That is one of the best things about fine jewelry. You own a piece of history and no matter how old it gets, it never loses it's charm, elegance or beauty. In fact, there is a huge market for vintage and antique jewelry, especially blue sapphire engagement rings.
The word sapphire comes from the Greek word sappheiros. Undoubtedly, sapphires are among the most beautiful of all precious gemstones. Depending on who you ask, many people would say THE most beautiful. Diamonds get most of the lip service as being the most beautiful and coveted, but the only thing that sets them apart from sapphires is that they are a tad tougher. On the generally accepted hardness scale, Moh ranks sapphires at 9 and diamonds at 10.
But, when it comes to glamor, shimmer and sparkle, you would be hard pressed to tell one from the other. Most people believe diamonds are white and sapphires are blue. This is true, but many diamonds are blue and many sapphires are white. Only a trained gemologist can tell them apart. Both diamonds and sapphires grow naturally in various colors such as purple, pink, orange, yellow, green and violet.
Gemstones can also be artificially colored. These are every
bit as beautiful and glorious as the ones that grow naturally in these colors,
however they are priced somewhat lower because they are not considered rare.
Rarity is what really cranks up the price of everything, and gemstones are no
exception to this rule.