonprofit Gem Legacy.