Known globally as the "gemstone capital of the world," Bangkok, Thailand is the epicenter of the world's finest colored gemstones. Tom Shane, an internationally well-respected authority on sapphires, travels to Bangkok throughout the year to personally hand-select every sapphire. He has many of the stones re-cut to maximize their beauty and value. And, only the most beautiful sapphires with the highest quality make it to Shane Co. stores.



Shane Co. carries the widest range of shapes, including traditional round and nontraditional shapes.



In addition to traditional blue, Shane Co. also sources colors found less frequently, such as yellow, green, lavender, pink, orange, black and white, as well as lighter shades of blue.



Family: Corundum
Hardness: 9.0
Origin: Thailand, Sri Lanka, Africa, Australia, Montana and Kashmir, India
Care & Cleaning: Soapy water only; no harsh chemicals


Legends & Lores

The ancient Persians believed Earth rested on a great sapphire, the reflection of which gave the sky its blue color. It is also known as a "royal gem” of truth, sincerity, faithfulness and even long-lasting love.


Heat Treating

Virtually all sapphires sold throughout the world are heat treated before they are cut and polished. This causes a reaction in the mineral that gives the gemstones their true permanent color.

Shane Co. sells only naturally mined rubies and sapphires, never lab-created gemstones that are sold by many other jewelers.