The birthstone for the month of September is none other than the splendid sapphire. One of the most desired gemstones, the sapphire is a longtime favorite of jewelry and gem lovers. Symbolizing nobility, truth, sincerity, and faithfulness, it is no surprise that the sapphire is consistently seen in jewelry design.
For centuries, it has been associated with royalty and romance. One of the most notable examples of this representation is the stunning blue sapphire engagement ring given to Lady Diana Spencer in 1981 rom Britain’s Prince Charles. Just as captivating as Princess Di herself, the ring helped to confirm the eternally noble presence of the sapphire. Now the iconic ring adorns the finger of Kate Middleton, Duchess of Cambridge and wife of Prince William, son of Princess Di. The revival of this stunning ring has lead to an uptick in sapphire presence in bridal jewelry, just as it did in the 1980s.
According to the Gemological Institute of America (GIA), “in ancient Greece and Rome, kings and queens were convinced that blue sapphires protected their owners from envy and harm. During the middle Ages, the clergy wore blue sapphires to symbolize Heaven, and ordinary folks thought the gem attracted heavenly blessing.” Throughout history and across the world, people shared the belief that sapphires had the power to protect chastity, create peace between the most mortal of enemies, influence spirits, and uncover the secrets of oracles.
Most people think that all sapphires are blue due to their longtime association with the color blue in folklore, history, and art. Furthermore, when jewelry professionals use the term “sapphire” on its own, they are typically referring to “blue sapphire.” Although sapphire is traditionally seen in its heavenly deep blue hue, the stone can actually be found in a rainbow of colors.
One of the most remarkable sapphire colors is an exquisite red-orange hue with a slight pink undertone. This specific color of sapphire is called padparadscha, which means “lotus flower” in Sinhalese, the language of Sri Lanka. Sapphires with this robust color originated from Sri Lanka and were initially the only ones labeled as padparadschas. Sri Lankans have a special affection for the color that’s traditionally been linked with their country.
Other common sapphire colors are pink, orange, and yellow. One of our most notable sapphires pieces, and an excellent example of the palette of sapphire colors, is this multi-colored sapphire necklace from Spark Creations. This one of a kind necklace is undeniable beautiful with its wide array of candy colored heart shaped sapphires surrounded by pave diamonds. Created by one of the finest designers of colored stone jewelry in the industry, this necklace takes center stage in our store. It is hard not accept this masterpiece as not only a piece of jewelry, but a piece of art.
For a spectacular look without the high price tag, opt for a Chatham created sapphire. The company, renowned for their innovations in created gemstones, offers Chatham created blue, pink, and padparadscha sapphires. Chatham created sapphires have the same chemical makeup as those found in nature, however, they are grown in a controlled environment. Due to the growing process, Chatham created sapphires are completely eye clean of inclusions and never opaque. This allows for the cost of stone to be reduced significantly without giving up quality. These stunning Chatham created blue sapphire and natural diamond earrings are just one of the many Chatham designs that are sure to take your breath away.