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Sapphire - The Most Popular Colored Gemstone

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Introduction to Sapphire

From time immemorial, the allure of sapphires has made them the most popular of all colored gemstones. Sapphires have been linked to royalty and nobility throughout history. It is the most widely recognized of all colored gemstones. Capitalizing on their beauty and value, the modern era has seen blue sapphires become America’s #1 selling colored gem.

Sapphire's beauty and mystique continues to enchant buyers from all over the world. The stunning engagement ring and matching Sapphire-cut pendant Prince Charles gave to Princess Diana featured blue sapphires.

The prices for fine quality large sapphires can be higher than diamonds. The highest price ever attained for a sapphire was $48,871 per Carat paid for the 62.02 Carat Rockefeller Sapphire in 2001.

Sapphire is the birthstone for September. It is given as a gem for the 5th, 23rd and 45th wedding anniversaries. A star sapphire is given on the 65th wedding anniversary.

History of Sapphire

Since medieval times, sapphire has been associated with the majesty and tranquility of the heavens. It was thought to dispel evil thoughts and to bring peace to its wearer. The word for sapphire comes from the Latin "sapphirus" meaning "blue." Sapphire hails from the family of Corundum. It is second only to Diamond in hardness. The red variety of corundum is Ruby.

Sri Lanka holds one of the earliest records for the mining of Sapphires. Ancient people believed that the power of wisdom is contained within this precious gemstone. They believed that when the wearer of a Sapphire faces challenging obstacles, the stone's power enables them to find the correct solution.

Sapphires are generally thought as being blue. But in actuality, sapphires can come in nearly any color except red. (The red corundum is called ruby.) The blue color is the most popular color for sapphire but orange-pink, golden, white, and even black sapphires are available. Sapphires that sport colors other than blue are referred to as "Fancy Sapphires".

Sapphires with inclusions of tiny, rutile needles exhibit an optical property called asterism. This is the star shaped effect seen in star sapphires and is usually only seen in cabochon cuts. Star sapphires usually have six ray stars, but twelve ray stars are also known.

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