Tell me about Sapphires
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All gemstones have unique meaning and style, let’s talk about Sapphires.
The name Sapphire comes from the Latin word Saphirus and the Greek word Sapherios, both meaning blue.
The birthstone of September and the stone used to celebrate the 45th wedding anniversary.
Treasured since 800bc Sapphires are from the same family as Rubies. Ancient Persians believed that these beautiful blue gemstones made the sky blue as a reflection of their colour.
Also said to be the stone of wisdom loyalty honesty and devotion, adding positivity to the life of its owner.
Often popular with royalty as legend says it will attract wealth and protect them from envy and infidelity.
What are Sapphires
Today’s Sapphires come from Asia and are generally lighter blue in colour, than earlier ones. Whilst 20 yrs ago they were more popular in a darker almost black / blue colour and naturally mined from Australasia.
They are among the hardest gemstones rated 9/10 on the scale with only diamonds being harder. The scale relates to its scratch ability, in terms of what that means to the owner is its risk of being scratched with general wear and tear. So sapphires although not indestructible should remain sparkling for many years because of their durability.
Sapphires come from the corundum mineral, corundum is red and known as a ruby gemstone. But with the addition of iron and titanium, the rich blue colour of a sapphire is developed.
The rarest of these gemstones originate from Sri Lanka, they are called Padparadscha and are orange and pink in colour. They also come in other colours, like pink and yellow.
Prince Charles gave Princess Diana one of the most famous Sapphire rings, on their engagement. Then more recently Prince William gave the same ring to his wife Kate the Duchess of Cambridge.
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