Sapphire, the September birthstone, has been popular since the Middle Ages and, according to folklore, will protect your loved ones from envy and harm. Medieval clergy wore sapphires to symbolize heaven, while commoners thought the gem attracted heavenly blessings. Blue sapphires range from very light to very dark green or violet blue, as well as various shades of pure blue. The most prized colors are a medium to medium dark blue or slightly violet blue. Sapphire is a variety of the gem species corundum and occurs in all colors of the rainbow. Pink, purple, green, orange, or yellow corundum are known by their color (pink sapphire, green sapphire). Ruby is the red variety of corundum. White sapphires can appear to be just as natural as a true diamond offering the same beauty and lifelong value.
Caring for your sapphire jewelry is a simple process that will ensure that your gemstone maintains its beautiful sparkle. The best way to keep your gem clean is to bring it to your local Helzberg Diamonds store for a complimentary cleaning and inspection. At home, you can brighten your sapphire jewelry by gentling wiping the gemstone with a jewelry polishing cloth and warm water.