If you were born in the month of September, you are lucky that your birthstone is the stunning sapphire. This gem has been cherished by many for thousands of years, long associated with romance, royalty, fidelity, and purity of the soul.
When you picture this precious gemstone, you most likely picture a sparkling deep blue stone. Sapphires actually come in many shades of blue, ranging from pale blue to deep indigo. Medium-deep cornflower blue is the most valuable shade. However, sapphires are not always blue! In fact, sapphires come in many other shades from colorless/white to gray, blue-green, green, violet, orange, yellow, amber, pink and black. Sapphires that come in these shades are considered “fancy” or “particolored
Sapphires are the third hardest mineral after diamonds and moissanite. Like rubies, sapphires are a form of the mineral corundum, which is a crystalline form of aluminum oxide. Australia is the biggest source of sapphire deposits, though they are also found in many other locations around the world, including Sri Lanka, Kashmir, Myanmar, Thailand, and the United States.
Much like diamonds, the cost of sapphires depends on a variety of factors, such as color, clarity, cut, and size. Sapphires are used in all types of jewelry, from rings to necklaces, earrings, and bracelets. In recent years sapphires have become a popular choice for engagement rings for those seeking a more affordable or more colorful alternative to the diamond. This trend, of course, was boosted by
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