Blue Sapphire is the modern birthstone for the month of September and is also recognized by Emily Post as the traditional wedding anniversary gift for 45 years of marriage. Sapphire is one of two gem varieties of the mineral corundum; the other being ruby. Although blue is the usual colour most would associate with sapphires, they are found in a variety of hues such as pink, yellow, violet, green and orange. Sapphires with colours other than blue are referred to as a “fancy” sapphire.
As you probably know, the mineral corundum is very hard and has a number of industrial applications. Sapphire registers 9 out of 10 on the Moh’s Scale of Hardness and because of the hardness a sapphire is very durable and can be cut in a variety of shapes which makes it a perfect gem for jewellery. Not only is blue sapphire a beautiful stone and highly prized, but it has long been associated with royalty. Napoleon famously gave his Josephine a sapphire & diamond engagement ring and of course Prince Charles gave Lady Diana Spencer a 12 carat sapphire ring surrounded by diamonds that now graces the finger of Kate Middleton, the Duchess of Cambridge. The celebrity around the “Princess Di” Ring has reinvigorated the use of sapphires as an alternative to the traditional diamond engagement ring.
According to the history and lore surrounding the sapphire, not only has the blue stone been long associated with romance and harmony between lovers but in medieval times the sapphire was also thought to protect and ward of illnesses. In ancient times, the Greeks believed sapphires provided insight, giving one special powers to interpret pronouncements from the oracles and the Persians envisioned the earth resting on a giant sapphire, the reflection accounting for the blue sky overhead.
You don’t have to be born in September to wear this beautiful gem. Visit your local CJA Jeweller to learn more about this spectacular true blue gem!