Learn about Sapphire - September's Birthstone

Sapphire, known for its deep, celestial blue color, is September's birthstone. This precious gemstone has been cherished for thousands of years for its beauty and symbolism. It's not just a birthstone; it's also a symbol of wisdom, royalty, and divine favor.

History of Sapphire

Sapphire has a rich history that dates back to ancient civilizations. The Persians believed the earth rested on a giant sapphire and its reflection gave the sky its blue color. Ancient Greeks wore sapphire for wisdom at Delphi when seeking answers from the Oracle. In the middle ages, the clergy wore blue sapphires to symbolize heaven. Kings wore the gemstone to protect them from harm and to attract divine favor. Sapphire's allure and mystique continue to this day, with it being a popular choice for royalty and celebrities.

Significance of Sapphire

In addition to being a symbol of wisdom, royalty, and divine favor, sapphire is also said to focus the mind and encourage self-discipline. In chakra theory, sapphire is said to help open the third eye to receive wisdom and insight. Sapphire is also associated with deep spirituality and devotion. Sapphires are a symbol of power and strength, but also of kindness and wise judgment.

Famous Sapphires

The most famous piece of sapphire jewelry is quite possibly the engagement ring given by Prince Charles to Lady Diana Spencer in 1981, which is now worn by the the Princess of Wales, Kate Middleton. The ring features a 12-carat oval blue sapphire surrounded by 14 white diamonds.

The Logan Sapphire, displayed in the Smithsonian Museum of Natural History, is one of the largest faceted gem-quality blue sapphires, weighing 422.99 carats.

Caring for Sapphire

While sapphire is second only to diamond in hardness, making it a durable gemstone suitable for any type of jewelry, it still requires care. Always protect it from scratches and sharp blows that can fracture it. Avoid large temperature changes (such as those that result from a hot tub or sauna). Clean it with mild dish soap: use a soft brush behind the stone where dust can collect. And finally, as with all jewelry, store sapphires separately to prevent scratches.

Sapphires come in a wide range of colors including these beautiful greens & teals.