Natural Sapphire GemstonesSapphire has been a symbol of sympathy, harmony, friendship, loyalty, truth, wisdom, virtue, faithfulness and holiness for long term. Thus the blue of the sapphire has become a color which fits in with everything that is constant and reliable. That is one of the reasons why women in many countries wish for a sapphire ring on their engagement.
The name Sapphire is derived from the Greek word "Sappheiros" and the Latin word "Sapphirus". Persian believed that the reflection of this gemstone that makes the sky look blue. This also leads to the assumption that the word sapphire comes from the Persian word ‘safir’, meaning ‘beloved of Saturn’.
Sapphire is beautiful, durable blue gemstone, called as the gemstone of the heaven for its blue color. It’s beautiful and durable, making it good for everyday wear. The sapphire belongs to the corundum group, the members of which are characterized by their excellent hardness (9 on the Mohs scale). They stand only next to diamonds in terms of hardness. Sapphires are easy to look after, requiring no more than the usual care on the part of the wearer.
This magnificent gemstone also comes in many other colors: not only in the transparent grayish-blue but also in the gloriously colorful play of light in a sunset – in yellow, pink, orange, purple and all colors of the spectrum other than red.. Sapphires really are gems of the sky, although they are found in the hard ground of our 'blue planet'.
Pink color sapphires have become the hot fashion trend in girls and women after J Lo are talked about pink diamond ring.
The gemstones in the corundum group consist of pure aluminum oxide which crystallized into wonderful gemstones a long time ago as a result of pressure and heat at a great depth. The presence of small amounts of other elements, especially iron and chrome, are responsible for the coloring, turning a crystal that was basically white into a blue, red, yellow, pink or greenish sapphire. However, this does not mean that every corundum is also a sapphire. For centuries there were differences of opinion among the specialists as to which stones deserved to be called sapphires. Finally, it was agreed that the ruby-red ones, colored by chrome, should be called 'rubies' and all those which were not ruby-red 'sapphires'.
A blue sapphire fits in best with a well balanced lifestyle in which reliability and temperament run together and there is always a readiness to encounter things new – as with the woman who wears it. The fact that this magnificent gemstone also comes in a large number of other colors was known for a long time almost only to insiders. In the trade, sapphires which are not blue are referred to as 'fancies'. In order to make it easier to differentiate between them, they are referred to not only by their gemstone name but also by a description of their color.
The gemstone sapphire is also known to possess magical and healing powers. It is believed to give a person a powerful defense against the spells. Gives the wearer the ability to tell the truth from the lies and to be able to see the happenings which are to take place in future. Sapphires keep people away from unwanted thoughts and bring peace, joy and wealth to people.
Sapphire is the birthstone for those born in September and the astrological stone for the zodiac sign Libra. Sapphire also happens to be an ideal gift for the 5th and 45th wedding anniversary. Sapphire is not only bought and celebrated by jewelry lovers in that month but in all months around the year.
Sapphires are found in India, Burma, Ceylon, Thailand, Vietnam, Australia, Brazil and Africa.
Their value depends on their size, color and transparency. With stones of very fine quality, these are, however, not the only main criteria, the origin of the gem also playing a major role. Neither is the color itself necessarily a function of the geographical origin of a sapphire, which explains the great differences in price between the various qualities. The most valuable are genuine Kashmir stones. Burmese sapphires are valued almost as highly, and then come the sapphires from Ceylon. The possibility of the gemstone's having undergone some treatment or other is also a factor in determining the price, since gemstones which can be guaranteed untreated are becoming more and more sought-after in this age of gemstone cosmetics. And if the stone selected then also happens to be a genuine, certificated Kashmir or Burmese, the price will probably reflect the enthusiasm of the true gemstone lover.