A Gemstone with Kaleidoscope of Colors
This sparkling gemstone occurs in a wide array of colors. The red color sapphire is known as “Ruby.” Sapphire and Ruby are from the same variety of mineral i.e. corundum. Traces of elements like iron, chromium, copper and magnesium gives corundum the colors like blue, red, yellow and purple respectively. The gemstones with the color other than blue are termed as fancy sapphire. In addition, the price of gemstone with blue color is high, compared to other colored ones. However, the value of Padparadscha – the orange-pink variety of this gem is greater than blue stones.
Symbol of Holiness, Wisdom, and Virtue
In early civilizations, kings and high clerics preferred this beautiful stone as their choice of gemstone since it represents divine favor. It decorated their robes for a long time. Also, the British Crown Jewels has large blue gems, as it symbolized wisdom and virtue. Often known as September birthstone, it is the gemstone for the sign of Taurus. It is also the traditional fifth and 45th wedding anniversary gift. In fact, Princess Diana wore a sapphire engagement ring, chosen by Prince Charles.