Sapphire: Sapphires can be found in a rainbow of colors. It was once believed that sapphires offered protection from harm and envy. Sapphires are considered to be calm and relaxing. Sri Lanka (formerly known as Ceylon) was the standard bearer of sapphire until the incredible discovery of extraordinary stones in Kashmir in 1880. Sadly, the Kashmir supply was essentially exhausted by 1930, leaving Sri Lanka as the location of the most beautiful sapphires. Sapphires are also regularly mined in Madagascar, Australia and Thailand. They come other colors such as red, orange, yellow, green, blue, purple and pink. Colors other than blue are referred to as "fancy sapphires". Sapphires are the traditional gift for the fifth (5th) and forty-fifth (45th) wedding anniversaries and the birthstone for September.Care of Sapphires: Sapphire jewelry may be cleaned with a soft-bristled brush or a cloth with plain or soapy water. Be sure to clean your jewelry regularly. Dirt and grime can easily build up underneath the stones and it is important to clean your rings especially from the underside to keep the stones looking clear and sparkly. Since sapphires are tough and durable, they can withstand most cleaning methods, but MJS does not recommend them. For example, steaming and ultrasonic cleaning will not damage sapphires, but these methods may loosen the setting, and subsequently, stones may fall out. Sapphires must not be put in boiling hot water. Avoid exposure to hairspray, perfume and chlorine, which can dull gemstones.
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