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One of the sapphire's most elaborate claims to fame is the royal engagement ring, once adorned by Princess Diana and passed down to the fair hand of Kate Middleton, the Duchess of Cambridge. This is both a design and stone much loved by the public for its longstanding relationship with the British monarchy. The sapphire is not only a firm favourite with us Brits. Many historical figures have made known their admiration for the wonderous gemstone and its potential healing and protecting abilities as well as its romantic allure. Helen of Troy, famed for her lure and beauty, was said to have owned a large star sapphire to symbolise her attraction. King Solomon also apparently enticed the Queen of Sheba’s affections by claiming to harness the seductive power of the stone. Sapphire is the birthstone for those born in September and is used to mark 5th and 45th wedding anniversaires. The sapphire is also the zodiac gemstone for Taurus star signs.

Countries of Origin: Thailand, Cambodia, Kashmir, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Australia, Montana, Tanzania

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