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columnlogoFrom Out Of The Blue

September’s birthstone comes in a host of colors other than its signature violet-blue.  Sapphire, which is a variety of the gem species corundum (along with ruby), comes in just about every color of the rainbow, from yellow and green to pink and purple. In addition, white sapphire has been used as a substitute for the more brilliant diamond. In the more popular blue color, sapphire is a time-honored selection for engagement rings in Europe. Perhaps the most spectacular and familiar example of this is the 12-carat oval blue sapphire surrounded by 14 solitaire diamonds that Prince Charles gave to Lady Diana Spencer in 1981. You might say that blue sapphire is fit for a princess.

P.S. Sri Lanka (formerly Ceylon) is the world’s largest producer of sapphires over 100 carats in weight.

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