Sapphire is one of the rarest gemstones on the planet, and they come in a variety of colors too just not the signature blue. There are purple sapphires, yellow sapphires, pink sapphire, even green colored sapphires yet that royal blue color is the favorite to most. In a spiritual context, the stone sapphire is said to hold wisdom, power, and faith. You would wear sapphire to protect your from envy and help bring blessings from heaven down upon you. It was said that if you put a venomous reptile or a spider in a jar with the stone that the creature would die thus some also used the stone to protect them from snakes and spiders. Priests from the middle ages often worn this stone to help protect them from temptations of the flesh, and impure thoughts. The sapphire was also popular with royalty as they wanted protection from envy and harm. Warriors even valued this stone as they would give sapphire necklaces to their wives before they go into battle to prevent unfaithfulness. They believe the stone’s color would darken if a woman was unfaithful.
Where Does The September Birthstone Come From?
Australia and New South Wales holds the largest mine for sapphire as well as in Queensland. The Yogo Gulch Mine in The United States Montana also is a predominate source of sapphires though they host small stones which are mostly used for industrial use. To get a sapphire from Kashmir though is a rarity. It used to be a predominate place famous for the silky cornflower blue colored sapphires. The mine was exhausted and no more sapphires have been found since. Lastly, there is Sir Lanka a well-known place that hosts sapphires. In fact, the largest sapphire was recently discovered in a Sri Lankan mine though coming in at 1,404 carats. This is compared to the now known second largest sapphire that was in the Logan Sapphire Brooch that weighed 422.99 carats and is hosted at the Natural History Museum in Washington D.C.
While most of us honor the sapphire as the birthstone for the ones that are born in September the sapphire is technically kind of a July stone. That is because sapphire brews from the mineral corundum(An aluminum oxide mineral labeled Al2O3) which a ruby is a form of too. It was decided though that red corundum shall be rubies and other colored corundum shall be sapphires. This is why Sapphires can come in many shades and colors, even grays and blacks. Some may hold no color at all. It is that they are from the mineral corundum that you would know a colorless sapphire is a sapphire. This is is because sapphires can be filled with other different element traces that gives sapphires their many colors not just blue. If the sapphire holds some titanium element to it you get the blue sapphire color. If the stone holds a trace of chromium your will get the pink sapphire in color. Sometimes the stone can hold 2 or more traces of elements and that can create you the exotic colored sapphires such lime green and purple.