Category Archives: Sapphire

Gordon Star Sapphire and Gordon Sapphire Necklace

Origin of Name The “Gordon Star Sapphire” and the “Gordon Sapphire” are two different blue sapphires weighing 52 carats and 50 carats respectively, that once belonged to Aron S. Gordon, the founder of Gordon Jewelers, from whom the two blue sapphires get their names. While the “Gordon Star Sapphire” was set in a pendant ring, […]

List of Blue Sapphires Excluding Blue Star Sapphires Greater than 100-carats in weight

S/N Name Carat weight Origin Cut/shape Present owners 1 Blue Giant of the Orient 486.52 Sri Lanka cushion Unknown 2 Queen Marie of Romania 478.68 Sri Lanka drop-shape cushion Unknown 3 Logan Sapphire 423.00 Sri Lanka rectangular cushion NMNH-Smithsonian 4 Blue Belle of Asia 400.00 Sri Lanka unknown Previous owner Lord Naffield 5 Unnamed 337.66 […]

“Blue Belle of Asia” Sapphire

Origin of name The name “Blue Belle of Asia” seem to reflect both the quality and the region of origin of this extraordinarily beautiful blue sapphire, said to be one of the top quality blue sapphires in the world. The word “belle” means a beautiful woman, and has been used metaphorically to refer to the […]

Star of Lanka Sapphire

Origin of name

The name reflects the type of gemstone and country of origin

The name “Star of Lanka” reflects both the type of gemstone and its country of origin. The gemstone is a blue star sapphire with a distinct six-rayed…

Unnamed 393-carat Sri Lankan Blue Star Sapphire

 

Origin of Name

The 393-carat blue star sapphire remained unnamed until recently

The 393-carat deep blue star sapphire with a well-defined 6-rayed star discovered in the 1970s from the alluvial gem deposits of Sri Lanka, is presently the…

Famous Blue Star Sapphires Greater than 100 carats in Weight

S/N Name Carat weight Origin Cut/shape Present owners 1 Lone Star 9,719.50 North Carolina cabochon star Harold Roper 2 Star of India 563.35 Sri Lanka round-cabochon star AMNH-New York 3 Le Cote d’Azur 397.095 Myanmar cabochon star Unknown 4 Unnamed-NGJA, Sri Lanka 393.00 Sri Lanka cabochon star National Gem & Jewelry Authority, Sri Lanka 5 […]

Empress Maria Alexandrovna Sapphire Brooch

 

Origin of name

The brooch gets its name from the Russian Empress Maria Alexandrovna, the empress consort of Czar Alexander II, Emperor of Russia (1855-81), who purchased the 260.37-carat enormous Sri Lankan (Ceylon) blue sapphire at the Great London Exhibition held in 1862…

List of famous Sri Lankan blue sapphires greater than 100 carats in weight arranged in descending order of carat weights

S/N Name Carat Weight Origin Cut/shape   1 Star of India 563.35 Sri lanka round-cabochon Star AMNH-New York City 2 Blue Giant of the Orient 486.52 S. L. cushion unknown 3 Queen Marie of Rumania 478.68 S. L. drop-shape cushion unknown 4 Logan Sapphire 423.00 S. L. rectangular-cushion NMNH-Smithsonian 5 Blue Belle of Asia 400.00 […]

Catherine the Great’s Sapphire

  Origin of name The enormous 337.10 carat “Catherine the Great’s Blue Sapphire” gets its name from the one time owner of this gemstone, Catherine the Great (1762-96), one of the two greatest rulers of the Romanov dynasty, that ruled Russia for more than 300 years from 1613 to 1917. Catherine the Great, was a […]