Purify your soul this September with sapphires! They are stunning all year round but are especially relevant as they are the birthstone for the month of September and have been known for their healing qualities. I love using sapphires in my work as they are beautiful, strong, and colorful. They look amazing in gold settings and integrate them often in engagement rings, earrings, pendants as well as my other gemstone rings for everyday wear. I often replace diamond jewelry with sapphires for clients who prefer something a bit out of the ordinary. One of my most popular rings is this vintage style Russian wedding ring that I have altered and added small sapphires to give it a bit more texture and glamour.
The sapphire was said to represent the purity of the soul. Before and during the Middle Ages, it was worn by priests as protection from impure thoughts and temptations of the flesh. Medieval kings of Europe valued these stones for rings and brooches, believing that it protected them from harm and envy. Warriors presented their young wives with sapphire necklaces so they would remain faithful. It was believed that the stone’s color would darken if worn by an adulterer or adulteress, or by an unworthy person.
Sapphires were once believed to be protection against snakes. It was said that if poisonous reptiles and spiders were placed in a jar containing the stone, the creatures would immediately die. The French of the 13th century believed that sapphire transformed stupidity to wisdom, and irritability to good temper.
In July, we celebrated the red ruby, a relative of the sapphire. They are both a form of the mineral corundum but the ruby is within it’s own category as it is only red while the sapphire corundum can vary in color. Typically, you will find sapphires as blue stones from light blue to dark, but also occur in other natural colors such as: colorless, gray, yellow, pale pink, orange, green, violet and brown. These are referred to as fancy sapphires. These different colors are caused by different kinds of impurities within the crystal. For example, yellow sapphires get their color from ferric iron, and colorless gems have no contaminants. Speaking of fancy sapphires…these are a pair of custom screw back earrings that I created for a special client who loves the Art Deco period and precious gems. They are now available online and are found easily within my New Designs! Happy September!