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Blue Hues: Celebrating the Sapphire

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We’re well into September now, and the vibrant hues of summer are slowly but surely giving way to the rich, gold-tinged tones of autumn. As we enjoy the cooler mornings and the changing leaves, we’re also appreciating this month’s birthstone: The Sapphire.

There is so much to love about Sapphires—which is probably why they are consistently some of the most popular gemstones in the world. Aside from the rich blue color for which they are famous, Sapphires are rumored to have numerous metaphysical properties that benefit the wearer, from promoting wisdom and mental clarity to providing protection from harm. Ancient Greeks wore sapphires for guidance when seeking answers from the oracle, while Buddhists believed the stone brought spiritual enlightenment.

At Sindur Fine & Antique Jewelry, we’re partial to the sapphire gemstone for its resilience (which makes it ideal for everyday wear) as well as its versatility. A sapphire looks equally stunning set in silver or gold, and can make an incredible center stone for a statement piece or play a supporting role in accenting a diamond or other gem.

What else is there to love about Sapphires? Read on to find out:

  • The Full Spectrum: The most valuable Sapphires are those with a deep, rich blue color (think Princess Diana’s sapphire engagement ring). However, Sapphires can also be found in other colors, including yellow, pink, green, white, and purple. You can even find unique color variations like the mesmerizing Padparadscha Sapphire, with its delicate blend of pink and orange.
  • Ruby’s Close Cousin: Sapphires are a type of corundum, the same mineral as rubies; the only real difference between the two gemstones is their color. Sapphires can come in any color other than red, while rubies must be a shade of red.
  • Resilient Beauty: Sapphires are the second hardest natural mineral, after diamonds. Since they are quite durable and resistant to scratching, Sapphires make an excellent option for jewelry that is worn every day, like engagement rings and wedding bands.
  • Stunning Stars: While traditional faceted Sapphires are a popular choice for jewelry, there also exists a variety known as a “star sapphire.” These coveted gems feature an optical effect known as asterism, an optical effect that presents as a bright, star-like reflection. (Be sure to check out the Star of Adam, the largest star Sapphire in the world!)
  • A Milestone Gem: The 45th anniversary is known as the Sapphire anniversary. What
    better way to celebrate a long and happy union than with one of the most resilient gemstones in the world?

Whether you’re celebrating a September birthday or simply seeking to add a touch of elegance to your life, you can never go wrong with the timeless beauty of a Sapphire. Check out our collection of sapphire jewelry on our website, or set up an appointment to explore creating a custom sapphire piece!

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