This month’s birthstone is the stunning sapphire. Birthstones represent a person’s birth month and are believed to enhance their abilities in their respective month. Keep reading to find out more about the amazing sapphires.
What is a sapphire?
Sapphires are one of the most desired and elegant gemstones in the world. The Greeks named it ‘sapheiros’ and the Latin, ‘saphirus’, both meaning ‘blue stone’, and it was believed to protect those close to you from any harm. It also represented loyalty and trust, hence the popular use of this stone in regal jewellery.
The sapphire belongs to the corundum family, alongside with the beautiful rubies. Blue deep sapphires are the most popular but, contrary to people belief, sapphires come in a variety of hues as vast as the colours of a rainbow.
The colour a sapphire will have will depend on its components; elements like iron will grant a colourless sapphire with a tint of blue, titanium of yellow, chromium of purple, copper of orange and magnesium of green.
There is a specific hue of pinkish orange that receives a different name: Padparadscha, derived from the Sri Lankan word ‘Lotus Flower’. This beautiful gemstone is very popular for its soft and delicate colour and it can draw higher prices than blue sapphires.
What is the meaning of sapphires?
For centuries, sapphires were believed to protect the person who wore it. It also represented loyalty, trust and was the symbol of heavens, believing the stone will bring joy, peace and prosperity.
This gemstone was also a symbol of integrity and many people use to carry a sapphire when signing treaties because of its power to resolve legal matters and issues concerning justice with speed.
Nowadays, sapphires are believed to calm and focus the mind and it encourages restoring the body’s balance, hence its popularity among Reiki healers.
Star of India
This sapphire is one of the largest in the world, weighing 563.35 carats, and features a unique star shape on both sides of the stone.
This stunning sapphire was once owned by Mrs John A. Logan and it weights of 422.99 carats make this gemstone the second largest faceted blue sapphire in the world.
Mrs Logan gifted this piece to the Smithsonian Institute in 1960.
This breath-taking piece features a 62.02 carat internally flawless cornflower blue sapphire and it was acquired by John D. Rockefeller Jr., the only son of John D. Rockefeller Sr. It is rumoured that he bought this sapphire from the Indian Maharaja Mir Osman Ali Khan, the last Nizam of Hyderabad.
The Stuart Sapphire
Weighing 104 carats, this cabochon-cut sapphire is part of the Royal Crown Jewels of Queen Elizabeth II. It is believed to have been own by Charles II and then passed down to Henry Benedict Stuart, where the stone received its name.
Princess Diana and Kate Middleton Engagement Ring
When Princess Diana chose a sapphire engagement ring the people went crazy and it sparked popularity on sapphires like never before. Years later, Prince William proposed to Kate Middleton with his mother’s Engagement Ring and the sapphire frenzy started again.
This past January, Jack Brooksbank proposed to Princess Eugenie with a beautiful engagement ring that featured a soft pink Padparadscha sapphire as a centre stone sparking popularity on this sapphire hue.
Born in September and looking after a sapphire jewel? Browse our beautiful collection of sapphire rings, necklaces, bracelets and earrings and find the perfect gift for your September-born loved ones or for yourself.