October has two birthstones, opal and tourmaline.
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Sapphire is a gem that has been mined for over 2000 years. Ancient Etruscans used sapphires as far back as the 7th century B.C. According to an ancient myth, sapphire’s blue color came from length of exposure to the sun, the longer exposure created a bluer sapphire. Sapphire symbolizes reliable and enduring emotions such as harmony, loyalty, trust, faithfulness and love. It is a popular gem for engagement rings. It was the gem of the Greek god Apollo, and was worn by worshipers visiting his shrine in Delphi to seek his help. Sapphire was said to represent the purity of the soul.
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