SAPPHIRE – The birthstone of September

The birthstone of September The word sapphire has its roots in several languages, in the Arabic safir, the Latin sapphirus (meaning blue), and the Greek word sappheiros for the island of Sapphirine in the Arabian Sea where sapphires were found in ancient Grecian times. It was the gem of Apollo, Greek God of prophecy and was worn by worshipers visiting his shrine in Delphi to seek his help. It was used by ancient Etruscans as far back as the 7th century B.C. The best-known sapphires are the rich blue variety, but they actually come in every colour of the rainbow—including…

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