The pieces I've chosen use sapphires as the primary and/or focal design element; I want this collection to show what a sapphire can do.
Although 'sapphire' is now broadly used for all non-ruby corundum, the word originally referenced the most common blue hue. Sapphires can range from colorless to black, near-red to violet; the most highly saturated red corundum is ruby. In general, blue is assumed for sapphires; orange, pink, and yellow sapphires are specified by hue; green is fairly rare in jewelry because of a tendency towards a greyish cast. Padparadscha sapphires are a particular orange-pink color; the word comes from 'lotus color'. They are quite rare, originally found in and confined largely to Sri Lanka.