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Sapphire is September’s birthstone as well as the 5th and 45th wedding anniversary gemstone. The blue gem has roots in the Green sappheiros for Sappherine, the island where ancient Greek records say sapphires were discovered. The early Arabic safir and the Latin sapphirus also meant blue. In ancient Persian lore, the earth rested on a large sapphire whose reflection colored the skies, and in Hebrew tradition the Ten Commandments were written on sapphire tablets.

The sapphire gemstone has symbolized purity, wisdom and prophecy. Other properties include spiritual enlightenment and inner peace. Sapphire is believed to offer healing properties for rheumatism, colic, and mental illness. It is also considered an antidepressant and an aid to psychokinesis, telepathy, clairvoyance and astral projection.

Pale to indigo blue sapphires are preferred but the gem can occur in a variety of pinks, greens, yellows, purples and the rare orange-pink color called Padparadschah.

The world sources of sapphire are Thailand, Sri Lanka, Myanmar (Burma), Africa, and the US.

This lovely and delicate necklace features a natural color (not dyed) hand faceted sapphire drop. Iolite drips off to the side on sterling chain. The sapphire is 11.8 carat weight.

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