A Fascinating Story of Blue Sapphire

It’s David here.

If you are like me, lock-down means that business as usual has come to halt. Yet, there are two sides to this coin.

There’s the scary, uncertain side, fed by the endless news, and there is also another side. This other side is one of innovation, creativity and hope for a bright future. It’s all in how we frame and interpret the situation. 

My invitation to you is to join me in using this tragic situation as a springboard to opportunity. If you are wondering what I’m talking about or if you think that I’m a bit crazy, then feel free to go to my YouTube channel and watch some examples of how I AM turning this tragedy into something good.


since I’ve chosen to feature blue sapphire this week, below are three very fine Sri Lankan Blue Sapphires for you to enjoy.

However, if you just want to go straight to our online blue sapphires, simply click the search inventory box below.

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There is so much about blue sapphire that makes it desirable:

It’s hue, brilliance, durability, history, and reputation. Yet above it all, the greatest meaning lies in the flood of emotion that accompanies the giving and receiving of such a special gemstone.

With our selective expertise we bring you blue sapphires from the mines of Sri Lanka, where they have been mined by families and small co-ops for over 2000 years. 

Exhibiting royal blue, yet also a variety of colors we call “fancy sapphire”, the legacy of this precious stone is one of majesty and importance. 

The high status of sapphire goes as far back as Roman law where they were placed under sumptuary laws restricting their ownership to nobility, Traditions such as these carried on in Europe well into the 17th century.

Today, the mention of sapphire brings up imagery of Kate Middleton’s engagement ring or a rising number of celebrities who prefer sapphire for their engagement rings; it stands that the noble beauty of sapphire is timeless.

The Sapphire of the Century (right)

On her honeymoon in the roaring 20s, countess Mona von Bismarck, aka “The Kentucky Countess”…

acquired the sapphire of the century. Originally, mined in Burma (now Myanmar), it made it’s way to the Sri Lankan market in Ratnapura. Her newlywed husband bought this 98.57ct beauty and presented it to her. It was love at first sight.

As the first American to be named “Best Dressed in the World”, this sapphire was a must for her collection. The later named, Bismarck Sapphire was taken to Cartier, in France, where it was personalized for her in a necklace.

This wasn’t just another beautiful piece in Mona’s collection; This piece inspired the luxurious and streamlined Art Deco style of 1930’s jewelry. It was treasured by her until 1967 when she donated it to the Smithsonian in Washington D.C.. Now, it rests between the Hall Sapphire and Diamond Necklace and the Logan Sapphire.

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Very Special Featured Blue Sapphires…

This week I’m featuring three sapphires curated from my most recent trip to Sri Lanka. They were chosen for their undeniably spectacular, color and clarity.

Scroll down. Have a look at what I’ve selected for you.

First Blue Sapphire:

A striking yet delicate pendant.

3.56ct, 13.3×7.2 pear, Sku: 11875

This blue sapphire is an extraordinary gem. It is clean, with tremendous brilliance and vivid color. Sri Lankan gems like this one display a very slight violetish blue color. This gem is worthy of your finest design.

Second Blue Sapphire(s):

The earring set.

2.15ct, 6.1mm, round, Sku: 14000

These gems make an impeccable pair. Their color is vivid. They’re the perfect gems for a powerfully elegant, yet subtle earring set.

Third Blue Sapphire:

The center stone.

1.90ct, 7.5mm, round, Sku: 5385

This gem has a fabulous color, and clarity. It has that classic royal blue color that blue sapphires are known for. The cut brings out its maximum brilliance. This a splendid gem for any ring or pendant.

If one of the above doesn’t quite fit, but strikes your imagination, then follow the link with and go on your own gem hunt through the online inventory.

Any questions, just email me back or call 858-679-7633.

Warmest Regards, 
David Artinian 
Artinian Gems Founder and CoOwner

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