Monday, September 22, 2014

The sapphire, September’s gorgeous birthstone, can probably be described the gemstone version of Saint Patrick, Ireland’s patron saint and legendary snake-banisher, because some cultures believe that a venomous snake will die if it’s placed into a bowl made out of the blue gemstone. The stone, once known in olden times as the lapis lazuli, is also believed to protect wearers from evil and poison, which might explain its prominence among royalty and the clergy.

Myths, history, and healing

The blue sapphire is also associated with the attributes of honesty and constancy, and is said to help bring its wearers happiness, wealth, and the realization of their dreams. Crystal healing proponents, on the other hand, say that this gemstone is effective against illnesses like cancer and fevers, as well as hearing issues.

The sapphire in practical terms

Now whether you subscribe to these same beliefs or not, it cannot be denied that the sapphire, from the Greek “sappheiros” which means “blue stone”, with its many variations of blue is truly breathtaking. The sapphire is the blue precious stone form of the corundum, an aluminum oxide (a ruby is also a corundum), and is also one of the hardest minerals around. This means that aside from being used for ornamental purposes, sapphires may see use in scientific equipment and electronics.

September’s birthstone in jewelry

When it comes to using sapphires to make jewelry pieces, like most other gems, the sapphire is graded according to its color. While these stones normally come in variations of blue, it’s fairly common to see violet, purple and green mixed in with the blues. Generally speaking, sapphires with tinges of violet and purple are seen to be fine quality examples while green hues make the sapphire less than ideal.

If you’re buying jewelry with a sapphire or any other gemstone, it’s best to do some research to make sure that you’re getting a high quality piece. There are many resources on how jewelers and jewelry experts value gems including our very own guide in Bailey Banks and Biddle.

But to get an idea of what a high quality, skillfully-made sapphire piece looks like, here are some gorgeous examples from Bailey Banks and Biddle’s online shop:

the sapphire 1This 14K white gold ring has a gorgeous deep, deep blue sapphire (almost Egyptian blue) surrounded by 26 diamonds. A stunning example of September’s birthstone, this ring can be a dazzling alternative to the traditional diamond engagement ring. 

the sapphire 2

Lovers of the color blue will enjoy this elegant cushion-shaped topaz and sapphire pendant hung on a sterling silver necklace. The mix of the two shades calls to mind the sea or the sky, and is sure to impress onlookers.

the sapphire 3

These drop earrings are a combination of diamonds and sapphires. The colors, sparkle, and the earrings’ shape may remind wearers of raindrops – lovely, glittering raindrops!

the sapphire 4

Finally, this uniquely-formed ring is perfect for fashionistas who enjoy trying styles that are out-of-the-box and daring. With its striking Ceylon sapphires, unusual shape, and glistening diamonds, anyone who wears this ring should expect admirers.

These four examples are just a few of Bailey Banks and Biddle’s sapphire jewelry pieces. There are still more sapphire necklace, bracelet, ring, and earring styles available in our online shop and retail boutiques. If you’re a September birthday celebrant; or if you’re buying a gift for someone’s 45th or 65th year of marriage; or if you just like sapphires, just visit our homepage to learn all about them!

Monday, September 1, 2014

Bailey Banks & Biddle at Potomac Outlets announces online giveaway to win a Diamond Heart Necklace in Sterling Silver (Retail $395) by entering our “Fall into Fashion” Contest on the Bailey Banks & Biddle at Potomac Outlets Facebook Page. The Contest- No purchase necessary. A purchase will not improve your chances of winning. The contest… Read more »

Monday, September 1, 2014

Bailey Banks & Biddle announces online giveaway to win a Diamond Fashion Necklace in 14K White Gold (1/2 carat t.w.) (Retail $750) by entering our “Fall into Fashion” Contest on the Bailey Banks & Biddle Facebook Page. The Contest- No purchase necessary. A purchase will not improve your chances of winning. The contest begins at… Read more »

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

A look at some of the world’s most famous diamond necklaces Earlier this year Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge was spotted wearing a gorgeous diamond necklace to a fundraising event at the National Portrait Gala. As usual, people oohed-and-ahhed at the ever-fashionable Princess Kate’s outfit and her choice of sparklers, a necklace which contained the almond… Read more »

Monday, July 14, 2014

With the ruby’s mesmerizing blood-red hue, any highly-imaginative person could easily see it as having sinister mystical powers. In reality, July’s birthstone is known for the representing the opposite: ancient Hindu people believed that the red gemstone protected wearers from evil. Although beliefs like this still persist to this day, modern people also associate the… Read more »

Friday, July 4, 2014

With the summer heat upon us, our wardrobes are getting noticeably lighter but that doesn’t mean we’re about to skimp on looking stylish and put-together. Hotter weather just means that we have a new set of accessories to match with our new “beat the heat” outfits! Here are some of this season’s coolest jewelry trends!… Read more »

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

More than just being elegant fashionable accessories, any expert will tell you that watches and extraordinarily complicated and impressive pieces of machinery you can wear on your wrist. This is probably why so watches are so fascinating and why not a small number of people are so devoted to collecting them. Now if you’re one… Read more »

Sunday, June 22, 2014

Earrings rank pretty high among gift ideas for being precious, beautiful and timeless. Kept well, a nice pair may last through generations as an heirloom. That said, not all earrings are created equal and there are many things to consider when you’re shopping for earrings. Size If you’re planning to surprise someone with a pair… Read more »

Thursday, June 19, 2014

It’s an undeniable fact that fine jewelry is an investment and as such, taking care of your precious necklaces, rings, and earrings is of the utmost importance. We could even safely say cleaning your jewelry ranks high among skills you must learn when you reach adulthood, along with changing a tire on your car, doing… Read more »

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Bailey Banks & Biddle at Potomac Outlets announces online giveaway to win a pair of Honora Sterling Silver 9-10MM Chocolate Freshwater Cultured Pearl with Smoky Quartz Hoop Dangle Earrings (Retail $200) by entering our “Summer Jewelry Giveaway” Contest on the Bailey Banks & Biddle at Potomac Outlets Facebook Page. The Contest- No purchase necessary. A… Read more »

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