3 IMPORTANT FACTS ABOUT SEPTEMBERS BIRTHSTONE THE SAPPHIRE
A maiden born when Sepetember leaves,
Are rustling in September’s breeze,
A sapphire on her brow should bind
‘Twill cure diseases of the mind.
The sapphire is another variety of the mineral corundum and aluminium oxide. Its statement royal blue hue (as well as other colours) can be attributed to traces of iron, titanium, chromium, copper or magnesium. Sapphire can be found in colours light blue – black, pink and yellow
Its most common use is of course in jewellery of all types especially designer jewellery, earrings and engagement rings but due to the remarkable hardness of natural sapphire, they’re also used in other non-ornamental applications such as in infared optical components (used by physicists to detect different wavelengths of light), high-durability windows, wristwatch crystals and movement bearings.
Sapphire is mined from alluvial deposits and occurs naturally from certain sediments (naturally occurring material that’s been broken down by weathering and erosion… in case you forgot) due to their resistance to erosion compared with softer stones. Their price varies depending on colour, clarity, cut, size and overall quality- as well as their geographical origin.
The world’s go-to sapphire deposits are located in Eastern Australia, Thailand, Sri Lanka, China, Madagascar, East Africa and North America. Interestingly, sapphire tends to share site with ruby (see July) as they also belong to the corundum family!
Sapphire has been synthetically produced since 1902 and these synthetic stones also have many industrial uses.
Now that we have the technical stuff explained, as interesting as it is, I ask you to direct your eyes below as we unveil this month’s Three Interesting Facts…
INTERESTING FACT ABOUT SAPPHIRES ONE
1: The name comes from the Greek ‘sapheiros’ which means blue- weren’t those ancient Greeks imaginative??
INTERESTING FACT ABOUT SAPPHIRES TWO
2: Sapphire stands as a symbol of truth, sincerity and faithfulness and for this reason often makes a meaningful engagement ring
-Like the engagement ring Charles gave to Diana!
Hey! Once you’ve read this month’s Three Interesting Facts, why not revert back to our ‘Differ From Diamonds’ post for more alternative ideas…
INTERESTING FACT ABOUT SAPPHIRES THREE
3: Stemming back hundreds of years, it is thought that sapphire holds powers of spiritual enlightenment and inner peace and is also believed to boost the mood of its wearer, functioning as an antidepressant.
From September to October means from one birthstone profile to another and next month’s is a beaut! Encompassing all the colours of the rainbow, as it were, we bring you Three Interesting Facts about opal. Stay Tuned!
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Written and researched by Hazel Martin for Helly and Haz of Helen Swan Designer Jewellery