September birthstone….sapphire….


  This heavenly stone is named after the Greek word ‘sapphirus’, which means blue! This is the most prized specimen of the mineral corundum,  which appears in every color of the rainbow; the red ones being called rubies, and all the others designated as ‘sapphires’. A traditional favorite amongst royalty and priests for centuries, as it was symbolic of purity and wisdom.

  Some ancient civilizations believed our planet was set upon an enormous sapphire that made the sky appear blue with its reflection. There is also a legend that the ten commandments were inscribed on tablets made of sapphire, giving this stone a revered place amongst precious  minerals.
  Mined as early as 7 th century b. c. in what is now Sri Lanka, they are also found in China, Madagascar, Tanzania,Thailand, Australia, and the United States….so  as you can see, they are fairly widespread and available, though large specimens are extremely rare, and quite valuable,
  The most famous sapphire is the Star of India, which lives in the American Museum of Natural History. It is 563 carats and is cut to reflect light from its inclusions to reveal a 6 pointed star pattern.
  Second only to a diamond in hardness, a gift of sapphire represents faithfulness. Prince Charles gave one to Princess Diana for her engagement ring…hmmmm!
 Blue being the most popular favorite colour, calming, reminding of our incredible sky, it is no wonder this stone  speaks to so many…

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5 Comments

  1. sapphires are one of my favorites, especially the natural stones, we have nearby area called Sapphire Valley that has been mining sapphires since 1870.

  2. Hi Kerin–
    Oh, I loved reading a bit about sapphires–one of my favorite stones (and not just because it happens to be my birthstone 🙂 Love these little posts!

    Got your note-thanks so much for the tip! How are you doing these days? Has school started yet?

    xo,
    Ivy

  3. I'm very drawn to this color right now…it's so deep and dramatic!( It also feels like a color that's very empowering to the wearer). I love your informative monthly birthstone posts…thanks for sharing your knowledge on these stones!
    Stella

  4. oh yes, ladies these posts really are fun to write! I am actually learning alot myself as I research them ( believe me, not all this comes off the top of my head!)..

    mountaindreamers, where exactly are you?…your photos look like Vermont, but you mention the smokies

    Tez, any time!…I like sapphire too!

    Ivy…when is your b day?

    and, Stella, I am so glad these have appeal…love to see what you might do with this hue!…it is funny, I am not a 'blue person' at all, but I do appreciate a deep sapphire stone….

    did you all see the full moon with Jupiter last night?

    wow!

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