Although blue is their most well known color, sapphires are made up of any color of corundum except for red. Sapphires may also be colorless, but they are additionally found in shades of gray and black. Geographically, these gemstones are found in Australia, Thailand, Sri Lanka and Madagascar. In North America, they are found near the Missouri River or in the beautiful state of Montana.
Today sapphires are said to render black magic harmless and give the wearer insight into he future. They are also said to posses healing qualities, holding power to cure decease and serious ailments of the body. Lastly they intensify purity of thought and devotion, while healing deceases of the brain and stomach.
Stronger than granite or marble, this gemstone's durability has made in very popular throughout history. Thanks to their hardness (9 on the Mohs scale), sapphires are easier to care than most gems. They only require casual care, but as with everything jewelry, always beware of perfumes and chemicals.
When purchasing a sapphire piece, know that the value depends on the size, color and transparency. With these gemstones, the place of origin also takes on a very special role. The most valuable one are the genuine Kashmir stones. Burmese sapphires come in as a close second, and third are the ones from Sri Lanka. Make sure you never buy any sapphire that has undergone a chemical process and that the seller give you a certificate of authenticity.