Steven DiFranco Jewelers

September Birthstone - Sapphire

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Sapphire is from the corundum family and is not only blue, but ranges from violet, green, yellow, orange, pink and purple. These other colors are generally known as fancy sapphires.  The only color from the corundum family that is not called sapphire is red (ruby). The legends behind sapphire are many.

Kings in ancient times believed it protected them from harm and envy. The Persians believed that the earth rested on a great sapphire, the color of which was reflected to give the sky its blue color.  It was also the symbol of truth and constancy.

  • Specific Gravity: 4.00

  • Refractive Index: 1.762-1.770

  • Hardness: 9

  • Color: Primarily blue, also come in pink, white, purple, and yellow

  • Countries of Origin: Australia, Burma, Sri Lanka, and Thailand.

  • Wedding Anniversary Gift: 15th year-Blue Sapphire, 30th year-Fancy Color Sapphire, 50th year-Golden Sapphire

Wearing Conditions: Sapphires can be safely worn on a regular basis, and do not require special precautions.

Cleaning Conditions: Sapphires can be cleaned by an ultrasonic or any store bought cleaner. The safest way to clean a sapphire is with a soft brush and soapy water