Bright and Brilliant
considered the ultimate blue gemstone, sapphire’s mood swings from the
coolest and quietest shades to the most vibrant and lusty blues
imaginable. And sapphire doesn’t stop there. You’ll discover some
sapphires – often referred to as fancy sapphires because they aren’t
blue – in shades of pink, purple, orange, yellow, gold and green,
ranging from soft pastels to vibrant hues that shout with excitement.
Varied and versatile – the choice is yours!
Sapphire, the celestial gemstone long associated
with the sky and the heavens, has been revered by humanity for thousands
of years. Symbolizing truth, honesty and faithfulness, sapphire is an
excellent choice for an engagement ring or any piece of jewelry given as
a gift of love. As with most gemstones, the finest sapphires, no matter
their color, are a vibrant hue with a medium tone. Extremely dark,
almost black sapphires and extremely pale sapphires are among the most
affordable. When shopping for a sapphire, let your own personal taste
Sapphire is the birthstone for September.
An important historical source of fine quality sapphire is the
Kashmir district of India in the Himalayas. Current sources include
Australia, India, Myanmar, Sri Lanka, Thailand and the United States.
Almost all sapphire on the market today has been heat treated to
improve its appearance. Heat-enhanced sapphire is very stable.
Sapphire is hard and durable. Sapphires can be cleaned using an
ultrasonic cleaning machine, any commercial jewelry cleaner or plain
soap and water using a soft brush. Be sure to rinse and dry your jewelry
thoroughly after cleaning.
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