A symbol of Heaven and thought to bring blessings from, Sapphires are best known for their pure blue color. With names such as Kashmir and Padparadscha, this corundum has many names of all colors, except red which is called Ruby. Lovely shades of blue, green, pink, orange, yellow, purples, and white, even color change, sapphires offer their beauty to any desired buyer.
The name sapphire comes from the Greek word "sappheiros," which more than likely refers to lapis, due to gems receiving their classification by color alone by ancient generations. Corundum is a 9 on the Mohls scale. The hardness of this gem makes it an ideal selection for jewelry pieces worn every day, such as an engagement ring. Gemstones are sourced from around the world, including The United States. Sapphires receive their color from trace elements located in their atomic structure. Iron and titanium give sapphire it's blue. As an alternative to natural creation, corundum is grown laboratories and used in different industries. You can find these lab-grown gems, which have almost the exact chemical composition to the natural selection, in the jewelry industry as well. It is important that they are disclosed as "lab-grown" or "created" to the buyer.
It was thought to have special healing powers with the eyes. When heated above the eye, it was said to be able to remove foreign objects. According to Gems in Myth, Legend, and Lore by Bruce G. Knuth, this is a practice still used in some modern medicine. Bartolomaeus Anglicus claimed that sapphires were the antidote for poison in his 1495 writings. Although I don't recommend trying this at home the next time you find yourself in that situation. Midevil ages, sapphire, was believed to bring blessings to its owner.
Shakespeare wrote, "Like sapphire, pearl, and rich embroidery Buckled below fair knighthood's bending knee" in Merry Wives of Windsor and "The heaven-hued sapphire and the opal blend with objects manifold." in the Idem. This precious gemstone has danced across the pages of many poets and historical writings. Mentioned in the Bible as one of the gems that adorned the breastplate of the High Priest of the Temple, it represented one of the twelve tribes of Israel. It is also said to be the second foundation of heaven.
They are treasured, the world over, by the wealthier classes and Royals. One of the most notable is the engagement ring worn by Princess Di and later presented Dutchess Kate, sparking a renewed desire for the sapphire engagement ring.
When a sapphire is placed next to diamonds, it represents pure love. It is the gift for the 5th and 45th wedding anniversary along with the birthstone of September. If you are looking for a special gift for someone or just something to bring a little blessing to your life, sapphires are a perfect fit. We invite you to come by and see our lovely collection and as always, if you don't find the piece you love today, we will specialize in custom jewelry design. We will be delighted to make a one-of-a-kind piece of jewelry for you.
3rd Generation Jeweler and Sales Manager for Wirt’s Jewelers