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Happy birthday, September babies! Your birthstone, the sapphire, is also the gemstone for a 45th anniversary. This ancient stone has fascinated people for centuries. Persians believed that the earth sat on a giant sapphire, which was reflected in the blue of the sky. And the deep, rich color of the stone has long been a symbol for royalty.
We’ve discussed the facts and care of sapphires in this blog post; here are some interesting things that you may not know about the “royal blue” gemstone.
8 sapphire facts
- Sapphires are created from the same mineral (corundum) as rubies; if a gem has iron and titanium in it, it’s blue (sapphire); if it has chromium, it’s red and a ruby.
- The Romans used sapphires for jewelry thousands of years ago.
- Sapphires are durable, rating 9 on the Mohs hardness scale. The only other gem that can scratch it is a diamond, which rates 10 on the scale.
- In ancient times, sapphires were believed to keep their wearer safe from evil. Medieval kings wore them to keep them safe from their enemies.
- More recently, sapphires have come to represent sincerity and faithfulness. Prince Charles gave Princess Di a sapphire engagement ring, which is now worn by Prince Harry’s wife, Catherine.
- While there’s no official grading scale for sapphires, the gem’s value is higher the deeper and more intense it is in color.
- So-called “fancy” sapphires can be violet, green, yellow, orange, pink, and purple. Some even change color depending on the light they’re in.
- According to the GIA, asterism, or a sapphire’s star, usually appears as a six-ray star pattern across a cabochon-cut stone’s curved surface. It happens when light is reflected from tiny, needle-like inclusions.
Happy birthday, September lovelies. Enjoy your special day and revel in the deep blue richness of your birthstone, the sapphire. If I can help you with your sapphires, rubies, diamonds, or any other gems, let me know.
Brilliantly yours, Aimee