sap·​phire | \ ˈsa-ˌfī(-ə)r How to pronounce sapphire (audio) \

Definition of sapphire

1a : a gem variety of corundum in transparent or translucent crystals of a color other than red especially : one of a transparent rich blue
b : a gem of such corundum
2 : a deep purplish-blue color

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Kate Middleton opted for a classic look on her second day in Northern Ireland, pairing a bespoke Jenny Packham dress with her late mother-in-law's sapphire earrings. Chloe Foussianes, Town & Country, "Kate Middleton Steps Out in a Bespoke Jenny Packham Dress and Princess Diana's Earrings," 28 Feb. 2019 In the living room, a 1960s Robert Haussmann sofa gleams in its sapphire silk velvet by Ralph Lauren Home. Alina Cho, ELLE Decor, "Uptown Glamour Goes Downtown in a Bold West Village Pad," 22 Feb. 2019 Plus, just last month, Kate wore Diana's sapphire earrings for a royal appearance in Dundee. Lucy Wood, Marie Claire, "Kate Middleton Wore a Pair of Princess Diana's Favorite Earrings for Her BAFTA Red Carpet Appearance," 11 Feb. 2019 If the book is more your thing, grab a pair of faux sapphire earrings and a pearl necklace to rep the cover art. Kelsey Stiegman, Seventeen, "10 Genius Pop Culture Halloween Costumes That Are SO 2018," 15 Aug. 2018 The earrings perfectly match Kate's sapphire engagement ring, another heirloom inherited from Diana. Maggie Maloney, Town & Country, "Kate Middleton Wore Princess Diana's Sapphire Earrings in Scotland," 29 Jan. 2019 For example, Meghan Markle's stunning diamond ring reportedly cost as much as $350,000 and Princess Diana's (now Kate Middleton's) sapphire originally cost Prince Charles $37,000 back in 1981. Amanda Garrity, Good Housekeeping, "The Story Behind Sarah Ferguson's Extravagant Engagement Ring," 23 July 2018 In the late 19th century, Olegario Ovalle Vicuña, the scion of a wealthy Chilean family, got inspired by a visit to the French Riviera and gave friends plots of land in Zapallar, horseshoed around a sapphire bay. Cnt Editors, Condé Nast Traveler, "The Next Great Food Scene, Beach Town, and More: The 2019 Trends We're Calling Now," 18 Dec. 2018 Kate wore a pair of sapphire and diamond earrings that once belonged to her late mother-in-law. Maggie Maloney, Town & Country, "Kate Middleton Wore Princess Diana's Sapphire Earrings in Scotland," 29 Jan. 2019

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First Known Use of sapphire

13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for sapphire

Middle English safir, from Anglo-French, from Latin sapphirus, from Greek sappheiros, perhaps of Semitic origin; akin to Hebrew sappīr sapphire

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English Language Learners Definition of sapphire

: a clear, usually deep blue jewel
: a deep blue color


sap·​phire | \ ˈsa-ˌfīr How to pronounce sapphire (audio) \

Kids Definition of sapphire

: a clear bright blue gemstone

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