Sapphire is the September birthstone, so if your wife or BFF’s birthday is in September, read below.

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Anything Blue review – a variety of the mineral corundum associated with innocence, loyalty and royalty, the Sapphire is at the origin of incredible legends

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Believed to cure scorpions and snakes bites in India, the stunning blue gem (a crystalline form of aluminum oxide) is mentioned in the Bible as one of the ‘twelve stones of fire’. With multiple references in the Persian, Hindu, Roman or Greek mythologies, sapphires are charged with historical and spiritual meanings.


The September birthstone is the second hardest gemstone after the diamond, and also the second given gemstone for an engagement ring

From the Star of Bombay to the Rockefeller Sapphire, the most beautiful gems were given to Indian, Russian and Hollywood princesses. In November 2010, a famous sapphire ring received an impressive media cover, when Prince William passed on his mother Diana’s 18 carats sapphire engagement ring to his fiancée Kate Middleton.

 

Stories about Sapphire - Anything Blue

Picture source: Princess-Diana-Remembered.com – Anything Blue

Now a little quiz: who thought the sky took his color from a giant sapphire?

Discover the legends behind the most famous blue gemstone on Sapphminco.com and below.

‘The Story of Sapphire

Sapphire gets its name from the Latin word sapphirus, meaning blue, and is often referred to as the “gem of the heavens” or the “celestial gem,” as its color mirrors the sky at different times of the day. The word sapphire without a prefix, implies blue only.

Sapphires of all other colors are assigned a color prefix or are collectively termed fancy sapphires. If the color is red, it is a “ruby.” Both ruby and sapphire are varieties of the mineral corundum.

Legends and lore

Blue is one of the favorite colors of both men and women and is a color psychologically linked to the emotions of sympathy, calmness and loyalty.

Legend has it that the first person to wear a sapphire was Prometheus, the rival of Zeus, who took the gemstone from Cacaus, where he also stole fire from heaven for man.

The ancient Persians believed sapphires were a chip from the pedestal that supported the earth and that its reflections gave the sky its color […].

The guardians of innocence, sapphires symbolise truth, sincerity and faithfulness, and are thought to bring peace, joy and wisdom to their owners.’

Source (+ more facts and legends): the Story of Sapphire @Sapphminco.com

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Blue Sapphire Princess Ring by David Gross (New York), £43 760, available to order on Jewel Street

More info? Call the Jewel Street Concierge on +44 (0) 20 3744 1420

#SapphireRing Source: Diamonds and Sapphire Ring @Jewel Street

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Liza from GEMOLOGUE: This ring is perhaps the most personal piece of jewellery, often a sparkling token of love or other positive emotion.”

More? Read our September 2015 Edition – Blue Gem Month, with GEMOLOGUE

Stories about Sapphire - Anything Blue

Diana/ Kate Middleton’s engagement ring (18 carat sapphire)