Birthstones, they all have something mystical and magical. But maybe Sapphire is even the most popular of them all. We have been treasuring Sapphires as some of the most precious gemstones on earth for thousands of years now.
Popular in ancient Roman, Persia, and throughout the Middle Ages and loved by Royalty. Most people think of the famous deep blue colour when they think of a this popular gemstone. Even the word sapphire derives from the Latin and Greek word for blue. But sapphires actually come in almost every colour: purple, peach, orange, yellow, green, teal, and even pink which is also the rarest colour of them all.
The Sapphire gemstone became the official September birthstone in 1912. Not sure which present to give? Sapphire is also known as a traditional gift for those celebrating 5th or 45th anniversaries and is the Zodiac gemstone for: Pisces, Taurus, Virgo, and Sagittarius.
Sapphires get their amazing colours from trace elements in the mineral corundum. Classic blue sapphires contain iron and titanium, while more chromium turns it into a ruby. Sapphires are also famous because of their colour change variety. Shifting from blue in daylight to blue-purple in incandescent light. Note: so there are no red Sapphires, we call them Rubies!
Safe with Sapphire
Sapphire is known for its special powers and symbolizes nobility and faithfulness. In the Middle Ages people believed the wearer was protected from evil and witchcraft. Poeple would even use it as an antidote for poison and would even believe that Sapphire could cure illness.
In addition it impressed the royalty by the ‘powers’ and beauty of this remarkable stone. Deep blue Sapphires have long been associated with royalty. People even believe that the naming “royal blue” is because of wearing the sapphires. Royal blue Sapphires, often worn by medieval kings, some of whom believed that the gemstones would protect them from their enemies. Even Napoleon gave to his beloved wife Josephine a two stone sapphire and diamond engagement ring.
Also impressed by the magical and mystical powers and the history of the gemstone Sapphire? Even if these special and holy powers are only ancient and biblical stories, it’s safe to say that the Birthstone of September does have undeniable magical beauty… So for your next special occasion: