Loyalty, sincerity and faithfulness. Sapphire, the birthstone of September, is the gemstone of the soul and autumn; and in ancient times was said to protect the wearer from envy and attract divine favor. Bishops have worn sapphires in their ecclesiastical rings since the 12th century and is said to be the stone used for Moses’ tablets.
Interestingly, the sapphire come from the same mineral family of Corundum as the ruby. But unlike the ruby’s one intense red color, sapphires come in colors that span the spectrum. Fine blue sapphires are among the most ideal and desired. But sapphires are also found in pink, yellow, green and violet. The combination of iron and titanium is credited for the color of sapphires although there is evidence of other causes. Sapphires are found in India, Myanmar (Burma), Ceylon, Thailand, Vietnam, Australia, Brazil and Africa. The most desirable origins are Burma, Ceylon and Kashmir as they are known to produce the most beautiful sapphires each with unique attributes.
Sapphire rates a 9 on the Mohs scale of hardness and like all gemstones must be handled with care in order to prevent cracking, chipping and shattering. Technology has brought with it treatments of sapphires using heat to intensify the color. Heat-treatment reduces value in the stone.
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