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September - Sapphire
Once upon a time, people believed that the sky was an
enormous sapphire into which the world was embedded.Though we know that isn’t true, sapphires
have continued to hold the fascination and admiration of all for thousands of
years.Sapphires have always been prized
for their beautiful blue color, hardness (second only to diamonds on the Mohs
hardness scale), and transparency.It
wasn’t until 200 years ago that Sapphires were classified as corundum family of minerals.Prior to this, only blue Sapphires were
called as such.Now we know that
Sapphires come in every color of the rainbow, except for the deep red
sapphires, which are called Rubies.Any
non-blue Sapphire is known as a “fancy” Sapphire.
Sapphires are valued
depending on size, color, and transparency.Pure, strong blues command the highest price, followed by royal blues,
and deep cornflower blues.Sapphires
with exceptional color carry corresponding price tags, particularly if they’re
large.Very dark blue or blue-black
sapphires are much more common and inexpensive.As with all things, though, different shades are valued by different
people, regardless of rarity or expense.The great thing about Sapphires is that each gem is as individual as the
person who wears them.
Sapphires are mind in India,
Burma, Ceylon, Sri Lanka,
Thailand, Vietnam, Australia,
and a variety of African countries.
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