Sapphires, Birth Stone of September
Sapphires are part of the corundum gemstone family along with rubies which are the red corundum. Originally Sapphires were only recognised as a blue gemstone but they occur in a kaleidoscope of colours.
These include unusual Sapphires like the Padparadscha Sapphire a very beautiful pinkish orange sapphire named after the Lotus blossom and colour changing sapphires that change appearance depending on the light.
Sapphires have been used in jewellery throughout history but up until the 19th century the other coloured sapphires were given misleading names like “oriental peridot” for green sapphires and “oriental Topaz” for yellow sapphires.
Sapphires were once worn for protection and were a favourite of kings around the world.
Sapphires are second only to diamonds in hardness and are a perfect alternative gemstone to diamonds for engagement rings. Princess Diana of England was famously known for her large 12-carat blue sapphire oval engagement ring.
Sapphires are found all over the globe including Zimbabwe, Madagascar and Malawi, at ANPA we love working with sapphires found near the Umba River in Tanzania.
Sapphires are thought to bring clear headiness and encouragement, they are said to help with achieving goals and following dreams. Sapphires represent the birthstone of September, and the 45th and 65th wedding anniversaries.
Each colour Sapphire has its own unique properties Blue Sapphires symbolise tranquillity, calmness and help keep negative thoughts away. Pink Sapphires are believed to protect against ill-health and promote good fortune Yellow sapphires are said to enhance positivity and harness the energy of the sun
Whichever colour Sapphire catches your eye, these captivating gemstones are believed bring harmony, happiness and joy whenever they are worn.