Five Facts For The Sapphire Lover

Unfortunately summer is coming to an end, but the good news is it is time again to celebrate September's birthstone: SAPPHIRE! Whether you are a September baby, a sapphire lover, or just curious about gemstones, we have compiled a list of some things you may not have known about this historic gem.

1) Sapphires make great alternative stones for engagement rings.

Are you looking to get engaged but are seeking something other than traditional diamonds? No problem! Sapphire gemstones make the perfectly practical alternative stone for engagement rings because they are very durable. The gemstone rates as a 9 on the MOHS hardness scale (while diamond rates as a 10).

Genuine, synthetic, and simulate sapphire rings for sale at Maejean Vintage

Genuine, synthetic, and simulate sapphire rings for sale at Maejean Vintage

2) Sapphires come in LOTS of different colors!

Although blue typically comes to mind when thinking of sapphires, the gemstone actually occurs in almost a rainbow of different bodycolors. In its red variety, it is referred to as a ruby. Any other dominant hue than red or blue is considered to be a fancy sapphire. Some colors are more rare than others. Sapphires can come in purple, pink, orange, yellow, green, and even black, brown, and gray!

3) Sapphire is the birthstone of September, and is associated with romance and faithfulness <3

If you were born in September, you are lucky enough to call sapphire your birthstone! The gemstone has been worn by royalty for centuries. Sapphires were believed to provide protection and can be highly romantic. In Britain, Prince Charles gave a blue sapphire ring to Lady Diana Spencer in the early 1980s. After Princess Diana’s passing, Prince William proposed to Catherine Middleton with this heirloom sapphire ring.

4) Sapphires can contain stars.

If you were born in September, you are lucky enough to call sapphire your birthstone! The gemstone has been worn by royalty for centuries. Sapphires were believed to provide protection and can be highly romantic. In Britain, Prince Charles gave a blue sapphire ring to Lady Diana Spencer in the early 1980s. After Princess Diana’s passing, Prince William proposed to Catherine Middleton with this heirloom sapphire ring.

5) Sapphires can change colors.

You read that right! One variety of sapphire, called color-change sapphire can change from a bluish violet to a strong reddish purple, depending on the lighting it is being viewed in. Talk about a chameleon!

Hope everyone has a fantastic month, filled with lots of sapphires!

XOXO,

Laura Mae & Amanda Jean
www.maejeanvintage.etsy.com

 


Sources: Gemological Institute of America (GIA)