SEPTEMBER BIRTHSTONE – SAPPHIRE
The Sapphire has long been the desire of Kings, Queens, Nobility and the common man. It was looked up to as a symbol of good fortune, wisdom and heaven.
In this article, we will be looking at the Birthstone of September, the Sapphire. The name “Sapphire” comes from the Latin “Sapphirus”, from the Greek “Sappirus” and from the Hebrew “Sappheiros”.
This stone has held the attention of royalty, the famous and the poor for millennia. The exquisite blue colour and the hardness and durability of the stone have made this one of the most prized gemstones over the centuries.
It is also the 45th wedding anniversary gemstone.
History of the Sapphire
The Sapphire has been a prized gemstone since early ancient history and was already mentioned in the Bible and Persian writings as early as 500-1000BC.
In ancient history, the Sapphire continued to be a highly sought after gem by royalty and towards the middle-ages was worn by clergy as a symbol of heaven. For this reason, many followers thought heavenly blessings followed the one who wore a Sapphire.
Some famous Sapphires include the Star of India, Logan Sapphire and the Maria Alexandrovna Sapphire.
Where Sapphires are Found
Sapphires have been mined in the Kashmir region for centuries but are nowadays also mined in Australia, Myanmar (Burma), Sri Lanka and Montana (USA) and Thailand, to name but a few.
Although Sapphires are known for their beautiful blue colour, like many precious stones, Sapphires have a wide range of colour variation depending on the trace elements of chromium, iron, titanium and other elements in the gemstone. These Sapphires are called Fancy Sapphires.
Available colours include yellow, green, grey, pink, purple etc.
There is also a Colour-change Sapphire that changes colour depending on the type of light shining on it.
The Star Sapphire reflects a 6-sided star shape when polished. There are also claims of a 12-sided star visible on some Star Sapphires.
The Kashmir Sapphires come from Kashmir and have a velvet softness to their shine that no other Sapphires have.
There are many varieties to chose from therefore we invite you to make an appointment to speak to one of our jewellers to help you choose your desired colour or type when planning your next Sapphire Jewellery piece.
If you are planning a gift for a September anniversary or event, consider some Sapphire Jewellery from Francois Custom Jewellers in Pretoria, Gauteng.
Francois Jewellers has many years of experience in jewellery design and service in the jewellery industry and are looking forward to making your jewellery experience one to be remembered.
Caring for Your Sapphire Jewellery
It is best to put on your Sapphire Jewellery after applying makeup to prevent cosmetic powder or lipstick from dulling or smudging the shine of your Jewellery. Do not use not use mechanical jewellery cleaners or ultrasonic cleaners unless your jeweller at Francois’ Jewellers assures you of its safety. Even though Sapphires are a very hard gemstone, care needs to be taken with the actual silver or gold settings that hold your Sapphire in place.
It’s safe to use a mild soap to clean and then a soft felt-free cloth to shine by rubbing your Sapphire Jewellery gently.
If you’re not sure of the correct care option for your Sapphire Jewellery, please feel free to drop off your jewellery items at Francois Jewellers for quick polish before your next big event.