Change is in the air! Literally. As I write this, Florida is hunkering down, preparing for Hurricane Irma. I sit in North Carolina waiting to see if we will be in the direct path ourselves. So in comes the cool air as Summer fades in the not so distant past. September brings a warm and cool mixture.
I wrote this short poem a year ago:
The bluest skies I’ve ever seen,
Are within September days,
A perfect mixture of Summer and Fall,
While leaf and Summer fades.
Blue is a cool color. It is fitting then that the birthstone for September is Sapphire. The month brings cooler air and a cool colored birthstone!
I’d like to explore a few blue gemstones. Especially if the only blue gemstone you were aware of was Sapphire.
Tanzanite is used as a relatively cheap gemstone, where it can substitute for the far more expensive sapphire after undergoing artificial heat treatment to form a deep blue coloration. Naturally formed tanzanite is rare and is endemic only to the Mererani Hills.
Kyanite is a mineral used to make porcelain, as an abrasive, and occasionally as a gemstone. Kyanite normally gets its name from Greek word called as “Kyanos” denoting Blue. One of the popular colors of the kyanite jewelry is the vibrant blue and it is similar to that of the regal shade of sapphire.
Traditionally, blue diamonds came from India, where they have been worn for many years. However, many blue diamonds now come from South Africa and blue diamond jewelry can be bought in countries across the world in various settings and styles.
Swarovski is the finest crystal made in my opinion. Swarovski is an Austrian producer of crystal headquartered in Wattens, Austria. The company is split into three major industry areas: the Swarovski Crystal Business, that primarily produces crystal jewelry and accessories is one of those industries. The crystal in the center of the above photo is called a ‘Pave’ crystal. You’ll sometimes find them on earrings. Especially on hoops.
So last but not least,,,grabbing the center of attention is the BLUE sapphire. Sapphire is a gemstone, a variety of the mineral corundum, an aluminium oxide. It is typically blue in color, but natural “fancy” sapphires also occur in yellow, purple, orange, and green colors!
Hopefully I’ve sparked your interest in gemstones. Stick around and I’ll share more interesting facts about the jewelry, fashion and color world as I learn them myself!