These earrings are”huggie” style made from sterling silver and sapphire. Blue sapphire is was considered a holy stone by the ancient Persians and the early catholic church. As sign of the heavens and for protection, many royalty would wear sapphires around their necks. Even though the stones in these earrings are white around the dark blue, both stones are in fact, sapphire. Iron and titanium can both give sapphire (as known as corundum) its blue hue, but pure corundum, with no trace elements – is actually colorless.