Emeralds, Sapphires & Rubies

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Emeralds, Sapphires & Rubies - Jack Weir & Sons

Gemstones have the remarkable ability to captivate us with their beauty and allure. Each gemstone possesses its own distinct characteristics, making it unique and cherished. In this blog, we will delve into the differences between three exquisite gemstones: emerald, sapphire, and ruby. By exploring their color, composition, and symbolism, we will unravel the distinctiveness of each gemstone.

The Enchanting Green Gemstone Emeralds are known for their vibrant green color and captivating allure. Let's examine the features that set emeralds apart:

Vintage AGL SSEF 2.51 carat colombian emerald diamond on a platinum setting

Let's start with color; emeralds are famous for their rich green hue, ranging from light to deep shades. The green color of emeralds is due to the presence of chromium and vanadium in their composition. As for emerald and their composition; emeralds belong to the beryl family, comprising beryllium aluminum silicate. They often contain natural inclusions, known as "jardin," which are considered part of their character and can enhance their uniqueness.

Art deco inspired 2.51 carat old european cut diamond surrounded by emeralds on a white gold target ring

Now when it comes to symbols, emeralds have been associated with love, harmony, and growth. They are believed to promote loyalty, friendship, and balance. Emeralds are often regarded as a symbol of renewal and vitality.

Mid century 13.93 carat zambian emerald diamond on a platinum cocktail ring

Onto the next gemstone, the Royal Blue Gemstone Sapphires are renowned for their captivating blue color and regal elegance. Let's explore the characteristics that make sapphires stand out:

Mid century GIA 10.22 carat ceylon sapphire diamond on a white gold cocktail ring

The color of sapphires are best known for their stunning blue shades. However, they can also occur in a spectrum of colors, including yellow, pink, and green and more! The blue color of sapphires is caused by the presence of iron and titanium. As for the composition of sapphires; they belong to the corundum family, composed of aluminum oxide. They are one of the hardest gemstones, second only to diamonds, ranking 9 on the Mohs scale. This durability makes sapphires ideal for jewelry that can be worn every day.

Vintage GIA 5.80 carat ceylon no heat sapphire diamond ring on a 14k rose gold cluster ring

Now for the symbols of sapphire; they have been associated with wisdom, loyalty, and nobility. They are considered a symbol of truth, sincerity, and protection. Sapphires are believed to promote mental clarity, calmness, and spiritual enlightenment.

Antique french sapphire diamond 18k rose gold silver crescent moon brooch

Onto the Passionate Red Gemstone Rubies; they are known for captivating with their fiery red color and passionate allure. Let's uncover the characteristics that make rubies truly unique:

Vintage AIG 1 carat ruby diamond cluster ring on 18k white gold

The color of rubies are renowned for their intense red color, often described as "pigeon's blood" red. The presence of chromium gives rubies their striking red hue. As for the composition of rubies; like sapphires, rubies belong to the corundum family. They are composed of aluminum oxide and rank 9 on the Mohs scale, making them exceptionally durable and suitable for everyday wear.

Art deco burma no heat ruby diamond dinner ring

Rubies hold a lot of symbolism. They are. typically associated with passion, vitality, and courage. They are considered a symbol of love and desire, and they are believed to bring good fortune and protection. Rubies have long been cherished as a token of deep affection and strength.

Cartier art deco ruby diamond dinner ring on a platinum setting

Emeralds, sapphires, and rubies each possess their own unique allure and characteristics. Emeralds enchant us with their vibrant green color and symbolism of love and growth. Sapphires captivate with their mesmerizing blue shades, representing wisdom and nobility. Rubies ignite passion with their intense red hue, symbolizing love and courage. Whether it's the green elegance of emeralds, the royal blue majesty of sapphires, or the fiery passion of rubies.


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