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Lapis Lazuli and Sapphire The Birthstones for September
Lapis lazuli is a deep blue semi precious gemstone with golden coloured flecks within the stone and for centuries it has been prized for it’s amazing colour. Lapis has a long history of being used in jewellery and it was so valued that it was used in the mask of Tutankhamen.
At the end of the Middle Ages, lapis lazuli began to be exported to Europe, where it was ground into powder and made into ultramarine, the finest and most expensive of all blue pigments. It was used by some of the most important artists like Titian and Vermeer, and was often used to colour the clothing of the central figures of their paintings.
Sapphire is a precious gemstone and a corundum mineral and is the birthstone for September and the gem of the 45th anniversary. A Sapphire is typically blue, but natural "fancy" sapphires also occur in yellow, purple, orange, and green colours. The only colour which sapphire cannot be is red – as red coloured corundum is called ruby.
Sapphires appear in many pieces of fine jewellery as it is a very desirable gemstone due to its excellent colour, hardness, durability, and lustre.