September is here! Time for windy breezes, crunchy leaves, and of course – sapphire! Sapphire is the birthstone for September, as well as a traditional celebratory stone for 5th and 45th anniversaries.
From a styling point of view, September babies have it made! Not a fan of navy blue? No problem! Sapphires come in virtually every color – four of which (pink sapphire, yellow sapphire white sapphire and blue sapphire) are are waiting to come to life in your next piece on gemvara.com!
A Sapphire is technically the non-red variety of corundum (the red variety of corundum is ruby) and is the second hardest natural mineral. Sapphires are mined from a variety of locations across the globe: Thailand, Sri Lanka, Madagascar, Tanzania and Australia, United States, Cambodia, Nigeria, Kenya and China! Perhaps the most famous sources for sapphires are the Kashmir region of India, and Burma.
The Largest sapphire ever mined is known as “The Logan Sapphire” coming in at 423 carats, which is roughly the size of an egg! It is also the heaviest mounted gem in the National Gem Collection.
Sapphires have been known to represent loyalty and dignity and a very popular gemstone for royalty! Which shouldn’t be surprising that the most well known piece of sapphire jewelry of the 20th century is former Lady Di – now Kate Middleton’s – blue sapphire engagement ring.