September is arriving (where has the year gone!) and brings with it the month of the sapphire gemstone. So, let's consider our favorite blue stone...what do we know about sapphires right now? Born from the Greek word "sapphirus" which means blue, sapphires are largely mined in Australia and cover all the gem varieties of corundum (except for ruby, which is the red version of corundum). While it is currently the birthstone for September, according to the ancient calendar, the sapphire gemstone was the birthstone for April and represented the Zodiac sign of Taurus.
The sapphire gemstone comes in a variety of colors including green, yellow, violet, etc. but the most famous and valuable color is a rich, intense blue, with the most notable being a cornflower blue sapphire, also called a Kashmir sapphire. The striking shade of a quality sapphire can bring a cloudless night sky to mind (isn't that romantic imagery).
Sapphires in ancient times
For thousands of years, the sapphire has been one of the most cherished gemstones with myriad beliefs. The ancient Persians believed that the earth rested on a giant sapphire and the blue of the sky was a reflection of its color. Biblically, it is believed that the ten commandments given to Moses was written on tablets of sapphire, rendering it a sacred gemstone symbolizing heaven and devotion to God.
A tangible symbol of divine favor, and a belief that a sapphire granted its wearer spiritual enlightenment and wisdom, led the gemstone to be adopted by royalty and high priests for protection and guidance. Even ancient church officials used the stone in their rings and scepters as a symbol of purity. This practice persists even today – the British Crown Jewels contain large sapphires, and even Princess Diana's engagement ring was a sapphire!
Eastern cultures held that the sapphire was a powerful talisman that could ward off evil;in India, a sapphire necklace was worn as a token of powerful protection. Others believed that the sapphire acted as a guide for travelers and seekers, and also aided in astral projection, telepathy and clairvoyance. Witches and necromancers also believed that the stone could be used to influence the spirits and was used to commune with the dead.
Healing with the sapphire gemstone
Sapphires are believed to protect against poisoning. Some beliefs even went as far as saying that placing a venomous snake in a sapphire vessel would rapidly kill it. When ground into a powder, it was believed to help with colic, rheumatism, weak eyesight. It was even believed to cure cancer and certain mental illnesses, and help with healing burns, hearing issues, blood-related problems, inflammation, fevers, sore throats, headaches and nightmares (quite an all-rounder, this stone).
Natural healers also believed that sapphires got rid of unwanted thoughts and brought peace, prosperity and wealth to its wearer.
To learn more about the history of sapphires, visit this link.
What we think of sapphires today
Having long been associated with sincerity and faithfulness, a sapphire gemstone given as a gift is considered a promise of honesty, loyalty, purity and trust between two people.Today, the sapphire is considered one of the most popular engagement stones.
Whether or not you're looking for an engagement ring, a sapphire is an immensely beautiful stone and one you should definitely own. Just think of all the healing and goodwill it will bring you. And as much as it is said to protect you from it, a tiny bit of envy every now and again for your good fortune in owning one is surely perfectly healthy!
Since we know you agree (however secretly), we've listed just a few of our favorite sapphire gemstone pieces from our inventory at CJ Charles Jewelers:
Oval Sapphire Diamond Necklace
Sapphire Diamond Earrings
Burmese Sapphire Oval Diamond Ring
Estate Oscar Heyman Natural Color Sapphire Bracelet
Invisible Set Sapphire Diamond Flower Pin
Like we said, these are just scratching the blue surface of our collection, so contact us today if you like these or want to know what your other options are.