Michael Barin

Fine Jewelry for the Environmentally Conscience Connoisseur

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Pink Sapphire Calla Lily Ring

Regarded in folklore as "Stones of Wisdom," sapphires honor the higher mind and have been worn throughout the ages for protection, good fortune, and spiritual insight. Pink sapphires are believed to be particularly useful for assisting the emotional body through the transitions of life, while soothing the heart and aligning it with the mind. Interestingly enough, Calla Lilies are a symbol of resilience and perseverance, since they are known to survive frigid temperatures and regrow after they have been cut from the Earth. Add almost twelve carats of pink sapphires and you're ready for anything that life throws Inspired by the beauty of the Calla Lilies, this dazzling pink sapphire ring is adorned with 11.75ct of sapphires, accented with .31ct Diamonds and is set in 18 Karat Rose Gold. The ring size is a 6.75 and can be sized one size up or down.



     Sapphires come in almost any color imaginable, but you may be curious as to what makes this gemstone so versatile. Ready for another chemistry lesson?

     A sapphire is a gemstone variety of the mineral corundum, among the strongest natural gemstones in existence. Pure corundum is colorless, but minute trace elements give the gemstone its signature variety of colors. Blue sapphires, for example, are colored by a combination of the trace elements iron and titanium. Iron and chromium create gold and orange sapphires, while chromium yields pinks and reds. The many combinations of trace elements result in extraordinary colored sapphires sometimes referred to as fancy color sapphires. Most natural sapphires are exposed to heat in order to improve their color and clarity. This practice is widely accepted and results in more vibrant, stronger stones that are more resistant to accidental chipping and breakage. 

     The word “sapphire” comes from the Latin word “sapphiru,” meaning "blue." Cornflower blue sapphires, also known as Kashmir sapphires, are the most valuable. These stones are often associated with loyalty and dignity, making them a top choice for royalty. In fact, members of the Vatican traditionally wore blue sapphires because the gems were believed to represent purity of purpose and deed. The largest cut and polished sapphire, the Millennium sapphire, was discovered in Madagascar in 1996 and has a weight of 61,500 carats.