The month of September is special for us in so many ways; it marks the beginning of autumn, exciting Christmas and New Year festivities are just around the corner but most of all, we’re excited to welcome September birthstone in all its glory!
Sapphire has been around for thousands of years and is steeped in history and lore of almost every religion around the globe, but very few know about this gem in and out, which is why we’re listing down some very interesting facts so you know all about splendid Sapphire, before making a special September sapphire purchase…
- It is named from Latin word Sapphirus which means blue. In Arabic it is called Safir and Sappheiros by ancient Greeks.
- It comes in all the colours of the spectrum: white, pink, yellow, orange, green, black and of course the brilliant blue.
- Red Sapphire is known as Ruby (we bet you didn’t know that!).
- Blue Sapphire is a stone of love, commitment and fidelity, no wonder it is increasingly being used in Engagement Rings. We have great examples of Lady Diana and the Duchess of Cambridge who have proudly flaunted their striking blue rings.
- Sapphire is associated with the star sign of Virgo and is also a traditional gift for couples celebrating 5th or 45th anniversaries.
- It has been believed to protect the wearer from evil, fraud, envy, harm and enemies which is why it was so famous amongst the kings in medieval ages.
- It is the hardest substance after diamond and has high resistance towards abrasions and scratches and has also found use in industrial applications like watch crystals, scientific instruments etc.
- Sapphire is known as the Stone of Wisdom and is believed to facilitate learning, mental acuity, psychic activation and spiritual insight.
- The pinkish orange Sapphire is the rarest of all and is known as Padparadscha which refers to the delicate colour of Lotus in Sanskrit language.
- It is found around the world especially in Sri Lanka and Madagascar, but other key sites are Myanmar, Thailand, India and China.
- There are Star Sapphires which possess a six-ray or twelve-ray star pattern on the surface of a cabochon-cut sapphire. The Star Sapphire is also known as Asteria.
Hope you had fun reading about the beloved Sapphire and ready to explore our beautiful collection!