|Throughout history, sapphire has symbolized truth, sincerity and loyalty. It is also thought to bring peace, joy and wisdom to its wearer. Sapphires and rubies are the same mineral, Corundum. Corundum is the hardest substance on earth after diamond. Gem quality corundum which is red is called a ruby; in any other color, it is called a sapphire. Sapphires come in a wide range of colors and hues, with the most popular and valued color of Sapphire being blue. It has been said that sapphire enables the owner to tell the future and interpret oracles; and that sapphires refuse to shine for the wicked or impure. Sapphire is the birthstone for those who are born in September. It is regarded as the zodiac stone for Taurus.
|Colors:||While blue is the most traditional and classic color for sapphire, sapphire is actually found in a variety of different colors. Colors other than blue are often referred to as fancy sapphire, such as yellow sapphire, green sapphire or purple sapphire. An intense, rich pure cornflower blue is the most desirable color.|
|Shapes:||Ovals, cushions, and rounds are commonly seen, as are other shapes, such as fancy hearts, pears and emerald cuts. Sapphires exhibiting the star effect (asterism) are usually cut in cabochon.|
|Origin:||Sri Lanka, Burma, Thailand, Cambodia, Australia, United States, China, Kashmir, Nigeria, Kenya and Tanzania.|
|Care:||Protect from scratches, sharp blows and extreme temperature changes.|
|Notes:||As a talisman, Sapphire was thought to preserve chastity, discover fraud and treachery, protect its wearer from poison, plague, fever and skin diseases, and had great power in resisting black magic and ill wishes by another.|