The birthstone for September is sapphire, one of the most beautiful and cherished gemstones in the world. In this blog post, we cover all the basics you should know when purchasing and owning sapphire jewelry.
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 of many of the royal and famous over the centuries. Napoleon Bonaparte gifted his fiancé Josephine a blue sapphire and diamond engagement ring back in 1776. The most famous royal sapphire today is a 12-carat oval blue sapphire surrounded by diamonds given by Prince Charles to Lady Diana, and now worn by Princess Catherine.
Throughout history, sapphires have been 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 deeper 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, tired nerves, and bring greater relaxation and peace.
Sapphires are one of the most durable naturally occurring gemstones and measures a 9 on the Mohs Hardness Scale. Not only are they extremely 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 which means you can get more for your money. Sapphire engagement rings usually include diamond accents to increase the beauty and complexity of the piece.
Sapphires have a long history of being one of the most popular colored gemstones for 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.
More and more shoppers are buying their jewelry online, but shopping online poses its own unique challenges. Are the pictures you're seeing online of the actual piece you're purchasing? Unfortunately, the answer to this question is most often no, which can make online jewelry shopping all the more challenging.
Read on to learn about some of the potential pitfalls of online jewelry shopping, and how we work to avoid them.