Sapphires get their colours from trace elements in the mineral corundum. From the same family as ruby, sapphires are blue when they contain iron and titanium. They are most desired in this pure, rich blue colour but is present in almost every colour including pink, yellow and green. Generally, the purer the blue of the sapphire the greater the price and demand. However, many people find that the darker black hues of sapphire can be just as appealing. Since Ancient times, the blue Sapphire represented a promise of honesty, loyalty, purity and trust. In keeping with this tradition, sapphires are a popular choice for engagement ring gemstones. The only natural item that can scratch a sapphire is a diamond, therefore the durability of sapphires makes them an excellent choice for engagement rings and other pieces of jewellery that you plan to wear every day.
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