SEPTEMBER BIRTHDAYS - SAPPHIRES
Sapphires are your birthstone and the gemstone representing the 5th and 45th wedding anniversaries. In ancient times, sapphires were believed to influence spirits, protect from capture and make peace between enemies. They were also thought to clear the mind and skin, cure fevers, colds, eye diseases and ulcers. Sapphires are among the rarest of all precious gemstones.
The most sought after sapphires have a medium intense vivid blue color which will hold under any lighting. The “cleaner” the stone (having few to no inclusions or tiny flaws), the more valuable the stone is. As with all gemstones, the four “C’s” come into play with pricing and purchasing sapphires. Color (hue, tone and saturation), clarity (the amount of inclusions or blemishes present), cut (cutting angles and proportions of the stone) and carat weight (the actual weight of the stone). Sapphires are available in round brilliant cut, oval cut, emerald cut, trillion cut, square or princess cut, baguettes, and cabochon (flat on the bottom with a smooth domed top). Star sapphires are cabochon shaped with white rays through the stone that appear to be a star. These sapphires are rare and popular for gent’s rings. Sapphires are available in just about every color imaginable, except red. A red sapphire is actually a ruby! Rubies and sapphires are a gem variety of corundum. The trace elements found in these stones are what give them their beautiful color.
Sapphires can be heat treated at high temperatures to improve their color or clarity. There is usually no price difference between a natural and a heat treated sapphire. Approximately 90% of sapphires on the market today are heat treated. They are the toughest and most durable gemstone available on the market. On the Mohs (scratch resistance) scale the sapphire is rated a 9, diamond being the hardest with a rating of 10. The durability of sapphires will ensure enjoyment for generations to come. Stop by and let us show you our beautiful collection of sapphires and/or bring yours in for a free inspection, clean and polish.
Alexandrite If you love magic, especially the magic of science, you'll love Alexandrite, the color-change gem. Outside in daylight, it is a cool bluish mossy green. Inside in lamplight, it is a red gem with a warm raspberry tone. You can watch it flick back and forth by switching from fluorescent to incandescent light. The value of the gemstone increases as the color change becomes more distinct.
It is truly spellbinding to see the spectacular changing colors in this wonderful gemstone; you just might feel some of the mysterious magic and lore ascribed to it. It's said to strengthen intuition, aid in creativity and inspire the imagination.
Originally discovered in Russia's Ural Mountains in the 1830s, it's now found in Sri Lanka, East Africa, and Brazil, but this gem is exceptionally rare and valuable.