Sapphire is the birthstone for September and the gem of the 45th wedding anniversary. This regal gemstone has a rich and interesting history dating back to 800BC. Kings and queens in ancient Rome and Greece believed that their blue sapphires would protect them from harm and envy.
Deep blue sapphires have also been referenced across history as a symbol of paradise, leading people to believe that the gemstone would attract blessings from heaven.
While it is an emblem of power and strength, sapphire also represents kindness and good judgement.
Sapphire is a variety of corundum, an aluminium oxide mineral that comes in a wide assortment of colours. The most treasured are a rich dark blue, but they can also be found in pink, orange, green and yellow – what we know as a ‘ruby’ is actually a red sapphire.
After diamonds, sapphires are the second hardest gemstone in the world, making them durable and ideal for everyday wear.
Perhaps the most talked about sapphire of recent years is the one worn by the Duchess of Cambridge in her engagement ring. The ring features a 12 carat oval blue sapphire surrounded by fourteen diamonds and originally belonged to Princess Diana.
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