Sapphire translates from the ancient Greek word for blue, but Sapphire Rings, Sapphire Engagement Rings, Sapphire Eternity Rings, Sapphire Earrings, Pendants, Bracelets and all other Sapphire Jewellery, are to be found in many different colours. The Sapphire is often referred to the 'gem of the heavens' or 'celestial gem', and Sapphire are thought to offer faith, truth and sincerity. They bring joy, wisdom and peace and they are the Birthstone for September and the astrological sign of Virgo
Sapphires are second in hardness to only diamonds, and therefore provide an excellent partnership.
A Sapphire Poem
"A maiden born when autumn leaves
Are rustling in September's breeze,
A Sapphire on her brow should bind;
To bring her joy and peace of mind."
The September birthstone poem reflects some of the properties with which the Sapphire is associated - truth, sincerity and constancy. The traditional metaphysical properties for the September Birthstone Sapphire are clairvoyance, insight and interpretation. The healing properties of the September Birthstone are reputed to be effective for health problems relating to lowering fevers and inflammation, hearing problems, cancer and burns. The Sapphire is also used to enhance the influences of Venus and and banish evil thoughts.
History of Sapphires
During their history Sapphires have been the most venerated amongst all nations, and particularly in the East it is the stone most frequently consecrated to the various gods and deities. Amongst Buddhists it is believed to produce a desire for prayer, and is regarded as the Stone of Stones to give Spiritual Light, and to bring Peace and Happiness as long as the wearer of a sapphire leads a moral life.
Sapphire is the usual name for transparent corundum. The word corundum (aluminium oxide) often includes sapphire and ruby, because of their shared characteristics.The usual colour associated with sapphire is blue, but sapphire can be almost any colour.
Sapphires remain the worlds number 1 selling coloured gem. While not as expensive as rubies, the price for a fine quality sapphire can be higher than that of a diamond.
Christian Church: In the early days of the Christian Church, the stones and metal used in making the ring of a Bishop was left very much to the taste of the individual, but in the twelfth century Pope Innocent III decreed that these rings should be made of pure gold and then set with an un-engraved stone. The Sapphire was the gem which was selected, as possessing the virtues and qualities essential to its dignified position as the badge of the Pope.
The Jews: The Jews also held sapphires in high veneration, the seal-stone in the ring of King Solomon was said to have been a Sapphire. In Exodus xxiv. 10, the description of a manifestation of Jehovah is as follows:
"There was under his feet as it were a paved work of a sapphire stone, and as it were
the body of heaven in his clearness."
Middle Ages: During the Middle Ages the qualities attributed to Sapphires were that they preserved Chastity, discovered Fraud and Treachery, protected from Poison, Plague, Fever, and Skin Diseases and had great power in resisting black magic. In smallpox sapphires were thought to preserve the eyes from injury if rubbed on them. It is recorded that in the Church of Old St. Paul's, London, there was a famous Sapphire given by "Richard de Preston, Citizen and Grocer of that city, for the cure of infirmities in the eyes of those thus afflicted who might resort to it."
Love Charm: Cloudy Sapphires are sometimes found which owing to a peculiarity in their composition show six rays of light running from the top of the stone. These are known as Asteria, or Star Stones. Star sapphires were believed to be powerful for the procuring of favours, for bringing good fortune and as protection against witchcraft. Star Sapphires were also valued in Ancient History as a love charm. The wife of the Emperor Charlemagne is reputed to have possessed a very powerful charm consisting of two rough Sapphires and a portion of the Holy Cross, made by the Magi in the train of the Emperor of the East. This Talisman, or love charm, was made for the purpose of keeping the Emperor's affections constant to his wife. The sapphire charm worked so well that his love endured after her death.
Giving a piece of jewellery containing a birthstone gem will offer the wearer good luck and protection. Monthly birthstones symbolize the month of birth according to the Gregorian Calendar.
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