Sapphires are known and held the world in awe for their beauty and mystery. In many ancient cultures this gem has been admired not only for its elegance but also for the magic and good luck often associated with it. In western civilizations the Sapphire has long been the traditional stone of choice to set alongside Diamonds for and man wanting to express his love and commitment to someone special.
For over a thousand years, Sapphires have enjoyed a close associations with royalty. Mrs Simpson received many gems from Edward VIII. Her collection included Emeralds, Rubies and Diamonds; however she always claimed her favorite gemstone as Sapphire. She was so fond of a Sapphire bracelet, by Van Cleef and Arpels, that she requested all the sleeves of her dresses and blouses be shortened so she could show her bracelet off to everyone.
It wasn’t until the 1980’s, when Prince Charles purchased that breathtaking Sapphire and Diamond ring for Princess Diana, that the popularity for Sapphires resurfaced.
Sapphires come in a range of colours from clear sky blues to jet black, colourless and various colours in between. Sapphire is a member of the Corundum family: pure Corundum, known as White Sapphire, is colourless. The wide selection of different hues seen in Sapphires is due to the presences of different impurities found in their crystal structure. Blue Sapphires are formed due to the presence of titanium. We are lucky to see Pink Sapphire which is formed by containing Chromium.
In addition to being surrounded by many myths and legends, the Sapphire gemstone also enjoys one of the richest histories. In antiquity Persians believed that Blue Sapphires were actually chips from a huge pedestal that supported the earth, the reflections of which coloured the sky. In the Middle Ages it was though to be an antidote against poisons and to possess a magical power to influence the spirits.
Sapphire is the birthstone of September and is associated with the Zodiac sign of Taurus. it is also the gift for the 5th, 45th and 70th anniversaries. It’s hard crystal structure measures 9 on the Mohs scale, making it incredibly durable. When set in a ring or pendant, and given proper care, it should continue to shine for thousands of years to come.
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