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Six Facts About Sapphires

A stunning shade of blue, Sapphires is among the most beautiful and precious gemstones in existence. They are also the September birthstone so if you are a September born, this is your chance you learn some intriguing facts about your birthstone.

1: THERE ARE DIFFERENT KINDS OF SAPPHIRE:

Despite popular belief, sapphires don’t just come in that beautiful shade of blue. There are in fact other kinds of sapphires in all colours of the rainbow, including the Padparadscha, which is the rarest gemstone in the category and is a stunning shade of pink-orange. There are however, no red sapphires as these are what we call rubies. They are made from the same components in a sapphire but aren’t included in the same category.

2: SAPPHIRES ARE VERY DURABLE:

Sapphires are an extremely durable gemstone that has been in existence for thousands of year. In earlier times, a lot of royal jewellery including tiaras, necklaces etc. comprised of this beautiful blue gem. The ancient Romans would polish them and hand them down generation to generation. Even today the Queen’s personal collection of precious jewellery contains a lot of sapphires.

3: SAPPHIRES ARE THE SECOND HARDEST ELEMENT:

After diamonds, Sapphires have been found to be the second hardest element on Earth. They are hence very strong and aren’t easily damaged, a reason for their durability over the years. However, if roughly handled it can cause them to get slightly chipped or tainted which can take away from the beauty of the jewel. Thus, they need to be properly maintained, polished and taken care of.


4: SAPPHIRES GET THEIR COLOUR FROM TRACE ELEMENTS:

Sapphires get their rich colour from the trace elements in the mineral corundum. When it contains iron and titanium, it turns to blue and traces of chromium turns it pink and finally, the presence of even more chromium turns it red to form rubies.


5: SAPPHIRES HAVE BEEN SAID TO HAVE SOME MYSTIC POWERS:

From time immemorial, various different cultures have attached certain mystic powers to sapphires. For instance, in ancient times, sapphires have been believed to protect its wearers from evil forces which is why many kings wore the deep blue stone to protect them from their enemies. The Europeans also believed that sapphires cured eye diseases. The stone has also said to symbolise nobility, chastity and faithfulness.

6: THE MOST FAMOUS SAPPHIRE IN EXISTENCE TODAY IS OWNED BY THE BRITISH ROYALTY:

The most famous sapphire in existence today is Lady Diana’s engagement ring, which is a 12-carat sapphire set in a cluster of diamonds and was personally chosen by her perhaps because sapphires are among her favourite gemstones or because it reminded her of her mother’s engagement ring. The ring was further handed down to Princess Catherine by Prince William on their engagement and is now a treasured and renowned piece of jewellery.

7 Facts About Gemstones

The mineral wealth of the earth has been converted into beautiful gemstones for millennia. Within that time gemstones have garnered a rich history partly in thanks to their value and rarity. Here are some facts that come from this history.

  1. Cleopatra’s Favorite Gemstone

The Egyptians were known to love green gemstones. But due to the limited technology of the time, people had a hard time telling the difference between the two green gemstones- emeralds and peridots. It was quite common to find people owning emeralds thinking it was a peridot and vice versa. Cleopatra was known for favouring the peridot over the emerald though she loved both of them. It is thought that she may have been adorned with emeralds thinking they were peridots.

  1. The Softest Gemstone In The World

The lightest and softest gemstone in the world is called amber. It is so light that it can float on salt water. It is stone that gets formed from sap and resin from prehistoric trees. But only fossilised material as old as 30 million years are considered to be amber. Any jewellery made from amber is usually always made from Baltic amber, the strongest type of amber known.

  1. The Hardest Stone In The World

The hardest stone in the world is the diamond. It is so hard that only another diamond can cut it and is considered to be hardest a gemstone can be with a 10 on the Moh hardness of gemstones. This is why it is possible to regularly wear diamond engagement rings and not have it damage over regular use.

  1. Pearls And Time

Pearls are very popular among people probably because of their relative cheapness and beauty. They are arguably as beautiful as other gemstones. But it takes between a year and three years for a mollusc to produce a single pearl. When cultivated, pearl farmers take a small piece of shell or a bead called the nucleus and inserts into the mollusc and then waits for a couple of years to harvest it.

  1. The Most Colourful Gemstone in the World

The title of the most colourful gemstone in the world is held by two stones- Opal and Tourmaline. Tourmaline is also called the Rainbow gem as it is the only gem known to come in all colours. Opals are found both colourless or with flashes of colours within the usual black or white background appearance.

  1. The Largest Gemstone in the World

The largest weighed gemstone in the world is a Topaz found in Brazil weighing in at a whopping 37,000 carats.

  1. Sapphires Aren’t Just Blue

Sapphires are commonly known for their vibrant blue colour. But in fact, sapphires can come in all sorts of colours ranging from blue to yellow, pink and many others.

A Guide to Diamonds

Diamonds are the go-to choice for engagements rings because of their unrivalled beauty and value. They are used to signify the undying love two people have for each other. But there is a lot to know about diamonds before buying one from the store. This article is a beginner’s guide to the world of diamonds and how to identify the ballpark value of the stone.

When buying diamonds it is important to keep the 4C’s of diamonds in mind- Cut, Clarity, Colour and Carat. We will go through these four briefly to get a better idea of where the value of diamonds come from.

  • Cut:

The cut of a diamond greatly affects how much light it reflects from the facets of the diamond. A good cut diamond will be able to reflect more light than a one which is cut improperly and the sparkle, which diamonds are known for, will be absent. When talking about the cut, three main attributes must be there to signify a good cut.

  • Brilliance: This refers to how much light is able to be reflected off the diamond.
  • Fire: This refers to the flashes of colour reflected off of the diamond
  • Scintillation: This refers to the amount of sparkle produced by a diamond.

If cut properly, a diamond will show all these three properties. Keep in mind, the cut does not mean shape as different shapes can show all these properties as well.

  • Clarity:

Clarity of a diamond is used to refer to the number of inclusions a diamond has. An inclusion is a natural flaw inside the diamond that was created when the diamond was being formed deep inside the earth. A stone with fewer inclusions will be worth more than with more inclusions. Fewer inclusions mean that more light is able to be reflected off the diamond without the impurities blocking it. Very rarely, a diamond is found that is free of flaws called a flawless diamond and are usually extremely expensive.

  • Colour:

Unless you prefer coloured diamonds, the stones which lack colour usually cost more. The diamonds are graded on a scale which goes from D to Z which go from colourless to lightly coloured. Truly coloured diamonds are graded on a different scale. Generally, if you want a colourless diamond look for ones graded D, E or F.

  • Carat:

Carat refers to the weight of a diamond. A carat equates to around 200 milligrams and is considered 100 points. A diamond weighing 0.5 carats thus would be 50 points. This aspect of a diamond is not as important as the other three as it does not have any bearing on the actual shine and sparkle of the diamond.

When buying a diamond make sure to get it from a reputable diamond seller and also make sure to get the certification which tells you its grade. This certificate is important for appraisal purposes. You should also consider getting the diamond from a seller who gives the best value for money all while not compensating on cut, clarity, colour and carat.

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