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Sunday, September 01, 2013
The Sapphire - September Birthstone
Sapphire is one of the hardest natural gemstones second only to diamond.

Sapphire's placement on the hardness scale is 9 Mohs std where diamond is at 10. It is very resistant to scratches and abrasions and is also very durable; a property it owes mainly to it being chemically inert. It is safe to wear around the house as it has a very high electric resistance and will not be affected by regular heating in the house such as when cooking. It will resist heat up to about 2053 degree centigrade.

Who would have thought that Aluminium Oxide could be so beautiful? Sapphire is a member of the corundum family with trace mineral elements that define the color that a particular stone will take. Sapphires range in color from blue to yellow, green, and even a plain color that is mostly mistaken for diamond. Sapphire is known to be pleochroic where it appears to have different colors when viewed from different angles. This is one of the coolest features of this gemstone as it gives it an exotic and glamorous feel.

The term Sapphire refers to the blue variety of this gemstone where other color varieties are termed as fancy sapphires. It is the birth stone of September and is usually given as a gem on the 5th and also the 45th wedding anniversaries- a tradition that is especially rife in America. It is also the gem for the Virgo zodiac sign. Sapphire was first processed in 1902 by Auguste Verneuil in a process that has since been adopted to produce sapphire in commercial scales.

Sapphire gemstones may be used to make different jewelry items such as engagement rings, bracelets, necklaces and even earrings. Depending on the cut you choose, sapphire may be presented in a variety of styles. The emerald, the brilliant, the mixed and the cabochon cut are some of the most popular cuts. Visit our store for a detailed guide and information on the different cuts for your stone. With our variant in sapphire gemstone colors, you have a large base from which to choose from. Be it a color to complement your lady's eyes, or to highlight her hair, you will be advised accordingly in our store.

If you are worried about the cost of the sapphire item that you require, this can be solved by checking our catalog. A point to note is that the cost of sapphire will be determined by the size, cut, color, clarity and the quality of the stone.


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