Category Archives: Sapphire

Queen Marie of Romania’s Sapphire

Origin of name

The enormous 478.68-carat Sri Lankan blue sapphire gets its name from the onetime owner of the gemstone Queen Marie of Romania (1875-1938), queen consort of King Ferdinand of Romania (1865-1927). The King purchased the gemstone set as a drop to a…

Midnight Star Sapphire

Origin of name What inspired the name midnight ? ¬©AMNH New York City The Midnight Star Sapphire is a large deep purple-violet sapphire of Sri Lankan origin, belonging to the American Museum of Natural History, New York. It is not known exactly what property of the stone inspired the term “midnight” to refer to this […]

The Star Of Bombay

Origin of name Sir Arthur C. Clarke’s comments on the misnomer “Star of India” The “Star of Bombay” is a remarkable and splendid star sapphire owned by the National Museum of Natural History of the Smithsonian Institution, which as the eminent Space Scientist and futurologist Sir Arthur C. Clarke said, had by some distressing impertinence […]

Star of Asia Sapphire

Origin of name

The name “Star of Asia Sapphire” seem to reflect both the type of gemstone, which is a star sapphire and the geographical region from where the gemstone originated, the Asian continent. In fact the stone is believed to have originated from…

The Ruspoli Sapphire

Origin of name The Ruspoli Sapphire is also variously known as the Wooden-Spoon Seller’s Sapphire and the Great Sapphire of Louis XIV, and all three names seem to have been derived from persons who at one time had owned the sapphire during the course of its long history. The sapphire is reported to have been […]

The Bismarck Sapphire Necklace


Origin of name

The Bismarck Sapphire gets its name from Countess Mona von Bismarck who owned the 98.6-carat deep blue Sri Lankan sapphire, since the time she purchased it, perhaps during her visit to Sri Lanka in 1926, which was one…

Hill’s Kashmir Sapphire


Origin of name

The 22.66-carat Kashmir blue sapphire is an unnamed blue sapphire that once belonged to the family of the railroad magnate James J. Hill, and was incorporated as the centerpiece of a pendant to an elaborate diamond and sapphire encrusted necklace…

The Rockefeller Sapphire

Origin of name

The Rockefeller Sapphire gets its name from the one time owner of this extraordinarily beautiful blue sapphire, John D. Rockefeller Jr. the only son of John D. Rockefeller Sr. the renowned American industrialist and philanthropist, who purchased the stone in 1934…

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