Well, what is there to learn about sapphire that a member of the jewelry industry doesn’t already know? The precious gemstone has cemented its status as a classic, vital essential in stores—and jewelry boxes—all over the world, earning that status decades ago, perhaps even longer.
Sapphire is famous: Princess Diana’s (now Duchess Kate’s) engagement ring, the Imperial Crown’s Stuart sapphire, the Star of Bombay. Sapphire is beloved: a popular choice for engagement rings, whether at the center or as accents. Sapphire is durable.
But as a go-to, sometimes the enthusiasm over sapphire takes a backseat to newer, more exciting gemstones—ones we haven’t seen a ton of, and perhaps don’t know much about yet. And during Tucson Gem Weeks, and at a show like JCK Tucson, you’ll likely encounter more than a few of those thrilling treasures. So why moon over sapphire now?
Given that Pantone’s Color of the Year mirrors the gemstone’s classic, familiar and soothing qualities, you can bet that good old blue will be more appreciated than ever before. Expect to embrace the blue big time this year—which thankfully, is a very easy thing to do in jewelry.
These are just a few of the scintillating sapphire pieces you might meet at JCK Tucson, a small preview of more to come in just a few short weeks. Go big, go blue, or go home!