Sapphire is the September Birthstone & the 45th & 65th wedding anniversary stone. It is a Precious stone & as so belongs to the most exclusive group of gems. It is a variety of a Corundum gem family & its stunning color is caused by Iron & Titanium. Sapphire comes in many different grades, some are translucent & opaque - normally the clearer grades are worth many thousands of dollars . The name Sapphire originates from Greek word “sappheiros”, which probably referred to lapis lazuli (which is gemstone of blue color).
-Sapphire has been associated with royalty, which was strengthen when Prince Charles proposed to Lady Diana in 1981 with the famous Sapphire Ring.
-Kings & queens of ancient Rome & Greece believed that blue sapphires would protect them from envy & harm.
-In ancient Greece and Rome, kings and queens were convinced that blue sapphires protected their owners from envy and harm.
-The church during the Middle Ages wore this gemstone as a symbol of Heaven, while ordinary people believed that sapphire attracted heavenly blessings.
-People also believed that sapphires have the power to guard chastity, make peace between enemies, influence spirits and reveal the secrets of oracles.
Sapphire symbolises nobility, truth, sincerity and faithfulness. It’s strength is 9 on Mohs Scale. Care instructions - simply use some soapy water & wipe.