Sapphire is the birthstone for the month of September!
Let’s get to know the Sapphire.
Sapphire is beloved for its striking blue hues – but they also come in a variety of other colors. Except for red. Red corundum are called ruby.
Because sapphire is found in a wide array of colors, it is easily confused with other gemstones such as; zircon, beryl, tourmaline, and quartz. Regardless of the color, sapphire is one of the most scratch resistant natural gemstones – second only to diamond. In addition to solid colors, sapphire is found in a color-changing variety. They are unique because they look different in certain light. Traditionally, September birthdays are represented by the blue variety of this exquisite stone.
This gemstone has graced the heads, necks, fingers, ears, and wrists of royalty, clergy, and other noble men and women. Sapphire symbolizes truth, faithfulness, and sincerity. In ancient times, they were believed to protect the wearer and today they are simply enjoyed for their gorgeous color and enduring properties.
Sapphires are popular and excellent for everyday wear. They are a type of corundum and measure a 9 on the Moh’s Scale of Hardness. Diamond is the hardest, measuring a 10. Blue sapphires can range in color from very light blue to very dark blue. Color has the greatest impact on the value of a sapphire. The most precious is richly saturated and is undeniably blue.
Some have such an exquisite color that they have special names such as; the Kashmir, Ceylon, and Cornflower blue. The Kashmir sapphires have a rich almost velvety look to them. Ceylon sapphires are lighter and exhibit strong greenish-blue to violet-blue hues. Cornflower is even lighter still but has an ample amount of color saturation and brilliance.
Where in the World is Sapphire?
Sapphires are mined in several countries around the world including; Sri Lanka (formerly Ceylon), India, Burma, Vietnam, Brazil and Africa. However, the majority of them come from Australia and Thailand. Smaller amounts have been found in other areas of the world, including the United States!
Care and Handling
Sapphires are easy to clean. Use warm water. a mild liquid detergent and a soft toothbrush. You may also take it to your local jeweler to have it cleaned and inspected. Even though sapphire is one of the hardest gemstones in terms of scratch resistance, it can chip or break if it takes a hard enough impact. Be sure to take it off if you’ll be coming into contact with something that could damage your stone. In addition, you’ll want to keep this birthstone jewelry away from any extreme temperature changes.