- 5.25ct shield cut blue Sapphire
- Measures 13.41 x 9.51 x 6mm
- Mined by Suma in Tanzania
- Cut by Beth Stier in Michigan
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)! Sapphire has been associated with romance and royalty for centuries; from the Ancient Romans to Princess Diana. 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.
Gems from the heart
Moyo means 'heart' in Kiswahili. When you purchase a Moyo gem, you’re helping women artisanal gem miners (and their male allies!) in Tanzania and Kenya. We work to empower miners to work safely, improve financial security, and create stable, equitable markets for fair trade. A Moyo gem gives back a higher percentage of the sale than an ANZA gem, and this amount is re-invested into the Moyo Gems program to help run market days and support local community needs.