- 5ct light periwinkle elongated custom cut Sapphire
- Measures 15.74 x 5.81 x 7.03mm
- Purchased from Mwanaidi 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)! 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.
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.