Itâ€™s September, which means itâ€™s officially sapphire birthstone season. Yes, the precious gemstone is Septemberâ€™s birthstone and, if all the folklore is true, full of mystical powers. Latin for saphirus, which means â€œblue,â€ sapphires have long been thought to hold transformative energy and protect its wearers from nefarious threats.
Today, itâ€™s perhaps most associated with royalty (ahem, Kate Middleton). But beyond its royal (and perhaps magical) history, itâ€™s also a pretty cool gemstone to gift to the Virgo or Libra in your life.
HARD AS A ROCK AND BRIGHT AS A STAR
The sapphire birthstone is one of the most durable gems in the world, second in hardness only to diamonds. Some have whatâ€™s called silk, which consists of intersecting needles of rutile that form tiny constellations referred to as the â€œstar effect,â€ where the needle-like inclusions create a six-ray star pattern.
SAPPHIRE BIRTHSTONE: THE COLOR WHEEL
Though the quintessential sapphire is the sought-after cornflower blue, sapphires actually exist in nearly all colors of the rainbow. â€œFancyâ€ sapphires get their color variants (green, pink-orange, violet) from trace amounts of certain elements in the mineral corundum. Red corundums are known as rubies. Three primary sapphire shades include: Kashmir, a velvety, deeply saturated blue; royal blue—think Kate Middletonâ€™s heirloom engagement ring that belonged to Princess Di; and padparadscha, a pinkish-orange hue thatâ€™s extremely expensive.
Ancient Persians and certain religions revered the sapphire birthstone because it was believed the stone represented the heavens. Persian rulers believed the sky was blue because of the reflection of sapphire stones. Kings wore them around their necks as talisman against everything from witchcraft and evil spirits and spells to snakes and even natural ailments.
Of course, the stone has also long been associated with romantic love, fidelity, and devotion. Perhaps this is why the sapphire birthstone is the traditional 5th and 45th wedding anniversary gift. But why wait till then? A sapphire gemstone makes an especially thoughtful addition to an engagement ring. Accenting a center stone with sapphire side stones, like several stunning options from bridal and fine jewelry expert Verragio is a romantic gesture that adds an extra sweet touch for a bride with a September birthday.
A WEALTH OF WELLBEING
Sapphires are said to help find peace of mind, serenity, joy, and prosperity, and have been identified with bestowing wisdom and truth. What better gift for a loved one born in September than sapphire jewelry? Parade offers a beautiful variety of fashion-forward sapphire jewelry in its Color Collection, including swoon-worthy pendant necklaces and drop earrings in shades of pink, green, and of course, blue, all quite befitting for an endearing or romantic birthday gift.
Having a September wedding? Opt for your something blue to be a sapphire-bedecked wedding band. Kirk Kara, a favorite among the romantic-forward brides, offers sapphire options in several womenâ€™s collections and their menâ€™s collection has some seriously handsome picks, too.
FIND SAPPHIRE BIRTHSTONE JEWELRY AT MEDAWAR JEWELERS
For additional information on sapphire birthstones or sapphire jewelry, call Medawar Jewelers at 855-850-8015 or stop by any of our showrooms in Lansing, Okemos, Jackson, Portage, and Brighton, Michigan today.