Sapphire: September's Vibrant Birthstone
Happy Birthday to all you September babies! You get to celebrate alongside these lovely ladies: Salma Hayek, Beyonce Knowles, Sophia Loren, Heather Locklear and Gwyneth Paltrow. Your birthstone, the serene sapphire, gives off calmness and serenity and it is sure to brighten your day.
The sapphire is considered one of the "big four" gems alongside diamonds, rubies and emeralds. It is a radiant gemstone that can be found around the world and it can even be found on Kate Middleton's royal engagement ring. So, make sure to get your own royal look!
What's in a name?
The sapphire has been around for thousands of years and it gets its name from the Greek word sappheiros which means "precious stone."
Sapphires do not only come in blue but they can also be found in a variety of other colors including pink, yellow, orange and purple. It is rated 9 on the Mohs scale, which is second only to diamonds which are rated at 10.
Where do Sapphires Come From?
Although there is no exact date that can be connected to the discovery of the sapphires, they can be found in many historical texts. Sapphires are mentioned in the bible several times and they are also mentioned in other ancient works. The sapphire has a large connection to Kashmir, India as well as the Roman Empire.
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