Since birthstones bring you luck and prosperity, it feels better to flaunt one when it is a pretty gem. So, September-borns are quite lucky, as their birthstone is the dazzling blue-hued Sapphire! But, even though these gems are primarily categorized under their true blue look, they come in some other sparkling shades too! So, those born in this month can adorn yourselves with this stylish gemstone, while making sure it brings you good luck!
- Generally, the rich blue variety of the mineral Corundum is classified as Sapphire.
- Traces of elements like Chromium, Copper, Iron, Titanium and Magnesium give this stone a variety of hues. Thus, Sapphires come in every color, except for red, since the red ones are called Rubies.
- The gemstone derives its name from the Latin word ‘Sapphirus’ and the Greek word ‘Sappheiros’ which means ‘blue stone’.
- People also believe that the name originated from Sanskrit word ‘Sanipriya’ meaning ‘dear to Saturn’.
- They come right after Diamonds on the Mohs scale, measuring a 9.
- Sapphires are also used in industrial applications like electronics, watches and scientific instruments.
- These gems are mainly mined in Myanmar, Vietnam, Thailand, India, Sri Lanka & China, though Madagascar leads in the Sapphire production in the world.
- Sapphires represent loyalty, sincerity and integrity.
- Back in the Middle Ages, the rich blue hue of the gemstone represented heaven and supposedly attracted divine favour.
- Greeks, when seeking divine answers from the Oracle, put on Sapphires for guidance.
- Kings of early times wore Sapphire rings for their power of protection.
- Hindus used this gem during worship, while Buddhists said it brought spiritual enlightenment.
- Ancient Hebrews believed the Ten Commandments to be engraved on tablets of Sapphire.
- From the late 19th to early 20th century, intense violet-blue Sapphires used to be mined in Kashmir.
- In October 2015, a particular gemstone from Kashmir sold at an auction for $242,000 per carat, setting the world record in price-per-carat for Sapphires.
- The Sri Lankan mines produced some famous star Sapphires such as the 1404.49-carat Star of Adam, the 563.4-carat Star of India and the 182-carat Star of Bombay.
- French chemist Auguste Verneuil found a process to create synthetic Sapphires in 1902.
- In 1981, Britain’s Prince Charles wooed Lady Diana with a 12-carat blue sapphire engagement ring, which was later passed on when Prince William proposed to Catherine Middleton with it in 2010.
- Each color of Sapphire is said to bring its own particular wisdom to the wearer.
- Sapphires remove mental tension & depression, bringing happiness & peace of mind.
- They stimulate concentration and sincerity.
- These gems align the physical, mental & spiritual planes, restoring balance in the body.
- Sapphires, otherwise known as “stone of prosperity”, help fulfil dreams and desires.
- They are used to treat blood-related disorders and cellular disorders, protect against excessive bleeding and regulates glands.
- Blue Sapphires symbolize purity and love.
- Yellow Sapphires bring wealth and prosperity.
- Black Sapphires help achieve confidence and stay grounded.
- Pink Sapphires combat against negative thoughts, bringing peace.
- White Sapphires help you focus by removing obstacles from your path.
- Green Sapphires bring loyalty & integrity.
- These gems are found in various colors, depending on the kind of mineral present in the original Corundum.
- Sapphires in colors other than blue are known as ‘fancies’.
- Pink Sapphires can easily be taken for Rubies, though generally Rubies have higher color saturation.
- Certain pinkish-orange Sapphires are called ‘padparadscha’ after the Sri Lankan word for Lotus, and might sometimes fetch higher prices than blue Sapphires.
- Apart from the most coveted intense blue, these stones come in various hues like pink, yellow, purple, green and even black.
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