Once known as Gem Island, Sri Lanka has been famed for its colorful natural wealth since Marco Polo himself led an expedition there in the 13th century, and came back unable to contain his amazement. By far, the most prized gems to come out of Sri Lanka are the legendary Ceylon sapphires. But owning those famous cornflower blue beauties comes at a steep price. The most impressive Ceylons can fetch thousands of dollars per carat. If you’re looking for stunning color without spending a fortune, the best kept secret is Sri Lanka’s blue topaz — a color cousin of the sapphire with an intoxicatingly bright sky blue hue.
Our Pura Blue Topaz ring features a 4 ½-carat octagonal step cut, sky blue topaz, which shines even brighter with the addition of a halo of 38 dazzling lab-created DiamondAura® rounds, all set in sterling silver. If you have thousands of dollars just burning a hole in your pocket, by all means go after the elusive and ridiculously expensive Ceylon sapphire. But if you want the advice of a seasoned gem trader, the smart money bets on sky blue topaz.