Sapphires are part of the Corundum family of gems. Rubies are also a part of this family. Sapphires come in so many different colours. Most people associate Sapphire with the deep blue that is the colour of the centre stone in Princess Diana (Now the Duchess of Cambridge’s) Engagement ring. But Sapphires actually come in a whole spectrum of colours. They come in Green, Pink, Purple, Orange, Yellow, and sometimes they can also have multiple colours within one stone. This phenomenon in Sapphires is called Partition, leading to these special Sapphires often being called ‘Parti Sapphires’.
Sapphires are a preferred gemstone for Engagement and Wedding Jewellery, as well as Heirloom Jewellery, because of its durable hardness (a 9 on Moh’s Scale of Hardness), high lustre and rich, intense colours.
Moh's Hardness Scale
Carla Maxine Jewellery is exclusively represented by Courtesy of the Artist in the Strand Arcade in Sydney, Australia. Courtesy of the Artist has the most incredible collection of Australian gemstones in their Rare Earth: Australian Made vault, and this includes one of the most extensive collections of Australian Sapphires. As part of Rare Earth: Australian Made the exhibition, each year, the seven Courtesy of the Artist Custom Artists create some new designs featuring these exquisite gemstones. These Sapphires are also available for any custom commissions by one of the seven resident artists. You can read more on their collection and about Courtesy of the Artist Custom here.
1.54ct Parti Teal Sapphire from Rubyvale, Central Queensland
4.42ct Freeform Parti Sapphire from Rubyvale, Central Queensland
Unique conditions of the Australian Outback make the Australian Sapphire a very special mix of colours. A unique glue-green, almost teal colour and so many different shades of blue and green, makes it one of the most sought after Sapphires on the market today. This colour is so coveted, in fact, that these stones are becoming rarer by the day. At Carla Maxine, we love working with Australian Sapphires, and we love the fact that they are all locally and sustainably sourced. We know where each one comes from. Often, when we purchase one of these spectacular gemstones, we are supporting a small business, a local miner, not a big coorporation. These are the things that matter to us.