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What is a Parti Sapphire? - Lelya

What is a Parti Sapphire?

Ever come across the term "Parti Sapphire" and wondered what makes it so special? Let’s unravel this gem’s mystique and why it might just be the perfect choice for your next piece of jewellery.


What Are Parti Sapphires?

At its core, a Parti Sapphire is a sapphire that showcases two or more distinct colours. The term “parti” stems from “partition,” highlighting the way these colours are divided within the stone. Unlike traditional sapphires, which typically feature a single colour, Parti Sapphires can blend shades of blue, green, and yellow in stunning and unique patterns.



Are Sapphires Not Always Blue?

The colour of sapphires is influenced by the specific chromogenic elements present in their chemical composition, which often varies based on their geographical origin. For example, the classic blue sapphires are traditionally sourced from Kashmir. In contrast, sapphires from Australia typically exhibit shades of teal or green. Montana is known for producing sapphires with a diverse palette, including hues of pink, orange, blue, and lavender. Sri Lanka and Madagascar are renowned for their wide range of high-clarity sapphires of various colours.



An interesting tidbit: the only colour of sapphire not referred to as a sapphire is red—these are commonly known as rubies even though they are composed of the same mineral as all other sapphires, i.e. corundum!


Why Choose a Parti Sapphire?

1. Unique Beauty: Each Parti Sapphire is one-of-a-kind. The natural colour zoning means no two stones are exactly alike, making your piece of jewellery truly unique.

2. Versatility in Design: The multi-coloured nature of parti sapphires offers endless possibilities for jewellery design. Whether you’re looking for a modern, edgy piece or a vintage-inspired treasure, these sapphires can adapt beautifully.

3. Affordability: Some Parti Sapphires can be more affordable than single-colour sapphires, offering a cost-effective way to own a beautiful and unique gemstone. Some other Parti Sapphires can be much more expensive. The price spectrum is infinitely wider for unique gems, making them a great option for all budgets.


Our Sapphires

Most of our Parti Sapphires were mined in Australiaa and sourced through Misfit Diamonds - our Canadian partner who believes that establishing documented origin is one of the first steps to creating transparency in the industry – an endeavour we wholeheartedly support. Let’s remember that once we know the origins of each stone, we can identify the working conditions, labour practices, and environmental factors involved in the extraction of the precious stones from the earth before we make a decision to buy them and turn them into jewellery that sings the story of your love.


The Appeal of Australian Parti Sapphires

Australia is renowned for its beautiful parti sapphires, which often exhibit vibrant greens, yellows, and blues. These stones not only reflect the natural beauty of the Australian landscape but also come with the assurance of ethical mining practices, making them a responsible choice for eco-conscious consumers.



Caring for Your Parti Sapphire

With a hardness rating of 9 out of 10 on the Mohs scale, Parti Sapphires are durable and suitable for everyday wear, including engagement rings. However, to maintain their beauty we suggest the following jewellery care tips.


Why Parti Sapphires Make Perfect Engagement Rings

The unique colour patterns of Parti Sapphires symbolise the beautiful complexity and individuality of a relationship. They stand out from traditional choices, making a bold statement of personal style and uniqueness.



Final Thoughts: Embrace the Beauty of Parti Sapphires

Choosing a Parti Sapphire means investing in a piece of jewellery that’s as unique as you are. Their distinctive beauty, versatility, and affordability make them an excellent choice for anyone looking to add a touch of nature’s artistry to their collection.


Find out more about Lelya's Made to Order and Bespoke design routes to understand how we can help you create the ring you have always dreamt of.


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