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Sapphire - the birthstone for September

When you think of sapphire do you picture the midnight blue of Princess Diana, and now Catherine Middletons engagement ring? Sapphires have been long associated with royalty and romance and are also said to symbolize fidelity and the soul.

But did you know that Sapphires come in nearly all the colours of the rainbow (apart from red)?

It was believed in ancient Greece and Rome that blue sapphires protected their owners from harm and envy. Clerics of the Middle Ages wore sapphires because they symbolized Heaven. The Ancient Persians believed the earth sat on a giant sapphire, which made the sky blue. In medieval times it was believed that sapphies could cure plague boils and also give protection against poisoning!

A lot of supposed properties for a stone in the corundum family!

Found in Kashmir, Myanmar, Sri Lanka as well as Australia, Thailand, Cambodia and the US (in Montana) Sapphires are perfect for rings and other high wear jewellery due to their hardness (9 on the Mohs scale).

The best way to care for your sapphires is to use warm soapy water and a soft toothbrush - no need for harsh cleansers or dips.

 

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