Gem of the Month — September

Sapphire - in all its rainbow of colors - is the gem given to those born in September or those born under the sign Aquarius. Those who celebrate their 5th, 7th, 10th, and 45th wedding anniversary find the brilliant blue color of sapphire to make a perfect gift in representation of faith, and steadfast commitment of their relationship.

Many believe that the darker the stone's color, the more valuable the gem. In many cases that is not true. Sapphire is one such example where the best and most valuable color is a mid-toned hue. In the case of blue sapphire it is the vibrant "cornflower" color that is most prized. Several countries produce gem quality Sapphire, including the United States, Asia, Australia, and East Africa.

History:
The Ancients believed that blue sapphire hilding in its depths the power of the sea and sky - had influence over the spirit world. Also, among its reputed powers was the ability to make peace between warring parties. The calming influence of blue has also made it an it an enduring symbol for loyalty and trust - one reason that women around the world choose sapphire for their engagement rings. Sapphire is believed to offer healing properties for rheumatism, colic, and mental illness. It is also considered an antidepressant and an aid to psychokinesis, telepathy, clairvoyance and astral projection.

Scientific Information:
Gem Species: Corundum
Hardness: 9
Quality:
Commercial 2: commercial quality; variation in color; included
B: dark navy; little or no color zoming; slightly included; good cut
A: medium to dark navy; little or no color zoning; slightly included; good brilliance; good cut; good polish
AA: medium to royal blue; eye clean; good brilliance; good cut; good polish
AAA: medum navy to royal blue; eye clean; good brilliance; excellent cut; excellent polish


Ceylon - A: medium light to medium blue; little or no color zoning; good cut; good polish
AA: medium to dark blue; little or no color zoning; good cut; good polish

- Color Variations: blue (most commonly seen), pink, yellow, green, black, white, brown, orange, and purple

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