Fun Facts About Sapphire
Sapphire is undoubtedly one of the most sought-after gemstones in the world; here are some fun facts about this coveted gemstone that may surprise you!
- The sapphire stone is the September birthstone and the traditional gift for 7th and 8th wedding anniversaries.
- Lapis lazuli and zircon are close seconds as far as birthstones go, based on different world calendars, but they are less valued simply because they are lesser-known and don't have as rich of histories as sapphires.
- The September birthstone sapphire is beneficial to those who were born under Sagittarius, according to Western horoscope; it is nevertheless a powerful stone for Taurus, Aquarius, Virgo, and Libra as well.
- Sapphire is one of only six types of precious gemstones found on planet earth, sharing prestigious company with diamonds, opals, rubies, emeralds, and pearls.
- Sapphires are Second Only to Diamonds in Durability Diamond is the most durable naturally occurring element on earth and ranks as a 10 out of 10 on Mohs Scale of Mineral Hardness. Sapphires are also very durable and rank a 9 out of 10 on Mohs Scale; for this reason, sapphires are one of the few gemstones that make fantastic alternatives for engagement rings.
- Sapphire is a precious gemstone and one of the chemically pure varieties of corundum, an aluminum oxide mineral.
- Red sapphires are better known as rubies (both are varieties of the mineral corundum). If you take the mineral corundum and introduce the element chromium, it will result in a red gemstone – a ruby. However, if you take the same mineral and add iron and titanium, you’ll have a deep, blue sapphire.
- The presence of the mineral chromium gives pink sapphire its distinct pink hue. Pink sapphires are sometimes said to be lighter rubies because they contain the same trace elements in lower amounts. Pink sapphires come in various colors, ranging from delicate baby pink to intense magenta
- Some believe the word " Sapphire " originates from the Latin word sapphirus," meaning to darken or make dark. Others believe the Greek term for sapphire, sappheiros, was likely linked to lapis lazuli, a deep blue metamorphic rock used as a semi-precious stone.
- 10% of mined gemstones are sapphire crystals, which are about one million sapphires mined every year.
Sapphires have a higher density than a diamond does. This density means a 1ct sapphire will look smaller than a 1ct diamond.
- Sapphire gemstones come in enormous sizes, but their value depends on their color, clarity, and cut. Sapphire gems also come in a rainbow of colors aside from blue! Yellow, orange, green, pink, and even purple sapphires also exist.
- The trace amounts of certain elements determine the color; a classic blue sapphire contains traces of iron and titanium, whereas traces of chromium can turn the stone pinkish. A larger amount of chromium is responsible for turning a sapphire into a ruby.
- Padparadscha is the rarest sort of sapphire, a beautiful pinkish-orange gem that you can only obtain in Sri Lanka. The word padparadscha comes from the Sinhalese word for lotus flower, and they are usually found in Sri Lankan rivers.
- The three most famous regions for blue sapphire are Kashmir, Myanmar, and Sri Lanka. Sapphire are also mined in Cambodia, Thailand, Vietnam, and India.
- The blue sapphires from Sri Lanka, now referred to as Ceylon Sapphires (and Sri-Lankan Sapphires), are lighter, brighter, and more vivid than the dark blue sapphires that come from other countries.
- Most cornflower blue sapphires come from Kashmir, Sri Lanka (Ceylon), Myanmar (Burma), and Madagascar. Kashmir cornflower blue sapphires have the highest quality and are the most expensive.
- A unique phenomenon can occur in sapphires that are cut in a cabochon style, known as asterism. Inclusions in the stone can create a star pattern of rays that appears on the surface and is referred to as a “star sapphire.”
- Colour changing sapphires exist. We are as intrigued as you are. These types of sapphire exhibit different colors in different lighting, shifting from blue in the daylight to bluish purple at the night time under incandescent light
- Rubies are red; Sapphires are blue… There is no such thing as a red sapphire because that stone is a Ruby. They are almost the same gem, but with different trace elements that change the color.
- Most sapphire gems are heat-treated to help improve their color and clarity. Naturally clear sapphire crystals are incredibly rare and expensive!
- The world's biggest and most expensive sapphire is blue star sapphire named The Star of Adam, weighing 1,404.49 carats. The Star of Adam is worth at least $100 million.
- In Ancient Persia, the sapphire was hailed as the 'Celestial Stone' and thought to have great spiritual powers, such as turning the sky blue.
- In the Middle Ages, medieval kings wore royal blue sapphire stones, and many believed that the gems would protect them in battle.
- Sapphire stones are often associated with royalty.
- Another incredibly famous sapphire stone is the one given to Princess Diana, then Lady Diana Spencer, by Prince Charles in 1981. The engagement ring featured a whopping 12ct oval cut sapphire surrounded by diamonds! In 2010, Prince William gave the same ring to Catherine Middleton.
- In 1796, Napoleon Bonaparte gave his wife Josephine a diamond and sapphire engagement ring, which sold for close to a million dollars in an auction in 2013.
- Sapphire gemstones represent loyalty, trust, honesty, and purity.
- Besides sapphire jewelry, this beautiful blue gem has many unusual applications. Because sapphires are durable, they make watch crystals for the Apple watch series. This technology creates various electronic and scientific devices, a high-performance window, and a high-speed computer system.