Those of you who have a September birthday….or just appreciate beautiful gemstones…will be quite aware of the crystal gemstone, sapphire.
Since ancient times, a gemstone has been associated with birth months. And while those gemstones have changed over time; many still believe that a birthstone carries with it luck, prosperity and health. The gift of a birthstone jewelry item has been popular for centuries. Or just a good reason to purchase yourself a lovely piece of jewelry!
Those graced under a September birthday are very fortunate. Sapphire is the predominant gemstone associated with September...and it's gorgeous!! A sapphire is said to represent the purity of the soul and while it is known for its’ blue colour, sapphires may also be found in every colour of the rainbow, except for red. Sapphire is a variety of the gem species “corundum”…as is a Ruby. A red sapphire, is thus a Ruby. Sapphires that are pink, purple or green etc…are known by their colour, and these colours are formed from impurities within the crystal. A pink coloured sapphire, for example, is known as a “pink sapphire”. The most popular colour for a sapphire is the medium deep cornflower blue colour...the colour most of us think of, when we think of a sapphire.
The biggest source of sapphires worldwide is Australia...in particularly in Queensland and New South Wales. The word “sapphire” has its’ roots in ancient times, with several influences from Greece, the Arabian Sea and Latin, in the origin of the name and use. The worlds’ most famous sapphire now resides in the Tower of London. The “St. Edward’s Sapphire”, once resided in a ring of Edward the confessor in 1042, and is now in the Imperial State Crown, worn by Queen Victoria in 1838. That’s one old and valuable crystal!
Sapphire is certainly a favourite colour and stone of mine! What about you? A fav? To honour this beauty, I’ll have a special “sapphire” item on special next week. Stay tuned!!