Can you believe we are almost to the end of September? I hear people asking where the summer went and I’m just wondering where the past month went! If the next three months go as quickly as the previous three, I better get some shopping done now or I’ll miss Christmas!
Before the month escapes us, let’s look at September’s birthstone.
Beautiful dark blue sapphires are the birthstone for the month of September. However, did you know sapphires naturally appear in colors other than blue? Let’s explore sapphires for a little bit and see what else we can learn.
Sapphires come from the mineral corundum, which is the same mineral rubies come from. The primary difference between two is their color. Rubies are red corundum while sapphires come in just about every other color in the rainbow. Sapphires can even be shades of gray or black and they can also be colorless.
As with rubies, sapphires are considered both hard and tough; however, it’s still good to be careful with them in case they have small fractures which could break under pressure. Heat can also affect the color and/or clarity of the stone.
Sapphires are considered one of the more rare stones; however, they can be found in several places throughout the world. The most region most famous for sapphires is the Kashmir region, which is located between Pakistan and India. The sapphires which come from here are sometimes called “Kashmir sapphires.” They are known for their vivid blue color. Very few sapphires come from this region today; most of them were mined out about 100 years ago. Sapphires are also found in Burma/Myanmar, Sri Lanka, Madagascar, Africa, Australia, Cambodia, and the United States.
The deep blue color of sapphires has been associated with royalty and romance for centuries. In the Middle Ages it was used by the clergy because they believed the blue color symbolized heaven. It is also known as a stone of love and commitment and it has been claimed that sapphires encourage faithfulness and loyalty.
In ancient times, people consumed sapphires because they believed the stones were a remedy for poison and poisonous bites. It was also thought to cure fevers, colds, and ulcers.
Currently, I do not have any pieces made with sapphires, but I would like to show you two of the different colors of sapphires. The first image is what is traditionally thought of as a sapphire with its deep blue color. The second image is a pink sapphire. This has more of the elements that are found in rubies, but it is not the correct hue to be considered a ruby, so it is still a sapphire.
Both of these images are from the Gemological Institute of America (GIA), which is considered the authority when it comes to gemology.
I hope this has been educational for you. It’s fun to see how many people are surprised by the fact that sapphires come in colors other than blue, and they are even more surprised to learn the connection between sapphires and rubies.
Thanks for stopping by!