Obituary: Moira Cohen (1940-2020)
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Sapphire is September’s birthstone. It is the lovers’ stone. It has protected romantic unions from harm through history.
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It is best known for it’s blue to violet colour. Sapphires range through the colour spectrum from white through pink, green, orange, blue to almost black. This corundum, like its sister stone the Ruby, is the second hardest mineral.
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The sapphire is said to hold wisdom, power, and faith. It protects and brings blessings from heaven. Priests often wore this stone to help protect them from temptations of the flesh and impure thoughts.
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The sapphire was popular with royalty. It is believed the sapphire provides protection from envy and harm. Warriors valued this stone and would give sapphire necklaces to their wives before they go into battle to prevent unfaithfulness. The belief was the stone would darken if a woman was unfaithful.
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The largest mine for sapphires is in Australia. Montana in the United States is also a predominant source of sapphires though they host small stones which are mostly used for industrial use.
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Kashmir sapphires are now a rarity, famously renowned for silky cornflower blue coloured sapphires. The mine was exhausted and no more sapphires have been found since.
A Tiffany & Co. Art Deco sapphire and diamond cocktail watch, with a mesh strap, edged with diamonds, with shoulder terminals set with sapphires and diamonds, in platinum, with a C. H. Meylan, movement, circa 1930 £24,000
Sir Lanka is well-known too as a source for sapphires. The largest known sapphire was recently discovered in a Sri Lankan mine at 1,404 carats. This is compared to the now second largest sapphire that is in the Logan Sapphire Brooch at 422.99 carats and which is to be found at the Natural History Museum in Washington D.C.
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