Once upon a time, people thought that the earth was embedded in one giant sapphire. For what better way was there to describe the immaculate beauty of a sapphire than to compare it to the myriad of colors in the sky. From the deep blue of the evening sky, to the shining mid-blue of a lovely summers day, a sapphire aptly describes the shining rich transparency of the earth’s firmaments. The years of tradition associated with the sapphire lends to it the characteristics of loyalty, friendship, indestructible trust and harmony. Is it a surprise then that this stone has become a favored stone between couples pledging their love? A most apt example is the engagement ring received by Princess Kate Middleton from her husband, Prince William. Sapphire is the stone of wisdom that allows one to see beyond the surface of things. It is known to also calm and declutter the mind.