We are delighted to share with you a brief history of one of the most revered and timeless gemstones - the sapphire.
Sapphires are the birthstone for September and are celebrated for their rich blue hue that has captured the hearts of gem enthusiasts for centuries. With a history dating back thousands of years, sapphires have played significant roles in various cultures, traditions, and legends.
The name "sapphire" originates from the Latin word "sapphirus" and the Greek word "sappheiros," both meaning "blue stone." Throughout history, sapphires have been associated with celestial and divine qualities due to their deep blue color resembling the sky and the sea.
In ancient times, sapphires were believed to offer protection and guidance. The ancient Persians believed that the Earth rested on a giant sapphire, lending its blue color to the sky. In the Middle Ages, sapphires were considered to be a symbol of loyalty and nobility, often adorning the robes and jewelry of royalty.
One of the most well-known sapphires is the St. Edward's Sapphire, set in the British Imperial State Crown. This royal gemstone has an extensive history, dating back to the 11th century when it was set into the ring of Edward the Confessor.
Sapphires also hold religious significance. In various cultures, they are associated with divine wisdom, insight, and spiritual enlightenment. Blue sapphires, in particular, are often linked with protection from harm and negative energies.
Today, sapphires remain one of the most sought-after gemstones, adorning engagement rings, necklaces, earrings, and more. Their allure is not limited to just blue; sapphires come in an array of colors, known as "fancy sapphires," each with its own unique charm.
Whether cherished for their deep blue beauty or their history of symbolism, sapphires are truly a gemstone of timeless elegance and significance.
Thank you for reading, and we hope you enjoyed learning a little bit more about the history of the September birthstone - the sapphire.
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