Friday, May 29, 2009

A Closer Look to Sapphire Gemstones

Admiration for gemstone is part of our personal life. A somewhat fulfilling appreciation to the beauty of nature that created undisputable jewels that made earth a precious one. Sapphire gemstones are one of its evidence.

History proved that over centuries sapphire gemstone are recognized for their beauty. The ancients from the land of Persia believed very strongly that our Earth; a rotund ball has its resting place in a giant sapphire. The prized ones among the gemstone sapphire are deep blue in color and it was his color, which led the ancients to believe that vast sky above us its color.

There are variety of sapphire gemstones color, but only red is not included for it would mean it was a ruby. The gemstone is like a rainbow present in color of almost every hue, it occurs in colors ranging from very light to dark blue to violets-blue, bluish-green, yellow, slightly reddish-orange, brown, nearly opaque black, colorless, pink and violet.

Sapphire basic material is known as Corundum, which is a colorless material, formed from aluminium oxide. The color blue results due to the addition of titanium and iron during the formation of the sapphire crystals. Crystals of sapphire are found as hexagonal bi-pyramids. Raw sapphire gemstones are usually water-worn, which gives them the appearance of miniature barrels.

Sapphires are said to give peace of mind, tranquility, happiness and spiritual enlightenment. It also symbolizes sincerity and faithfulness, and is an execellent choice for an engagement ring. When Prince Charles gave Princess Diana a sapphire engagement ring, couples all over the world were inspired to revive this ancient tradition.