Sapphire; the protector from evil, the healer of eyes, the symbol of nobility and power and September’s birthstone. Summer has come to an end and it is time to celebrate September babies and learn some fun facts about sapphires.

While sapphires come in many different colors, the blue sapphire is the most revered. Throughout history the blue sapphire was a popular adornment for people of power, but now has become a popular stone in large part by the wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton. The Duchess of Cambridge’s engagement ring, formerly Princess Diana’s, brought about a surge in blue sapphire proposals.

 

Famous Sapphires

  • The Star of India – this stone weighs 563 carats, one of the largest stones of its kind. The stone originated in Sri Lanka and has a star pattern on both sides which is caused by the formation of the stone and incoming light reflections. This is a very rare phenomenon in natural stones.

Star of India - blue sapphire

  • Stuart Sapphire – 104 carats which was acquired by the family of Queen Elizabeth II in the 14th It is placed in the royal crown.

  • Maria Alexandrovna Sapphire Brooch – 260 carats purchased by Russian Emperor Alexander II for his wife the Empress Maria Alexandrovna. This stone is unique because of its size and unusual faceted cut.

 

Along with being a beautiful stone for jewelry, blue sapphires mark important occasions beyond being a birthstone. Sapphires are the 45th wedding anniversary gift and mark the 65th anniversary of being a reigning ruler commemorated in a “Sapphire Jubilee”. In 2017 Queen Elizabeth II celebrated her Sapphire Jubilee making her the longest reigning monarch in Britain history. The first to celebrate this anniversary was King Louis XIV of France in 1708. Not just for royals, priests have a “sapphire priesthood” marking 65 years since being ordained. Pope Benedict XVI commemorated his “sapphire priesthood” in 2017.

 

Happy Birthday September babies!!

 

XO, the RLD team

 

Want to design your own one of a kind sapphire jewelry? Check out our custom page for inspiration and let us help you design a custom piece you love!

 

 

 

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Tan, Pakkee. “The World’s Most Famous Sapphires. Harper’s Bazaar Singapore. February 7, 2017. http://www.harpersbazaar.com.sg/watches-jewels/famous-sapphires-in-the-world/