Sapphires are some of the most well-known and widely-worn gemstones in fashion. While so many jewelry lovers have bracelets, earrings, pendants, and rings with the stone, many, unfortunately, do not know all of the interesting facts and histories of them. Sapphires are the September birthstone, so it’s the perfect time to learn more about these gorgeous gemstones.
Not All Sapphires Are Deep Blue
While the best-known sapphires are the rich blue variety, they actually come in every color of the rainbow. This includes pink, yellow, orange, green, and red. These “red sapphires” are called rubies, a gemstone classification all its own. The rarest type of sapphire is a pinkish orange variety called Padparadscha, a name that comes from the Sanskrit word for lotus flower. There is even a “color change” variety which exhibits different colors depending on the lighting, often changing from blue in daylight to purple in incandescent light.
Ancient Empires Treasured Sapphires
The word “sapphire” derives from the Greek word “sappheiros”. Throughout history, various cultures have attributed mystical powers to sapphires. Thousands of years ago, the ancient Romans polished sapphires to be worn as jewelry, as it was believed that sapphires protected their wearers from evil. In the middle ages, Europeans believed that sapphires cured eye diseases and preserved chastity.
Sapphires Aren’t Only Used for Jewelry
Sapphires are among the most durable naturally occurring elements in the world, second only to diamonds. Gemstones are rated on their ability to withstand scratching based on a system called the Mohs Scale of Hardness, and sapphires score 9 out of 10. Because of this hardness, sapphire has many industrial uses beyond its well-known fashion aspects. For example, the Apple Watch features lab-created sapphire glass in its screen.
Sapphires Were Worn to Represent Nobility
Deep blue sapphires have long been associated with royalty. Sapphires were often worn by medieval kings, and the association stuck. French Emperor Napoleon Bonaparte gave to his fiancée, Josephine, a sapphire engagement ring in 1796. This may have contributed to the naming of the color “royal blue”. Josephine’s ring, which sold at auction for close to a million dollars, last year, features a pear-shaped sapphire next to a pear-shaped diamond, on a simple gold band. On a more recent note, the engagement ring given by England’s Prince Charles to Lady Diana Spencer in 1981 that is now worn by Princess Catherine is a large sapphire as well.
Many Different Sized Sapphires Have Been Mined
Sapphires of up to 2 carats are commonly used in today’s jewelry. However, larger sapphires of up to 10 carats are not difficult to find for investors. The largest cut and polished sapphire, with a weight of 61,500 carats is the Millennium Sapphire. In 1995, this record-breaking sapphire was discovered in Madagascar. The initial value reported at the time was between $90 and $500 million US dollars.
The sapphire makes for an extra-special birthday gift for those born in September, as well as couples celebrating their 5th or 45th wedding anniversary. You’ll love how jewelry adorned with this gemstone can look delicate, bold, traditional, and modern- all at the same time.
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