Pictured in the image above are a selection of early Edwardian saphiret pieces. Early saphiret stones can usually be dated by the cut of glass, stone setting and colours within the glass. Early pieces will tend to have deeper brown and blue tones, an indication of more gold in the glass. Stones were also more commonly faceted and tended to have slightly more vibrancy in colour than later stones. Motifs such as the man in the moon and carved intaglios were also only created during the early period of saphiret production.
The image above shows a selection of later 'saphiret style' pieces known as sappharine. In the 1950s German manufacturers decided to revive saphiret by creating an imitation stone known as sappharine. Sappharine is a slightly paler version of saphiret with similar colour tones and although not always as vibrant in colour it still held the magical colour shifting properties of the much loved early saphiret stones. Many of the iconic Mid Century jewellery houses went on to use these stones in their pieces including Regency, Hobe and even Dior.
The full history of saphiret glass still remains a slight mystery to me with many questions unanswered but as more and more people take interest in this beautiful stone I am sure its history will only expand and hopefully in the future i'll be able to write a lot more about it!
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