Sapphire gemstone, #sapphire

The Stone of Destiny

 

Creative Expression, Intuition, Hope

 

The magnificent striking blue of Sapphire has captivated the hearts and attention of humans for centuries. The metaphysical properties that are connected to Sapphires are interpretation, insight and clairvoyance. Sapphires have at times symbolized heavenly grace, an apt description for these celestial gems. Is a stone of protection and prophetic wisdom, a wondrous crystal that can watch over human destiny. It is believed to promote joy, faith, hope and protection during long journeys

 

The History of Sapphire

The word Sapphire comes from the Greek word “sappheiros” meaning “precious stone”. Sapphires are a part of the four precious gemstone family, consisting of rubies, diamonds and emeralds. Sapphires have been a popular and sought after gemstone since the Middle Ages. Medieval clergy wore Sapphire jewelry in order to symbolize heaven and attract heavenly blessings. Sapphire has always been worn by royalty to symbolize holiness, wisdom, virtue and good fortune. Due to these obvious Divine characteristic sapphire represents a sort of Divine stone, most desirable by royalty and aristocracy, as well as by high priests. The British crown is saturated with large blue sapphires, symbols of pure and wise rein.

The Crown Jewels
The Crown Jewels

The British Crown Jewels feature many large sapphires.

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Queen Elizabeth coronation, 1953
Queen Elizabeth coronation, 1953
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Unpolished, rough sapphire
Unpolished, rough sapphire
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Josephine's engagement RING
Josephine's engagement RING

In 1796, Napoleon Bonaparte gave his future wife, Josephine, this lovely gold engagement ring with two pear shaped stones, one diamond, one blue sapphire, each weighing approximately 1 carat. At a recent auction celebrating Josephine’s 250th birthday, it sold for just under $$950,000 when it was only expected to fetch about $20,000

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Shades of Sapphire
Sapphires are well renowned for their classically rich blue hue, however, they actually come in a variety of different colors (called fancy sapphires).
Pink Sapphires – More of a pinky-orange hue, this sapphire is called padparadscha
Yellow Sapphires – A certain amount of iron makes this gem yellow
Star Sapphires – Exhibits a star-like phenomenon known as asterism
Green Sapphires – Similar to yellow sapphires but leaning more to a green hue
There are pink sapphires, yellow sapphires, violet sapphires, green sapphires and clear sapphires.

Today most sapphires are mined in Australia.

Green and blue sapphires

Sapphire jewellery
When it comes to jewelry made from sapphire, blue sapphire rings and engagement rings are highly popular but also can be very costly. This is probably due to the above mentioned interest of the royal families in the past, and also to the relative rarity of the transparent blue sapphire stones. Most examples of blue sapphire rings are seen alongside with gold or platinum, and readily combined with diamonds. The blue sapphires come in many nuances of the blue color, ranging from very light almost sky like blue up to the deep rich shades.

The September Birthstone

Sapphires are the traditional September birthstone and also are associated with Aquarius, Virgo, Libra and Capricorn. For those born in the month of September, Sapphire may help banish evil negative thoughts and enhance the positive influences of the planet Venus. It is unsurprising that those born in the month of September would share the same attributes of those found in Sapphire jewels: analytical, observant and precise- reminiscent of the clarity Sapphires possess. This dazzling blue gemstone is bound to bring insight to September babies, also Sapphires have been associated with sincerity, constancy and truth.

 

Various facts

As one of the first known gemstones and a hardness of 9 out of 10 on Moh’s Scale – meaning it has excellent hardness and won’t scratch easily – sapphires have been a favorite of royals for many, many years for their precious qualities and symbolism. The most famous royal blue sapphire engagement ring in modern history was that of Princess Diana’s, now Kate Middleton’s.

The Largest Faceted Blue Sapphire In The World is a remarkable huge blue sapphire and it was discovered in 1907,  near Adams Peak, Sri Lanka. This was a huge deal, as blue is one of the rarest colors of sapphire on the planet. The sapphire was subsequently cut and polished into the Blue Giant of the Orient.  At the time, it was reported to weigh 466 carats, and became the largest-faceted blue sapphire in the world.

Black Star of Queensland is a 733-carat (146.6 g) black sapphire, and the world's largest gem quality star sapphire. It was discovered in the 1930s by 12-year-old Roy Spencer in Queensland, Australia, the boy’s dad dismissed the stone as an enormous black chrystal and used as a doorstop in the family home for 9 years. Now set majestically as a pendant framed by 35 diamonds. It’s valued at about $80 million and is considered one of the most famous sapphires in the world.

The Blue Giant of the Orient
The Blue Giant of the Orient

Is a cushion-cut, intense medium-blue color sapphire that has full color saturation. The gem displays a strong orange-red fluorescence in ultra-violet light.

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Black Star of Queensland
Black Star of Queensland

Is a 733-carat (146.6 g) black sapphire, and the world's largest gem quality star sapphire.

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Mohs Scale of mineral hardness
Mohs Scale of mineral hardness
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Kate Middleton
Kate Middleton

Princess Diana’s ring consists of 14 solitaire diamonds surrounding a 12-carat oval blue Ceylon sapphire, set in 18-karat white gold.It was created by jeweler Garrard and cost at the time, 28,000 pounds sterling.

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