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September Gemstones: Sapphire
Sapphire is the modern September birthstone and the gem designated for the 5th, 23rd and 45th wedding anniversary; a star sapphire is typically given on the 65th wedding anniversary. See other September birth stones: Traditional, Contemporary, Mystical, Ancient, Zodiac Star signs and anniversary gems.
Sapphire is a variety of the mineral species corundum. Sapphires occur in all colors of the rainbow with the exception of red, which is ruby. The name corundum comes from the ancient Sanskrit “kuruvindam”, while the name “Sapphire” comes from the Persian word “safir”, meaning “beloved of Saturn”, (or Greek sapphiros). It is noted in several texts that sapphire was the lapis lazuli of the ancient world, probably because the stones both have the same intense blue coloring. See jewelry made with sapphire.
Sapphire is mined in Australia, Sri Lanka and Thailand. Other producers are Burma, Kampuchea, Kenya and Tanzania. Sapphires are commonly heated to improve their color and reduce cloudiness that is caused by rutile inclusions. The rutile inclusions are responsible for the “star” or “cat’s eye” in star sapphires.
There are 12 different stones listed as birthstones for the calendar month of September, or as Sun/Star, Planetary, or Talismanic stones for the Zodiac sign of Virgo or Libra. Because these two Zodiac signs span part of August, both are listed in this table.
Sterling silver necklaces with wire wrapped.
Wire wrapping is one of the oldest techniques for making handmade jewelry. This technique is done with jewelry wire and findings similar to wire (for example, head-pins) to make components. Wire components are then connected to one another using mechanical techniques with no soldering or heating of the wire. Frequently, in this approach, a wire is bent into a loop or other decorative shape and then the wire is wrapped around itself to finish the wire component. This makes the loop
or decorative shape permanent. The technique of wrapping wire around itself gives this craft its name of wire wrapping.
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