The sapphire has been a beloved gemstone almost since time began. All sorts of special qualities are attributed to this exquisite coloured stone, such as strength, prosperity, honour and even immortality. More than anything, this blue stone is simply amazingly beautiful. But is a sapphire always blue?

In the past all blue stones were called ‘sapphire’. It wasn’t until the beginning of the 19th century that they were considered to be an independent stone (together with the ruby) within the corundum group. All corundum of gemstone quality that is not red is now called sapphire. And although sapphire is still associated with the colour blue, there are also sapphires of other colours: green, yellow, pink, violet and even colourless. The orange-red sapphire is so rare that it has its own name: the padparadscha. The name stems from the Sinhalese word for lotus flower. The photo depicts the Yellow Orange sapphire.

Is a sapphire always blue?