Wearing sapphire jewellery is ideal for a person with an active lifestyle as it is durable and great for everyday wear. Belonging to the corundum family, sapphire is the name given to any gem in the family which is not red in colour. Sapphires are often cabochon cut (shaped and polished) but are also suited to a faceted and mixed cut which enhances its depth of colour. The most valuable is a clear, deep blue like the cornflower blue kind found in Sri Lanka. Sapphire is known to represent serenity and loyalty making a perfect 'something blue' gift for a bride to be.
Moh hardness: 9 (1 softest to 10 hardest)
Sapphire is a very durable gemstone however it will need to be looked after to ensure that it is kept looking its best. Sapphire jewellery should be stored in a soft pouch or jewellery box to prevent scratching and damage. Soap and liquid cleaners should be avoided as these may cause sapphire stones to dull. Harsh detergents or chemicals such as bleach or chlorine may cause erosion to sapphire stones so these should be avoided; sapphire jewellery should be removed when cleaning or swimming. To clean sapphire rinse thoroughly with water and dry with a soft jewellery cloth.