September birthstone, Sapphire
When we think about sapphires, as we’ve previously said, we think of deep, deep blue. And the September birthstone, sapphire is the bluest of blues. Prince Charles gave Princess Diana a beautiful diamond and sapphire ring for their engagement. It certainly made the sapphire, as opposed to diamonds, a popular engagement stone. But it’s for the September birthdays.
It’s the lucky September birthdays that can call the sapphire their own. But there’s more to be happy about. Rather than just one color, the sapphire comes in a variety of colors. The photo below shows the variety of colors including violet, green, yellow, orange, pink, purple, and intermediate hues.
You can see two videos about sapphires at GIA website.
You can also learn more about sapphires, including origins and history at the GIA Encyclopedia
A brief history of Sapphires
Historically sapphire is associated with nobility, truth, sincerity, and faithfulness. It has always been associated with royalty and wealth. After all, Prince Charles thought it worthy of an engagement ring. But the stone has always been for the upper classes.
In ancient Greece and Rome, royalty believed that the blue sapphire protected them from envy and harm. In the Middle Ages the clergy wore sapphires to symbolize Heaven.
People believed, in other times and places, sapphires had the power to guard chastity, make peace between enemies, influence spirits, and reveal the secrets of oracles.
For more information about sapphires, we suggest you peruse the GIA Encyclopedia. They discuss not only sapphires, but every gemstone under the sun. Great fun.
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