Sapphire is made up of Corundum but is mixed with traces of many different elements. This is how we get such an array of colors within this one gemstone, from the standard royal blue we all know and love, to pink, yellow, purple, white, etc. White Sapphires can sometimes be mistaken for a Diamond. In fact, lots of people use white Sapphires in-place of a Diamond because it’s much more affordable and because of the similarities in color and hardness.
The name Sapphire originally came from the Latin word “Saphirus” and the Greek word “Sapherios” - both meaning “Blue”. The name can be roughly translated to “dear the planet Saturn” in many languages. The finest Sapphires are mined mainly in Sri Lanka but are also found in Australia, Kenya, Thailand, & Madagascar. Miners have even found Sapphires in Montana along the Missouri River, Rock Creek, Dry Cottonwood Creek and more!
This gemstone has always been associated with royalty. In the Middle Ages, Kings and Queens would wear sapphires for protection and to attract wealth. It is believed to enhance creativity, focus, and calm the mind, and remove any negative thoughts. Sapphire is considered the stone of love and commitment and encourages faithfulness and loyalty. Because of this notion, many couples are drawn to this gemstone for their engagement rings. It is also a traditional gift for the 45th wedding anniversary.
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