The birthstone for September is sapphire, one of the world's most beautiful and cherished gemstones. This blog post covers all the basics you should know when purchasing and owning sapphire jewelry.

Rough Sapphire Gemstone

History

The name sapphire comes from the Greek word "sappheiros," with means blue, and though blue is the most traditional color of sapphire, sapphires come in almost every color of the rainbow. In fact, rubies have the same composition as sapphires with color, that brilliant, almost florescent ruby red hue, being the primary identifier. Some sapphires even have color-changing characteristics when exposed to different types of light!

Sapphires have been the stone of choice for many of the royal and famous over the centuries. Napoleon Bonaparte gifted his fiancé Josephine a blue sapphire and diamond engagement ring in 1776. Today's most famous royal sapphire is a 12-carat oval blue sapphire surrounded by diamonds given by Prince Charles to Lady Diana and now worn by Princess Catherine.

Gold Rainbow Sapphire and Diamond Earrings
Woman wearing blue sapphire jewelry

Metaphysical Properties

Throughout history, sapphires were thought to possess supernatural powers. In the Middle Ages, people believed that sapphires invoked heavenly blessings, cured eye ailments, and preserved chastity.

In modern times sapphires are associated with enhanced creativity, purity, and more profound wisdom and knowledge.

In color energy, blue is the color of peace, calmness, serenity, and beauty and is closely associated with water and the sky. The energy of blue is peaceful and soothing and serves to calm stress and tired nerves, and bring greater relaxation and peace.

Sapphire Jewelry

Sapphires are one of the most durable naturally occurring gemstones and measure a 9 on the Mohs Hardness Scale. Not only are they highly resistant to scratches, but they are also very resistant to breaking when struck. These attributes make sapphires an ideal gemstone for everyday wear in all settings, including rings, earrings, pendants, and bracelets.

An ideal sapphire will have vivid color saturation and few inclusions, and desired color should be the primary consideration when choosing a sapphire.

Sapphires are also a popular engagement ring alternative to diamonds. Sapphires are typically more affordable than diamonds, so you can get more for your money. Sapphire engagement rings usually include diamond accents to increase the beauty and complexity of the piece.

Woman wearing marquise sapphire ring

Wrap Up

Sapphires have a long history of being one of the most popular colored gemstones for a good reason. They are beautiful to look at, durable, and feature a rich variety of colors.

Park City Jewelers has a stunning collection of jewelry featuring sapphires, including earrings, rings, necklaces, and pendants. If you're not finding something you love, one of our award-winning jewelry artisans is ready and available to create the jewelry piece you've been dreaming of.

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