The blue sapphire is the birthstone of the month of September. It is a rather popular precious gemstone, wanted by all the VIPs and I’ll bet also by you! There is so much to tell about the blue sapphire. So read the blog post and find out.
My most precious gift, the blue sapphire ring
I get a special feeling when I see a piece of jewelry with sapphire gemstones. Before our marriage my husband and I visit Thailand; it is our first holiday together. My husband finds out that I am a lot more adventurous than he is: I like sleeping in a treehouse/tent and don’t mind washing in the river nearby. That was more or less a shock for him, but he comes over it. Back in Bangkok, he wants to buy me a ring. And I know exactly what I want: a white gold ring, with little blue sapphires and diamonds. And I really don’t know why I want a ring just like that?
Blue sapphire engagement ring, a replica of the ring of Princess Diane
Princess Diana blue sapphire engagement ring
In that time princess, Diana marries Prince Charles of Great Brittain and she wears a big white gold ring with big sapphires and diamonds. I did not pay attention to the engagement announcement on the television, I just looked at the ring. Sapphires really get to you: those high blue sparkling gemstones, that cannot be scratched, only by diamonds. Later I understand that sapphires are the symbol of attracting wealth and protect the wearer from envy and infidelity ánd it helps to banish fraud. Maybe I felt that emotionally, choosing my ring.
But sapphires are much more than that. Let’s dive into the history of this beautiful gem:
The blue sapphire in Greek legends
In Greek history is a great story about Helen of Troy, who owns a large star sapphire. It is not clear whether her thirty suitors vying for her hand are more interested in Helen or in the gemstone. Even in those days, such a gemstone is very valuable. Anyway because of political reasons she marries King Menelaus of Sparta. But Paris, a very handsome man, abducts her. This love story causes the Trojan War. Nobody knows whether the beautiful Helen, who ‘launched a thousand ships’ owes her lovely Paris to the attraction of the star sapphire or her own beauty?
The blue sapphire in history
Charlemagne (747-814 AD) is a very high and mighty ruler in Western Europe and the first great monarch of France and Germany after the fall of the Roman Empire. In that time sapphires symbolizes heaven and the promise of eternal salvation. Charlemagne, being a very religious man, owns an amulet with the relic of the True Cross placed between two big sapphires.
That jewel is buried with Charlemagne, but Otto III exhumes it. The wife of Napoleon, Josephine de Beauharnais, wears the sapphires at her coronation in 1814, passes it to Napoleon III and after his death, it is given to the Archbishop of Reims (France).
sapphire jewelry set
You get the power and I get the money!
At the beginning of the 13th-century pope, Innocent III has a lot of quarrels with King John of England. Finally, they agree that the King gets the power of the country and the pope can raise tribute of service money. As a part of the truce, the pope gives the king a ring with four gemstones: an emerald, a sapphire, an opal, and a topaz. These stones represent virtues, that according to the pope are useful for the king (virtue of faith, hope, good works, and charity).
The Hollywood rich and famous love them
Not only royals love sapphires, but also others wanted pieces of jewelry with blue sapphires. But they were so expensive, that only very rich people can afford them: like the stars of Hollywood. Mary Pickford owned the two gorgeous and big sapphires: ‘the Star of Bombay’ and ‘the Star of India’. Jean Harlow gets a 150-carat sapphire engagement ring and Joan Crawford gets one from her second husband, but that one is ‘only’ 70 carat. It seems that sapphire is popular in an engagement ring since Elisabeth Taylor and princes Diana got one too.
blue sapphire and star sapphire
The star sapphire
The star sapphire that is even higher prized than the blue sapphire, is used for talismanic purposes. Sir Richard Francis Burton ( a famous adventurer and diplomate) has a large star sapphire, that he took along his travels. He thought it brings him luck.
Sapphire is also called asteria or the ‘stone of destiny’. The star has six ‘points’ and every point is connected with a point on the opposite side. So there were three crossbars (6 points connected makes 3 cross bars) and every crossbar is linked in Christian mythology with ‘faith’, ‘hope’ and ‘destiny’. Such a talisman can ward off the evil eye and can lead the travelers in the right direction and protect them from illness and other bad things on the way. It is said that you give a star sapphire on someone’s 65th wedding anniversary: I want rather have it a bit earlier.
Sapphire, the birthstone of September
Sapphire, the birthstone of September, but also a popular stone in an engagement ring, has a great blue color, that makes your heart shine as the sun in the sapphire sky. It ’s hard not to love this beautiful piece of nature and it’s even better to have this gemstone on your neck or in your ears. And an additional advantage is that it leads you the way (no need of GPS anymore), it saves you from poisoning and it attracts wealth. And that is a hard one: because you need a bit of wealth before you can buy a sapphire or…. find a wealthy partner!