September already, how did that happen?? And so we come to Sapphire, the second hardest gemstone after diamond, scoring 9 on the Mohs Hardness Scale. Sapphire is the name given to any gem of the Corundum family except red, as these are classed as Ruby. While Corundum is not a rare substance, finding gem quality "rough", is difficult and is getting increasingly more so.
While we are all familiar with blue sapphire, the finest examples of which come from Kashmir and Burma, a large variety of other colours are available. These can range from near-colourless, sometimes known as leuko-sapphire, through to yellow green, violet, pink, and the very rare pinkish-orange of the Padparadscha sapphire.
The star sapphire is a rare variety that appears to have a six rayed star float across its surface. These gemstones contain very fine inclusions of rutile that, when aligned, produce this phenomenon known as asterism. The star is white except in star sapphire from Thailand, where it's gold. Anciet civilisations believed that star sapphire would protect travellers and were considered to be such a powerful talisman, that they would continue to protect the wearer, even after they had been passed on to another person.
So, if like me, your birthday is in September, why not stand out from the crowd and treat yourself to a beautiful sapphire that is not the traditional blue....