At W.E. Clark and Son we have a huge range of sapphire jewellery in both Lewes and Uckfield, ranging in price, size, colour and design. 

Sapphire is the September birth stone and also the 5th and 45th wedding anniversary gift.

sapphire and diamond clark collection earrings

A member of the mineral family, corundum, along with the blue sapphire also includes “fancy sapphires” they come in purple, green, yellow, orange, pink and even colourless, grey, black and brown. The corundum family also includes rubies. Corundum in its purest form is colourless, these colourless sapphire have been used as a popular diamond imitation.

Sapphire is 9 out of 10 on the MOH’s scale of hardness for gemstones, making only diamond a harder gemstone than sapphire. Sapphire is hard, durable and perfect for any type of jewellery.

Sapphires come in a wide variety of colours, even in blue they range from pale cornflower blue to deep dark blue. The preferred sapphire is an even strong to vivid colour saturation. Sapphires like all gemstones have some inclusions and this may vary on quality but they do generally have better clarity than rubies.
Fancy coloured sapphires are rare and less available than blue sapphires, here at W.E. Clark and Son we have a variety of fancy coloured sapphires from lilac to pinky peach and some rings which are a rainbow of all different coloured sapphires, have a look through the sapphires we have to offer.

peach coloured sapphire clark collection ring

Sapphires not only come in a variety of colours they also come in “parti-coloured” sapphires, which show a combination of different colours together. Some of these stones show a phenomenon known as colour change, under incandescent light the gemstones go from blue in the daylight to vivid purple.

Sapphires have traditionally symbolised nobility, truth, honesty and faithfulness. For centuries sapphires have decorated royals all over the world.
Ancient Greek and Rome, Kings and Queens believed sapphires protected them from envy and harm.
In the middle ages, the clergy wore blue sapphires to symbolise heaven and everyone believed the gem attracted heavenly blessings. The gemstone was even thought to have created peace between your enemies if worn and influence spirits.

In the 1990’s discoveries of sapphires in Tanzania and Australia brought fancy sapphires widespread recognition, attracting contemporary jewellers and giving them the availability of gemstones in a rainbow of colours and hues.

The blue sapphire has always adorned royalty and this was reinforced in 1981 when Prince Charles proposed to Lady Diana with an exceptional sapphire and diamond engagement ring, Princess Diana captivated the world, she “normalised” the royal family and with that sapphires, now the most popular gemstone alongside diamond.
The love of this gemstone was again reinforced when Prince William proposed to Kate Middleton in 2010 with his late mother’s sapphire and diamond ring.

Kate Middleton sapphire and diamond engagement ring

A special and extremely rare orangy pink sapphire is called Padparadscha, which means “lotus flower” in Sinhalese, the language of Sri Lanka. Initially only stones from Sri Lanka were given this marketable name. This stone is the most prized and expensive sapphire. This gemstone was made famous recently when Princess Eugenie showcased her stunning engagement ring, one large padparadscha surrounded by diamonds.

Princess Eugenie padparadscha engagement ring

We hand select all the sapphires that go in to making the Clark Collect’s sapphire range. If there was a particular colour, cut or size sapphire you were looking for or if you have a sapphire ring that you want to remodel we would love to help find or create your dream item of jewellery. Email to discuss further.