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We can all use a little help, encouragement, and inspiration sometimes. Whatever you believe about the healing properties of gemstones, it’s undeniable: Jewelry empowers us. That’s the motivation behind our Gemstone Feature series. By sharing the stories of some of the gemstones gracing our latest Bloom pieces, we celebrate the countless ways jewelry brings positive energy to our lives.
September birthstone Sapphire — also the gemstone for the 5th and 45th wedding anniversaries — has been celebrated for centuries for its beauty and vibrance. While most people are familiar with blue Sapphires, the gem also comes in a range of other colors, including pink, purple, violet, yellow, orange, green, gray, black, brown, and several shades in between. Fun fact: Sapphire and Ruby share origins, as they’re both in the corundum family. Rubies are exclusively red corundum, and Sapphire is every other color!
Whether you’re a fan of the September birthstone or you’re considering giving a gorgeous gift of Sapphire jewelry to a loved one, this resplendent and royal gemstone has an impressive story to tell. Read on to learn more about the history, meaning, and supposed healing properties of Sapphire.
What Is the Meaning of Sapphire?
The meaning of Sapphire has a long and colorful history extending back to the middle ages. As the American Gem Society explains, “the celestial blue color of this gemstone symbolized heaven and attracted divine favor and wise judgment.” Indeed, Sapphire has been known as a royal stone for centuries. Kings and queens throughout the ages have worn Sapphire for its purported powers of wisdom, protection, and prosperity.
Members of the clergy also wore Sapphires, seeing them as symbols of the blue heavens. AGS shares that “Greeks wore Sapphire for guidance when seeking guidance from the oracle,” “Buddhists believed that it brought spiritual enlightenment,” and “Hindus used it during worship.” This long association with royalty and divinity means that the meaning of Sapphire has also come to symbolize nobility, truth, faithfulness, and devotion, as well as the highest reaches of faith, insight, wise judgment, and protection from evil thoughts.
The most famous Sapphires in history reflect the royal tradition and meaning of Sapphire. Biblical stories tell of a ring worn by King Solomon — thought to be a Sapphire talisman — which gave him rare wisdom and power. Helen of Troy is said to have owned a massive Sapphire, adding to her supposedly war-inspiring powers of attraction. Napoleon gave his wife, the Empress Josephine, a jewelry collection positively dripping with Sapphires. In 1981, Prince Charles bestowed a blue Sapphire engagement ring on Lady Diana Spencer. The same ring was ultimately given by Charles and Diana’s son William to Kate Middleton, now the Duchess of Cambridge.
What Are the Healing Properties of Sapphire?
Unsurprisingly, September gemstone Sapphire’s supposed healing properties echo these historical meanings. But new layers of meaning have arisen over the years. Sapphire is thought to:
- Promote wisdom, mental focus/discipline, and peace of mind. Sapphire is believed to be a calming gemstone, helping wearers to calm their minds, balance their emotions, and release unwanted thoughts. By encouraging mental focus and discipline, it opens the path to wisdom and allows understanding of personal truths. In this way, Sapphires are thought to help wearers find serenity and peace of mind, as they learn to trust themselves and their paths. Serenity now!
- Support effective self-expression. Sapphires are thought to stimulate the Throat Chakra, believed to be central to allowing you to not only feel but express your emotions and ideas.
- Offer protection. Sapphires were long believed to boost the immune system, helping to calm disorders, alleviate the symptoms of various diseases, and even serve as an antidote to poison. They have also been thought to protect wearers from the evil eye.
Bonus fun fact: High-end Apple Watches and other expensive watches use synthetic Sapphire glass for their screens! Sapphires are high on the Mohs Hardness scale (9 to a Diamond’s 10), making them an extremely durable choice. So, a different kind of protection is at work — but protection nonetheless.
Sapphire Jewelry for a September of Serenity, Self-Expression & Wisdom
We think you’ll agree that our Star Sapphire Pave Diamond Halo Oval Paperclip Necklace is a uniquely amazing presentation of the September birthstone. This heirloom-worthy necklace (maximum length 18”) makes a bold, beautiful statement — as well as a gentle echo of the Diamond-encrusted look of Princess Kate’s engagement ring and the royal brooch that inspired it. The central Star Sapphire is a relatively rare type of Sapphire which has the quality of asterism, which means it reflects light in what looks like a mystical, shimmering star.
Complete your heirloom-worthy set with these magnificent Star Sapphire Pave Diamond Halo Studs. These approximately 11mm-wide studs, set in Oxidized Sterling Silver, feature the same complimentary lifetime guarantee Bloom offers on every piece of our jewelry.
Want that royal Sapphire jewelry feel — without the royal-feeling price tag? Our Sapphire Gold Paperclip Necklace is a perfect choice. The Gold Paperclip chain — one of Bloom’s Signature Layering Necklaces — can also be worn without the faceted, hand wrapped Sapphire pendant, making it even more versatile.
Sapphire Gold Paperclip Necklace$135.00
Love the charm necklace look? Check out our Kyanite, Sapphire & Pearl Antique Silver Paperclip Charm Necklace, which mixes Blue Sapphire with other gemstones, including Kyanite and Pearl, on a 16.5”-long Oxidized Sterling Silver Chain.
Last but not least, how about some Sapphire jewelry featuring some different colors of Sapphire? Our Diamond Slice Pink & Green Sapphire Strung Choker has got you covered. This strung short necklace features pink and green Sapphires and a unique Diamond Slice pendant, and can be worn at varying lengths from 17” to 19”.
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