September, a month that marks the transition from summer to fall, is symbolized by one of the most enchanting gemstones: the Blue Sapphire. Known for its deep, celestial hue, this gemstone has been cherished for centuries, not just as a birthstone but also as a symbol of wisdom, loyalty, and nobility. In this comprehensive guide, we’ll delve into the captivating world of the Blue Sapphire, exploring its history, and significance, and answering some frequently asked questions.
History and Origin
The name ‘sapphire’ is derived from the Latin word ‘saphirus’ and the Greek word ‘sapheiros’, both meaning blue. Blue Sapphires have been treasured for thousands of years. Ancient civilizations, from the Persians to the Greeks, believed that the sky was painted blue by the reflection of sapphire stones.
Kings and priests favored this gemstone as it symbolized wisdom and purity. In ancient Greece, sapphires were worn by oracles to aid in their prophecies. The British Crown Jewels also feature large blue sapphires, a testament to the stone’s enduring appeal among royalty.
Significance of the Blue Sapphire
Symbol of Wisdom and Virtue: Historically, sapphires were often worn by scholars, who believed the gemstone would bless them with wisdom. Clerics in the Middle Ages wore sapphires as they symbolized heaven.
Gift of Commitment: Blue sapphires are a popular choice for engagement rings. They symbolize loyalty, trust, and commitment, making them a fitting representation of a couple’s love.
Protective Talisman: In ancient times, it was believed that sapphires protected the wearer from envy and harm. Travelers would carry them as protective amulets.
Physical and Chemical Properties
Blue sapphires belong to the corundum family of minerals. The presence of iron and titanium gives the sapphire its blue hue. They rank 9 on the Mohs scale of hardness, making them the second hardest mineral after diamonds. This durability makes them an excellent choice for daily wear.
FAQs on Blue Sapphire
Q: Where are blue sapphires found? A: While Sri Lanka and Myanmar (formerly Burma) are historically significant sources, blue sapphires are also found in Australia, Madagascar, Thailand, and the US (Montana).
Q: How do I care for my blue sapphire jewelry? A: Due to their hardness, sapphires resist scratching. However, they can still be damaged by impact. Clean them with mild soap and warm water, and avoid exposing them to harsh chemicals.
Q: Are there different shades of blue sapphires? A: Yes, blue sapphires range from light to dark blue. The most prized sapphires are medium to medium-dark blue.
Q: What makes blue sapphires valuable? A: Because sapphires are classed as precious gems, they can be expensive. Sapphires are graded on the origin, color, clarity, size, and cut of each stone – just like diamonds. Sapphires that are a deep rich blue are considered the most valuable along with those that are tinged with violet and purple. Sapphires with hints of green or gray are not as sought after, especially because gray hues can negatively affect the clarity of a sapphire.
Q: Can blue sapphires be treated to enhance their color? A: Yes, heat treatment is common to improve color and clarity. It’s essential to ask for certification when purchasing to determine if the stone has been treated.
Q: What other colors do sapphires come in? A: While blue is the most famous, sapphires come in almost every color except red. These are known as ‘fancy sapphires’.
Contact Gittelson Jewelers
The blue sapphire, with its deep, mesmerizing hue, is truly a gemstone for the ages. Are you seeking a Sapphire September Birthstone for yourself or someone else? Our family-owned business in the heart of downtown Minneapolis can help you source the perfect gemstone for your fine piece of jewelry. Or you can come in with your vision drawn out on paper, a napkin wherever your desires get scribbled down. We’ll CAD model it and custom design the perfect birthstone jewelry ring or pendant for you. Just schedule an appointment!