October 02, 2019
By Chelsea Reed
Who doesn’t enjoy sapphires? These precious gemstones are an all-time classic for good reason. Just one look at a sapphire reminds us of deep blue seas and crisp September skies. By the way, sapphire is September’s birthstone! Let’s check out these fun facts to learn more about this beautiful jewelry stone.
1. Blue isn’t the Only Sapphire Color
Sapphire is a special gemstone that is found in just about every color of the rainbow. Red sapphires are called rubies because the chromium content that gives them their red color makes them a different gem. But not by much! Rubies and Sapphires are closely related sisters.
On the Moz scale of one to ten for hardness, sapphires rank at nine. The only material that’s harder than sapphires is diamonds. That means you don’t have to worry about scratching your sapphires up while you’re out and about. It’s also used in a lot of industrial applications. For example, the screens on several Apple Watch models are infused with sapphire.
Their deep, ‘heavenly’ blue has been a traditional favorite for royal families and rulers from as early as the Roman Empire. That’s where the color ‘royal blue’ came from! Medieval kings in Europe wore sapphires in their crowns. Even today, sapphires are popular royal engagement rings. Princess Diana’s sapphire engagement ring is now worn by Princess Catherine after Prince William proposed to her with it.
Some sapphires have the remarkable ability to change colors. A blue color-changing sapphire, for example, turns violet under incandescent light. Other Sapphires reveal a six-ray star pattern with a special cabochon gem cutting technique. This phenomenon is called the “star effect.”
Did you know that the French emperor Napoleon gave a sapphire engagement ring to his future wife Josephine in 1796? This ring boasts a beautiful simple gold band with pear shaped diamond and sapphire gemstones facing each other. The ring sold in 2013 for a whopping price of almost one million dollars!
The Prime Statement Piece
Did you know that Seaside Art Gallery has a gorgeous collection of sapphire jewelry? Check it out today in our estate jewelry section. Whether you have an engagement, anniversary, or are celebrating just because, sapphire gemstones always make the right statement.
Chelsea Reed is a copywriter who writes online content, articles, blogs, and websites from her base in North Carolina.
December 17, 2020
Rebecca Latham is in her studio surrounded by the artwork she’s creating. Her favorite household cat is curled up next to her keeping her warm... with a rolling purr. With her paintings in sight, you can feel the knobby pines, the downy swans, and the wiry coat on the fox kit as she brings them to life on canvas.
It is in this setting that Rebecca shares the journey that brought her here.
December 03, 2020
While Bonnie Latham was painting art to get ready for The Wonderful World of Wildlife event that is going on right now at Seaside Art Gallery, we found her in her studio and asked her a few questions about her career as an artist.
Here’s a look at a fun one-to-one chat with Bonnie.