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September’s Shimmering Blue Sapphire

September Birthstone: SapphireIf you’re lucky enough to be born in the changeling month of September, you’re familiar with the brilliant blue of the luxurious sapphire. What you may not know is that sapphire occurs naturally in many colors including pink, yellow, green, and purple. It also appears in nature as colorless — known as the white sapphire.

When you see a brilliant, dark-blue sapphire, you’re typically looking at a stone that’s been enhanced through a heat process to bring out the intensity of the hue. This stone is a form of the mineral corundum, which is an aluminum oxide. It’s the presence of the trace mineral titanium oxide that makes a sapphire blue. The color of the sapphire varies with the type of trace minerals that are present. If nature tosses in a pinch of chromium, for instance, a ruby will be produced instead of a blue sapphire.

Hence the enchanting, unpredictable appeal of this popular stone.

The blue sapphire is the official birthstone for those born in the month of September. It’s also a recommended gift for a 45th wedding anniversary. Some associate the blue sapphire with healing properties for mental illness. The brilliant blue is rumored to act as an antidepressant, and indeed, what woman could be sad when presented with a shimmering sapphire?

Blue sapphires are found all over the world, including in the United States and the Middle East. Some of the best and most-sought-after sapphires hail from mines in India and Burma because they already exhibit such intensity of color that heat treatment is not needed. Sapphires can also be cultivated in labs. These stones are synthetic and not as valuable as those mined from nature.

When it’s time to woo her with the magnificent blue sapphire, we have a generous collection from which to choose.

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