Sapphire is the most precious and desirable gemstone due to its colour and lustre. It has some amazing qualities.
Do you know where the term Sapphire came from?
The word Sapphire is derived from the Latin word sappheiros which means blue. Sapphire is a precious gemstone falls under the family of Corundum. It is typically blue in colour (which is also known as Neelam) but this stone comes in more colours such as yellow, pink, star sapphire and fancy coloured sapphires. The colour of the gemstones depends upon the hue. It is very desirable gemstone due to its excellent colour, hardness, durability and lustre. They are one of the most durable naturally occurring gemstone in the world.
Sapphire is The September birthstone which is relatively hard, ranking 9 on the Mohs scale. It has excellent toughness and no cleavage, which is a tendency to break when struck. Sapphire is an excellent choice for rings and other jewellery because of its hardness.
Where is Sapphire found?
It is mostly found in Kashmir, Myanmar (formerly Burma) and Sri Lanka. Significant quantities of the September birthstone have also been found in Australia, Thailand, Cambodia, Madagascar and the United States (Montana), among other countries in Asia and Africa.
As we all know there are different birthstones for different months, so Sapphire is considered as the birthstone of September. This stone is associated with loyalty, truth, nobility, faithfulness, sincerity, soul, royalty and romance. People wore Sapphires in the Middle ages because it symbolized heaven. In today’s life people also wear Sapphire because it has its own benefits.
Benefits of Sapphire:
Blue Sapphire is the gemstone of Saturn as per Vedic Astrology. Saturn has the power that will make or break an individual’s life. Sapphire brings wealth, good health, prosperity, happiness, mental piece. It is also a symbol of energy and healing. In chakra theory, sapphire is said to help open the third eye to receive wisdom and insight, as well as the throat chakra, which allows you to communicate that vision to others. Some additional benefits are mentioned below.
Some of the benefits are mentioned below:
- It brings Name and fame in one’s life.
- Blue sapphire helps to reduce the mental pressure, anxiety, confusion and helps in good decision making.
- Sapphire Stone is a highly protective gemstone. It helps in protection from enemies, evil eye, hexing, jealousy etc.
- This stone helps in bringing great wealth, boost your financial system.
- It clears all the negativity around you so that you can’t feel stressed.
- Sapphire has some health benefits also, it helps in digestion, makes you feel less lethargic.
- It has excellent healing abilities to soothe the senses and blesses with calmness.
Wearing this birthstone will bring you a lot of happiness and positivity in life. People with horoscope; Taurus, Gemini, Virgo, Libra, Capricorn and Aquarius can wear this gemstone.
How to determine the quality of Sapphire?
There is no certain way to determine the quality of a stone. Natural sapphire is determined by few factors. They have certain features so that they are considered more valuable and of higher quality. It includes colour, clarity and cut of the this stone and sometimes by its hue also. The better the colour of stone the better quality. There is another way to choose a high quality stone is to choose a synthetic stone (which is manmade), which have less imperfections than a natural Sapphire.
There are few methods to study the quality of Gemstones.
- Looking at the Colour
One needs to study the colour of the stone to know whether its quality is good or not. Firstly, we need to look for the purity of colour which means the stone which has uneven colour is not considered as good quality gemstone. One should look for sapphires that are saturated with a single colour. Secondly, the tone of Sapphire tells us a lot about the quality of stone. The darker the tone, the better is its quality. Light coloured Sapphires are not considered as good. Choose Sapphires with less inclusion that allows you to see through it.
2. Shape and Cut
The most important to check whether the gemstone has good quality or not is determining the cuts in it. There are different types of cuts in gemstones. The cuts should be symmetrical which means it should be visually balanced. The most used cuts in Sapphires are emerald cut and marquise cut.
Not many people know about the true nature of a gemstone’s journey from the mine to the counter of a store. Whether the gem is being offered to consumer’s at a traditional jewelry store’s counter, an internet shopping site, or a television broadcast the journey always involves a great deal of effort. Countless hours of labor are needed to being a gem from mine to market.