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Forgotten history of birthstone jewellery: Sapphire

Published on Saturday 14 September 2019

Forgotten history of birthstone jewellery: Sapphire

September’s birthstone Sapphire represents wisdom, purity and calm

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Story of September’s Birthstone Sapphire

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Known as the stone of wisdom, sapphires have been long associated with royalty - they are a symbol of power and strength, but also of kindness and wise judgement.

How are Sapphires Formed?

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Sapphires, like rubies are a form of the mineral corundum, the second-hardest mineral.  Corundum is found in igneous rocks. In the Earth’s magma when the igneous rocks are heated up and then cooled slowly large crystals made from minerals can form. The more slowly the magma cools, the larger the sapphires will be.

History and Meaning of Sapphires

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Back in the 15th century it was believed that you could kill a spider by holding a sapphire close to it. In the 17th century it was thought that wearing or holding a sapphire would help you predict the future.

Sapphires are believed to help ease pain and reduce stress.

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It was once believed that sapphires could help guard against evil and poisoning. It was thought that a venomous snake would die if place in a sapphire vessel.

In folklore if you dream you are wearing a sapphire it should be taken as a warning to try and be less impulsive.

Colours of Sapphire

Best known as a pure cornflower blue, sapphires come in a range of colours including pink, purple, orange, green, black and clear. Red-hued corundum is known as ruby. I’ve chosen a beautiful signature deep clear blue for the sapphires in my new birthstone Satsuma stud earrings below.

Catherine Hills Jewellery Sapphire birthstone satsuma studs earrings

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