A History of Sapphires in Culture: Catherine the Great

Throughout time, sapphires have been revered for their beauty, their strength and durability, and the perceived powers of wellness and protection. In a celebration of the special cultural relevance of sapphires, we have gathered together some of our favorite stories to share of historical sapphires through all cultures. Part VIII continues Catherine the Great. Catherine the […]

Once Owned by Catherine the Great, ‘The Sleeping Lion’ Pearl Hits Auction Block and Falls Short

Once owned by Catherine the Great, the world’s largest known freshwater blister pearl was expected to fetch more than $600,000 when it hits the auction block in The Netherlands. However the pearl, did not reach it’s estimate and sols for $374,000. Dubbed “The Sleeping Lion” due to its unusual shape, the extraordinary quarter-pound natural pearl […]