Queen Elizabeth II celebrated her Sapphire Jubilee yesterday, marking her 65 year-long reign on the throne. In addition to the celebrations, the Royal Family also released a new portrait of the British monarch (above) wearing a matching sapphire and diamond set given to her by her father King George VI for her wedding. It’s arguably one of the most famous jewellery pieces in the world, but that got us thinking: are there other more famous sapphires out there? We did some digging and found eight spectacular gems that you should know about.
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1. Star of India
Weighing in at 563.35 carats, the Star of India is one of the largest sapphires in the world, with a unique star shape that appears on both sides.
2. Logan Blue Sapphire
Once owned by Mrs. John A. Logan (a prominent US Congressman’s wife), it is 422.99 carats, internally flawless, and the second largest faceted blue sapphire in the world.
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3. Blue Giant of the Orient
At 466 carats, the Blue Giant of the Orient is the largest faceted sapphire in the world. In 1907, it disappeared under mysterious circumstances and only resurfaced this century.
4. Princess Diana’s Sapphire and Pearl Choker
Originally given to Princess Diana as a brooch by the late Queen Mother, Princess Diana quickly turned this stunning gem into an eye-catching choker featuring seven strands of pearls.
5. Stuart Sapphire
The cabochon-cut sapphire weighing 104 carats is part of the Royal Crown Jewels of Queen Elizabeth II, and was acquired by her ancestors in the 14th century.
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6. Rockefeller Sapphire
The Rockefeller Sapphire is prized for its rich cornflower blue hue and is so named for John D. Rockefeller Jr. It is rumoured to have links to the Indian Maharaja Mir Osman Ali Khan, the last Nizam of Hyderabad.
7. Princess Diana’s Saudi Sapphire and Diamond Suite
One of the late princess’ most photographed jewellery pieces, Princess Diana received this fantastic suite of sapphire jewellery from the Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia for her wedding to Prince Charles, and was worn on multiple occasions and diplomatic events.
8. Kate Middleton’s Sapphire Engagement Ring
And lastly, who can forget Kate Middleton’s sapphire engagement ring, which sparked a sapphire engagement ring frenzy worldwide?