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Sapphire Facts

Chilton's Antiques Sapphire Facts

Sapphire is the birthstone of September and the zodiac of Taurus May 20th- April 20th. It is also used to celebrate the 45th wedding anniversary. Sapphire is the Greek word for blue. The hardness of the stone is 9 and is the second hardest stone after diamonds. Clerics and nuns wore sapphires as it was believed to encourage chastity and chill lust.

It is a popular belief that sapphires are always blue; however, this is not always the case. Sapphires come in a wide variety of colours and hues from deep blue to yellow, green, brown, pink, purple, orange and black. If there is no colour present in the stone, it is known as “white” or “colourless”.

Sapphire Origins

Australia is quite well known for this gemstone and has produced some amazing royal rich blues colours that are extremely sort after in today’s market. Parti coloured sapphires are from Inverell Northern NSW up to Emerald in Queensland. These stones are bi & tri-coloured with yellow, green, blue all seen in the one stone.

These stones are a speciality of mine as I often fly to Emerald in Queensland to buy directly from small miners amazing quality stones. Anything on the market over 3ct is considered very rare in today’s environment.

Brilliant Sapphire

One fascinating fact as I’ve mentioned that make sapphires so exciting is they just don’t come in blue. It comes in a rainbow of colours. Sapphire is from the corundum family group of gemstones and comes in this wide colour pallet. There are only a few other types of gemstones that can do that making sapphire rare unique.

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About Elizabeth Stevens

As the Principal of Chilton's Antiques and with close to 30-years experience in the industry, CINOA, AAADA and NCJV noted expert, Liz Stevens is a consummate professional. Lecturing and writing papers on Gemology and Antique pieces internationally, as well as hosting a 7-year running Antiques Radio Show on 2UE.