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.
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.
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.
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:
This 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.
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.
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!
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!
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