Once Upon a Sapphire
An Ancient Blue Stone
Sapphires are a timeless gemstone; a very durable and hard material that takes a spectacular polish and draws admirers with its alluring azure hue. Cabochons or faceted, sapphires reigned as most popular colored stone this year at the iconic awards presentation.
But long before there was a Hollywood, dazzling events in another part of the world became the source of dreams and aspirations. The British monarchy had their own slew of jewel-encrusted extravaganzas that were the stuff of many young (and not so) girl's daydreams.
British Royal Jewels
Sapphires played a key role in regal adornment of the Brits and other royal households throughout Europe and Asia. Their mesmerizing color pairs elegantly with diamonds and creates a Royal Blue impression.
19th century Queen Victoria's favorite tiara was an exquisitely crafted diamond and sapphire coronet that could be converted to be used in a number of different ways. It is known as Victoria's favorite tiara mainly because it was designed for her by her husband Prince Albert in the first year of their marriage.
Queen Vic's Fave
Even after his untimely death, she wore it to open Parliament as a way of keeping him close (and bolstering her nerves) while she performed that duty.
Some vividly colorful gems like sapphire, and jewels like Victoria's petite sapphire and diamond tiara simply transcend time and fashion.