Sapphire, the birthstone of September, is most desired in its pure, rich blue color, but is present in almost every color including pink, yellow and green. In the middle ages the gem was believed to protect those close to you from harm and also represented loyalty and trust.
What’s the Best Way to Clean a Sapphire?
Sapphire is one of the hardest and most durable gemstones. In fact, it is second only to diamond on the Mohs Mineral Hardness Scale. Although most commonly known as a blue gemstone, sapphire occurs in a wide variety of colors, including pink, orange and golden-yellow.
The most valued blue sapphires are velvety blue to violet blue, in medium to medium-dark tones. The saturation should be as strong as possible without darkening the color and compromising brightness.
Recommended Cleaning Method for Sapphires
The best way to clean a sapphire is to clean it with Connoisseurs Dazzle Drops Advanced Jewelry Cleaner. Dispense 10 drops of the advanced jewelry cleaner into the cleansing container filled with water. Immerse the jewelry using the dipping scoop and use the small bristle brush to clean between the prongs and crevices. Rinse with lukewarm water and dry with a lint-free cloth. Also great for cleaning sapphires isConnoisseurs Precious Jewelry Cleaner and Connoisseurs Sonic Dazzle Stik.
On the Go?
When you’re traveling, the Connoisseurs Diamond Dazzle Stik – now longer lasting — will clean your sapphire to its original brilliant shine. Just wet the brush of the Diamond Dazzle Stik and twist until the blue gel is dispensed on to the brush. The specially designed bristles make it easy to clean the sapphire, the setting and between the prongs. Rinse your jewelry in lukewarm water and dry with a lint-free cloth.
Did You Know?
Sapphire is the birthstone for September, but did you know it is a traditional gift for the 5th, 23rd and 45th wedding anniversaries? A star sapphire is given on the 65th wedding anniversary.
Due to its durability and scratch resistance, sapphire is used in many high-end watch crystals.
When Prince William presented his fiancée, Kate Middleton, with his late mother’s ring, it reignited a worldwide trend for sapphire and diamond engagement rings.