Today, I want to talk about September's birthstone - Sapphire. This gem has been a popular gemstone for centuries among Royal families. We all remember that blue Sapphire engagement ring which Prince Charles gave it to Princess Diana back in the 80's. It now belongs to Kate Middleton, wife of Prince William. This news made Blue Sapphire more popular than ever. There are 5 reasons why I love about this gemstone.
1. Sapphire comes in all colors but red.
Sapphire comes from corundum mineral, the same as Ruby. Any color but red of corundum is called Sapphire while the red corundum is called Ruby. Currently there is blue, purple, green, yellow, orange, and pink sapphire in the market. The most popular color is blue sapphire.
2. Sapphire symbolizes protection, truth and faithfulness.
In the first century, Sapphire was believed to protect Kings from harm and envy. It symbolizes protection, truth and faithfulness for the wearer. It's a popular gem among the royal families.
3. Won't be easily scratched.
Sapphire's mohs hardness is 9 while Diamond is 10. I love to work with hard gemstone. Its toughness makes it easy to set in prongs and not easily chipped. Sapphire won't be easily scratched for wearer.
4. Come from exotic places.
Currently, there are 6 countries produce Sapphire in the world including Madagascar, Tanzania, Sri Lanka, Myanmar, Kenya and Australia. Australia and Madagascar are the two leading producers of Sapphires in the world. In United States, Montana produces very little amount of Sapphire. When you go to Yellowstone National park, look for sign for Sapphire mine. You may get lucky to find some Sapphires there.
5. Meaningful gift for birthdays and anniversaries.
Sapphire is September birthstone and gem of 5th and 45th anniversaries. It's hard to go wrong with this type of gift.
That's all I have to say about Sapphire. If you want to learn more about Sapphire gemstone, you can go to GIA website for more information. http://www.gia.edu/sapphire#.V8yO4fL2bIU GIA is Gemological Institute of America.