GEM OF THE MONTH
The Magnificent Sapphire... Symbol of Wisdom & Purity
The Sapphire is a precious gemstone, a variety of the mineral corundum. It is typically blue, but natural "fancy" sapphires also occur in yellow, purple, orange, and green colors. "Parti Sapphires" show two or more colors. In ancient times it was believed that the world sat on an enormous sapphire which painted the sky blue with its reflection. The sapphire’s sister is the ruby. Ruby is of the same mineral, corundum, and these two gemstones are second hardest gemstones after diamond.
Sapphires have long been a favorite among royalty, who considered them symbolic of wisdom and purity. Princess Diana’s iconic 12-carat sapphire and diamond engagement ring now sits on the finger of Kate Middleton, following her marriage to Prince William in 2012. A gift of sapphire represents sincerity and faithfulness in relationships and is said to bring peace, joy, and wisdom to the wearer and owner.
Large sapphires are rare and often attract fame and myth. The 563-carat Star of India, discovered about three hundred years ago, was donated to the American Museum of Natural History by financier J.P. Morgan.
The sapphire’s beauty, its magnificent colors, its transparency, but also its constancy and durability are qualities associated with this gemstone by gemstone lovers and specialists alike. The sapphire is the birthstone for September and those who were born under the sign of Virgo. Sapphire is also the stone for 45th wedding anniversary jewelry.
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