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Pink Sapphires

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Pink sapphires are one of the most sought after stones these days. They have a variance in color from light pink to shocking pink. The lighter tones are much more difficult to find and are more expensive. High quality shocking pink sapphires are also becoming increasingly rare. Price per carat will vary based on the shade of pink and the clarity of the stone. The finest pink sapphires come from Sri Lanka. Pink sapphires make a great gift for Valentines Day or anniversaries.

Mythology and Folklore

Sapphires symbolize sincerity and faithfulness. It is believed that sapphires focus the wearer’s loving and healing energy and promote beauty and intuition. Pink sapphire also symbolizes loyalty, sincerity and truth.

Famous Sapphires

The Delhi Purple Sapphire

The Delhi Purple Sapphire is a gemstone that is believed by many to be cursed. The stone was first looted from the Temple of Indra, located at in Kanpur in India in 1857 and brought to the UK by Bengal cavalryman Colonel W. Ferris. While in possession of the gem stone the soldier and his family lost all their wealth and suffered constant bad health. A close friend who kept it for a short while committed suicide shortly afterwards.

The last person to own the purple sapphire was Edward Heron-Allen, a close friend of the writer Oscar Wilde. The stone was passed on to him in 1890 and trouble befell him almost immediately. On two occasions he gave the stone to friends who had begged him for it. One of them, a singer, immediately lost her voice, which never returned. The other is said to have suffered numerous personal disasters. Heron-Allen even claimed to have cast the cursed stone into a canal only to have it returned to him several months later by a dealer who had purchased it from a dredger. Fearing for the life of his newborn daughter, in 1904 Heron-Allen had the stone locked away in a bank vault with instructions that his bankers keep it there until after his death.

  • Hardness: 9
  • Specific Gravity: 3.95–4.03
  • Refractive index: 1.762–1.778
  • Birthday: May
  • Anniversary: 10th year

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