Sapphires have traditionally been associated with truth, sincerity and nobility. For centuries the sapphire has been used to adorn royalty. It is the blue stone that all blue gems are measured against. It represented the heavens to clergy and protected the royalty of ancient civilisations from harm and envy. Commonly when we think of a sapphire, the colour that comes to mind is blue; however there is an array of colours from yellows and greens to violets.
The term sapphire is derived from the Greek word ‘sapphius’ meaning ‘blue’. The sapphire belongs to the corundum family of minerals, the same as a ruby. Basically all corundum stones other than the ruby are referred to as sapphires.
The typical colour of a sapphire is blue, ranging from corn-flower blue and royal blue to light blue. Fancy sapphires refer to the violet, green, orange, pink, golden, purple and intermediate hues. The most sought after sapphires are the corn-flower blue usually extracted from the Kashmir region.
Sapphires are the birthstone for September and represent the 5th, 40th and 70th jubilee wedding anniversaries.
Reduced deposits of quality coloured gemstones and the demand for specific quality grades has led to the introduction of treatments. It has become common for coloured gemstones to be treated, although some processes are more acceptable than others. Sapphires are usually treated with heat to enhance their colour.
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The region became culturally distinguishable from the Lowlands from the later Middle Ages into the modern period.