sap·phire | \ˈsa-ˌfī(-ə)r \

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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The tiara has been seen with a sapphire as the center stone but Markle chose to wear it with diamonds. Kathleen Joyce, Fox News, "Queen Elizabeth lends Meghan Markle a tiara for royal wedding," 19 May 2018 The Super Bowl rings are made of pure 10-karat white gold, adorned with a total of 219 diamonds and 17 rare green sapphires. James Reineking, USA TODAY, "Philadelphia Eagles receive Super Bowl LII championship rings in ceremony," 14 June 2018 The palette on the shelves includes rosy pinks, celadon greens, caramel, violet, sapphire and aquamarine. New York Times, "A Tiffany Collector of Things Pastel," 8 May 2018 She was spotted wearing a new ring in place of her sapphire engagement ring. Alex Warner, Marie Claire, "Gwyneth Paltrow May Have Just Confirmed Her Secret Marriage to Brad Falchuck," 19 Apr. 2018 But just as Kate Middleton's sapphire engagement ring precipitated a surge in untraditional engagement rings, Pippa's Asscher cut ring is sure to inspire a trend this summer. Caroline Hallemann, Town & Country, "Everything You Need To Know About Pippa Middleton's Wedding and Engagement Rings," 20 May 2017 My colleague, Zach Berman, wrote about the design of each ring: The ring is made of pure 10-karat white gold, with a total of 219 diamond and 17 green sapphires, according to the team’s website. Michael Boren,, "Fake Super Bowl rings for Eagles, other teams seized by federal authorities," 3 July 2018 Her pink sapphire and diamond engagement ring also made an appearance. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "Princess Eugenie's Royal Ascot Outfit Foreshadowed Her Upcoming Royal Wedding," 19 June 2018 For jewelry, Meggie wore diamond earrings from Betteridge, where the couple’s wedding bands and the bride’s engagement ring are also from, and a sapphire and diamond pinkie ring, which Ian had given her for Christmas, as her something blue. Alexandra Macon, Vogue, "Meggie Kempner’s Gorgeous Garden Wedding in Beverly Hills," 24 May 2018

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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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The first known use of sapphire was in the 13th century

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English Language Learners Definition of sapphire

: a clear, usually deep blue jewel

: a deep blue color


sap·phire | \ˈsa-ˌfīr \

Kids Definition of sapphire

: a clear bright blue gemstone

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