Fabergé Celebrates September’s Birthstone: Sapphire

Sapphires traditionally symbolises nobility, truth, & faithfulness – the word originates from the Greek word sappheiros. For centuries, these precious gemstones have adorned royalty & their extraordinary colours are the standard against which other gems are measured. Sapphire has featured in the collections for over a century.

In folklore, history and art, sapphire has typically been associated with blue, however these iconic gemstones naturally occur in a variety of colours. At Fabergé the spectrum of colours and hues that these gemstones naturally possess are celebrated in all their glory within their collections of jewellery, timepieces and objets d’art.

Set with two sapphires and numerous rose-cut diamonds suspended from original chain. Unmarked as it is platinum. Original fitted wood case stamped Fabergé, with Imperial warrant and St Petersburg, Moscow, London.

Peter Carl Fabergé enjoyed using these rare and colourful gemstones in his early works, with creations dating back to 1910 (above and below, Moscow Branch Catalogue) signalling the start of the Maison’s love of sapphires.

Quatrefoil openwork brooch set with oval sapphire, old-mine and rose-cut diamonds. Initials of AH for August Holmström, who was Fabergé’s principal jeweller from 1857 until his death in 1903.

Today, Fabergé continues to champion ‘A Life in Colour’ with its contemporary jewellery creations featuring a kaleidoscope of coloured sapphires. Most recently, Fabergé has added pink and yellow hues to their sapphire offering. Yellow sapphires are exceptionally rare in very fine intense colours, and even lighter soft yellow tones in smaller sizes are not readily available. Many cultures and people believe pink sapphires hold special powers, that they symbolise trust, loyalty and sincerity – they’re also believed to carry good fortune and intense love.
In keeping with their fondness for delight, surprise and discovery, Fabergé has concealed a matching Mozambican ruby from Gemfields on the inside of the band. The ring, from the Colours of Love collection, also uses metals comprising Peruvian mined gold ore, which contain no mercury, therefore making them environmentally sustainable in addition to guaranteeing complete traceability across the supply chain.

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