September is in full swing, and we’re ready to tell you about this month’s birthstone - the amazing sapphire!
Some technical information first. Sapphire is a species of corundum. It is the hardest gemstone after diamond. Its brilliance and radiance as well as its range of colors and hues make it one of the most widely-used precious stones in jewelry making.
The gem derives its name from an old Persian word meaning ‘beloved of Saturn’ or ‘Sapphiros’ in Greek. Eye-captivating sapphire has been popular since the Middle Ages when religious people and clergy wore it to protect from evil thoughts.
Because of its wonderful color and extraordinary hardness sapphire is said to possess some magical powers. Supposedly, it fosters intuition and clairvoyance. This magical gem helps to develop a positive attitude to life and gives the person who wears it a sense of inner peace. It is believed to protect our loved ones, have healing powers and help to reduce stress.
Sapphire symbolizes wisdom and faith, truth and sincerity.
Most commonly, sapphire has blue color with lots of hues and shades from deep blue to almost white. You might be surprised to know that it actually comes in a great range of colors – yellow, purple, green and even pink-- every color that you can think of!
Trivia: the largest blue sapphire in the world is ‘Lone Star’ that weighs startling 9719.5 carats.
At Lapidary Arts we carry the highest quality of natural gemstones from around the world. Lapidary Arts has a complete selection of ready-made sapphire jewelry fit for any taste, as well as loose stones to set into your custom designs.