15 Facts About Sapphire Gemstones

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Blue Sapphire Gemstone

In this blog article I am taking a quick look at some facts behind my favorite gemstone, the sapphire. There is a lot of history behind this colorful and valuable gemstone. To better understand the beauty of a sapphire let's take a look at its history, meaning and color options. Below is a list of interesting facts about sapphires. 
    1. A sapphire is both the modern and traditional birthstone for the month of September.
    2. Sapphires come in a variety of rainbow colors - yellow, pink, white, blue and black - no red. 
    3. Sapphires are credited in folklore as being sacred, of conveying wisdom, prophecy and divine favor.
    4. In 1880 the sapphire was first discovered in the Himalayas in Kashmir.
    5. A sapphire is a one of the four precious gemstones. 
    6. A sapphire gemstone is rated a 9 on the Mohs scale which defines a gemstones durability based on a scale called the Mohs hardness scale. 
    7. The rarest color sapphires are padparadscha and cornflower blue.
    8. A sapphire is a rock forming mineral referred to as a Corundum -  a crystalline form of aluminium oxide containing traces of iron, titanium, vanadium and chromium. Sapphires take millions of years to form. 
    9. The Star of Adam - an oval blue star sapphire, weighing 1,404.49 carats is the largest sapphire on record.
    10. Most sapphires found in the US come from Montana. 
    11. Blue is the most common color sapphire.
    12. The most highly prized sapphire gemstones come from Kashmire, high up in the Himalayas. 
    13. A real sapphire will reflect the same color of the sapphire if you take a flashlight to the gemstone in total darkness - a fake sapphire displays other color reflections.
    14. A mermaid sapphire is the color teal.
    15. Only a diamond or Moissanite can scratch a sapphire.


    Jewelry Designer Lisa Ramos - MONOLISA Collection Handmade in California
    This blog post is written by California Jewelry Designer, Lisa Ramos
    A member of the IGS- International Gem Society. 

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