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September: Sapphire

  

 

Sapphire is the birthstone for those who are born in September.  It is a stone of wisdom, royalty and prophecy. Blue Sapphires signified the height of celestial hope, faith, and bring protection, good fortune and spiritual insight. It is a symbol of power, strength, kindness and wise judgement. 

In the Zodiac, Sapphire is regarded as a protector for mental health for Taurus. Sapphire symbolises truth, sincerity, and faithfulness in relationships, and brings peace, joy, and wisdom to the owner. Travellers wore Sapphire in ancient times to protect them in unknown lands.

Jewellery

Sapphires have been extensively in jewellery for hundreds of years and are still very popular today. Most famously, Lady Diana’s engagement ring from Prince Charles was a brilliant blue sapphire. The ring was then passed down to Prince William, who then presented the engagement ring to Princess Catherine.

 

Colour

The second hardest gemstone after diamond, Sapphire presents in colours of black, grey, clear, green, yellow, pink, purple, violet, and blue; whilst red colours are classified as Ruby. Classically, Blue sapphires are the most beautiful and famous.

Geography

Sapphires are believed to have formed deep underground and carried to the rivers and creeks on the Earth’s surface through volcanic activity. Authentic stones are mined China, Thailand, Burma and Sri Lanka; with the highest quality stones coming from Madagascar and Australia whilst stone may also be altered or artificially created, however these stones do not have a high value.  

History

The English word “sapphire” is derived from many languages with the ancient meaning  of “Saturn” and “dear to Saturn”. 

Fun Facts

The largest star sapphire is the Star of India at an amazing 536 carats. The stone was donated to the American Museum of Natural History. It was stolen and returned 2 months later, adding to the mystery and value  of Sapphires.