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Sapphire Jewelry: Where do they come from?

There are several mine deposits around the world that supply sapphires to the world. India, Myanmar, Thailand, Australia, and parts of Africa are just some of the locations. More recent discoveries have been found in Tanzania, Brazil and Madagascar.

Physical properties of Sapphire Jewelry

Sapphire is a variation of the mineral corundum, an aluminum oxide. But, it also contains beryllium and silicon along with trace elements that give them their traditional blues and fancy color. If these properties sound familiar, it is because ruby has the exact same make-up. With a little chrome, the red color comes out. It was decided that it would remain a ruby and every other color would be sapphires.

Another property of sapphire jewelry is pleochroism. Like topaz, sapphires exhibit a change in color as the stone is angled and position is changed. This is because the light waves length is altered and it refracts back to show a sometimes a subtle change and others, a definite change. From one angle, the stone may look cornflower blue but from another, it may appear purple.

Sapphire Jewelry: Traditional or Fancy?

From navy to cornflower to the palest of blue, sapphires are the definitive blue gemstone. The most valuable sought after hue in the jewelry industry is the Kashmir variety. It is not a dark dark blue one might expect to be the most prized stone. Actually, the Kashmir variety is a velvety blue with a hint of violet, also known as cornflower blue. But, everyone has a favorite shade no matter what the experts say.

That was the traditional sapphire. A fancy sapphire bracelet is not blue. They come in brown, yellow, pink, purple, white, orange and green. There is also the unique star sapphire with rays bursting from the center of the stone. Of all the colors, the rarest and most valuable is the “padparadscha,” and orange-pink color. These variations in color are a result of varying trace elements like iron and chrome in the ground at the time of formation. This is why some deposits only have stones for pink sapphire earrings while another mine just has blue.

Sapphire Jewelry: The Star Sapphire

This particular sapphire makes an excellent men's ring because it is cut in a cabochon instead of faceted. Very fine needle-like inclusions are uniformly arranged to burst from the center of the stone out into a starburst. This is called asterism and can come in 6 or 12 armed stars. Sapphire Jewelry Special occasions

The sapphire birthstone is designated for September. On the mystical chart it holds special properties for people born in May and on the Ayurvedic chart, it offers healing powers for those born in August.

If none of those apply, it is also the official gemstone of the 45th wedding anniversary. But, there really doesn't need to be a special occasion. With so many shades of blue and fancy colors to choose from, sapphire jewelry makes a great gift anytime of the year.

Sapphire Jewelry: Sapphire in history

In contemporary times, probably the most notable sapphire ring was the one Prince Charles gave to Diana Spencer, future Princess of Wales, for their engagement. This was also the beginning of a huge trend in colored gemstones as engagement rings instead of the traditional diamond.

But, the allure of the sapphire has been around for thousands of years. It is found in mythology and biblical history. The story goes that Prometheus stole fire from the gods to bring to his people. While doing so, he saw a sapphire, took it and wore it as his own. In the Bible, sapphire was one of the twelve gemstones worn by Aaron, the high priest in Exodus. Many cultures believe a (sapphire pendant) acts as a protective amulet.

Care and cleaning of Sapphire Jewelry

Sapphire jewelry is very durable and can and should be worn every day. It has a ranking of 9 on the Mohs scale of hardness, with only the diamond being harder. Soak pieces in warm water with mild soap and scrub the grime off with a soft toothbrush. An ultrasonic cleaner is also great for knocking the dirt and grime out of the setting removing the oils from the gem. Steam cleaners are fine to use as well.

Sapphires are one of the most popular gemstones in the world and one of the four original precious gems. Because of this, there doesn’t have to be a special occasion to give this fabulously versatile gem and there doesn't need to be a special occasion to wear it. Most everyone likes blue, but because there are color options, everyone can wear sapphires.