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The Stone of Wisdom and Royalty

Lyle Sopel -

Dear Collector Friend,

sapphire

The insatiable gem lover and collector  knows that one of the most magnificent and sought after gemstones on this earth is the brilliant Sapphire. The stone of wisdom, prophecy, and royalty; unmatched in beauty, purity, rarity, and endurance. Theses are the ultimate qualities of this most highly prized gemstone. The most valuable color of the Sapphire is the cornflower blue – known as ‘Kashmir Sapphire’ or ‘Cornflower Blue Sapphire’. Another extremely valuable Sapphire form is the very rare, orange-pink ‘Padparadschah’ ( A name that comes from the Sanskrit word for lotus flower) along with an exotic type of sapphire, known as ‘Color Changing’ Sapphire which displays a different color depending on its lighting. In natural light, color Changing Sapphire is blue, but in artificial light, the color shows as violet.

Sapphire is a tenacious and robust gem, and the only natural gemstone harder than Sapphire is the Diamond and because of this hardness, sapphire also has industrial uses –  recently announced Apple Watch will feature lab-created sapphire glass in its screen… Despite this, Sapphire is still subject to chipping and fracture if handled too roughly, and special care should always be taken to ensure it is properly managed at all times. This gemstone can also be quite easily fabricated and to the untrained eye can still look very real. The elegant sapphire was first synthesized in 1902. The process of creating synthetic Sapphire is known as the ‘Verneuil process.’ Only expert gemologist are capable of distinguishing between natural and manufactured Sapphire.

The most essential sources for sapphire are in Sri Lanka, Burma, Kashmir, Madagascar, Thailand and Australia. Although, Australia is more recognized for opal, they are massive exporters of sapphire as well, with a substantial portion of the material being heated and cut in Thailand. Many of the sapphire sold as Thai gems are actually mined in Australia.

The sapphire is a gemstone variety of the mineral corundum, an aluminium oxide. Throughout the ages, sapphires and many other heavy minerals were conveyed and amassed in layers and tend to be concentrated in ‘runs’ along particular channels around Asia and Australia.

Aluminum Oxide – as it is known in mineralogy, is formed by volcanic processes deep in the earth and the high pressure and temperature conditions of  the metamorphic processes. As liquid magma deep within the earth slowly cools the minerals dissolved within cools down into crystals. The purest and most translucent forms of corundum are forged by recrystallization of minerals during the metamorphosis of igneous rocks. It is an action that takes millions of years and only a few places in the world have rock outcrops where these scarce crystals are brought to light by weathering.

Throughout history diverse cultures have indicated the sapphire holds mystical capabilities within itself. In archaic times it was believed that sapphires protected those who wear it from evil. In the middle ages, Europeans believed that sapphires cured eye diseases and preserved chastity.  Also known as a stone of wisdom, sapphire will help stimulate your mind and assist you in your truth seeking. They have also been used to symbolize faithfulness and nobility.

The notorious French Emperor Napoleon Bonaparte gave his dear Josephine a sapphire engagement ring in 1796. This ring sold at auction for close to $1,000,000.00 just last year. It features a pear shaped sapphire next to a pear-shaped diamond, on a simple gold band. But the most distinguished royal sapphire today is the engagement ring given to Lady Diana Spencer in 1981 by England’s Prince Charles. It is now worn by Princess Catherine. The ring features an 18-carat oval blue sapphire surrounded by a myriad of diamonds.

This remarkable gemstone possess so many positive attributes, they have been cherished throughout the course of time for healing, wisdom and for their distinct unmistakable beauty. The sapphire has adorned the hands and necks of royalty and aided those who are in need of authenticity. If you need to enhance your focus or gain more self discipline, perhaps try wearing or carry a Sapphire close to you daily.

Tilmorrow,
Art, Nature, and Beauty Always,

LYLE

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