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Sapphires have been popular since ancient times, but they have never been as hot as they are now. When Prince William of England, son of the beloved late Princess Diana, proposed to his longtime girlfriend, Kate Middleton, with his mother’s 18-carat diamond-studded Sapphire engagement ring, the world went wild for Sapphire.  Of course, Sapphires had also shot to popularity when Princess Diana first wore the ring in the 1980’s, but Kate Middleton’s status as an international fashion icon, as evidenced by the royal-blue Issa dress she wore to highlight the gorgeous blue color of her ring, has catapulted sales of the gemstone to never-before-seen heights.  No longer just the September birthstone, the Sapphire is now one of the most popular and sought-after stones for necklaces, earrings, and engagement rings.  As the stone represents the important but old-fashioned qualities of sincerity and faithfulness, it seems only right that it receive its royal turn in the spotlight. 

Where do Sapphires come from?  In reality, a gemstone-quality Sapphire is simply one variety of the mineral corundum, which is also the mineral that Rubies are derived from.  Any gemstone-quality corundum that isn’t red is considered a Sapphire, so Sapphires can actually come in many colors besides blue, including pink, yellow, and even green and white (clear).  One extremely rare color type, the orange-pink corundum, is known as the Padparadscha Sapphire.  Google it—it’s beautiful.  The non-blue Sapphires are called Fancy Sapphires.  The most valued Sapphire color, however, is that deep medium blue, typically called “cornflower blue” that is the well-known September birthstone color, due to the presence of small amounts of titanium and iron within the crystal structure.  Another way to wear it is a little more unusual~ the Star Sapphire is one with tiny inclusions shaped like needles, which give it an optical property known as asterism, or a star-like appearance. This star shape appears most prominently in a cabochon cut (rounded smooth, no facets) and can have between six and twelve rays or even a cats-eye effect with a single thin band of light down the middle of the stone.  Star and lab-created Sapphires are very affordable and easy to find!

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The ancient Greeks believed the Sapphire to symbolize wisdom and purity, and reserved them for kings and priests. They believed the world itself was set upon a giant Sapphire, whose color could be seen in the late summer sky.  Greeks believed that the visible sky was actually an incredibly large Sapphire that the Earth was somehow wrapped inside of!  Other ancient cultures believed Sapphires could protect the wearer from envious enemies and poisoning, and even that a poisonous snake could be killed by being placed near a Sapphire.  Ancient doctors even ground the birthstone of September into a powder and used it to treat rheumatism, depression and eye problems.   And here is my secret, dear readers, I am a Virgo and this is my stone.  I have a special affection for it.  My favorite way of describing my Sapphire color is:  remember the last spectacular sunset you watched, now tilt your head up, that blue between the sunset and the indigo of night is the perfect color.  That is my Sapphire.

Fun Factoids:  The famous medieval female (not many of them!) religious cleric Hildegard of Bingen wrote about the incredible healing powers of Sapphires in her well-regarded book of medicine, in which she claimed that Sapphires had special powers from God and could help improve the intellect. 

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A smile is a first impression that you want to be good one! Teeth whitening was something that used to involve the dentist and cost a lot of money. It later developed to be a whitening kit you could buy on your own, which also cost a lot of money. Then whitening strips came onto the scene and were pretty reasonably priced and seemingly easy. I remember when I first tried them they gave amazing results, but were hard to keep in place and my saliva was annoyingly making them move more so I would barely be able to talk or function normally! I would lay on the couch like I was getting a procedure done until the 30 minute or hour was up. 

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FINALLY, I experienced the new Crest 3D Whitestrips Intensive Professional Effects...WITH Advanced Seal ™...which means no slipping! They have a variety of 30 minute ones that you do every day for 20 days, but I wanted a whiter smile faster, so I opted for the level 5 whitening power, 2 hour strips for 7 days. I was AMAZED but the advancement in these strips since I last used whitening strips! First of all, if you want a fast white smile the 2 hours is really not that long. I have an hour commute to work so there was half of the time and then once I got to work I just had them on while I was working for another hour. It was no problem and I didn't even realize I had them in, even my co-workers had no idea until I told them I was whitening my teeth, hah.  They stayed PERFECTLY in place once applied and they stayed exactly where I placed them for the full 2hours. I was impressed, not to mention I had no saliva problems, I could even drink water with them in! Now no one has an excuse not to whiten there teeth! The price in inexpensive and they always have coupons for them in the paper, online or even when you buy the product so you can buy more whitening products to help maintain and enhance your newly bright white smile :) 

*A few tips when using white strips:

  • It's best not to brush your teeth prior to applying
  • Make sure when applying you press the strips to mold in between your teeth to ensure all areas are covered 
  • After taking them off, there will be a gel residue still on your teeth, brush your teeth or dry brush the product off, then mouth wash if desired
  • Try not to drink or eat teeth staining liquids or foods for a few hours after the process 


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