Monday, April 20, 2009

Fascinating Facts About Sapphires

Sapphires, are one of the most sought after of gemstones. With their glorious shades of blue, the most precious being cornflower, sapphires have been attributed as the gems of kings and emperors because of their protective powers. They wore them around their necks for these reasons.
They also symbolize loyalty, friendship, faith and intelligence.
You often hear people describing sapphires as sky blue or as blue as the ocean. Blue sapphires range in shade from very pale blue to very dark--almost black.

Sapphires, however, also come in other popular colors--pink, orange, yellow, green, purple, even colorless. They belong to a variety of gems called corundums.

On the Moh's scale of hardness, they are a 9, second to the diamond, which is the perfect 10.

To what do they owe their majestic blue color to? Two simple minerals--iron and titanium.

Oh, yes, it is also a very calming stone. So if you have had a rough day, put on your favorite sapphire jewelry, close your eyes, sit back and relax.....



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