Sapphire

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History

Sapphires are first mentioned in the history books in the 6th Century when the Pope decreed that a Sapphire must be worn on the right hand of cardinals when they make a blessing.

It is thought that Sapphires reached the Mediterranean and Europe during Greco-Roman times.

The death of Queen Elizabeth the First was announced by dropping a sapphire ring from the window of Richmond Palace.