September’s Sapphire

Tap Into the Season With Sapphires

September is a time when late summer turns to autumn; when we can hear the loud calls of the crickets, and feel the quickening of time as sunsets glow more brightly and the air takes on a bit of a chill. Sapphires, named as the official birthstone for September by the American National Association of Jewelers back in 1912, couldn’t be a more appropriate choice. Both rare and stunningly beautiful, Sapphires resonate to the stunning fall season and colorful changes in nature.

This is a stone that appeals to those with deep empathy toward others. The very essence of this stone seems to emit a gentle vibration that actually resonates better with its wearer when that vibrational force is returned. In a way, Sapphires seem to speak more clearly to women than men. Sapphires come from the mineral “corundum.” When corundum occurs as a red color, it is called “ruby.” Sometimes natural stars are formed within the stone, and are especially visible in white Sapphires. These stars can also be found in garnets and rubies. Sapphire has an extremely high degree of mineral hardness second only to the diamond. It is both durable and secure enough to be used in all types of jewelry settings.

Sapphires are best known for being the color blue, yet they come in a wide variety of colors. Some are pink, gold, violet, orange, dark green, lemon yellow and white. A beautiful mix of colors exists in the reddish-yellow sapphire labeled “padparadscha.” “Padna” means lotus while “raga” means color, so the complete translation would be “lotus blossom color.” Blue, however, remains the most beloved color of this gemstone. This blue can range from a clear and pale almost ice blue, to a sky blue, to an almost weighty opaque royal blue coloring.

Sapphires can be partially colored, or show different tints. For instance, a natural Sapphire can be purple in daylight and show up as a red color under artificial light. During the Middle Ages, European Sapphires had a kind of grayish-looking cast to them. Shortly after, more vibrant, deep blue Sapphires were discovered in Burma. Immediately they became the rage, changing the face of fashion everywhere.

The ancient Greeks believed the Sapphire symbolized both wisdom and purity, and considered only kings and priests worthy enough to wear this precious stone. They also believed that the very world itself rested on a giant Sapphire whose color was visible in the late summer sky. Other ancient cultures believed Sapphires could protect their wearer from poisoning and jealous enemies. Doctors in ancient civilizations ground the stone into a powder that was used for the treatment of rheumatism and ocular disorders. Ancient Hebrew texts tell about Noah’s Ark being illuminated by a giant Sapphire that was used as a window. Actually, the word “Sapphire” comes from the Hebrew word “sappir” which means to shine. And here’s a very interesting tidbit: the ancients believed the Ten Commandments were engraved on giant Sapphire tablets.

Perhaps the most famous Sapphire of all is the 563-carat “Star of India,” while the largest Sapphire, named the “Lone Star,” is a whopping 9,719.5 carats.

Another famous Sapphire is that of the beloved late Princess Diana’s ring, used by her son Prince William to propose to Kate Middleton. The 18-carat diamond-studded Sapphire engagement ring has caused a great resurgence of love for the beautiful gemstone.

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