Digging Into the History of Australian Sapphires

October 05, 2016

Digging Into the History of Australian Sapphires

Think of Australia and images of the Outback and eucalyptus-loving koalas come to mind but not sapphires, even though regal blues are as much a part of the landscape as other Aussie icons.

Fact is that Australians have been mining sapphires since the 1850s. That’s when prospectors looking for gold and tin began scooping up deep blue stone byproducts of their efforts from the banks of Cudgegong and Macquarie rivers. More sapphires were found in the highland regions up and down the eastern part of Australia, where Reign Sapphires continues to mine today.

In the early days of Australian sapphire mining, the choicest gems were sold to Europeans. German jewelers set them into ornate styles worthy of royalty, while Russian miners in Australia sold some of their stones back to true nobility at home. A number of Australian sapphires wound up in the crown jewels of the Russian Imperial family, while more surface in today’s most important auctions.

This is where the history of Reign Sapphires begins—with the legacy of Australian sapphires continuing on in a royally steeped-but-modern fashion. Deep blue, regal-looking sapphires speak to collectors of timeless treasures while super-chic designs, like stacking rings and bracelets with inverted stones, let others know your style game is far from traditional. You’re new royalty, commanding a presence, making a statement, and always Reigning your way.

Highland regions in eastern Australia are a rich source for vivid blue sapphires.


Even in rough form, there’s no denying the beauty of Reign Sapphires from Australia.


Cut, faceted, and ready to set, deep blue Reign Sapphires are both keepsake and modern accessory.


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