The Magnificent Sapphire!
September’s birthstone is a sapphire! And in celebration, we are dedicating a blog post to educate you about what sapphires are, why they’re special, and how they have become a highly prized gemstone!
Sapphires are a blue, transparent variety of corundum.
Blue is the most common color of sapphire.
Sapphires come in a large range of natural colors and shades.
Sapphire is the most precious of gemstones.
It is also the most desirable gem due to color, durability and luster.
The most valuable color of sapphire is known as a Kashmir sapphire, or cornflower.
It has been said that a necklace of sapphires will cure a sore throat.
Today’s sapphires are mostly mined in Australia.
Sapphires traditionally symbolize truth, sincerity, and constancy.
Sapphires are often associated with loyalty and dignity and are a favorite gemstone for royalty.
A sapphire scientifically encompasses all other gem varieties of corundum. So a ruby would essentially be a red sapphire since ruby and sapphire are identical in all properties except color.
A Sapphire’s color is the most important influence on its value. A velvety blue to violetish blue, with medium to dark-medium tones, is the most highly valued sapphire.
There is a lot more that goes into the value of a particular sapphire, and if you’d like to learn more, you can educate yourself at the GIA website!
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