In 1981, Prince Charles presented Diana Spencer with a breathtaking 18-carat sapphire and diamond engagement ring. Twenty years later, former Beatle Paul McCartney chose the same gem combination for his fiancee, Heather Mills. Today, the fiery love affair with sapphire is still most passionate and you can find beautiful and unique sapphire jewelry at Loudoun Jewelry on Maple Ave.
As engagement ring styles — particularly for second or later-in-life marriages — continue to move away from traditional diamond designs, brides-to-be are embracing sapphires, which represent truth, sincerity and faithfulness. Once, it was even believed that the stunning stones brought peace, joy, wisdom and prosperity to those who wore them.
Though blue still dominates, sapphires actually exist in a rainbow of fancy colors, including gray, yellow, pale pink, orange, green, purple and brown. Richly saturated blue sapphires are favored not only because they exhibit exceptional brilliance, but because they match clothing more easily than their brightly colored counterparts. Choice of hue is personal, but with any color, intensity, uniformity and purity will determine a sapphire’s value. Shopping pawn shops in Loudoun, VA will give you a unique selection from which to choose.
Sapphires are popular not just for their beauty, but for practical reasons as well. Composed of the very hard mineral corundum, sapphires are durable, second only to diamonds in hardness. This strength — and sapphire’s versatile colors—makes them a logical daily-wear choice. And because sapphires are more available than rarer emeralds and rubies (which are actually red corundum), they are also more affordable, especially if you favor yellows and greens.
Though they are one of the oldest gemstones known to man, sapphires fit in perfectly with current jewelry fashions. They’re certainly not left out of the trend toward more colorful jewelry. They exist in sizes larger than rubies and emeralds, a perfect complement to the bold design movement. And colored gemstones remain the perfect partner for the increasingly popular platinum, whose natural white luster provides the ideal showcase for their radiant beauty