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Birthstone

September Birthstone

 

 

 

 

 

Sapphire

 

 

A Celestial Gem

Sapphire is a variety of the mineral corundum. Corundum is found in every color of the rainbow, with red being designated as ruby and all other hues Sapphire. The most valuable color of Sapphire is known as Cornflower Blue color. Another extremely valuable Sapphire form is the very rare, orange-pink Padparadschah. An exotic type of sapphire, known as Color Changing Sapphire, displays a different color depending on its lighting. In natural light, Color Changing Sapphire is blue, but in artificial light, it is violet. Yellow and pink Sapphire have recently become very popular, and are now often seen in jewelry. Sapphires are also available colorless. White sapphire is an excellent diamond substitute as it is brilliant and second only to diamond itself in hardness. Large white sapphires are rare.

 

History

Ancients believed that the blue sky owes its color to the reflection of the deep blue color of the sapphire, described as the gemstone of the heavens.Sapphires have long been a favorite among priests and kings. They wore these gems to ward off evil and gain divine favors. These gemstones are also prominent among the British Crown Jewels, and Princess Diana chose this as the engagement stone from Prince Charles. Today, people routinely select blue sapphire as an engagement gemstone.

 

 

 

Origin of the Sapphire

These gemstones were mined as early as the 7th Century BC from India and what is now Sri Lanka. They are found today in Sri Lanka, Kashmir, Myanmar, Thailand, Australia, Nigeria, Kenya, Tanzania, China, Madagascar, and the United States. Large specimens of Corundum crystals are rare, although the 563-carat Star of India can be seen in the American Museum of Natural History. This is the largest and most famous of star Sapphires.

 

A Sound Investment

 

Sapphire is the modern September birthstone and the gem designated for the 5th, 23rd and 45th wedding anniversary; a star sapphire is typically given on the 65th wedding anniversary. Intensity, uniformity and purity of color are the most important considerations when making a decision about the purchase of a blue sapphire. Fine blue sapphires should not contain any overtones or secondary colors, for this will lessen the beauty of this precious gemstone. As the overall beauty of the stone will depend on the cutting, this characteristic must always be taken into consideration. Dark blue sapphires will appear black under low light settings, while fine blue sapphires will maintain their color in any light setting. Blue sapphire jewelry remains one of most sought after jewelry types with rings, earrings, pendants and sapphire necklaces all making not only a beautiful addition to any collection but also a fairly sound investment. The Sapphire is second only to the Diamond in hardness, making it a durable gemstone for setting into jewelry. A gift of Sapphire represents sincerity and faithfulness. This brilliant blue gemstone is truly a heavenly choice!

 

Caring For your Sapphire

Sapphire has a hardness of 9 on the Mohs scale and is very durable. It is the mineral corundum and is so tough it is used as an abrasive. Sapphires can be cleaned using an ultrasonic cleaning machine, any commercial jewelry cleaner or mild detergent and lukewarm water: use a soft toothbrush and scrub behind the stone where dust can collect. Be sure to rinse and dry your jewelry thoroughly after cleaning.

The Logan Sapphire: A 423 Carat Blue Gem

 

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