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Sapphire is September’s birthstone. Few people realize that this gemstone is available in every colour imaginable, except for red. Although the intense velvety blue hues of the Sri Lanka and Kashmir sapphires were traditionally the most sought-after, beautiful yellows, pinks, purples have become more popular.
As a member of the corumdum gem family, sapphire is related to the red ruby.
Sapphires were originally obtained in Sri Lanka and Kashmir. Today, they can be found in India, China, Madagascar, the US, Australia and Africa.
There are numerous legends associated with sapphires. The ancient Persians believed the earth rested on a giant sapphire. Other early cultures wore the stone as protection against poisoning. Sapphires have also symbolized truth, sincerity and constancy.
Stones of poorer colour were often re-buried, as it was believed they were un-ripe and would improve with more time in the ground. Scientific discovery revealed stones would deepen in colour when baked or heat-treated.
No special care is required to maintain the beauty of a sapphire. As they are quite durable, regular cleaning methods are suitable.
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